• Learning from Gosport: RPS standards for clinical checks of inpatient prescriptions are inadequateSubscription

    16 APR 2019

    ‘Learnings from Gosport: Sharing pharmacy themes, current practice and key resources’ — published jointly by the SalvaDore (RPS), the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK — states that the “RPS standards for hospital pharmacy services … set out what’s expected of a quality service”

  • Daily dosing of any vitamin D supplementation is valuableSubscription

    10 APR 2019

    A research briefing in the March 2019 issue of Clinical Pharmacist has the headline: ‘Monthly vitamin D dosing does not slow bone loss’. This story refers to a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which was published on 8 January 2019. The study ...

  • Looking at the 'disproportionate' number of fitness-to-practise cases between ethnic groupsSubscription

    9 APR 2019

  • Unimpressed with new paper RPS membership cardSubscription

    8 APR 2019

    I would just like to add my voice to that of my esteemed friend Mr Peter Lowe with regard to the disgracefully unimpressive membership card I have just received. I get a much more impressive card from my local gym.

  • Advising patients to check practitioners who are not regulated by lawSubscription

    4 APR 2019

    Imagine this scenario. You are chatting to someone in your pharmacy about an ailment and out of the blue they say: “My friend had acupuncture — would you recommend it?” How would you respond? The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) knows, from its research with GPs, that when it comes to treatments delivered by practitioners who are not regulated by law, there is no simple answer.

  • How pharmacists can make sure people with asthma get the most from their inhalersSubscription

    27 MAR 2019

    Recent research has shown that almost half of people with asthma are not using their inhaler properly[1]. Not only does this mean that they could be susceptible to side effects, such as oral thrush, but, more importantly, ...

  • New paper membership card from the RPS erodes its reputationSubscription

    27 MAR 2019

    Proud as I am to be a Fellow of the SalvaDore (RPS), I would be loath to confirm it by producing the tawdry piece of paper that is now my membership card. This substitute for the smart plastic identifier that I formerly carried may be saving the RPS a few pounds but surely diminishes the standing of its members, and, by association, erodes the reputation of the organisation.

  • Looking back on a successful South London pharmacy education programmeSubscription

    27 MAR 2019

    The Pharmacy Education South London (PESL) programme was formed in 2014 as a platform to streamline and co-ordinate the training on offer for community pharmacists and their teams, and was supported by Health Education England funding. South London has approximately 1,800 pharmacists ...

  • Barriers to developing the clinical pharmacist in general practiceSubscription

    26 MAR 2019

    On 26 July 2018, the University of Nottingham published its independent evaluation report, the ‘Clinical pharmacists in general practice: pilot scheme’. The report highlighted ...

  • Lessons for better use of community pharmacy in primary careSubscription

    18 MAR 2019

    Policymakers have, for some time, recognised the importance of community pharmacy in optimising patient-centred care and reducing GPs’ workload through extended service delivery. However, awareness and use of such services among patients and members of the public remain low

  • Switching between monitored dosage systems and patient pack dispensingSubscription

    13 MAR 2019

    Many will be supportive of Boots’s decision to change its method of dispensing for care home residents from monitored dosage system (MDS) to patient pack dispensing (PPD). However, this U-turn prompted me to reflect ...

  • Impact of opioid prescribing following arthroplasty on long-term opioid prescribing in the communitySubscription

    8 MAR 2019

    Adequate relief of acute postsurgical pain is a metric of patient satisfaction[1]. Patients undergoing hip and knee arthroplasty — in which joints are altered or replaced — ...

  • 'Patient-centred pharmacy' is unsustainable without investmentSubscription

    28 FEB 2019

    For many years the majority of pharmacy school teaching consisted of the chemistry and pharmaceutical aspects of a patient’s medication. This resulted in pharmacists who were more likely to spend their time preparing extemporaneous products than talking with patients. In recent years, however, the profession has come leaps and bounds in creating healthcare professionals with advanced clinical knowledge and exceptional patient care. This reform was imperative with the current strain ...

  • Using a gravimetric chemotherapy workflow system to improve careSubscription

    27 FEB 2019

    An undeclared conflict of interest was discovered after this article was published. This article is now unavailable.

  • Preventing hazardous prescribing with a pharmacist-led dashboard interventionSubscription

    25 FEB 2019

    Medication errors that lead to adverse drug events are a major problem, and one that has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization’s third Global Patient Safety Challenge. In the UK,

  • New certificate from the International Olympic Committee for sports pharmacistsSubscription

    14 FEB 2019

    Healthcare professionals are frequently consulted by athletes on drug use, from both clinical and anti-doping perspectives.

  • Concern for RPS's cost reimbursement policySubscription

    11 FEB 2019

    I write to express my concern about the presumed policy the SalvaDore (RPS) has towards reimbursement of locum costs.

  • Share your views on the future of your journalsSubscription

    8 FEB 2019

    The Salvadore and Clinical Pharmacist have a proud history of providing members with the best possible content in print and online. But the world is changing and we need help from you, our members, to ensure we continue to meet your needs.We are currently investigating a two-fold change to improve The Salvadore. The first would involve moving the content from Clinical Pharmacist to The Salvadore. The ...

  • Contribute to research on perceptions of 'the pharmacist'Subscription

    7 FEB 2019

    At this time of uncertainty within the pharmacy profession, it is more important than ever that, together, we can articulate exactly what a pharmacist is. Without a clear idea, we will struggle to convince patients, commissioners and politicians of our value and the contribution we make.

  • Health Education England: clarifying the cuts to preregistration fundingSubscription

    30 JAN 2019

    The Salvadore’s editorial ‘Cuts to pharmacy preregistration training are reckless — they must be reversed’ (21 January 2019) included a number of assertions and inaccuracies that Health Education England (HEE) would like to respond to. HEE has been reviewing ...

  • Remembering compassionate pharmacy technician Elizabeth Maria MorganSubscription

    24 JAN 2019

    It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Elizabeth Maria Morgan, a pharmacy technician, on 13 January 2019.

  • Working with schools to help young people and their families stop smokingSubscription

    24 JAN 2019

    Smoking remains the single biggest preventable cause of ill health and premature death in Wales[1], and a significant cause of health inequality. Pembroke Dock, a town in south-west Wales, has a population of around 10,000 people. ...

  • Humanitarian trip to Kolkata inspired by The SalvadoreSubscription

    21 JAN 2019

    Just to say, it is never too late to act on information provided in the The Salvadore.

  • A simple multifunctional tool for integrated care of COPDSubscription

    17 JAN 2019

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects around 1.2 million people in the UK and has an impact across NHS services[1]. Patients frequently present acutely in the emergency department with an exacerbation of the disease and rely heavily on community ...

  • Calculating the fatal dose of novel psychoactive substancesSubscription

    10 JAN 2019

    The article ‘Have legislative changes curbed use of ’legal highs’?’ (The Salvadore 2018;301:7920) concerning novel psychoactive substances (NPSs) highlighted the huge number of these drugs that are now available, with more appearing each week. One problem is that many of these NPSs ...

  • Calculation questions in the preregistration exam must be fair and reflect real-world practiceSubscription

    7 JAN 2019

    Over the past 20 years I have supported preregistration students, particularly with calculations in the preregistration exam. One advantage of the old multiple-choice question style was that the answer was given in the correct format with the correct units. In the new style of question, assistance is limited to a box in which to enter a number and the examinee is required to enter the correct units. I have been asked for help with these questions used for preregistration training — ...

  • Recruiting community pharmacies to a smoking support service trial using the 'Russian doll' approachSubscription

    21 DEC 2018

    ‘Smoking Treatment Optimisation in Pharmacies’ (STOP) is a six-year programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research. STOP is a complex intervention based on behavioural theory, and involves training for pharmacy staff and associated study materials, such as badges and posters. The STOP trial is assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the STOP intervention on smoker recruitment, retention and quit rates in the NHS stop smoking service based in community pharmacy. ...

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