What 2014 has in store for pharmacy

jessby Jessica Sheridan-Sneyd

In last week’s blog I talked about some of the key achievements we saw in 2013. I now want to look forward across 2014 – because it’s going to be one busy year!

We will be continuing our work in many areas, pushing for developments in vital areas of practice and policy. You may already know that we’ve just launched our Foundation Pharmacy Framework, an invaluable resource designed to support foundation level pharmacists to develop professional skills and behaviours and practice safely and effectively in all areas of practice.

Read more What 2014 has in store for pharmacy

Looking back on 2013

RPS logoby Jessica Sheridan-Sneyd

As a new member of staff at RPS I have been gaining an insight into the key pharmaceutical achievements of this last membership year. I’ve been struck by the hard work and energy that has gone into supporting significant developments, and ultimately into raising the profile of the profession. Read more Looking back on 2013

The earlier, the better

Gill Hawksworth webby  Gill Hawksworth MBE, FRPharmsS and RPS Faculty Fellow

Patients sometimes end up in A&E or being admitted to hospital because they have soldiered on with a health problem rather than getting advice from a health professional.

Some patients almost need permission to ask for help. In particular, older people, often some of our most conscientious users of the NHS, can be reluctant to ‘bother the doctor’. Community pharmacists are ideal health advisors as we are approachable, easily accessible and spend a lot of time advising and treating people with common health complaints before they get worse and escalate to the point where they need more serious treatment. Read more The earlier, the better

Dispensing doctors and pharmacists working side-by-side

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy Aileen Bryson, Policy and Practice Lead, RPS Scotland

The viability of dispensing doctor practices and the threat of pharmacy applications has been all over the media recently and yesterday BBC Radio Scotland reported from Aberfoyle, interviewing the local practice and the prospective pharmacy owner. They then came to us for our views on the whole situation. It was interesting that one rather well know resident seemed to be of the opinion that a ‘real doctor ‘giving them their medicines was preferable to a ‘chemist ‘. Read more Dispensing doctors and pharmacists working side-by-side

Caring for patients at home

Nisha DesaiBy Nisha Desai, Senior  Clinical Pharmacist for Frail Elderly Services, Northumbria NHS Trust

Our ageing population presents huge challenges when managing medication. Around 36% of people over 75 take four or more prescribed medicines and up to 50% of medicines prescribed for older people are not taken as intended. The good news is that pharmacists can make a huge impact with this group of patients.

At Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, we have developed a domiciliary pharmacy service as part of the Local Integrated Network which aims to join up care programmes across health and social care systems. Read more Caring for patients at home

The RPS Faculty – What’s it all about?

SPB Sandra Melville_tifBy Sandra Melville, Fellow of the Faculty, FFRPS, a Fellow of the Society, FRPharmS, and a Member of the Scottish Pharmacy Board.

2013 saw the launch of the RPS Faculty amidst a fervent fanfare of rejoicing, frenetically followed by a rush of “First Wavers” who put their summers on hold (not such a sacrifice, some may argue, in Scotland, where it fell on a Tuesday!) in order to be amongst the first to attain Faculty membership. But what was all the fuss about, who is the Faculty for and why should pharmacists bother with what will inevitably be yet another extra-curricular activity? Good questions. Read more The RPS Faculty – What’s it all about?

Drug-resistant TB

Toby Capstickby Toby Capstick, Lead Respiratory Pharmacist & Member of the British Thoracic Society MDRTB Clinical Advice Service

Last night’s  Inside Out report for BBC One London Tackling drug-resistant TB in London described how tuberculosis is on the increase in London. A serious concern is that an increasing number of patients are being identified with strains of TB that are resistant to the most effective antibiotics used to treat the disease.

Rates of TB in the UK as a whole have remained relatively steady since 2005. They had risen over the previous two decades, in contrast to most other developed countries where TB rates had remained stable or had fallen. Public Health England reported that there were a total of 8,751 cases of TB in the UK in 2012, and resistance to at least one antibiotic was found in almost 1 in every 13 people diagnosed with TB. Read more Drug-resistant TB