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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.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is keen to develop a new model for local engagement and is calling on members to give their views on what they would like in future.
Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting: 2 February 2017Subscription
At the most recent RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting, members discussed the future of local engagement in Wales and RPS Wales’ ongoing work with Welsh government and celebrated two more board member receiving their Faculty pins.
English Pharmacy Board meeting: 26 January 2017Subscription
The English Pharmacy Board (EPB) met for its first board meeting of the year on 26 January 2017, at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)’s London headquarters in Wapping, east London.
Changing prescriber supervision requirements will help more pharmacists become prescribers, says RPSSubscription
Responding to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s discussion paper, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has advocated for an active pharmacist independent prescriber (IP) to be involved in supervising IPs in training to enable more pharmacists to become prescribers.
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 ...
21 February 2017: The side effects of steroids were highlighted by the Daily Mail, which asked ‘Why do steroids make your face swell? Neal Patel, a spokesperson for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: “Your risk of experiencing side effects depends on the dose and how long you take the medicine for.”
Deaths: Angela Mary BrownSubscription
On 27 November 2016, Mrs Angela Mary Brown MRPharmS, aged 61, of Cardiff, South Glamorgan. Mrs Brown registered with the Society in 1978.
Deaths: Arun NandhaSubscription
On 23 February 2017, Mr Arun Nandha MRPharmS, aged 51, of Wembley, London. Mr Nandha registered with the Society in 1987.
Deaths: Neil RobertsSubscription
On 16 February 2017, Neil Roberts MRPharmS, aged 77, of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Mr Roberts registered with the Society in 1966.
Deaths: Valerie Bertenshaw Subscription
On 7 March 2016, Valerie Bertenshaw MRPharms, aged 72, of Bodmin, Cornwall. Ms Bertenshaw registered with the Society in 1968.