Aug 27 2014

Pharmacy services for the “oldest” old

Maria Veart 150x150By Maria Veart MRPharmS, Research & Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital@Home, NHS Fife

Given the choice I imagine that most elderly patients would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home and be treated there when ill, with friends and family close by, rather than be admitted to hospital. Now, thanks to a project in NHS Fife 80% of elderly patients in this area are able to receive hospital-like treatments in their own home. Read more »

Aug 07 2014

Pharmacists well placed to advise on diabetes

diabetes-pic by Claire Howell, Community Pharmacist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Back in June, I was invited by a call centre in Swansea to perform diabetes risk assessments. Health professionals know what the risk factors are for diabetes but do the general public? Pharmacists, I think, are well placed to help raise awareness of these risk factors. Read more »

Jul 14 2014

Pharmacy behind bars – the challenges

crichards150x150 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 »

Jul 07 2014

“Nothing to lose and lots to gain” – The RPS Faculty

Lucy Gallowayby 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 »

Jun 16 2014

Personalised medicine – is it really new?

jaynelawrenceby 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 »

Jun 16 2014

Procrastinate not – attend a RPS Faculty surgery

Hcrook150x150By 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 »

Jun 09 2014

Should we practise what we preach?

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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 »

Jun 05 2014

My Faculty Journey

JOnathan Burtonby 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 »

May 22 2014

Become a dementia friend

dementiafriendsBy 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 »

May 07 2014

Funding new medicines

jaynelawrenceby 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 »