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Being a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

 Johnathan Laird talks to the BPSA about the implications of being an independent prescriber

Work with us, pharmacy minister tells conference

Community pharmacy and the DH should be working together, says David Mowatt

Division weakens pharmacy message says ex-minister

Divisions in community pharmacy leadership weakens the pharmacy message, the Sigma confefence has heard

Strachan hammers DH over “misguided” reforms

The Government’s pharmacy reforms are misguided and show a basic lack of understanding, says NPA chairman

Pharmacy technician role needs clarification

Education and training standards for pharmacy technicians need revising and their role, especially in the community, needs clarification, according to Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Milestone for SCR

The SCR hit a milestone 100,000 views in a single week, according to data released by NHS Digital on 3 February.

‘Fear of finding out’ delays access to healthcare

Almost a third of people who consciously avoid seeking medical advice do so because of the ‘fear of finding out’ something they don’t want to hear.

My Summer Placement Experience in Mental Health

I have always had a fascination with the field of mental health. There is still so much unknown, when compared with something like cardiology, and that was the best part for me: the potential to make positive contributions to a developing field. Naturally, this led me to apply for pharmacy summer placements within the mental health sector. I was fortunate enough to experience this at two great London NHS Trusts.

#StopTheMentalHealthStigma

Mental Health. Controversial? Or a health condition on the rise in situations where more and more people seem to be unaware of the signs and symptoms popping up before their very eyes. It is currently estimated that 1 in 4 people in England will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives; a rather alarming statistic as 27% of students report that mental health affects their studies.

Deaths from cancer could fall by 400,000

Advances in detection, diagnosis and treatment mean that 400,000 fewer people will die from cancer in the next 20 years

Arthritis Care campaign focuses on exercise

‘Wake up to Arthritis’ is a new campaign being launched by Arthritis Care to raise awareness of how people can live well with the condition.

People with dementia need more medication support

People with dementia are struggling with their medication, exposing them to side-effects, errors and non-adherence

Pharmacist prescribing could counter antibiotic resistance

Community pharmacist prescribing could improve antibiotic use and help minimise resistance, according to a new study

GPhC seeks greater understanding of quality

The GPhC is running an online workshop to seek views on what quality means in pharmacy practice

Boots extends pneumonia vaccination pilot

A pneumonia vaccination service available to those aged 50 and over is being rolled out to 25 Boots stores.

Next steps for the Pharmacy Forward View

The next stage of the Community Pharmacy Forward View – Making it Happen – has been launched.

Health screening: Testing times

Technological advances mean that pharmacy has an increasingly important role to play in screening and diagnostics

New guidance supports local pharmacy commissioning

New guidance for healthcare commissioners in England aims to support the better use of community pharmacies

Food support favoured for coeliacs

A BMJ article highlights the debate about whether gluten-free prescriptions for people with coeliac disease should be removed.

Timetables, Notes and Sleep!

First semester has definitely whizzed past and that means a few things - I’ve had an incredible time at University with my friends, studying the things I genuinely enjoy but also the realisation that exams are right around the corner! Some may feel that exam periods are one of the most dreaded times of year, filled with shot after shot of caffeine, sleepless nights and revision overload. However, give yourself a big pat on the back because you’ve already made it onto an MPharm course, which means you have an idea how to handle exams.

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