Winter pressures campaigns – pharmacists and urgent care

david-banford(1)by David Branford, Chair of the English Pharmacy Board

This year NHS England has promoted two campaigns encouraging people to visit their pharmacist for early health advice when they feel unwell. As far as I know this is unprecedented.

The campaigns aim to address winter pressures on the urgent care system by raising public awareness of community pharmacies as the place to go with common health problems. It has been developed in response the findings of NHS England’s review into urgent and emergency care. Read more Winter pressures campaigns – pharmacists and urgent care

Think leadership isn’t for you? Think again

marianneby Marianne MacDonald, RPS Leadership Workstream Project Manager

Think of a great leader you’ve worked with in your career

Was it someone who swooped in to ‘save the day’, imposing an autocratic vision for change? Or was it someone in the background who engaged a whole team to care enough to want to make a difference?

Often if we are asked to think of a great leader, it’s an example of the former – the ‘hero’ leader – that automatically springs to mind. While this type of leader has a role (usually in a crisis situation), it also means that leadership is reserved for the very few in the upper echelons of an organisation. It’s also an outmoded concept of leadership. Read more Think leadership isn’t for you? Think again

Pharmacists can help deliver urgent care

Dr Clifford Mannby Dr Clifford Mann, President of the College of Emergency Medicine

The College of Emergency Medicine  is established to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. Amongst a range of activities, the College works to ensure high quality care by setting and monitoring standards of care, and providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.

As President of the College, I have been working to tackle the serious challenges facing emergency medicine. These challenges are adversely affecting the performance of our Accident and Emergency Departments across the UK and Ireland. Read more Pharmacists can help deliver urgent care

The time is right for a nationwide pharmacy common ailments service

by AshoAsh_Soni_0411k Soni OBE, FRPharmS, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

If you feel unwell with a common ailment, such as a sore throat, cold, cough or upset stomach, but want urgent treatment, where would you go? Your pharmacy, your GP surgery or your local A&E department?

We’ve just launched research which shows that millions more people could benefit from being treated at for common ailments by their local pharmacy. Treatment results are equally good regardless of whether you are treated at a pharmacy, A&E or GP practice, and you’d get a fast, same- day service too. Read more The time is right for a nationwide pharmacy common ailments service