I’ve had a challenging week at work this week. I felt the need to get some things off my chest. As a student pharmacist, I was full of hope and excitement for all the things I could do. I wanted to make a difference and help make the lives of people better. I […]
I was honoured to be appointed by the Privy Council to the GPhC Council, after a thorough, but straight forward interview process. I felt I had a lot to give, having worked on the ground in NHS Fife for a number of years, and I wanted to play my part to support pharmacy of the future.
I have worked as a Community Pharmacist for 22 years and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed all of those years. I love my job. I love the interaction with patients and the bond formed with my team as we strive every day to provide an efficient and caring service to our community. Unfortunately, I feel that this has started to change in the last few years since the funding to Community Pharmacy was drastically reduced.
I found out today after attempting to collect my prescription from my local pharmacy that I can no longer receive my treatment for endometriosis.
Someone recently asked me how I coped with the death and dying when I was in the Ambulance Service. I spoke in a previous post about how the crew depersonalise jobs. It’s something you learn the importance of very quickly.
I want to tell you a story. This story is about a sick child. I’ll warn you straight away it’s not a happy story and there is tragically no happy ending.
Whenever you get the opportunity to talk with colleagues who also work in community pharmacy, you find yourselves making comparisons about your work. How many items do you do? We can’t get this in stock, can you? What patient medication record system do you use? I find one particular comparison most […]
Make no mistake pharmacist independent prescribing can easily become a very risky and potentially dangerous activity if the level of competence of the prescriber is not sufficient.
When you hand your prescription in at the pharmacy counter, there is a process to follow. If my colleagues and I don’t follow process and a mistake is made, it’s our careers on the line. We dance with risk every time we step foot in the pharmacy and fear of mistakes keeps us awake at […]
Apprenticeships come into existence driven by certain factors, I will comment using the below headings; Demand vs supply Presently the demand for pharmacists is way less than the supply, especially as we have a lot of schools of pharmacy. Therefore a new workforce or route to becoming a pharmacist will only be […]