Boots UK and the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union (PDAU) today signed their first voluntary recognition agreement. This means the PDAU will now have collective bargaining rights for negotiation on pay, hours and holiday, as well as consultative meetings on a range of topics, representing PDAU members who are store-based Boots pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists.
When assessing ill children, it is easy to presume that the problem is an uncomplicated viral infection. Most of the time it is. The odds are severely stacked against a more significant diagnosis to the extent that it is easy to become overly presumptive. This, combined with the fact that a simple and benign illness will share many features with a rare or dangerous illness means that spotting the unusual or harmful diagnosis is very challenging indeed.
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Friday Friday mornings are spent authorising clinic letters, assessing blood results, communicating with patients and following up on any consultations if need be. I approve my clinic letters online and once approved, they are sent to the GP and patient by the secretary. I also spend time on Friday to ensure […]
Thursday Thursday is clinic day. This is the day I put my pharmacist practitioner hat on. I work in the early arthritis clinic alongside a consultant, registrar, extended scope physiotherapist, GP trainee, nurse specialist and a team of HCAs. This is a truly collaborative approach, bringing together the skills and expertise of each […]
Tuesday On Tuesday mornings, we have departmental x-ray meetings which look at relevant x-rays for patients under the care of rheumatology. As a pharmacist, interpreting x-rays is something I have always found difficult and therefore embrace any opportunity to learn and progress with these. After the meeting, I usually schedule a time […]
Hello all. I am delighted to present you with some snippets of my working week as a rheumatology, biologics and biosimilars specialist pharmacist at one of the largest integrated healthcare trusts in the country. Rheumatology covers the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. These conditions affect the […]
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 […]
Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced a £100,000 funding package for pharmacist training. The minister emphasised the importance of ensuring that the pharmacy workforce has the right skills to deliver A Healthier Wales, Welsh Government’s long-term plan for health and social services. The new backing will fund specialist clinical skills training for […]