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 […]
It’s 2019 and most people in the UK have mobile telephones. Most of those phones are smartphones, and most of those smartphones have cameras built in. Now, almost everywhere you go, someone will have access to a camera that is connected to the Internet. While this can be fun, it can also be very […]
Pharmacy is hard. Unfortunately, it’s harder if you are a woman. And it’s harder again if you choose to have children. This my story. I was a pharmacist store manager previous to having my second child. I returned a number of years ago. I was unable to do the hours needed […]
I think we are losing, and therefore missing out on many potential great female leaders in pharmacy. So cards on the table straight off the bat. I reckon there is a cultural or psychological confidence issue with women here. I think during their career most women will not put themselves forward unless they are […]
In the last few months, as I walked in to work each day, I wondered if my desk had been cleared out. That would be it; the end of working for the company I loved and that I’d been trying to help by blowing the whistle. The feelings of dread and anxiety weren’t […]