Prescribing for people with learning disabilities must change

Sandra Gidley 3by Sandra Gidley, Chair, English Pharmacy Board

Early last week three separate reports from the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and NHS Improving Quality were released and painted a poor and depressing picture of the level of prescribing of antipsychotics and antidepressants in those with learning disabilities.

Following the release of the reports, I co-signed, on behalf of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, a letter from NHS England stating that the scale of the problem was unacceptable and that an emergency summit was being arranged to agree how to tackle the problem. The letter was also signed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Nursing. Read more Prescribing for people with learning disabilities must change

Pharmacists working in GP practices: mythbusting

howard-duffby Howard Duff, RPS Director of England

Talking to pharmacists during a C&D Twitterchat today about pharmacists working in GP surgeries was a great experience.  It also revealed some of the misunderstandings that exist about this innovative development in primary care. I’d like to set the record straight, so here are the top 5 myths I hear frequently about this topic and my answers to them. Read more Pharmacists working in GP practices: mythbusting

Interview with Sandra Melville, previous Chair and departing Scottish Board Member

Sandra MelvilleSandra Melville MSc, FRPharmS, FFRPS joined the Scottish Pharmacy Board in 2007, becoming Chair in 2008. During her time on the board, Sandra witnessed seismic changes to Scottish pharmacy, including the creation of the devolved Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland and the introduction of Prescription of Excellence. Last month she supported RPS Scotland by giving evidence on Seven Day Services at the Health and Sport committee. Our director, Alex MacKinnon, interviews Sandra as she leaves the board to continue her work in hospital pharmacy in Oban. Read more Interview with Sandra Melville, previous Chair and departing Scottish Board Member

Sunscreen labelling needs to change

jaynelawrenceBy Prof Jayne Lawrence, RPS Chief Scientist

The recent RPS survey of 2000 adults in Great Britain showed just how little understood sunscreens are.

Only 8% of people knew that the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) on bottles of sunscreen provides protection from UVB light alone and does not include protection from harmful UVA rays – typically indicated by a separate ‘star’ rating. Both UVA and UVB light are harmful to skin and can cause skin cancer. Read more Sunscreen labelling needs to change

Pharmacists working within GP practices should be wholly welcomed

By Sandra Gidley, RPS English Pharmacy Board Chair

The announcement by NHS England of an initiative that will see an increased number of pharmacists working within GP practice teams should be wholly welcomed by the profession as recognition of the growing importance of pharmacy within primary health care.  Read more Pharmacists working within GP practices should be wholly welcomed

Our visionary move to East Smithfield

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By RPS Treasurer and Chair of RPS Relocation Board, Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani

The move to East Smithfield on the edge of the City of London is a solid investment for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) that puts the organisation on a firm financial footing and provides long-term stability for our future. Read more Our visionary move to East Smithfield

RPS’s new home marks the start of a new era

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By RPS President Ash Soni

The move to our new offices at 66-68 East Smithfield marks an exciting new era for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The building is purposely designed to be a 21st Century building for a 21st Century royal society. It will showcase both our proud history and our contemporary leading role within the pharmacy profession. Read more RPS’s new home marks the start of a new era

I Love My Pharmacist competition: SID’s story

Sultan 'SID' Dajani
Sultan ‘SID’ Dajani

Despite achieving the grades to do medicine at university, my surgeon father, who thought I wasn’t quite cut out to be a doctor, suggested a career in pharmacy instead – because I loved the science and social aspects of health. My motivations were never prizes or accolades but helping my patients as much as possible, because success is not about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make to peoples’ lives and there’s nothing more rewarding or satisfying. Read more I Love My Pharmacist competition: SID’s story

I Love My Pharmacist competition: Reena’s story

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Reena Barai

When I first heard about the ‘I Love My Pharmacist’ competition, I remember smiling to myself about the title.  I have always proclaimed that ‘I love pharmacy’ and so the title struck a chord with me.  A friend emailed me about the competition and said that I ‘had’ to enter.  I remember replying back to her joking that I wouldn’t be able to find a customer who admits to loving me!

That same day I delivered some urgent medication to a customer of mine and she was so grateful.   She said to me that she ‘would be lost without my help’.  I took this compliment as a subconscious declaration of love!  Every day, every pharmacist does something above and beyond their call of duty and yet these acts of human kindness go unnoticed by most. Read more I Love My Pharmacist competition: Reena’s story

10 things about sunscreen that every pharmacist should know

By Neal Patel, RPS Head of Corporate Communications

OK, I’ll admit when I was told there may be things about sunscreen I didn’t really know I felt pretty sure that I was clear on how it worked and how to choose the right product. Sunscreen is simple, right? Sunscreen and actually the whole sun protection area is complex, and for those of us with little time to consider what the label actually means, may even be confusing. Read more 10 things about sunscreen that every pharmacist should know