Our work in Scotland –2013 achievements and looking forward

 

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

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2014 – a busy year for pharmacy in Wales

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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Supporting our members through Twitter

Helen Chang, RPS Support Manager

by Helen Chang, Professional Support Pharmacist, RPS Support Manager

Our team is relatively new to social media so learning about unfamiliar terms like ‘handle’ and ‘hashtag’ has been quite interesting for us. We traditionally produce resources that have a lot of text so keeping our messages short and sweet wasn’t easy at first. Having got to grips with it though we are now really enjoying this new way of communicating, and are steadily growing in followers.

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