Now is the time to stand out! Why students should attend the RPS Annual Conference

Yasmin blogYasmin Bayatpoor, pharmacy student.

We all know that one of the main and most asked questions in summer placement and pre-reg interviews concerns recent healthcare news and events in pharmacy. RPS conferences are the main way to demonstrate your enthusiasm and engagement with this almost guaranteed topic.
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From idea to practice at the RPS Annual Conference

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by Dr Terry Maguire, Honorary RPS Member, Owner Maguire Pharmacy, Belfast, and stream chair at the RPS Annual Conference 2015

Everyone has great ideas. Problems and frustrations stimulate us to come up with innovative solutions and better ways of doing things and it is generally the ideas of practitioners – those working at the coal face and who really understand the systems – which are more likely to be effective solutions. Read more From idea to practice at the RPS Annual Conference

Enhancing Patient Care through Research at the RPS Annual Conference

Bryonyby Professor Bryony Dean Franklin FRPharmS FFRPS, Director of the Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality (CMSSQ) and stream chair for the RPS Annual Conference 2015

“Research and evaluation? What’s that got do with me?” Well – potentially quite a lot! If you want to improve the services that you provide, either by interpreting and applying the existing evidence or by conducting your own evaluations, then you will want to understand the principles of the research process. Read more Enhancing Patient Care through Research at the RPS Annual Conference

The RPS Foundation Programme – the structured plan I needed

Kristina blogby Kristina Medlinskiene, MRPharmS, Rotational Pharmacist undertaking Clinical Diploma, Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals

I still remember how excited I was during the presentation about the RPS Faculty delivered by the RPS President Ash Soni at the RPS Annual Conference 2014. I knew that the RPS Faculty was the next big thing and I wanted to be a part of it. As I did not yet have two years of experience post-registration, it was suggested that I start with the RPS Foundation Pharmacy Framework (FPF), which would support my foundation practice and prepare me for the Faculty. I signed up to be a Foundation Champion. Read more The RPS Foundation Programme – the structured plan I needed

My Faculty journey: building a portfolio

Facultyby Greg Lawton MRPharmS, Professional Standards Manager, Boots

In this video blog, the third in the series, I talk about the Faculty portfolio, which has helped me to identify areas for development. I provide hints and tips for completing it, including making an initial list of your achievements and mapping them to the competency framework.
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How you can promote pharmacy in the general election debate

charles blogBy Charles Willis, RPS Head of Public Affairs

In the run up to the general election this May, it’s important that pharmacy and the role of pharmacists are among the issues being discussed by the political parties.

Watch my video blog below to find out what the RPS is doing to promote the vital work of the pharmacy profession, and how you can help. Read more How you can promote pharmacy in the general election debate

If you care, you can lead

marianneby Marianne MacDonald, RPS Leadership Workstream Project Manager

Do you care?

If you don’t think leadership is for you, the first thing to ask yourself is: do you care? Do you care about your team? Do you care about your patients? Do you care about the service you provide? For pharmacists, care is part and parcel of what we do. So, you’re probably already meeting some of the behaviours outlined in Domain 2 (Leading with care) of the new RPS Leadership Development Framework (LDF). Read more If you care, you can lead

My Faculty journey: peer testimonials

Facultyby Greg Lawton MRPharmS, Professional Standards Manager, Boots

In my second video blog, I talk about some of the resources that I’ve found useful, including the Faculty Handbook, and what’s involved in becoming a Faculty member. I offer some advice  around gathering peer testimonials and tell you why I think that if you’re considering Faculty membership, you should give it a go. Read more My Faculty journey: peer testimonials

Join me on the first step of my Faculty journey

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by Greg Lawton MRPharmS, Professional Standards Manager, Boots

I recently re-joined the RPS because I was attracted by what the Faculty has to offer. The RPS Faculty has opened its doors to members with two to 10 years’ experience. I will be documenting my journey, from working through my portfolio to completing the Faculty Practice Assessment (FPA), through a series of video blogs, so that you can share my experiences with me and decide if you want take part in the next wave of assessments.

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The 14th Joint QP Symposium “cannot be more relevant to the modern day QP”

Eric 150by Eric Che MRPharmS,  Quality Assurance Manager and Qualified Person, St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust

One would suggest that the biggest challenge to all modern day QPs is to keep up to date with the constant evolving regulatory landscape whilst keeping afloat with day to day business.

In 2013 I attended the 13th Joint QP symposium organised by The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Biology.  It was particularly reassuring to hear colleagues and QPs from various industries and backgrounds sharing similar challenges that I faced in my area of interest.  Beyond sharing challenges, they also shared their approaches in dealing with these challenges.  The panel question session provided opportunity for the attendees to interact with the speakers via posting questions.  There were many learning points that I noted from the panel question session.

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