RPS Fellowship – “a valuable career milestone”

barry2by Barry Jubraj,  FHEA, FFRPS, FRPharmS, Honorary Associate Professor, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & UCL School of Pharmacy

Becoming a Fellow

I have been a Fellow of the Society for a couple of years and still remember vividly my wife telephoning me at work to tell me the news.   So inspired was I by colleagues taking time out to do this for me, that I found out what I would need to do to nominate someone else for Fellowship.  I wanted others to experience the feeling I did; that the years of hard work has been worth it.

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Leadership – it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it


by Marianne MacDonald, RPS Leadership Workstream Project Manager

It’s a new year and a new approach to leadership from the RPS with this month’s launch of the Leadership Development Framework! But what does it mean for you as a pharmacist?

Maybe you think it’s not relevant? After all, you’re already in a leadership role. Or if you’re in the foundation years of pharmacy or just returning to practice, you may feel you lack the experience or confidence to be a leader. Read more Leadership – it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it

Is your revision ONtrack?

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By Marina Ayad Lambros MRPharmS, qualified July 2014

And the countdown begins…

I did my pre-registration training last year at The Imperial College NHS Trust; my year was packed with learning, new challenges and many achievements. However, I decided at the end of the year that I wanted a bit more experience within community so I am currently locuming for many large chain companies including Superdrug and several independent pharmacies. I found that having the ability to be organised and use time wisely is key if you want to succeed as a pre-registration pharmacist and as a qualified pharmacist. As a result I’ve put together some revision advice for those of you undertaking your training this year!

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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

“Nothing to lose and lots to gain” – The RPS Faculty

Lucy Gallowayby Lucy Galloway MFRPSII MRPharmS, Lead Pharmacist Renal, Transplant & Urology

Being one of the first Faculty members has been both a challenging and rewarding experience. The main challenge was the dive into the unknown and some trepidation about the assessment process. I worried: Will my evidence be good enough? Will the assessors think I am at the same level of practice as I think I am? Will the assessment be fair and consistent? Read more “Nothing to lose and lots to gain” – The RPS Faculty

The BNF: How do you tag yours?

BNF blog

by Jessica Sheridan-Sneyd, Communications Executive

Are you a pre-reg trainee coming up to the final exam? We’ve put together some advice for tagging your BNF.

The GPhC allow you to tag your BNF for the exam so that you can easily find the information you’re looking for.

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Networking: Not for you? Think again

Networkby Jessica Sheridan-Sneyd, Communications Executive

Whether you’re a student, recently qualified, or an experienced pharmacist, networking is key to your career, enabling you to stay in touch with peers and with developments in the profession.

Being part of a network can be a breath of fresh air, especially for those pharmacists who spend much of their time working alone or within small teams. It is also useful for pharmacists looking to develop their careers and gain experience, and particularly locums, for whom a network of contacts is invaluable for finding work.

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‘Don’t be afraid to ask questions’ – Lauren Rose on being newly qualified

Lauren Roseby Lauren Rose, MRPharmS, newly qualified shift-working pharmacist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

I qualified as a pharmacist in August 2013 and have since been working in a large teaching hospital as a shift-working pharmacist, whilst also undertaking my clinical diploma. The past few months have been an absolute rollercoaster, and I have definitely have had my ups and downs. Despite this, I have learnt lots since qualifying, not just in terms of my clinical knowledge, but additionally my prioritisation, organisational and communication skills.

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New public health standards: a milestone for pharmacy

Helen Gordonby Helen Gordon, Chief Executive, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

I am delighted to announce that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has today published Professional Standards for Public Health Practice for Pharmacy.  This is an important milestone for the profession as although public health has been part of the core role of pharmacy practice for many years there have never before been a set of professional standards for the pharmacy profession.

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Our work in Scotland –2013 achievements and looking forward


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