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


Professor John A Cromarty, FRPharmS, Chair, Scottish Pharmacy Board
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?

Alex Mackinnon 160 x 160By Alex MacKinnon, RPS Director for Scotland

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