By Cathryn Richards, Head of Pharmaceutical Services, HMP Swansea
Being a prison pharmacist has its own set of challenges but challenges tend to reap their own rewards. Most of the time I feel like I’m making a positive difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable in society.
I work in a Category B prison holding 445 adult male prisoners with the majority being Welsh.
Prisoners often arrive at the prison emaciated by drugs and alcohol, weak physically and mentally. Read more »
by Lucy Galloway MFRPSII MRPharmS, Lead Pharmacist Renal, Transplant & Urology
Being one of the first Faculty members has been both a challenging and rewarding experience. The main challenge was the dive into the unknown and some trepidation about the assessment process. I worried: Will my evidence be good enough? Will the assessors think I am at the same level of practice as I think I am? Will the assessment be fair and consistent? Read more »
by Professor Jayne Lawrence, RPS Chief Science Advisor
Personalised medicine is the practice of using an individual’s genetic profile to inform decisions made about an individual’s treatment plan. It’s regularly hailed in the media as the next great medical revolution, but hasn’t it always been with us in one way or another?
Personalised medicine is not a new concept. As long as 2,000 years ago there was an understanding that we should all be treated as individuals, consistent with beliefs about medicine at that time. Read more »
By Harry Crook, Owner of a community pharmacy in North Wales
First, let’s get one thing straight. Anyone who knows me will know I didn’t do this whole Faculty thing spontaneously! I was asked to do it and I said ‘yes’. However, anyone who knows me will ALSO know that I wouldn’t have said ‘yes’, if I wasn’t moved to do so!
It would be something of an understatement to say that I am less than proficient at recording my Continuing Professional Development (CPD) entries. I attend courses and I discover gaps in my knowledge all the time. I learn new things every day, most of which I should have learned years ago! But, and I know I am not alone, I am always ‘too busy’ to make the relevant entry. Clearly I’m not. But I like to tell myself that I am. And anyone else who will listen. Read more »
By Jodie Williamson, Locum Pharmacist and Welsh Pharmacy Board member
Increasingly, pharmacists are expected to play a role in promoting public health. In Wales we are involved in public health campaigns such as #herecomesthesun and #askaboutclots and provide advice to patients on lifestyle issues such as smoking cessation and healthy eating. Read more »
by Jonathan Burton
I guess I had several motivations for wanting to join the RPS Faculty. I liked the idea of gaining some recognition for being committed to my job, always trying to do things better and taking a real interest in my profession. I also thought it would be a useful process in terms of helping me identify my weak areas of practice, I’m a contractor as well as a patient facing pharmacist so I find it quite difficult to access peer review, I’ve always sort of made up my professional development as I’ve gone along! Read more »
By Thomas Banning, Locum Pharmacist, Brecon
Dementia is a growing problem in our ageing population. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, 25 million of the UK population have a close friend or family member with dementia.
Dementia Awareness Week gives us a chance to reflect on what we can do to support our friends, families, and colleagues with this condition. In my opinion, it is particularly important that pharmacists, like myself, and other health professionals, who come into daily contact with older people, understand what patients with dementia experience on a daily basis. Read more »
by Professor Jayne Lawrence, RPS Chief Scientist
Without pharmaceutical science, we would have no new medicines. Neither would it be possible to improve existing medicines, or understand how we could better use our existing medicines.
Those working in pharmaceutical science play a pivotal role in the discovery, design, formulation, manufacture, regulation and use of medicines with the ultimate goal of improving the health of patients.
The challenges and opportunities faced when creating new medicines, improving existing ones or ensuring the better, safe use of medicines are set out in New Medicines, Better Medicines, Better Use of Medicines, a new guide to pharmaceutical science published today by the RPS. Read more »
By Professor Anna Murphy, Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist
Every year approximately 1400 people die from asthma in the UK, more than the number of deaths from asthma in Austria, Finland, Sweden, Poland and Portugal combined.
Approximately 5.6 million people live with asthma in UK. Asthma symptoms and exacerbations have shown to impact significantly on people’s quality of life and activities of daily living affecting sleep and the ability to go to work or school or exercise. Those with more severe disease live with the uncertainty of unplanned emergency visits to their GPs or hospital and for some a fear of death. Read more »
by Jessica Sheridan-Sneyd, Communications Executive
Are you a pre-reg trainee coming up to the final exam? We’ve put together some advice for tagging your BNF.
GPhC allow you to tag your BNF for the exam so that you can easily find the information you’re looking for.
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