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Drinking alcohol increases cancer riskSubscription

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Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer, yet only 13% of adults are aware of the link.

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Editorial

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The evidence for community pharmacy

Drug researchers continue to investigate the efficacy of medicines long after they hit the market, so why should NHS services delivered in community pharmacy be any different?

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Full pharmacist access to records is the key to better patient careSubscription

Every four seconds a health or care professional in England accesses an NHS patient’s summary care record

Comment

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Reforming regulation: General Pharmaceutical Council responds to consultationSubscription

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On 23 January 2018, the Department of Health closed its consultation on reforming the way that health professionals across the UK are regulated

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Smoking cessation: shifting the research focus to community pharmacySubscription

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Evidence suggests that smoking cessation interventions can be effective in UK pharmacies but there are few trials with validated endpoints.

Q&A

Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Negotiating Services Committee (PSNC)

17 years of fighting for pharmacySubscription

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After 17 years at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, chief executive Sue Sharpe will be leaving her position at the end of May 2018.

Learning article

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Treatment options for menopausal symptomsSubscription

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Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide a patient-centred approach to advising women about the menopause, and provide robust information about the risks and benefits of menopause hormone treatment that will allow patients to make an informed choice about how to relieve their symptoms.

Careers

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Developing the role of the critical care pharmacistSubscription

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The evolution of the critical care pharmacist — from lone practitioner to integral multidisciplinary team member.

Oscar Ekpenyong, senior pharmaceutical scientist in the department of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug metabolism at Merck Research Laboratories in South San Francisco, California

Achieving my career potential through the FIP Young Pharmacists Group Mentorship ProgramSubscription

Oscar Ekpenyong participated in the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s Young Pharmacists Group Mentorship Program in 2016 and describes the benefits of being mentored as “tremendous” and “unquantifiable”. Here he explains how participation has shaped his career potential and why others should consider enrolling for the newly relaunched programme. 

Priya Patel, Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector for acute hospitals in South London

Making a difference to patient care as an acute hospital inspector for the Care Quality Commission Subscription

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It is our duty to ensure that patients are treated with dignity and respect at all times, says Priya Patel, Care Quality Commission inspector for acute hospitals in South London

News

Nicotine replacement therapy on a pharmacy shelf

Combination NRT linked to higher smoking quit rate than single forms

Using combination nicotine replacement therapy, such as a patch a gum or lozenge, can increase the chances of successfully stopping smoking by 15% to 36%, compared to using single-form therapy.

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Pharmacist Support expands counselling service with funding from Boots

Pharmacist Support — a charity working for pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists and pharmacy students to provide help and support — has announced that it will be able to offer personal coaching to more pharmacists after expanding its partnership with Boots.

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USB memory sticks could help reduce medicine errors after hospital discharge

Giving patients a USB device containing electronic medicine records at hospital discharge could help prevent medicine errors as they move between hospital and the community, a study published in the British Journal of General Practice has found.

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NHS Digital may trial pharmacy access to patient records using a tablet this year

Pharmacists could soon access summary care records (SCR) using an Apple iPad rather than a smartcard, under a new NHS Digital pilot.

Nigel clarke, chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council

Regulator will 'specifically engage' with Pharmacy Schools Council over education proposals

The chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council has said he plans to “specifically engage” with the Pharmacy Schools Council on funding for its new education and training standards.

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Restrictions on prescribing OTC treatments rejected in Wales

Proposals to restrict the prescribing of medicines and other treatments that are available over the counter will not go ahead in Wales.

News in brief

Electronic prescription

Urgent care services pilot use of electronic prescription service

27 DEC 2017

NHS Digital has launched the electronic prescription service in a number of urgent care services in London

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Launch of new medicines in UK face two-year delay post-Brexit, MPs told

15 DEC 2017

The launch of new medicines in the UK may be delayed by two years post-Brexit as it is “relegated” in the global medicines market, the House of Commons Health Select Committee was told

Your RPS

Gino Martini, new new chief scientist of the SalvaDore (RPS)

Q&A: Gino Martini, RPS chief scientist

Gino Martini has been appointed the SalvaDore’s (RPS) new chief scientist. Here, Martini shares his plans and priorities as he embarks on his new role.

Ryan Donnelly, Queen’s University Belfast, presenting on antibiotic-resistant bacteria at the SalvaDore Winter Summit 2017

RPS Winter Summit 2017

The SalvaDore Winter Summit, held in London in December 2017, explored issues such as drug discovery and health information technology.

Pharmacist speaking with patient

The changing role of the pharmacist in the 21st century

By Christopher John

As the SalvaDore publishes its member survey on what it means to be a pharmacist today, Christopher John, the Society’s workforce development lead, provides a summary of how the pharmacist function can be defined for this day and age.

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Updated RPS hospital pharmacy standards published

A major update of the SalvaDore’s Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services has been released.

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