May 29 2015

The RPS Foundation Programme – the structured plan I needed

Kristina blogby Kristina Medlinskiene, MRPharmS, Rotational Pharmacist undertaking Clinical Diploma, Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals

I still remember how excited I was during the presentation about the RPS Faculty delivered by the RPS President Ash Soni at the RPS Annual Conference 2014. I knew that the RPS Faculty was the next big thing and I wanted to be a part of it. As I did not yet have two years of experience post-registration, it was suggested that I start with the RPS Foundation Pharmacy Framework (FPF), which would support my foundation practice and prepare me for the Faculty. I signed up to be a Foundation Champion. Read more »

May 18 2015

Assisted Suicide: Where do we stand?

Lara SeymourOn the 30th April, Scottish Government published its Stage 1 Report on the Assisted Suicide Bill. RPS Scotland was asked to give evidence for this report and we worked hard to ensure that pharmacists’ opinions were heard. As our members hold a range of ethical views, we recommended specific measures that would protect both patients and health professionals. You can read the full details here.

Earlier this month, Scotland’s Practice and Policy Lead, Aileen Bryson, chaired a debate on Assisted Suicide at Robert Gordon University. Student debaters wrangled over the ethical concerns for pharmacists if the Bill were to pass.  Lara Seymour MRPharmS, Group Leader of RGU’s Pharmacy Law and Ethics Society, reveals the conclusions they came to. Read more »

May 14 2015

Working in mental health: why I love it

Wendy Ackroyd lead pharmacist mental healthby Wendy Ackroyd MRPharmS, lead clinical pharmacist in mental health for NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

I decided to try mental health pharmacy on for size, for six months. That was 15 years ago now. It was a good fit.

When working in community pharmacy, I looked at a list of psychiatric drugs on prescriptions (usually combinations the BNF has a black dot against) and felt out of my depth to challenge it. I imagine there are a few of my colleagues who do this now.

Mental health problems are hard to measure – diagnostic criteria overlaps, you can have more than one at a time and the evidence base is… lets say RCTs contain a few less than the 18,000 subjects you see in a trial of a statin. Read more »

May 12 2015

Your mental health: wellbeing advice from Pharmacist Support

Helen Tester, Wellbeing Co-ordinator from Pharmacist Supportby Helen Tester, Wellbeing coordinator at Pharmacist Support – the independent charity for pharmacists, trainees and MPharm students.

11-17th May marks Mental Health Awareness Week – a time to reflect on and help raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues. According to an ONS study one in four of us will suffer from a mental health illness at some point in our lives. If this is the case how can we stay mentally healthy? Read more »

Apr 24 2015

My Faculty journey: building a portfolio

Facultyby Greg Lawton MRPharmS, Professional Standards Manager, Boots

In this video blog, the third in the series, I talk about the Faculty portfolio, which has helped me to identify areas for development. I provide hints and tips for completing it, including making an initial list of your achievements and mapping them to the competency framework.
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Apr 23 2015

Buying medicines online, false claims and real risks

nealpatel2By Neal Patel,MRPharmS

The most recent tragic death from taking the chemical DNP in order to lose weight has highlighted yet again the risks of buying online from unregulated websites.

Criminals are involved in this illegal supply, providing you with chemicals like DNP, which they promote as a slimming aid.  It’s actually a pesticide and unfit for human consumption.

Websites may offer to provide you with prescription medicines without a prescription, but when we have tested these products they either contain nothing at all or substances that can serious harm your health.  Those running these websites don’t care about your health, they only care about getting your cash, and there’s no recourse if things go wrong. Read more »

Apr 15 2015

How pharmacists are working in GP practice teams in Devon

RPS logoBy David Bearman, Local Professional Network (pharmacy) Chair for Devon

What is happening in your locality? 

The Local Professional Network have been considering for some time how to best participate in the changing NHS. Looking forward we appear to be moving into a very different world, one in which collaboration across a number of providers to meet the needs of the population is the order of the day. For some time community pharmacy has felt affiliated to the NHS but perhaps not central to delivery of NHS services. Read more »

Apr 15 2015

How you can promote pharmacy in the general election debate

charles blogBy Charles Willis, RPS Head of Public Affairs

In the run up to the general election this May, it’s important that pharmacy and the role of pharmacists are among the issues being discussed by the political parties.

Watch my video blog below to find out what the RPS is doing to promote the vital work of the pharmacy profession, and how you can help. Read more »

Apr 14 2015

Diary of a Pre-reg: supporting clinicians with research

Natalie WeirBy Natalie Weir ARPharmS, pre-registration pharmacist at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

Early on in my degree I had an interest in neurology, and chose to do my dissertation investigating how a risk gene for schizophrenia impacted on neuroanatomical regions. As it housed the Institute of Neurosciences, I had ambitions to do my pre-registration year at the Southern General Hospital and was ecstatic when I was successful! Read more »

Apr 13 2015

If you care, you can lead

marianneby Marianne MacDonald, RPS Leadership Workstream Project Manager

Do you care?

If you don’t think leadership is for you, the first thing to ask yourself is: do you care? Do you care about your team? Do you care about your patients? Do you care about the service you provide? For pharmacists, care is part and parcel of what we do. So, you’re probably already meeting some of the behaviours outlined in Domain 2 (Leading with care) of the new RPS Leadership Development Framework (LDF). Read more »