Access to Records – Supporting Patients over the festive period and beyond

By Malcolm Clubb, MRPharmS

This year in my pharmacy we are planning to open for the morning on Boxing Day to increase patients’ access at a time where many other health services are closed. However, I am acutely aware that we are still unable to support patients who are not from our pharmacy safely and easily due to lack of access to the Emergency Care Summary (ECS)/Key Information Summary (KIS) records in pharmacies across Scotland. Community pharmacies were promised this by 2014 – it is inconceivable that we still do not have this at the end of 2015. Community pharmacists remain the only health professionals with direct patient contact who do not have access. Read more Access to Records – Supporting Patients over the festive period and beyond

2015 in review: Pharmacists in GP practices

Elaine Thomson - SPB MemberBy Elaine Thomson MFRPSII MRPharmS, Locality Team Leader and Scottish Pharmacy Board Member

It’s been an interesting year. We’ve had the crisis in general practice and the review of out of hours services. We’ve had the announcement of additional funding in Scotland for pharmacists to work with GP practices. All of this against the background of evolving health and social care integration in Scotland. I’ve been working in GP practices for 15 years
so I’m watching the developments around the GP practice model, both north and south of the border, very closely. Read more 2015 in review: Pharmacists in GP practices

2015 in review: our LPFs

SPB Andrea Smith_jpgby Andrea Smith, National Clinical Lead SPSP-PPC and Scottish Pharmacy Board member

So as we approach the end of the year 2015, I turn to reflecting on what I have achieved both personally and professionally. I reached a milestone birthday in June, and while still trying to come to terms with reaching my “half century”, I’ve decided it’s not all bad. As many friends and colleagues know, I have a passion for travel and was delighted to tick-off several destinations on my bucket list this year – Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Istanbul to name but a few. Read more 2015 in review: our LPFs

Kickstart your professional development in 2016

Jonathan Burton - SPB Vice-Chair and SPB Lead for Foundation ProgrammeBy Jonathan Burton  MFRPSII MRPharmS, Vice-Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board.

2015 has been a year of real progress for the RPS professional development programmes in Scotland. Our Local Practice Forums across the country have held several workshop events to inform members about both the Foundation framework and Faculty portfolio building & submission. Our Scottish National Seminar in August saw packed conference rooms full of pharmacists learning from colleagues with first-hand experience of using the programmes and/or becoming Faculty members and Fellows. Read more Kickstart your professional development in 2016

Why your voice is needed for Health and Social Care integration

Aileen Bryson - Practice & Policy LeadBy Aileen Bryson MRPharmS, Scottish Practice and Policy Lead

Understanding prescribing budgets, the importance of medicines in modern healthcare and promoting health and wellbeing are just some of the challenges facing Health and Social Care Partnerships in the new integrated health and social care landscape. Read more Why your voice is needed for Health and Social Care integration

GPhC Pre-registration assessment update

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The GPhC recently released their Pre-registration Autumn Bulletin for 2015, this contained a great deal of information regarding the recent changes to the assessment in 2016, much of it new. We’ve created a breakdown of the most important points and how they impact you, giving you plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming assessment in June. Read more GPhC Pre-registration assessment update

Supporting rural communities with palliative care

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Gill Harrington MRPharmS, Palliative Care Community Pharmacist from Strome Ferry, near Skye.

In 2012, NHS Highland set out to explore a new service model piloting the development of a full-time Macmillan Rural Palliative Care Pharmacist Practitioner. The aims were to develop community pharmacy to support the needs of palliative patients, improve service provision, develop training and peer support opportunities and provide quality information to support practice. I was appointed in February 2013 and have been on a steep learning curve to enhance my knowledge of palliative care issues, along with defining areas for development within the project. Read more Supporting rural communities with palliative care

Facing the challenges ahead as a recently qualified pharmacist

Daniel 150After the thrill of passing the pre-registration exam had subsided somewhat and I joined the register as a pharmacist, it slowly began to dawn on me that despite all the BNF tagging in the previous months there was so much more to learn.  Not only is there a wealth of clinical knowledge to absorb and new skills to refine, but there is also far more I want to get out of professional development than I can achieve by merely documenting CPD entries.

Read more Facing the challenges ahead as a recently qualified pharmacist

Prepare for your pre-reg assessment with these 10 steps

Daniel 150With the September pre-registration exam just around the corner we have put together a step by step guide to help you prepare for your assessment. Whether you are sitting the assessment for the first or second time, these 10 useful steps will help you prepare and stay focused on the day. Read more Prepare for your pre-reg assessment with these 10 steps

My Faculty Journey: a lifetime adventure

Eleanor receiving her Faculty Pin at the Scottish National Seminar in August.
Eleanor receiving her Faculty Pin at the Scottish National Seminar in August.

By Eleanor Eunson, MFRPSII MRPharmS, community pharmacist

One of the most exciting parts of being a community pharmacist is that you never really know what you’ll have to deal with next. As the first point of contact for the majority of the public for their health problems, we can be dealing with colds/flu or skin problems or an emergency – how many of us have had “heart attacks” or “epileptic fits” at the pharmacy counter? We truly see everything from minor to major. How we react, what we do next and how we build on these experiences is what makes us tick – that is what Faculty was designed for! Read more My Faculty Journey: a lifetime adventure