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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Welsh Pharmacy Board launched its manifesto in November 2015. Mair Davies, director for RPS Wales, talks to Julia Robinson about progress made since the launch, and her objectives for 2017 and beyond.
New RPS director for England, Robbie Turner, tells Julia Robinson about his plans for 2017 and how he hopes his experience as chief executive of Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire will help him achieve his goals.
Alex MacKinnon, director for the Scotland at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), tells Julia Robinson what 2017 will mean for pharmacists in Scotland and how RPS Scotland plans to embrace new opportunities on behalf of the profession.
After seven years in the pharmacy world, Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to enter pastures new at the Royal Society of Medicine. Here, she talks to Julia Robinson about her proudest moments and what advice she would give to her successor.
RPS museum promoted at the British Society for the History of Pharmacy's annual conferenceSubscription
The first day of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy’s annual conference was hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and included a presentation and guided tour by John Betts, keeper of the museum collections.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society launches new website Subscription
After two years of development and testing, the new Royal Pharmaceutical Society website is now live.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is updating its professional standards for hospital pharmacy services.
Paul Bennett, a pharmacist with professional and commercial leadership expertise across local and national pharmaceutical bodies, has accepted the role of chief executive.
28 March 2017: NHS England has announced a review of “low value” prescription items, with a view to cutting NHS expenditure. The review aims to develop guidelines for clinical commissioning groups around an initial set of ten medicines deemed “ineffective, unnecessary or inappropriate for the NHS”. NHS England say the items, which include gluten-free foods, could be purchased over the counter by the patient, rather than being issued by prescription.
Neal Patel, head of corporate communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), spoke to The Independent to express the RPS’s concern over online sales of antibiotics.
3 March 2017: The Care Quality Commission published reports based on urgent inspections of two providers of digital primary care and found that they demonstrated significant clinical safety and organisational risks to patients. Sandra Gidley, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board, debated the provision of medicines online on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. Gidley focused on the importance of a proper consultation, especially when it comes to the provision of ...
Best practice for patients with dementiaSubscription
22 February 2017: Mair Davies, director of Royal Pharmaceutical Society Wales, appeared on BBC Radio Wales’ Eye on Wales, speaking about the use of antipsychotic medicines in patients with dementia. Davies stressed the importance of regular medicine reviews by pharmacists and GPs and acknowledged that pockets of best practice in Cardiff and Vale needed spreading across Wales. She also called for more resources to enable pharmacists to play a bigger role. “We need to ensure we are not ...
Deaths: Maureen Frances GilmourSubscription
On 5 March 2017, Mrs Maureen Frances Gilmour, aged 82, of Steyning, West Sussex. Mrs Gilmour registered with the Society in 1956 and left in 1998.
Deaths: Roger Horace RigbySubscription
On 2 April 2017, Mr Roger Horace Rigby, aged 74, of Chorley, Lancashire. Mr Rigby registered with the Society in 1965 and left in 2010.
Deaths: Barbara StoppardSubscription
On 3 April 2017, Mrs Barbara Stoppard, aged 77, of Chilwell, Nottingham. Mrs Stoppard registered with the Society in 1964 and left in 2015.
Pharmacists interested in working as part of a GP team are invited to a one-day conference, ‘How to become a pharmacist in a GP practice’.