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UKCPA Viewpoint: Taking care closer to home...

When dealing with frail elderly people at home, important considerations need to be taken into account.

Diabetes: controlling the crisis

With cases of diabetes in the UK higher than ever before, TM looks at what’s being done to overcome the problem.

Get Involved! - March 2016

Hello, and welcome to the March edition of Get Involved! With our Annual Conference just weeks away, spring is in the air and we can begin looking forward to summer. Other than taking a well-deserved break and some time away from university, some of you might be looking to build your skillset, and work towards becoming better future pharmacists and people. To give you inspiration, we have some top students writing about how they’ve developed as well-rounded individuals, honed their soft skills, and how you can get involved too. Saman Kay chose to help others by working with the Pharmacists’ Defence Association, who provide representation and development opportunities to pharmacy students. As the Southern Region Student Coordinator, Saman gained valuable leadership skills. Find out more about his experience in his article. Our Pennine Area Coordinator, Laura Sile, has been dedicated to serving BPSA members through using her soft skills, and gives us an overview of their importance. This month’s Careers in Focus is from Sarah Holliday, a Lead pharmacist in Diabetes Medicines Safety. What skills do you have which could help you follow a similar path? I hope to see some of you in Cardiff for our Annual Conference. For those of you who can’t make it, there will be a plenty of updates and discussion via Twitter. Have your say in matters and join in with the discussions by following @BPSA and your fellow pharmacy students. You can also follow events through the #BPSA74AC hashtag!  

Kick the habit

No Smoking Day is the ideal time for pharmacies to promote the health benefits of quitting.

Viagra and the hard facts

Steve Ainsworth reflects on a long road of quackery before the emergence of a potent product

BPSA & NPA Campaign Against Pharmacy Cuts #lovemypharmacy

Representatives and members of the BPSA are out today campaigning and collecting petition signatures against the proposed cuts to the community pharmacy budget.

Pharmacy funding cuts: explained

Pharmacy teams may well have heard the news that pharmacy funding has been cut in England. But what has happened and why?

Speedy specials

While many pharmacy teams appreciate that most specials products have overnight delivery, it seems not all do. Charles Gladwin reports

Scenario: Infection awareness in pregnancy

Fozia asks pharmacist Parveen if she can speak to her in confidence, so Parveen suggests they go into the consultation room.

Meningitis

This Pharmacy Scenario focuses on meningitis and the Men ACWY vaccine that was introduced in August 2015.

Managing your pharmacy refit

The Warman Freed Pharmacy team shares their experience with others who might be considering a pharmacy refit

Action on taboos

How can pharmacy teams help tackle the taboos surrounding some women’s intimate health issues?

First aid & wound care: Sounding the alarm

It is important that pharmacists know when to raise the alarm if leg ulcers aren’t healing as expected

Baby talk...

Some women sail through their pregnancy with no problems at all, while others suffer a range of health problems

Oral health: stop the rot

Lots of children in England don’t visit a dentist each year, and the rate of dental decay in young children remains high.

Oral health: a winning smile may prevent CVD

Improving oral health may prevent cardiovascular events and breast cancer – and even save lives

High urate levels raise PD treatment hopes

High urate levels protect against Parkinson’s disease in men, new research suggests

Texting improves blood pressure control

Reminder text messages improve blood pressure control and adherence with antihypertensives

Pharmacy Cuts #lovemypharmacy

As you will no doubt be aware, there are cuts coming to the budget which will affect community pharmacy. As an Executive, we are worried that the cuts will adversely affect the public, as pharmacists are currently the most accessible health professional. Further, we believe that this will affect our future careers, and the first to feel the squeeze will be students, pre-reg's and newly qualified pharmacists. Therefore, we are actively campaigning for the government to reassess the cuts, before they are imposed to the detriment of patients and our careers. One way in which you can help is to send an email to your local MP. This will take a few minutes, we have drafted up an email that you can copy and paste, and fill in the blanks for your details.  

Meeting the needs of customers with disabilities

This service excellence learning module considers how pharmacies can help meet the needs of customers with disabilities. 

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