Our new policy manifesto for Wales

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By Suzanne Scott-Thomas, Chair, Welsh Pharmacy Board

In May 2016 people in Wales will cast their votes in the elections to the National Assembly.  Engaging with politicians in the run up to the election is vitally important in helping us secure a better future for patients and the pharmacy profession in Wales.

That’s why we’ve launched our policy vision for Wales, Steps to better health and wellbeing to help shape the manifestos of the political parties.  It highlights the importance of maximising the pharmacy workforce and using clinical pharmacy skills to help address the current and future demands on NHS services. Read more Our new policy manifesto for Wales

Facing the challenges ahead as a recently qualified pharmacist

Daniel 150After the thrill of passing the pre-registration exam had subsided somewhat and I joined the register as a pharmacist, it slowly began to dawn on me that despite all the BNF tagging in the previous months there was so much more to learn.  Not only is there a wealth of clinical knowledge to absorb and new skills to refine, but there is also far more I want to get out of professional development than I can achieve by merely documenting CPD entries.

Read more Facing the challenges ahead as a recently qualified pharmacist

Prepare for your pre-reg assessment with these 10 steps

Daniel 150With the September pre-registration exam just around the corner we have put together a step by step guide to help you prepare for your assessment. Whether you are sitting the assessment for the first or second time, these 10 useful steps will help you prepare and stay focused on the day. Read more Prepare for your pre-reg assessment with these 10 steps

Recently Qualified and Want to Locum? Read this first.

Daniel 150With the pre-registration year drawing to a close and many new names appearing on the register, newly qualified pharmacists such as myself are thinking about the next steps to take in our careers. After finishing the pre-registration year many pharmacists choose to become locums; this can be a great way to experience lots of different pharmacies, from small independents to large multiples. The locum lifestyle has many benefits, and for newly qualified pharmacists it is an ideal way to rapidly expand our ever important CV. Taking the initial plunge can be a little daunting, with so many things to consider, from choosing the right agency to preparing for your first shift it can be difficult knowing where to start; fortunately there is ample support available to help make this process far more straightforward. Read more Recently Qualified and Want to Locum? Read this first.

Seven essential services for Recently Qualified Pharmacists

Daniel Sutcliffe

After finishing the pre-reg exam and joining the register I took some time to relax and reflect on five years of hard work. Becoming a recently qualified pharmacist is an exciting time in your career, a great many doors are suddenly opened for us and the opportunities available are endless.

It’s always good to have access to additional support to help navigate the various obstacles and opportunities that present themselves along the way. Fortunately membership of the RPS brings with it many benefits, which are especially relevant for us recently qualified pharmacists. I’ve complied the various resources I’ve found most useful to form a list of seven essential services in the hope it will help you.

Read more Seven essential services for Recently Qualified Pharmacists

Now is the time to stand out! Why students should attend the RPS Annual Conference

Yasmin blogYasmin Bayatpoor, pharmacy student.

We all know that one of the main and most asked questions in summer placement and pre-reg interviews concerns recent healthcare news and events in pharmacy. RPS conferences are the main way to demonstrate your enthusiasm and engagement with this almost guaranteed topic.
Read more Now is the time to stand out! Why students should attend the RPS Annual Conference

I Love My Pharmacist competition: SID’s story

Sultan 'SID' Dajani
Sultan ‘SID’ Dajani

Despite achieving the grades to do medicine at university, my surgeon father, who thought I wasn’t quite cut out to be a doctor, suggested a career in pharmacy instead – because I loved the science and social aspects of health. My motivations were never prizes or accolades but helping my patients as much as possible, because success is not about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make to peoples’ lives and there’s nothing more rewarding or satisfying. Read more I Love My Pharmacist competition: SID’s story

I Love My Pharmacist competition: Reena’s story

Reena Barai
Reena Barai

When I first heard about the ‘I Love My Pharmacist’ competition, I remember smiling to myself about the title.  I have always proclaimed that ‘I love pharmacy’ and so the title struck a chord with me.  A friend emailed me about the competition and said that I ‘had’ to enter.  I remember replying back to her joking that I wouldn’t be able to find a customer who admits to loving me!

That same day I delivered some urgent medication to a customer of mine and she was so grateful.   She said to me that she ‘would be lost without my help’.  I took this compliment as a subconscious declaration of love!  Every day, every pharmacist does something above and beyond their call of duty and yet these acts of human kindness go unnoticed by most. Read more I Love My Pharmacist competition: Reena’s story

What is primary care?

26.06.14 Royal Pharmaceutical Society

By Gareth Holyfield, FRPharmS, MPH, DipCommPharm, Principal Pharmacist, Public Health Wales and Welsh Pharmacy Board member

During my working week, and through many media sources on healthcare, I hear the term ‘primary care’ but what exactly is primary care?

I guess it means different things to different people. This is my personal take, based on my experiences in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and health board management.

‘Primary care,’ according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is ‘the healthcare provided in the community for people making an initial approach to a medical practitioner or clinic for advice or treatment.’  Read more What is primary care?

Prudent healthcare – what it means for pharmacists

26.06.14Royal Pharmaceutical SocietyMair Davies, FFRPS, FRPharmS, Chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

‘Prudent healthcare’ is a phrase frequently used by politicians and healthcare leaders across Wales but what does prudent healthcare mean and what are the implications for pharmacists and the people of Wales?

Read more Prudent healthcare – what it means for pharmacists