Online privileges mean online responsibilities…especially for professionals!

johnathanlaird150Why social media benefits outweigh the risks for pharmacists by Johnathan Laird

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.

Read more Online privileges mean online responsibilities…especially for professionals!

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

Ibuprofen: Clarifying some myths

Roger Knaggs is the RPS spokesperson on pain medicines and Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, University of Nottingham

Following a recent court case in Australia in which the makers of Nurofen, Reckitt Benckiser, were required to remove products in the Nurofen pain relief range because it was considered that the packaging was misleading customers, as it suggested different brands were each designed to treat a specific type of pain when they contained an identical products, there has been renewed interest in understanding the range of different products available in the UK. Read more Ibuprofen: Clarifying some myths

2015 in review: Pharmacists in GP practices

Elaine Thomson - SPB MemberBy Elaine Thomson MFRPSII MRPharmS, Locality Team Leader and Scottish Pharmacy Board Member

It’s been an interesting year. We’ve had the crisis in general practice and the review of out of hours services. We’ve had the announcement of additional funding in Scotland for pharmacists to work with GP practices. All of this against the background of evolving health and social care integration in Scotland. I’ve been working in GP practices for 15 years
so I’m watching the developments around the GP practice model, both north and south of the border, very closely. Read more 2015 in review: Pharmacists in GP practices

2015 in review: our LPFs

SPB Andrea Smith_jpgby Andrea Smith, National Clinical Lead SPSP-PPC and Scottish Pharmacy Board member

So as we approach the end of the year 2015, I turn to reflecting on what I have achieved both personally and professionally. I reached a milestone birthday in June, and while still trying to come to terms with reaching my “half century”, I’ve decided it’s not all bad. As many friends and colleagues know, I have a passion for travel and was delighted to tick-off several destinations on my bucket list this year – Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Istanbul to name but a few. Read more 2015 in review: our LPFs

Kickstart your professional development in 2016

Jonathan Burton - SPB Vice-Chair and SPB Lead for Foundation ProgrammeBy Jonathan Burton  MFRPSII MRPharmS, Vice-Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board.

2015 has been a year of real progress for the RPS professional development programmes in Scotland. Our Local Practice Forums across the country have held several workshop events to inform members about both the Foundation framework and Faculty portfolio building & submission. Our Scottish National Seminar in August saw packed conference rooms full of pharmacists learning from colleagues with first-hand experience of using the programmes and/or becoming Faculty members and Fellows. Read more Kickstart your professional development in 2016

Referring patients from hospital to community pharmacy

heidi 1By Heidi Wright, RPS Practice and Policy Lead for England

Research shows that around 60% of patients have 3 or more medicines changed during their hospital stay, 20% experience side-effects after having their medicines changed and almost half of all patients experience an error with their medicines after they are discharged from hospital.

The upshot is that vital medicines can end up being taken late, or not at all, because the details needed to ensure the safe transfer of medicines information between care settings have not been provided or followed up.

Today East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is launching their pioneering ‘Refer-to-Pharmacy’ scheme which tackles this problem head-on.  It involves patients in hospital being visited by a hospital pharmacist or pharmacy technician, who then sets up an electronic referral appointment with the patient’s chosen community pharmacist. Read more Referring patients from hospital to community pharmacy

How to cope with exam stress

AiyshaAiysha Raoof
RPS Student Champion, University of Nottingham

Exams, exams, exams… the dreaded season is upon us…

With January exams just over a month away most of us will be getting into stress mode. Therefore there is no better time than now to get some pre-exam tips out to you all on how to cope with exam stress, as the wise pharmacist says

‘early preparation leads to great success…’ Read more How to cope with exam stress

Ask the RPS : The Key to Good Exam Technique

We all know that the Mahendra patelstress and pressure of the exam situation can lead you to make mistakes that cost you marks. However, perfecting your exam technique can make the world of difference, and can help you greatly improve your marks. Dr Mahendra Patel, RPS Board Member and Principal Enterprise Fellow in Pharmacy at Huddersfield University gives us his top tips on planning, remaining calm and nailing your exam!



Top tips for being better prepared for exams:

1. Planning
2. Preparation
3. Technique
4. During exam
5. Plagiarism Read more Ask the RPS : The Key to Good Exam Technique

Why your voice is needed for Health and Social Care integration

Aileen Bryson - Practice & Policy LeadBy Aileen Bryson MRPharmS, Scottish Practice and Policy Lead

Understanding prescribing budgets, the importance of medicines in modern healthcare and promoting health and wellbeing are just some of the challenges facing Health and Social Care Partnerships in the new integrated health and social care landscape. Read more Why your voice is needed for Health and Social Care integration