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Step up in hospital pharmacy

Details: Step up in hospital pharmacy. The Structured Training and Experience for Pharmacists (STEP) programme is a unique collaboration of four NHS Trusts in South East London. In this article, Leonie Reid, John Minshull and Georgina Boon describe their experiences of the programme as they developed their careers in hospital pharmacy.

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Community pharmacists to get independent prescriber

Details: The NHS will invest £15.9m over the next four years to improve career development opportunities for pharmacy teams in England, including funding community pharmacists to train as independent prescribers. In a statement published on 8 November 2021, Health Education England (HEE) said it planned to work with NHS England to “enhance …

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Pharmacy-led sites to offer COVID-19 jabs 12 hours per …

Details: Community pharmacy vaccination sites in England should remain open for 12 hours per day, 7 days per week, in an effort to accelerate the COVID-19 booster jab campaign, NHS England has said. In a letter sent to all COVID-19 vaccination sites on 13 December 2021, NHS England said creating additional capacity was an “immediate priority […]

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Law and pharmacy: a dual career

Details: Law and pharmacy: a dual career. Richard Hough is a partner at Brabners LLP, a commercial law firm in north west England, where he established a specialist pharmacy law team. He has been also a pharmacist for 26 years, a role which he says sets him apart from nearly every other legal adviser. Richard Hough. Every Saturday for the past 11 years

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How to ace pharmacy calculations

Details: The pharmacy preregistration exam is probably the hardest exam a preregistration trainee will face in their career to date. Fresh out of university and thrown into what feels like the deep end as a trainee pharmacist for an intense year is a challenge — no doubt about it.

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How Tina Bayuse became the first pharmacist at NASA

Details: Pharmacy is more proactive than a lot of medical professions because being reactive in the pharmacy profession is a bad day. “My particular position has morphed into educating people outside the healthcare discipline about what pharmacy does …

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Boots and PDAU agree final pay deal for Boots pharmacists

Details: Boots and PDAU agree final pay deal for Boots pharmacists. The Pharmacists' Defence Association Union has decided not to proceed with a ballot on possible industrial action. Pay talks between Boots UK and the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) Union have now concluded with a final remuneration package valued at 3.9%. The PDA Union said it

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How to keep your community pharmacy running during the

Details: Pharmacy students are also less likely to be in the high-risk group, meaning that they could be suitable temporary staff. Final year pharmacy students can join their arranged preregistration workplace ahead of the scheduled start date to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to guidance from six professional bodies.

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‘Urgent action’ needed on pharmacist shortages

Details: Pharmacy staff vacancy rates are on the rise. As of 31 March 2019, there is a mean vacancy rate of 8.1% for all pharmacy staff in hospital trusts, according to figures shared with The Pharmaceutical Journal by the NHS Benchmarking Network. This is an increase on the previous year’s mean vacancy rate of 7.3%, as of 31 March 2018.

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Approaching difficult situations: how to have challenging

Details: Pharmacy professionals should show empathy by thinking about how the patient may feel in their situation, and showing respect, while acknowledging and addressing patients’ fears and encouraging them to express themselves. Pharmacy professionals should understand how to manage their emotions, recognise how these affect thoughts and behaviours, and …

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The crucial role of pharmacists in mental health

Details: Pharmacists’ role in mental health is wide ranging and spans different sectors and settings. However, pharmacists often lack confidence in this area. More hands-on experience early in a pharmacist’s training could help build confidence and raise awareness of the specialty as a possible career path.

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A day in the life of an industrial pharmacist: two

Details: My pharmacy and computer skills are brought together when it comes to talking to the suppliers of the computer software for GPs and pharmacists. I am also called upon to supply information on the British National Formulary and the Drug Tariff to various departments in the business. Then there is replying to correspondence from outside the business.

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Make reflection part of your daily practice

Details: Katy: Some pharmacists and pharmacy technicians believe that reflective practice is a waste of time. Why should they bother if they feel they are doing their job well already? Sue: Many people may share the same view. I am sure that part of the reason is that we were never taught how to reflect or the purpose of reflection. When we make a

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NHS England to fund integrated care system pharmacists to

Details: Integrated care systems (ICS) will have funded community pharmacy integration leads from 2022/2023, Ed Waller, director of personalised care at NHS England and NHS Improvement has said. Waller made the announcement in a session on the NHS white paper on integration and innovation at The Pharmacy Show 2021, held in Birmingham on 18 October …

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Specialist roles in hospital pharmacy

Details: Margaret Kyegombe is a specialist renal pharmacist at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in South London. Having worked in several areas of pharmacy, including intensive care and neonatal care, it was while working in renal pharmacy that Kyegombe found the area in which she wished to specialise.

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Effective detection and management of hypertension through

Details: Abstract Hypertension is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular events globally and affects around a third of adults in the UK. Literature related to the role of pharmacists in hypertension is vast, and encompasses hypertension screening and management in community pharmacy, as well as general practice and secondary care settings.

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Trailblazing female pharmacy professionals hailed in

Details: An external advisory panel of 9 pharmacy experts, chaired by The Pharmaceutical Journal, judged all 70 nomination entries based on criteria such as drive, potential, influence, impact and diversity.. Panel member Amandeep Doll, head of professional belonging at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: “These women show what great work is …

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From pharmacy technician to pharmacist

Details: A pharmacy degree could even be offered as an advanced level apprenticeship. Sarah Upton is a clinical pharmacist who began her career as a technician and, like Adams, would like to see more flexibility around retraining. She believes the pharmacy degree could even be offered as an advanced level apprenticeship.

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More than 30 community pharmacies in Wales now offer a

Details: Four health boards across Wales have commissioned more than 30 community pharmacies to provide COVID-19 vaccinations, nearly double the number reported by The Pharmaceutical Journal in April 2021. As of 29 November 2021, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Cardiff and Vale University Health …

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Government to consider offering pharmacists fast-track

Details: Pharmacists could be able to retrain as doctors on a fast-tracked course following the UK’s exit from the EU, the government has confirmed.. In a statement published on 9 February 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care said it is reconsidering a “flexible” approach to medical training.. The move would mean pharmacists would not have to …

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'Pharmacy First' service needed in England, concludes GP

Details: What is ‘Pharmacy First’? Pharmacy First launched across Scotland in July 2020, offering anyone living in Scotland the opportunity to visit a pharmacist as their first port of call for minor illnesses, such as urinary tract infections, impetigo and acne. It includes an assessment, referral, or treatment and has been described as “the art of pharmacy“.

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Are pharmacy teams being protected against COVID-19

Details: Community Pharmacy Wales believes that pharmacy staff should be wearing masks all of the time. Community Pharmacy Wales also said it was concerned by the updated guidance as “there is a significant number of reports in relation to asymptomatic patients”.

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Majority of UK pharmacy schools are 'decolonising' their

Details: Pharmacy is a constantly developing field and teaching should reflect this, acknowledging that as time goes on our understanding and practices can evolve,” the spokesperson said. “Our teaching must reflect the populations we will face as healthcare professionals, and by not addressing this we fail our patients.

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How to manage the health and safety risks in your pharmacy

Details: Specific information about pharmacy risk assessment is available from the National Pharmacy Association. Ruth Wakeman, NPA information department manager, says that the NPA has produced a guide to risk management. It includes not just health and safety risk assessment, but also clinical risk assessment (which is not tackled in this article).

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Elections 2018: What is the biggest issue facing pharmacy

Details: Community pharmacy is reeling from the ongoing pressures of the 2016/2018 funding cuts, and hospital pharmacy is undergoing changes following the Carter Review. There is continuing and significant change following the development and transition into local care organisation (LCO) services will be commissioned at local level.

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Health secretary considers adopting 'Pharmacy First

Details: Box: Postcode lottery. Scotland. In Scotland, the NHS Pharmacy First scheme launched nationwide in July 2020. Under the scheme, community pharmacists can offer free advice, treatment and referrals directly to patients presenting with any minor health condition, and medicines from an approved list of products. Half a million consultations were carried out …

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Almost 90% of women dispensed valproate are given warning

Details: Figures from the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2018/2019 valproate audit — which was conducted by just over 90% of community pharmacies in England (10,293) and completed by 94.3% of women taking the epilepsy drug (12,068) — show that 88.9% were given the card by their pharmacist, which is a requirement under Medicines and Healthcare

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Pale and stale: decolonising the pharmacy degree

Details: Over the past few years, pharmacy student Adanna Anthony-Okeke has been leading a project to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum at the University of Nottingham’s school of pharmacy. Anthony-Okeke and her fellow students have revealed a notable lack of representation of conditions that affect skin of colour, as well as minimal expansion of statistics …

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What pharmacy students and trainees can expect from

Details: Placements in hospitals are popular with pharmacy students and it can be a challenge to secure one. Despite the competition, prior hospital experience is not always essential. At London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, applicants who have little or no hospital experience are given priority for placements. After all, the purpose of placements is for […]

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Career progression within the NHS

Details: Newly qualified pharmacy technicians will usually start at band 4 of the AfC pay scale, also working for around 37.5 hours per week. With experience, they too can specialise in a particular area of practice or advance to become a senior pharmacy technician, responsible for the work of other technicians, or even a chief pharmacy technician

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UK pharmacy school admissions increased by 14% in 2021

Details: UK pharmacy schools have recorded double-digit growth in the number of students they have accepted into undergraduate courses in 2021, compared with the previous year. Data published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) on 9 December 2021 show that 4,400 students were accepted onto an MPharm course in 2021, …

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Extra £3m for pharmacy training in 2022/2023 to boost

Details: An additional £3m will be allocated to pharmacy training in Wales during 2022/2023, with a portion of the funding spent on growing “independent prescribing courses for the existing workforce”, the country’s health education body has said. The extra funding is part of a wider pot of £260m from the Welsh government to increase training places […]

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Pharmacy technical services: what it involves and who can

Details: Pharmacy technical services include aseptic dispensing and preparation, production, radiopharmacy and quality assurance and control. Jennifer Richardson finds out why the role is so vital and rewarding.

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RPS endorses community pharmacy oral anticoagulant safety

Details: A new community pharmacy oral anticoagulant safety audit, developed by the NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS), has been endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). The SPS said that NHS advice on safe anticoagulant therapy is more than 10 years old, and a number of new types of anticoagulant are now in common use.

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