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Training for generalists

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (17053)

As generalists come out from university should we continue our careers without building on a speciality? Some pharmacists consider that a generalist approach allows them to sustain a career but following a recent letter in this weeks PJ (pg 84) clearly the message has not got through ,that a specialism still allows a pharmacist to practice generally in community pharmacy.

This is exactly what the Faculty is trying to support- the recognition of a specialism without the necessary additional academic trainining. So my challenge is how many different ways can community pharmacists highlight and show thier special skills?

Robot Wars

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (8578)

The recent C &D article on Robot Wars raises the awareness not only to our reliance on dispensing volume and revenue but also the most cost effective way of balancing the operational workload with the professional and NHS standards.

In many pharmacies the cost of a robot is not viable. Therefore  to ensure the effectiveness of your business, it requires an external review such as our model. We can arrange to review your current model, advise on changes and support the implementation to ensure you are maximising your return

Reducing pressure on A & E

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1584)

Pharmacists have the accessability to triage patients with minor injuries. They are more frequently found than OOH units,they offer face to face consults with a professional who can organise referral or treatment. So why not reduce the amounts paid to 111 and increase service payments to Pharmacists.

Public Health Provision and travel health

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (8821)

Public Health provision in pharmacies is integrated with travel health as the preventative (pretravel) consultation-not just a seperate service.

Consider the topics that a good assessment can cover eg. food and water hygeine; sunblocks (preventing burns); bite and sting prevention; correct use of antimalerials.

Compare this to a Public Health agenda looking to improve skin cancer risks,reduce Hep B & C levels and medicines optimisation of prescribed treatment.

Over 1000  patients  during 2013 were treated for malaria upon returning to the UK, placing an additional burden on the NHS. Therefore why not consider funding Travel Health providers under the Public Health banner?