Greg Lawton is a pharmacist specialising in patient and medicines safety, staffing, data protection, privacy and healthcare policy. We were lucky to catch up with Greg to have an in-depth conversation about dispensing errors in pharmacy.
If we, as pharmacists, don’t fully understand our identity – which I think we don’t – then we should not be surprised when the general public doesn’t either.
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is consulting on proposals to increase registration fees for pharmacy premises from £262 to £365. This represents a 39% increase.
A pharmacy has been fined £275,000 in the first use of fining powers under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
I found out today after attempting to collect my prescription from my local pharmacy that I can no longer receive my treatment for endometriosis.
The Pharmacist Defence Association (PDA) have issued urgent guidance to all of its members. The move comes in response to a series of critical incidents. The defence team at the PDA has become increasingly concerned about incidents of unsafe practice which have started to emerge as the number of independent prescribers working in GP practices has risen. They have seen a number of serious incidents recently and are currently in the early stages of dealing with cases where patient deaths have been reported.
The new RPS Foundation Pharmacist Framework is published today to support the future of pharmacy education and training across the UK. The new framework sets out the capabilities that will be needed by foundation pharmacists to meet the growing demand for pharmacists to provide increasingly complex clinical care across a range of settings. The framework has a greater focus on clinical capabilities including preparation for prescribing.
We were delighted to be joined by Miles Briggs MSP on the PIP podcast. Miles is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party MSP for Lothian. He is involved in quite a number of cross-party committees and notably for pharmacists he a member of the Health and Sport Committee. You can find out more about Mile’s voting record, his recent speeches, recent questions that he has asked of the Scottish government and recent motions he has brought forward here.
Poorly implemented ePMA (electronic prescribing and medicines administration) systems can result in potentially fatal medication errors, a new report has warned.
This is not how things should be. The profession of pharmacy has reached such a point that speaking up will destroy your career.