Adopting a person centred approach to dementia care

AnneChildBy Anne Child, a pharmacist who is Director of Pharmacy and Dementia Care Medicines and Prescribing Centre Associate at NICE

Adopting a person centred approach to dementia care is a never-ending process and it is a professional journey I am deeply committed to as a pharmacist.

It requires a strong commitment from health professionals as individuals, and within the wider teams in which we work. It also requires commitment from the top down within organisations, both in health and social care. Individuals and their families, striving to live well with dementia, need this from us as a matter of urgency.

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Ask the RPS : What makes a good community pharmacist?

Hayley Berry, RPS Community Advocate and Community Pharmacist

Through not only my years of experience as a pharmacist but also through a most recent role as RPS Community Advocate, I’ve been able to recognise some of the key skills needed for a career in community.
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Making the most of your opportunities for a career in community pharmacy!

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Sarah Murphy, University of Central Lancashire, 4th year student

Throughout my time at university, I’ve made sure I stand out to potential employers through my experience within community pharmacy. Here’s a few tips on how you can do the same.
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What effect does space have on medicines?

Colin Cableby Colin Cable, RPS Assistant Chief Scientist

Since Tim Peake became the first British astronaut to go to the International Space Station, there has been a huge resurgence of interest in life in space. Although highly trained and very fit, astronauts will still occasionally need medicines and of course there is the possibility that at some point a medical emergency will occur in space.  To address this, the space station keeps supplies of medicines and the necessary equipment.  So how does being in space affect medicines? Read more What effect does space have on medicines?

New Year, new career! – How the RPS can fuel your ambitions

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As 2015 has drawn to a close and a new year begins, many pharmacists are considering where to take their career next. Career development is a continuous process occurring over the entirety of your working life, so whether you’re trying to improve your skills to advance your current position, or seeking to move into an entirely new role, we provide numerous tools for career development, enabling you to gain a solid footing and achieve your ambitions, whatever they may be. Read more New Year, new career! – How the RPS can fuel your ambitions

Defining the role for pharmacy within person-centred care for vulnerable groups

Claire Anderson copy[1]By Claire Anderson, Vice Chair of the English Pharmacy Board for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

The health and strength of a society can be measured by how well it cares for its most vulnerable members, older people, those with mental health conditions, those with learning disabilities and children and young people. There remain large inequalities in the care, including pharmaceutical care, of these groups.

The NHS Five Year Forward View calls for greater integration of health and social care services and for care to be delivered closer to people’s homes. Pharmacists, working in the heart of the community, are ideally placed to work with other members of the multidisciplinary team to care for vulnerable people at home and in care homes.

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How to achieve success in your coursework through research

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Coursework makes up a significant component of the MPharm degree, and many students, especially those close to grade boundaries, find that this provides them with the opportunity to turn that 2:2 into a 2:1, or that 2:1 into a 1st class degree. What sets coursework apart from the rest of the degree content is that it’s not so much a test of your knowledge and recall, but a test of your research application; with the right approach everyone can improve their grades through coursework.
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Online privileges mean online responsibilities…especially for professionals!

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The dissemination of information nowadays is rapid. ‘Just Google it!’ has become a popular refrain. Health information and the privacy issues surrounding it have meant that searching for advice online is now second nature for most tech savvy patients.

I started my blogging adventure about a year ago. Little did I know back then that my blog site would attract any readers at all never mind the 36,000 hits it has received. I’m staggered at the power of the Internet and the ability of individuals like me to share information/opinions quite easily to wide and diverse audiences. It’s quite remarkable that every time I tweet I do so now to over 10,000 people.

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Access to Records – Supporting Patients over the festive period and beyond

By Malcolm Clubb, MRPharmS

This year in my pharmacy we are planning to open for the morning on Boxing Day to increase patients’ access at a time where many other health services are closed. However, I am acutely aware that we are still unable to support patients who are not from our pharmacy safely and easily due to lack of access to the Emergency Care Summary (ECS)/Key Information Summary (KIS) records in pharmacies across Scotland. Community pharmacies were promised this by 2014 – it is inconceivable that we still do not have this at the end of 2015. Community pharmacists remain the only health professionals with direct patient contact who do not have access. Read more Access to Records – Supporting Patients over the festive period and beyond