We’ve been listening to your feedback about rpharms.com. You told us you love the content on the site, but it can be hard to find. You also told us some of the best bits of RPS membership are hidden and it’s not always clear what we do for pharmacy.
So, say “hello” to our new website – designed by…you!
The new site will give you a clear view about what we do and how we do it
Recognition. Development. Publications.
We’ve moved the good stuff to the top so it’s easier to find and navigate – you’ll find a consistent theme across the site, and all our communications.
We drive recognition of pharmacy through our campaigns to secure the future for the profession. We make sure your voice is heard across Government and in the media
Our publications, from the Pharmaceutical Journal, BNF, MEP and Pharmacy guides, help you provide safe and effective medicine use for your patients
We support your development at all stages of your career, from students, pre-reg’s, newly qualified and more experienced pharmacists, our development programmes match your career goals.
I’m really proud of what the team at RPS has achieved with the new site. We believe it’s clear and easier to use. Of course we will be updating and changing as we get feedback from you. We’ve also got further improvements planned to make the website experience even better. Let me know if you love the site, if you hate it, or if you have any suggestions about improvements @nealcpatel
I’m Chris John from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) – welcome to my blog. As Head of Workforce Development I look at the standards, guidance, and policies that will develop our profession. Having been involved in the RPS approach to supporting its members with revalidation I decided to write a blog about my own journey with staying on the register. Each month I will cover different aspects of a new additional way us pharmacists have to keep our knowledge and skills up-to-date – the peer discussion. The what, who, where and how. I hope you find my blog to be informative as well as an enjoyable read – do let me know.
It’s long been recognised within prison populations that there’s a high prevalence of substance use disorder in connection with prescription medicines. This is often found alongside problematic polypharmacy situations.[i] My main objective as a Lead Prison Pharmacist is to optimise medicines and resolve problematic polypharmacy, to try and rehabilitate people held in custody.
Medicines optimisation within a prison takes many forms, just as it does in other areas of health care. It starts with comprehensive medicines reconciliation when people arrive at the prison. Compared with the general population, people in custody have often lived chaotic lifestyles, either on the outside of prison, or perhaps in other prisons, so the first step is to understand what they have been taking, and how they have or have not been managing their medicines.
A particular problem we encounter during medicines reconciliation is that when a person arrives in prison, they often have other people’s prescription medicines in their possession, as well as their own. This forms important evidence for any resulting medicines optimisation.
by John Betts, RPS Museum, Keeper of the Museum Collections
The history of pharmacy is usually thought of in terms of drug development and its ability to transform patient’s lives. Rarely do museums have an object in their collection that communicates what it was like to live with a life-threatening illness before there were any effective treatments.
The RPS Museum has a leaflet published by GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) in 1984, at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which does just that.
When A Friend Has AIDS provides advice to the friends of people living with AIDS on how they can offer them support.
As the season of good will is fast approaching, I am hoping I can persuade someone to act as my peer for my peer discussion as part of revalidation (I will resort to offering bribery in the form of mince pies etc. if necessary).
Previously I wrote in this blog about my own journey with staying on the register of pharmacists and how I would be approaching the peer discussion – one of the new ways us pharmacists have to keep up-to-date. Last time it was the ‘what’, now I’m considering the ‘who’. Read more Who will Chris choose for his peer discussion? ›
Catherine Picton, Professional Secretary, RPS Hospital Expert Advisory Group
At least 450 patients are thought to have died after the administration of inappropriately high doses of opioids between 1988 and 2000 at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. In June 2018 the report of the Gosport Independent Panel into failures of care was published.
Like many reading the report I was shocked. Most sobering was that this practice remained unchallenged for a prolonged period of time, despite initial concerns being raised by relatives of patients and nursing staff, and prescribing being outside accepted good practice.
by Darrell Baker FFRPS, Chief Pharmacist and Clinical Director of Pharmacy and Medicines management for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
A good life to the very end…
“For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story, and in stories endings matter”
Quality palliative and end of life care is important and medicines can have a key role to play in facilitating that quality of care for many of our patients. On behalf of the Chief Pharmacists in NHS Wales, I am pleased to have supported the development of the RPS Wales policy document and to endorse its key recommendations.
Focusing on the individual
Understanding what quality end of life care looks (and feels) like for an individual is an important starting point. Pharmacy staff need to work as integrated members of the multi-professional team around the patient, with access to clinical information about the patient. This way, we are able to respect their wishes and support effective implementation of treatment and symptom management plans, regardless of location.
I recently had my seasonal flu vaccination – have you had yours?
This is something I do every year. Not only to protect myself, but also my family, my colleagues and people I come into contact with who may be vulnerable. It’s a very sensible precaution because influenza can have a devastating impact if it takes hold. While we often think of flu as something little more than a bad cold, it has a legacy of tragedy behind it. Read more Have you had your flu vaccine yet? ›
By Rob Davies, Pharmacist Independent Prescriber and member of the Welsh Pharmacy Board.
Practice as an Independent Prescriber (IP) involves continuous learning, continuous quality improvement if you like, to ensure that practice always advances to meet patients’ needs.
I see the link between the RPS Faculty and the IP role as a virtuous circle. Prescribing helps my Faculty portfolio, which in turn helps my continuous development as an IP. My prescribing role, subsequent mentorship of colleagues and teaching contributed to my Faculty portfolio, particularly in clusters 1 and 5, ‘Expert Professional Practice’ and ‘Education, Teaching and Development’. Read more How does the Faculty help Pharmacist Independent Prescribers? ›
About the RPS blog
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is the dedicated professional body for pharmacists and pharmacy in England, Scotland and Wales.
Our blogs are written by experts and provide thought provoking information and commentary on health, health policy issues and lifestyle choices. Here you will find opinions and comments on topics related to public health and medicine safety.
We work with a variety of health, charity and business partners to help us highlight particular health issues and run successful health campaigns. We will be inviting guest bloggers from these organisations to help us create interesting, varied and engaging public content.