Apr 16 2014

Are you ready to be asked about clots?

Leanneby Leeanne Lewis, Divisional Pharmacist for Scheduled Care,
Royal Gwent Hospital

I have been filled with enthusiasm after attending the launch of a national campaign in Wales to stop blood clots and save lives earlier this month at The Senedd.

The Ask about Clots campaign, developed by the 1000 Lives Improvement service, part of Public Health Wales, is encouraging patients to ask healthcare professionals about their risk of developing a blood clot so they can be assessed and given appropriate treatment to prevent it. Read more »

Apr 02 2014

‘Don’t be afraid to ask questions’ – Lauren Rose on being newly qualified

Lauren Roseby Lauren Rose, MRPharmS, newly qualified shift-working pharmacist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

I qualified as a pharmacist in August 2013 and have since been working in a large teaching hospital as a shift-working pharmacist, whilst also undertaking my clinical diploma. The past few months have been an absolute rollercoaster, and I have definitely have had my ups and downs. Despite this, I have learnt lots since qualifying, not just in terms of my clinical knowledge, but additionally my prioritisation, organisational and communication skills.

Read more »

Mar 14 2014

New public health standards: a milestone for pharmacy

Helen Gordonby Helen Gordon, Chief Executive, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

I am delighted to announce that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has today published Professional Standards for Public Health Practice for Pharmacy.  This is an important milestone for the profession as although public health has been part of the core role of pharmacy practice for many years there have never before been a set of professional standards for the pharmacy profession.

Read more »

Mar 11 2014

Prescription charges are causing medicines poverty

nealpatel2By Neal Patel, Head of Communications, RPS

The Government announced today that prescription charges in England will rise from £7.85 to £8.05 on 1st April.

Prescription charges have risen for 34 of the past 35 years.  Research consistently shows 1 in 3 people who work and have a long-term condition struggle to afford their medicines.  Many have to choose between paying for their medicine or household bills such as food and heating.  They face medicines poverty because they have a lifelong illness they don’t want.  How can this be fair?  And what can be done about it? Read more »

Mar 11 2014

Better use of repeat dispensing would improve patient care

Ash_Soni_0411By Ash Soni, Vice Chair of the English Pharmacy Board
The Government announced today that prescription charges in England will rise from £7.85 to £8.05 on 1st April.

A new report, Prescription Charges and Employment, from The Prescription Charges Coalition has found that the cost of prescription charges prevents over a third of people with long term conditions who pay for their prescriptions from taking their medicines as prescribed. Some face medicines poverty, having to choose between paying for their medication and household expenses such as food or heating. Read more »

Feb 20 2014

Our work in Scotland –2013 achievements and looking forward



Professor John A Cromarty, FRPharmS, Chair, Scottish Pharmacy Board


Alex MacKinnon, MRPharmS, RPS Director for Scotland









By Professor John A Cromarty, Chair, Scottish Pharmacy Board and Alex MacKinnon, Director for Scotland

Thanks to the continued support of our members, we were able to make many significant achievements in 2013. A key accomplishment was our input to the Wilson and Barber Review of NHS Pharmaceutical Care of Patients in the Community in Scotland. The Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society was a key stakeholder in the review and we are delighted that most of our ambitions and aspirations for the pharmacy profession in Scotland have been delivered within the Prescription for Excellence vision and action plan.

Read more »

Feb 19 2014

2014 – a busy year for pharmacy in Wales


by Jocelyn Parkes, Director, Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales

Hello, I would like to introduce myself as the new Director of the RPS in Wales. Some of you will know me already as I have been working as Principal Policy Advisor at the RPS for the last ten years. For the past few weeks, whilst the rain has whipped itself against the windows of the RPS Wales office, the Welsh Pharmacy Board and RPS Wales’s staff have been busy planning the work programme for the coming year and how, through our work, we can best support you as members.

In this first blog post of the year, I would like to share with you our plans for 2014. As for future blogs, I would be interested to hear your views. What topics and authors you would like to be covered in future blogs? Please email our Communications Officer, Kirsty.luff@rpharms.com  with any ideas, or record your views publicly below.

Read more »

Feb 19 2014

Keep calm and concentrate: handy revision tips for pre-registration trainees

Revisionby Jessica Sheridan-Sneyd

With the final pre-registration exam approaching, many of you will be starting to think about how to prepare for it. We’ve put our top revision tips together to help you get started:

Plan, plan, plan
First things first: get a rough plan together outlining what you are going to revise and when. Pin it on your wall. It will help you stay focused and avoid wasting valuable time in the midst of revision hell.  Use the exam syllabus to make sure you cover all areas.

Read more »

Feb 18 2014

Current EU rules restrict access to new, potentially life-saving cancer treatments in children

IMG_0636by Jackie Turner, Macmillan Principal Pharmacist Oncology & Haematology

Around 1,600 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year.

But is there enough paediatric research to allow more testing of potentially life-saving cancer drugs?  

Currently, the EU Regulations allow pharmaceutical companies to opt out of children’s trials if a new drug is intended for an adult cancer that does not occur in children.

What does this mean? Read more »

Feb 10 2014

Electronic Cigarettes – an aid to quit or a new harmful lifestyle choice?

Alex Mackinnon 160 x 160By Alex MacKinnon, RPS Director for Scotland

As a pharmacist, I must admit to being really concerned about the way the marketing of e-cigarettes is starting to explode around me. The growth in their sale seems to be rising exponentially with associated marketing spend. New manufacturers are appearing as they recognise a commercial opportunity.

Read more »