Yellow is the new black

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Have you completed a yellow card? Are you encouraging your patients to report any adverse side effects to any medicines they are taking? All of us can do our part to help ensure healthcare products are acceptably safe for patients. Read more Yellow is the new black

Being a board member – what I have learned so far

Paul Harris 150x150By Paul Harris, Welsh Pharmacy Board member and Wales External Relationships Lead for Boots UK

In June 2014, I was elected to the Welsh Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). One year on, I feel confident in my role but I remember well how I felt during the first weeks of my appointment Read more Being a board member – what I have learned so far

Developing a research strategy for Wales

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Dr Sarah Hiom, MPharmS, PhD, All Wales Specialist Pharmacist, R & D, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

A core message coming from our professional leaders is that ‘research is everybody’s business.’ A Research and Evaluation cluster is now included in the Advanced Pharmacy Framework of the RPS Faculty. Increasingly, the commissioning of NHS services is being based on patient outcomes so the need to provide evidence to support our current or future services is essential. Read more Developing a research strategy for Wales

Faculty Action Learning Sets – getting by with a little help from our friends

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By Rob Davies, MFRPSII MRPharmS, Primary Care Pharmacist BCUHB, Board Member RPS Wales, Faculty Champion

As I was writing this blog, I was reminded of a line from one of my favourite Beatles songs: “With a little help from my friends”. For me, this encapsulates the essence of an RPS Faculty Action Learning Set: to be helped on your Faculty journey and help others on theirs. Read more Faculty Action Learning Sets – getting by with a little help from our friends

Develop your staff through the Faculty

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By Sudhir Sehrawat, Director & Superintendent Pharmacist, Insync Healthcare Pharmacy, Cardiff South Wales, Cardiff and Vale LPF Lead

As we near the end of 2014, I am fortunate to have been nominated LPF Lead for Cardiff and Vale Local Practice Forum. For me, this post is full of excitement, opportunities and challenges. Cardiff and Vale LPF have an enthusiastic steering group and committed members. As we head into 2015 we are tasked with growing the membership – a challenge for all LPFs! Read more Develop your staff through the Faculty

Why all practising pharmacists should be involved in research

davidmcrae150x150By David McRae, Clinical Trials Pharmacist, Cwm Taf University Health Board, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil

When I was asked to blog about pharmacy practice research and evaluation here in Wales, I gleefully seized upon the opportunity. It was a certain type of glee – the type of happiness you experience when you turn over an exam paper to find a twenty mark question on the topic you revised only last night. The recent RPS Annual Conference has focused many of our minds on research and why it is so necessary. Read more Why all practising pharmacists should be involved in research

Pharmacists well placed to advise on diabetes

diabetes-pic by Claire Howell, Community Pharmacist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Back in June, I was invited by a call centre in Swansea to perform diabetes risk assessments. Health professionals know what the risk factors are for diabetes but do the general public? Pharmacists, I think, are well placed to help raise awareness of these risk factors. Read more Pharmacists well placed to advise on diabetes

Pharmacy behind bars – the challenges

crichards150x150 By Cathryn Richards, Head of Pharmaceutical Services, HMP Swansea

Being a prison pharmacist has its own set of challenges but challenges tend to reap their own rewards. Most of the time I feel like I’m making a positive difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable in society.

I work in a Category B prison holding 445 adult male prisoners with the majority being Welsh.

Prisoners often arrive at the prison emaciated by drugs and alcohol, weak physically and mentally. Read more Pharmacy behind bars – the challenges

Procrastinate not – attend a RPS Faculty surgery

Hcrook150x150By Harry Crook, Owner of a community pharmacy in North Wales

First, let’s get one thing straight. Anyone who knows me will know I didn’t do this whole Faculty thing spontaneously! I was asked to do it and I said ‘yes’. However, anyone who knows me will ALSO know that I wouldn’t have said ‘yes’, if I wasn’t moved to do so!

It would be something of an understatement to say that I am less than proficient at recording my Continuing Professional Development (CPD) entries. I attend courses and I discover gaps in my knowledge all the time. I learn new things every day, most of which I should have learned years ago! But, and I know I am not alone, I am always ‘too busy’ to make the relevant entry. Clearly I’m not. But I like to tell myself that I am. And anyone else who will listen. Read more Procrastinate not – attend a RPS Faculty surgery

Are you ready to be asked about clots?

Leanneby Leeanne Lewis, Divisional Pharmacist for Scheduled Care,
Royal Gwent Hospital

I have been filled with enthusiasm after attending the launch of a national campaign in Wales to stop blood clots and save lives earlier this month at The Senedd.

The Ask about Clots campaign, developed by the 1000 Lives Improvement service, part of Public Health Wales, is encouraging patients to ask healthcare professionals about their risk of developing a blood clot so they can be assessed and given appropriate treatment to prevent it. Read more Are you ready to be asked about clots?