People with dementia in care homes need pharmacist-led medicine reviews

Laurance Thraves Alzheimers Societyby Laurence Thraves, Senior Policy Officer, Alzheimer’s Society

70 per cent of people with dementia have one or more other long-term health condition. As GPs and other medical professional try to treat these conditions, people with dementia can end up on a cocktail of drugs that exacerbate their symptoms. Using their specialist skills, pharmacists can play a vital role in improving how medicines are used in care homes and, as a result, the quality of life for the 280,000 people with dementia living there. Read more People with dementia in care homes need pharmacist-led medicine reviews

Reducing inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic medicines in the learning disability population

Steve Buckley 2Steve Buckley, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Older Adult Services, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

In July of last year, I started a new post with Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust. The post is part funded by Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group. At around this time, NHS England launched a ‘Call to action’ regarding the inappropriate use of psychotropic medicines for challenging behaviour in people with learning disabilities. So – this instantly became my first project for the CCG.

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AMR and the importance of finding new ways to prevent and treat infections

jaynelawrenceBy Professor Jayne Lawrence, Chief Scientist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Jim O’Neill, chair of the UK Government’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, has today called for vaccines and alternative approaches to be used more widely in healthcare and agriculture as an alternative to antibiotics in the fight against drug-resistant “superbugs”.

There has been much in the media recently about our currently available antibiotics becoming less effective, the fact that we must all be more responsible with their use, and the urgent need to develop new ones. However, even with increased investment, there is no guarantee that we will be able to discover new antibiotics to solve this crisis we find ourselves in. Hence the need to develop alternative ways to prevent and treat infections.

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Adopting a person centred approach to dementia care

AnneChildBy Anne Child, a pharmacist who is Director of Pharmacy and Dementia Care Medicines and Prescribing Centre Associate at NICE

Adopting a person centred approach to dementia care is a never-ending process and it is a professional journey I am deeply committed to as a pharmacist.

It requires a strong commitment from health professionals as individuals, and within the wider teams in which we work. It also requires commitment from the top down within organisations, both in health and social care. Individuals and their families, striving to live well with dementia, need this from us as a matter of urgency.

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Ask the RPS : What makes a good community pharmacist?

Hayley Berry, RPS Community Advocate and Community Pharmacist

Through not only my years of experience as a pharmacist but also through a most recent role as RPS Community Advocate, I’ve been able to recognise some of the key skills needed for a career in community.
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