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

Why the Scottish Seminar is necessary for change

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By Johnathan Laird, MRPharmS, Pharmacy Manager from Turriff, Aberdeenshire and Scottish Finalist in the I Love My Pharmacist competition. You can follow Johnathan at @JohnathanLaird.

In Scotland, change is a word that has resonated politically in recent months and years. Whatever side of the political spectrum you find yourself on the one thing that is probable is that your level of engagement is greater than before.

If you have not already heard, in Scotland we have a vision for pharmacy called Prescription for Excellence. This is a vision for pharmacy that puts a firm emphasis on professional innovation and partnership to deliver the best possible pharmaceutical care for patients. Read more Why the Scottish Seminar is necessary for change

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

Assisted Suicide: Where do we stand?

Lara SeymourOn the 30th April, Scottish Government published its Stage 1 Report on the Assisted Suicide Bill. RPS Scotland was asked to give evidence for this report and we worked hard to ensure that pharmacists’ opinions were heard. As our members hold a range of ethical views, we recommended specific measures that would protect both patients and health professionals. You can read the full details here.

Earlier this month, Scotland’s Practice and Policy Lead, Aileen Bryson, chaired a debate on Assisted Suicide at Robert Gordon University. Student debaters wrangled over the ethical concerns for pharmacists if the Bill were to pass.  Lara Seymour MRPharmS, Group Leader of RGU’s Pharmacy Law and Ethics Society, reveals the conclusions they came to. Read more Assisted Suicide: Where do we stand?

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

Your mental health: wellbeing advice from Pharmacist Support

Helen Tester, Wellbeing Co-ordinator from Pharmacist Supportby Helen Tester, Wellbeing coordinator at Pharmacist Support – the independent charity for pharmacists, trainees and MPharm students.

11-17th May marks Mental Health Awareness Week – a time to reflect on and help raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues. According to an ONS study one in four of us will suffer from a mental health illness at some point in our lives. If this is the case how can we stay mentally healthy? Read more Your mental health: wellbeing advice from Pharmacist Support

Our work in Scotland –2013 achievements and looking forward

 

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Professor John A Cromarty, FRPharmS, Chair, Scottish Pharmacy Board
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Alex MacKinnon, MRPharmS, RPS Director for Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Professor John A Cromarty, Chair, Scottish Pharmacy Board and Alex MacKinnon, Director for Scotland

Thanks to the continued support of our members, we were able to make many significant achievements in 2013. A key accomplishment was our input to the Wilson and Barber Review of NHS Pharmaceutical Care of Patients in the Community in Scotland. The Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society was a key stakeholder in the review and we are delighted that most of our ambitions and aspirations for the pharmacy profession in Scotland have been delivered within the Prescription for Excellence vision and action plan.

Read more Our work in Scotland –2013 achievements and looking forward

Electronic Cigarettes – an aid to quit or a new harmful lifestyle choice?

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As a pharmacist, I must admit to being really concerned about the way the marketing of e-cigarettes is starting to explode around me. The growth in their sale seems to be rising exponentially with associated marketing spend. New manufacturers are appearing as they recognise a commercial opportunity.

Read more Electronic Cigarettes – an aid to quit or a new harmful lifestyle choice?

Pharmacists promoting Dignity Action Day

By Annamarie McGregor, Professional Support Pharmacist for the RPS in Scotland

Today is Dignity Action Day.  This aims to contribute to upholding people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people receiving care. Dignity Action Day asks health and social care workers to take action in their place of work to promote dignity.

Over the last year, since I joined the RPS in Scotland, I’ve been working on a project to improve pharmaceutical care in Scotland.  This project has pulled together the best evidence we have about pharmaceutical care in care homes and reports on the different models of care deployed in Scotland and the rest of the UK. Read more Pharmacists promoting Dignity Action Day