Duty of Candour from 1 April 2018

When any new legislation is proposed part of my role is to see if there are any implications for the pharmacy profession. This can mean responding to consultations, engaging with members to gauge opinion, participating in advisory or short life working groups and working with civil servants and politicians to influence the proposals.

The new Duty of Candour regulations, which come into force on April 1st   this year, was one such area where we were invited to participate in a Scottish Government working group.The group consisted of a wide range of stakeholders and explored the issues that the new legislation would raise. This proved more challenging than originally anticipated and the changes were delayed to accommodate this. Read more Duty of Candour from 1 April 2018

A pharmacy model for Scotland’s new GP contract?

Clare MorrisonArticle by Clare Morrison, Senior Clinical Quality Lead and Lead Pharmacist (North) at NHS Highland

As pharmacists across Scotland consider how the new GP contract will be implemented, it is already close to reality for our pharmacy team in the North of NHS Highland.

The Caithness Pharmacy Model began in 2014 when times were tough. GP shortages hit this remote area early and practices had already developed advanced nurse roles: it was a logical next step to consider what pharmacists could do. Read more A pharmacy model for Scotland’s new GP contract?

RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 4, Interview with Andrew Carruthers)

Article by Andrew Carruthers, RPS local coordinator for Glasgow

I am Andrew Carruthers. I am two years qualified and currently work in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as a Medicines Information Pharmacist, with a clinical role in Care of the Elderly and Stroke. I completed my pre-registration year in hospital, but I also do the occasional locum at the weekends so have some exposure to Community Pharmacy. Read more RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 4, Interview with Andrew Carruthers)

RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 3, Interview with Lesley McArthur)

Lesley McArthurArticle by Lesley McArthur, RPS local coordinator for Forth Valley

I never know how to start these things, but here goes… Lesley McArthur (the concise version)… qualified 1989 (gasp) and worked in community pharmacy for the vast majority of my career. There’s not much I haven’t done in those 30 years, really, including recruitment, training, management, HR with a wee diversion into GP practice work. Lately, I’ve had a portfolio of work…

Read more RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 3, Interview with Lesley McArthur)

RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 2, Interview with Annamarie McGregor)

Annamarie McGregorArticle by Annamarie McGregor, RPS Practice Development Lead

The RPS Local model has been created to enable greater 360-degrees of engagement between our members with the work of the RPS.

Aligning with NHS Board areas and having a local funded volunteer coordinator has already made this easier as we focus on developing a programme of up to five events per year in the first instance. My vision is that RPS Local brings the RPS Vision for pharmacists and strategic goals to reality by providing an opportunity to bring RPS Policies, Standards and Guidance to life in practical ways that will make a positive difference in day to day practice. Events will also be based on practice hot topics e.g. the identifying and reducing opioid analgesic dependence and will be a mixture of face to face and webinars. Read more RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 2, Interview with Annamarie McGregor)

Community pharmacists against common infections

Jonathan BurtonArticle by Jonathan Burton, Community pharmacist, Vice Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board

I work in a community pharmacy setting and as you might imagine I see many people through the day who present with various symptoms, wanting advice about their ailments and how to treat them. As winter closes in, these symptoms are for the most part those associated with seasonal coughs and colds, sore throats and ear ache. Read more Community pharmacists against common infections

Antimicrobial stewardship and the role of community pharmacy

Dr Jacqueline SneddonArticle by Jacqueline Sneddon, Project Lead for SAPG Chief Executive, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

As healthcare professionals, you will be aware that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major public health issue and an important threat to the future of healthcare. The need to accelerate progress in tackling AMR is well established. European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) on 18 November, now part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, is an excellent platform for raising professional and public awareness of the problem of AMR and what everyone can do to use antibiotics more wisely. Read more Antimicrobial stewardship and the role of community pharmacy

Pharmacy teams integral to good dementia care


Francesca AaenArticle by Francesca Aaen, Independent Pharmacist Consultant and Pharmacist Prescriber

Ten years on from the launch of the first Dementia Strategy by the Scottish Government, the second refresh of the document has now been published. The focus firmly remains on delivering timely, person-centred and consistent care and support for every person in Scotland living with dementia, from diagnosis to end of life, in any setting. The greater emphasis on primary and community care in this strategy is an opportunity for pharmacists and their teams working in the community and in the GP practice setting, as well as in acute and long-term NHS care,  to contribute to safe and effective care for their patients living with dementia, most of whom will take medication and access pharmacy services on a regular basis. Read more Pharmacy teams integral to good dementia care

Strengthening Pharmacy in Scotland

Rose Marie ParrArticle by Rose Marie Parr, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scottish Government

On 21 August 2017, I launched the new pharmacy strategy for Scotland: Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care which sets out the priorities, commitments and actions for improving and integrating pharmacy services in Scotland.

During the launch I had the pleasure of visiting both a community pharmacy and a GP practice in Port Glasgow to meet health and social care practitioners to talk about the way pharmacy services are adapting and enhancing care in the NHS. Read more Strengthening Pharmacy in Scotland