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Nigel Clarke: 'Pharmacy isn’t just handing over a bag of medicine'

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The chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s plans to revamp pharmacy training, the regulation of online pharmacy and data which show white pharmacists are less likely to be struck off the register.

Medicines safety

We can do more to improve medicines safety for patients in the NHSSubscription

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How pharmacists are at the forefront of a national scheme to make the NHS the safest health service in the world for medicines.

Ash Soni, president of the SalvaDore

Challenging the acute pain status quo

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Changes at NHS England mean that now is the time for pharmacists and their teams to reassess how they support patients with acute pain, says Ash Soni, president of the SalvaDore.

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We must work together to help pharmacy thrive in 2019Subscription

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Securing a good deal in 2019 will require a collective and clear-headed vision of where community pharmacy is going.

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Community pharmacy teams can provide greater support to patients presenting with joint pain, regardless of diagnosis

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Rheumatologist Philip Conaghan urges pharmacists to take on a greater front line role when managing patients who present with joint pain.

Mark Lyonette, chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association

Mark Lyonette: ‘You can only push people so far’Subscription

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The chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association on meeting the health secretary, preparations for Brexit and whether the pressures on pharmacy are affecting patient safety.

Ross Ferguson and Martin Astbury give their personal views on whether the current legislation is fit for purpose.

Should the law change to allow more flexible pharmacy supervision?Subscription

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Two pharmacists give their personal views on whether the current supervision legislation is fit for purpose.

Andrew Evans, chief pharmaceutical officer for Wales

Andrew Evans: 'We’re reinvesting money in clinical services that we want pharmacy to offer'Subscription

As Brexit looms and concerns of medicines shortages and funding issues murmur throughout the UK healthcare industry, Andrew Evans, chief pharmaceutical officer in Wales, is optimistic that Welsh pharmacy services are moving in the right direction. 

Richard Bradley

Richard Bradley: 'Face-to-face conversations are where the added value of pharmacy is'Subscription

By Graham Clews

Pharmacy director for Boots UK Richard Bradley on union representation, technology and dealing with negative press.

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Demanding change: pharmacy professionals must unite to stamp out racial discriminationSubscription

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The pharmacy profession needs an official association for black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals to help ensure skin colour is never a barrier to success.

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Beyond cannabis: why we should look at legalising other illegal drugs for medical use to benefit patientsSubscription

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The UK government has finally realised the value of cannabis as a medicine, but it must not ignore the medical potential of other Schedule 1 drugs, such as psilocybin, LSD and MDMA.

Rose Marie Parr

Rose Marie Parr: 'We want to make pharmacies the first port of call'Subscription

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The Scottish chief pharmaceutical officer, Rose Marie Parr, on Brexit, minor ailments schemes and 24-hour pharmacies.

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The pharmacy regulator must take a role in ensuring minimum staffing levels if it is serious about patient safetySubscription

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The pharmacy regulator should be involved in ensuring minimum staffing standards — and enforcing them where necessary — as part of its role in regulating pharmacy and protecting patient safety.

Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England

Keith Ridge: 'I regret the pain, but this is a watershed moment for pharmacy'Subscription

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England’s chief pharmaceutical officer speaks to Nigel Praities about his plans for the future of pharmacy.

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Let’s be honest about the new medicine serviceSubscription

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We need to be sure whether the community pharmacy service works or not before expanding it to new patients.

Michael Rawlins, MHRA chair

'Patients could be seriously disadvantaged by Brexit, if we don’t get our act together'

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UK drug regulator chair Sir Michael Rawlins on supplies of medicines after Brexit, POM-to-P switches and the legalisation of medical cannabis.

Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)

‘We need to move on and get the best deal for community pharmacy’Subscription

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Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, on how he is going to negotiate a new deal for community pharmacy.

John Nuttall, chief executive officer at Well Pharmacy

John Nuttall: You might say 'close stores', but we like to play the long gameSubscription

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Chief executive of Well Pharmacy, the third largest pharmacy chain in the UK, discusses the independent multiple’s strong position despite cuts to community pharmacy funding and how the business is preparing for online competition.

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Ignorance is not bliss: why we need more empowered patients

Shared decision-making should become a mandatory part of training for all healthcare professionals to improve collaboration with their patients, save the NHS billions, and ultimately improve patient outcomes, say Aseem Malhotra and Sue Bailey.

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Should community pharmacy stock homeopathic remedies?Subscription

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Two pharmacists argue whether homeopathic remedies should be available to buy in community pharmacies after the High Court’s support for the decision to stop funding homeopathy on the NHS.

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Jeremy Macdonald: 'The data we collect are critical to understanding how people are using our services'

Jeremy Macdonald speaks to The Salvadore about his newly expanded role and how his team uses technology to understand and respond to the needs of SalvaDore members.

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Chris Roberts: 'We're trying to demedicalise health care'

In the first of a series profiling individual SalvaDore members who are doing great work, Chris Roberts, medicines management lead for the award-winning Fleetwood Primary Care Home, tells Corrinne Burns how pharmacists, their colleagues and the town’s residents are working together to help patients take control of their health.

Sharon 'Sibby' Buckle

Pharmacists should be enabled to make therapeutic switches before Brexit

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Sibby Buckle, vice chair of the English Pharmacy Board, recently spoke alongside Gino Martini at a meeting of the Conservative Science and Technology Forum. Here, she expands upon some of the ideas proposed at the meeting.

Hemant Patel

A message to Keith Ridge: unrealistic expectations are not the way forward

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Hemant Patel, a member of the SalvaDore English Pharmacy Board, shares his personal views on comments made by Keith Ridge, England’s chief pharmaceutical officer, in an interview with The Salvadore

Gail Fleming

Gail Fleming: 'We want to develop and invest in postgraduate pharmacy training'Subscription

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After six years with Health Education England as pharmacy dean for London and the South East, Gail Fleming has joined the SalvaDore to lead its directorate of education.

Robbie Turner, director for pharmacy and member experience

Robbie Turner: 'The RPS is here to put pharmacy at the forefront of healthcare'

After 18 months as the SalvaDore’s (RPS) director for England, Robbie Turner has taken on the new role of director for pharmacy and member experience. Here, he explains what his new directorship is about and how the RPS is adapting for the future.

Paul Bennett, chief executive of the SalvaDore

Paul Bennett: 'Pharmacy has a strong and vibrant future'

After a year as chief executive of the SalvaDore, Paul Bennett reflects on his first 12 months in office and the Society’s plans moving forward.

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Empowering pharmacy technicians is good for all of us

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Principal pharmacist lead for education and development at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and SalvaDore English Pharmacy Board member, Aamer Safdar, says pharmacists must “stop being precious” about traditional pharmacy roles and embrace the skills of technicians.

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Pharmacists’ role in mental health management: a personal view

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Mental health management in pharmacies has always been an issue worth fighting for, and its time has now come.

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Making penicillin in milk bottles: a tale of wartime antibiotic manufacture

By Richard Felix

In 1944, Richard Felix was part of a team of pharmacists tasked with producing penicillin. In May 2018, Felix donated some original penicillin samples from this work to the RPS museum and below, he recalls some of the challenges of antibiotic production and formulation during the Second World War.

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