How much is polypharmacy a necessary evil?

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By Dr Martin Duerden, a GP in North Wales and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Bangor University

A few years ago, I and some GP colleagues – Tony Avery from Nottingham University, and Rupert Payne from Cambridge University – were asked to do a review of polypharmacy by the King’s Fund. Polypharmacy had always been looked on disparagingly through my training in medicine and my subsequent work as a GP. It was clear from our review that this high minded perspective of polypharmacy was no longer valid.

Polypharmacy has become common place and the stark evidence is that we now have three times more people taking ten-or-more drugs than was the case in the late 1990s. The reasons for this are complex; many more people take preventative drugs for things like high blood pressure and lipid-lowering; we have a plethora of guidelines urging us to use treatments; and there are an increasing number of drugs available. Perhaps the biggest issue now and in the future is the shear number of people in middle age who are getting older and frailer and carrying many diseases into old age – the so-called ‘multimorbidity challenge’.

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Improving Your Soft Skills

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Over the past three years at university I have worked hard to change from a painfully shy person into one who is frequently described as confident. I even find myself offering to present in front of large crowds without so much as a second thought.
This article will give you some tips to make this development yourselves, just bear in mind that the majority of soft skills will come naturally with gaining confidence.

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Ask the RPS : What makes a good community pharmacist?

Hayley Berry, RPS Community Advocate and Community Pharmacist

Through not only my years of experience as a pharmacist but also through a most recent role as RPS Community Advocate, I’ve been able to recognise some of the key skills needed for a career in community.
Read more Ask the RPS : What makes a good community pharmacist?

Making the most of your opportunities for a career in community pharmacy!

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Sarah Murphy, University of Central Lancashire, 4th year student

Throughout my time at university, I’ve made sure I stand out to potential employers through my experience within community pharmacy. Here’s a few tips on how you can do the same.
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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

How to cope with exam stress

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RPS Student Champion, University of Nottingham

Exams, exams, exams… the dreaded season is upon us…

With January exams just over a month away most of us will be getting into stress mode. Therefore there is no better time than now to get some pre-exam tips out to you all on how to cope with exam stress, as the wise pharmacist says

‘early preparation leads to great success…’ Read more How to cope with exam stress

Ask the RPS : The Key to Good Exam Technique

We all know that the Mahendra patelstress and pressure of the exam situation can lead you to make mistakes that cost you marks. However, perfecting your exam technique can make the world of difference, and can help you greatly improve your marks. Dr Mahendra Patel, RPS Board Member and Principal Enterprise Fellow in Pharmacy at Huddersfield University gives us his top tips on planning, remaining calm and nailing your exam!

 

 

Top tips for being better prepared for exams:

1. Planning
2. Preparation
3. Technique
4. During exam
5. Plagiarism Read more Ask the RPS : The Key to Good Exam Technique

Ask the RPS: A guide to preparing your Pre-Reg CV and cover letter

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Every month for our student newsletter ‘Get Involved!’, we’re asking a member of staff at the RPS to give their hints and tips on our topic of the month. For our October edition we’re looking at providing guidance to students when preparing their CV and cover letter to enhance career opportunities in an ever increasing competitive market. We ask Daniel Sutcliffe, Pharmacy Engagement Officer at the RPS and recently qualified pharmacist, his top tips for standing out from the crowd when applying for those all-important Pre-Registration placements. Read more Ask the RPS: A guide to preparing your Pre-Reg CV and cover letter

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.

 

 

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