RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 5, Interview with Giovanna Di Tano)

Article by Giovanna Di Tano, RPS local coordinator for Lothian

Since qualifying in Pharmacy in 1982 from Strathclyde University, I have to date worked in community pharmacy. After moving to Edinburgh in 1985, I have juggled work whilst being a wife and a mother to three daughters. Read more RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 5, Interview with Giovanna Di Tano)

A pharmacy model for Scotland’s new GP contract?

Clare MorrisonArticle by Clare Morrison, Senior Clinical Quality Lead and Lead Pharmacist (North) at NHS Highland

As pharmacists across Scotland consider how the new GP contract will be implemented, it is already close to reality for our pharmacy team in the North of NHS Highland.

The Caithness Pharmacy Model began in 2014 when times were tough. GP shortages hit this remote area early and practices had already developed advanced nurse roles: it was a logical next step to consider what pharmacists could do. Read more A pharmacy model for Scotland’s new GP contract?

RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 4, Interview with Andrew Carruthers)

Article by Andrew Carruthers, RPS local coordinator for Glasgow

I am Andrew Carruthers. I am two years qualified and currently work in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as a Medicines Information Pharmacist, with a clinical role in Care of the Elderly and Stroke. I completed my pre-registration year in hospital, but I also do the occasional locum at the weekends so have some exposure to Community Pharmacy. Read more RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 4, Interview with Andrew Carruthers)

RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 3, Interview with Lesley McArthur)

Lesley McArthurArticle by Lesley McArthur, RPS local coordinator for Forth Valley

I never know how to start these things, but here goes… Lesley McArthur (the concise version)… qualified 1989 (gasp) and worked in community pharmacy for the vast majority of my career. There’s not much I haven’t done in those 30 years, really, including recruitment, training, management, HR with a wee diversion into GP practice work. Lately, I’ve had a portfolio of work…

Read more RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 3, Interview with Lesley McArthur)

RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 2, Interview with Annamarie McGregor)

Annamarie McGregorArticle by Annamarie McGregor, RPS Practice Development Lead

The RPS Local model has been created to enable greater 360-degrees of engagement between our members with the work of the RPS.

Aligning with NHS Board areas and having a local funded volunteer coordinator has already made this easier as we focus on developing a programme of up to five events per year in the first instance. My vision is that RPS Local brings the RPS Vision for pharmacists and strategic goals to reality by providing an opportunity to bring RPS Policies, Standards and Guidance to life in practical ways that will make a positive difference in day to day practice. Events will also be based on practice hot topics e.g. the identifying and reducing opioid analgesic dependence and will be a mixture of face to face and webinars. Read more RPS Local in Scotland: Bringing RPS closer to you (Part 2, Interview with Annamarie McGregor)

Could protected learning time for pharmacists be a reality?

johnathanlaird150Johnathan Laird is a community pharmacist independent prescriber with a special interest in asthma. He is based in Turriff, Aberdeenshire.

As we develop into more clinically focused areas, like independent prescribing and managing lists of patients, protected learning has to become a reality. With this in mind, I was delighted to read about the RPS in Scotland advocating the need for protected learning time in their manifestoRight Medicine – Better Health – Fitter Future. Read more Could protected learning time for pharmacists be a reality?

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