Online privileges mean online responsibilities…especially for professionals!

johnathanlaird150Why social media benefits outweigh the risks for pharmacists by Johnathan Laird

The dissemination of information nowadays is rapid. ‘Just Google it!’ has become a popular refrain. Health information and the privacy issues surrounding it have meant that searching for advice online is now second nature for most tech savvy patients.

I started my blogging adventure about a year ago. Little did I know back then that my blog site would attract any readers at all never mind the 36,000 hits it has received. I’m staggered at the power of the Internet and the ability of individuals like me to share information/opinions quite easily to wide and diverse audiences. It’s quite remarkable that every time I tweet I do so now to over 10,000 people.

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Networking: Not for you? Think again

Networkby Jessica Sheridan-Sneyd, Communications Executive

Whether you’re a student, recently qualified, or an experienced pharmacist, networking is key to your career, enabling you to stay in touch with peers and with developments in the profession.

Being part of a network can be a breath of fresh air, especially for those pharmacists who spend much of their time working alone or within small teams. It is also useful for pharmacists looking to develop their careers and gain experience, and particularly locums, for whom a network of contacts is invaluable for finding work.

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Supporting our members through Twitter

Helen Chang, RPS Support Manager

by Helen Chang, Professional Support Pharmacist, RPS Support Manager

Our team is relatively new to social media so learning about unfamiliar terms like ‘handle’ and ‘hashtag’ has been quite interesting for us. We traditionally produce resources that have a lot of text so keeping our messages short and sweet wasn’t easy at first. Having got to grips with it though we are now really enjoying this new way of communicating, and are steadily growing in followers.

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Social media can make us more professional

paulgimsonPaul Gimson, RPS Director for Wales

 Today a new support resource for pharmacists launches on the RPS website – a package of guidance on social media. Social media? How does that benefit pharmacists, I hear you say. Isn’t that just for people with too much time on their hands? Read more Social media can make us more professional