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Catherine Duggan, director of professional development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Ian Bates, education adviser to the RPS English Pharmacy Board, discuss the importance of developing a global standard of education and training for pharmacists.
The 2017 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) budget, agreed in November 2016, includes a financial surplus of £5,000 before interest. Here Simon Redman, director of finance at the RPS, talks to Julia Robinson about how the RPS has recovered from last year’s budgeted loss of £1.5m and what plans are being made to improve services and engage with members in the coming year.
Sandra Gidley, chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, makes the case for the integration of health and social care funding and explains why pharmacists are needed across the entire health and social care system and at all levels of the NHS.
David Branford, member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, and Dolly Sud, specialist mental health pharmacist Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, explain the importance of the role of pharmacists in improving the physical well-being of patients with severe mental illness.
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.
Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 18 January 2017Subscription
The first Scottish Pharmacy Board (SPB) meeting of 2017 was held on 18 January 2017 at Holyrood House in Edinburgh.
Call for RPS members to comment on GPhC religion, personal beliefs and values consultationSubscription
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is seeking the views of RPS members on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) consultation on religion, personal beliefs and values in pharmacy.
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society RPS president Martin Astbury says Alex MacKinnon is “delighted to accept the acting up arrangement”
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.”
Online pharmacies must meet standards of face-to-face consultations before prescribing antibioticsSubscription
17 February 2017: The Daily Mail ran the results of research by a team from Imperial College London into the sale of antibiotics by online pharmacies, highlighting poor practice by some sites outside Great Britain.
31 January 2017: The regular column from Royal Pharmaceutical Society Wales in the Western Mail focused on how pharmacists can help prevent falls in older people by advising on medicines. It advised readers to “speak to your pharmacist who will be able to tell you if your medication is likely to increase the risk of a fall and will work with your GP to find a solution”.
17 January 2017: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesperson on medicines safety, Steve Williams, gave advice to the Daily Mail about how to avoid medication errors when a patient is admitted to hospital or transferred from one care setting to another. Williams advised that patients should take all their medicines with them when admitted to hospital. “It’s the easiest way to ensure that you’re taking the correct type of medicine in the correct doses,” he said.
Qualified person: Patricia PetchSubscription
Patricia Petch SRPharmS, quality manager, new product introduction, GlaxoSmithKline, was added to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Qualified Person (QP) register on 21 February 2017. Having successfully passed the Joint Professional Bodies’ QP viva, she is eligible to be named as a QP on manufacturers’ authorisations.
Tribute to David Michael SteadSubscription
Friends and former colleagues have been greatly saddened and shocked at the untimely death of David Stead, some two weeks after major cardiac surgery. David was a highly regarded, respected pharmacist and colleague to many in the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry.
Tribute to Peter Kilmister HowardSubscription
Peter Howard read pharmacy at Chelsea Polytechnic but had to put his studies temporarily on hold to complete his National Service with the Royal Air Force. He joined the Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists on 10 March 1954 and took a job as pharmacy manager for a private pharmacy, followed by his managerial role with Timothy Whites & Taylors of London. It was here where he met his lovely wife and life-long partner, Betty. The couple had a long marriage and happy life together for ...
National Pharmacy Boards Elections 2017Subscription
Closure of electoral roll and deadline for updating voting preferences