My experience as an RPS English Pharmacy Board member

Sharon Buckle is Vice Chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board and a Pharmacy Manager for Boots.

In June 2012 I was delighted to be elected onto the English Pharmacy Board. I was so honoured and so determined that we would be a bold, decisive and happening board, making a difference for our Profession.

If I could sum up in 3 words what is required of a board member, I would cite three characteristics:

  • Passionate
  • Persistent
  • Pragmatic

I made 3 pre-election pledges:
1/ to push for the sharing of patient records with pharmacists
2/ to fight for decriminalisation of single dispensing errors
3/ to raise the profile of pharmacists with Government, politicians and medics

In 2018 we are well on the way to delivering all three! Read more My experience as an RPS English Pharmacy Board member

Antimicrobial stewardship – are you doing your bit?

by Jacquie Sneddon, Project Lead for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the top threats to human healthcare with an estimated 50,000 deaths per year from resistant infection across Europe and the US. This figure will reach 10 million by 2050 unless we act now to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

With few new antibiotics in the pipeline we need to ensure we are using antibiotics appropriately – this means cut out unnecessary use and ensure when they are required that prescriptions comply with evidence-based guidance. This is the basis of antimicrobial stewardship. So what does this mean for pharmacists?

AMS is important in all sectors of pharmacy

Read more Antimicrobial stewardship – are you doing your bit?

Embrace technology in order to release time for pharmaceutical care

Article by Norman Lannigan Lead for Evaluation of Automated Technology (EAT) 

The Wilson and Barber review of pharmaceutical care in the community advised that the potential of automated dispensing systems, including robotics, should be evaluated for its potential to release time for more pharmaceutical care. This led to the establishment by the Scottish Government of the Evaluation of Automated Technology (EAT) work stream under the Prescription for Excellence programme, which I was asked to lead. Read more Embrace technology in order to release time for pharmaceutical care

Top tips to get you through your Hospital Interviews

MichaelMichael Champion, Student, Social Media and Communications Lead of RPS East Anglia and Anticoagulation Practitioner at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, tells us the tips that got him through his Hospital pre-reg interviews.

 

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Preparing for your Hospital Pre-Reg Interviews

Aamer ImageWe spoke to Aamer Safdar, Principal Pharmacist Lead for Education and Development at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and RPS English Pharmacy Board Member about the best way you can prepare for your Hospital pre-reg interviews.  Read more Preparing for your Hospital Pre-Reg Interviews

Ask the RPS: How to secure your summer placement in Hospital Pharmacy

This mLila Chohan - RPS piconth we ask Lila Chohan, RPS Foundation Champion and Pre-Registration trainee about her summer placements during her time at University. Lila informs us on how to secure a placement that’s right for you, and furthermore, how her summer placements helped her to determine the right career path when choosing which sector to go into for her Pre-Registration training year.
Read more Ask the RPS: How to secure your summer placement in Hospital Pharmacy

Take control of your career! How students can stand out from the crowd with their CV and cover letter

BekkiIn a competitive job market, what can you do to make sure you secure the role you want as a Pharmacist upon graduation? The key to ensuring a pre-reg position and job post-graduation is making yourself stand out from the rest; everyone will have a degree but it is the extra experience and diversity you can demonstrate that will set you apart. I’ve outlined some key tips for how you can optimise your CV and cover letter, so you can secure the pre-reg placement you want.

 

 

Read more Take control of your career! How students can stand out from the crowd with their CV and cover letter

Interview with Sandra Melville, previous Chair and departing Scottish Board Member

Sandra MelvilleSandra Melville MSc, FRPharmS, FFRPS joined the Scottish Pharmacy Board in 2007, becoming Chair in 2008. During her time on the board, Sandra witnessed seismic changes to Scottish pharmacy, including the creation of the devolved Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland and the introduction of Prescription of Excellence. Last month she supported RPS Scotland by giving evidence on Seven Day Services at the Health and Sport committee. Our director, Alex MacKinnon, interviews Sandra as she leaves the board to continue her work in hospital pharmacy in Oban. Read more Interview with Sandra Melville, previous Chair and departing Scottish Board Member

Working in mental health: why I love it

Wendy Ackroyd lead pharmacist mental healthby Wendy Ackroyd MRPharmS, lead clinical pharmacist in mental health for NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

I decided to try mental health pharmacy on for size, for six months. That was 15 years ago now. It was a good fit.

When working in community pharmacy, I looked at a list of psychiatric drugs on prescriptions (usually combinations the BNF has a black dot against) and felt out of my depth to challenge it. I imagine there are a few of my colleagues who do this now.

Mental health problems are hard to measure – diagnostic criteria overlaps, you can have more than one at a time and the evidence base is… lets say RCTs contain a few less than the 18,000 subjects you see in a trial of a statin. Read more Working in mental health: why I love it

Diary of a Pre-reg: supporting clinicians with research

Natalie WeirBy Natalie Weir ARPharmS, pre-registration pharmacist at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

Early on in my degree I had an interest in neurology, and chose to do my dissertation investigating how a risk gene for schizophrenia impacted on neuroanatomical regions. As it housed the Institute of Neurosciences, I had ambitions to do my pre-registration year at the Southern General Hospital and was ecstatic when I was successful! Read more Diary of a Pre-reg: supporting clinicians with research