I’ll level with you. I get really nervous when healthcare professionals, not just pharmacists, start describing encounters online they have had with patients in practice. Maybe I’m too cautious but I feel that patient confidentiality is something that we need to protect with rigour and vigour. I reckon the protection of patient confidentiality is one of the most precious aspects of being a pharmacist. The inception of the internet and the proliferation of the use of social media by pharmacists and other healthcare professionals has presented some challenges in this area.
To put the present state of community pharmacy into context we need to go back in time a bit. Before 2005, owning a pharmacy was basically a licence to print money. It was virtually impossible not to be profitable. But then a new contractual framework for community pharmacies was introduced in April 2005. […]
Community Pharmacy is not just keeping up with the pace of change. It is driving it.
There’s so much outrage on the go at the moment but I have to say the amount money drained from the NHS via the oversupply of medication must be staggering and largely unmeasured.
Did you know that the membership of the Pharmacist Defence Association (PDA) has almost doubled since 2010?
There are a plethora of companies who want your money. Here are some questions that you should ask before handing over your money.
Like so many others recently I took the leap to the promised land of general practice. I have not really written about my experience of working in general practice largely because until now (2 years in) I had my head down finding my feet in this devilishly complex yet interesting role.
Part of the answer to mounting drugs-related deaths in Scotland lies in grassroots charities, community groups and experts with lived experience taking a lead role, a Canadian substance use researcher says. Professor Bernie Pauly of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research was in Scotland last week to speak at a Dundee harm reduction […]
In this follow up to his first article on the subject Greg Lawton discusses the benefits of whistleblowing. If I were an employer, I’d actively recruit whistleblowers; I’d want people who’d care enough to do the same for my organisation. Whistleblowers won’t always get it right, but some have helped put a […]
The proposed apprenticeship for a pharmacist has come out of the blue for many of us and there have been lots of views on social media. Some of these views have been measured, factual and correct whilst others are scaremongering and ill-informed. I have been asked to provide some thoughts in this short article. […]