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 »

Apr 08 2015

My Faculty journey: peer testimonials

Facultyby Greg Lawton MRPharmS, Professional Standards Manager, Boots

In my second video blog, I talk about some of the resources that I’ve found useful, including the Faculty Handbook, and what’s involved in becoming a Faculty member. I offer some advice  around gathering peer testimonials and tell you why I think that if you’re considering Faculty membership, you should give it a go. Read more »

Mar 26 2015

Diary of a Pre-Reg: How Research Changed the System

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset By Andrew Carruthers, Pre-registration  Hospital Pharmacist with NHS GGC

Within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde,     pharmacists and nursing staff were concerned. The vancomycin guidelines, which required maintenance doses to be administered during the night, were leaving patients exhausted. Read more »

Mar 18 2015

We need more pharmacists in the general practice team

Rena AminBy Rena Amin, Joint Associate Director Medicine Management, NHS Greenwich CCG

Having a pharmacist working as part of the team in a GP practice isn’t a brand new idea – I’ve been doing it for the last ten years. I have colleagues doing the same in pockets around the country but I hope it won’t be long before it’s seen as the norm.

People might be sceptical about seeing a pharmacist in a GP surgery. Why do we need pharmacists in GP practices? What would they do? And how would they benefit the patient? Read more »

Mar 13 2015

Join me on the first step of my Faculty journey


by Greg Lawton MRPharmS, Professional Standards Manager, Boots

I recently re-joined the RPS because I was attracted by what the Faculty has to offer. The RPS Faculty has opened its doors to members with two to 10 years’ experience. I will be documenting my journey, from working through my portfolio to completing the Faculty Practice Assessment (FPA), through a series of video blogs, so that you can share my experiences with me and decide if you want take part in the next wave of assessments.

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