• Blog: A pharmacist by any other name

    Blog: A pharmacist by any other name

    Are you a pharmacist? Or are you a clinical pharmacist? Apparently, this is the subject of heated debate among pharmacists. And/or clinical pharmacists. Now, there are two ways of looking at this. One being that it’s self-defeating to waste too much time and energy considering job title-inflation – it smacks of transparent self-aggrandisement and, besides, people usually end up defined by what they actually do rather than what they decide to call themselves. And the other being that, as a GP, I feel your pain. Because we have also suffered the existential angst of wondering what’s in a name – specifically, that humble ‘GP’ no longer does the job justice. ... Read More »
  • Blog: What’s in a name?

    Blog: What’s in a name?

  • Blog: What are the legal implications of a ‘super-regulator’ for pharmacists?

    Blog: What are the legal implications of a ‘super-regulator’ for pharmacists?

  • How to help patients quit smoking

    How to help patients quit smoking

    As e-cigarettes become more popular, Dr Terry Maguire argues that now is the time for pharmacies to redouble efforts to help smokers quit In 2001, some colleagues and I published a research paper on community pharmacists’ role in smoking cessation.1 This paper, along with another published in Scotland,2 identified the potential of using pharmacists in a stop-smoking role and provided the basis for a national smoking cessation service. Apart from some regional variations in commissioning and service specifications, the service remains the most successful public health service offered from community pharmacy. In addition to supporting smokers to quit, the service has opened up vital income streams for pharmacy businesses that ... Read More »
  • Managing atopic eczema in community pharmacy

    Managing atopic eczema in community pharmacy

  • Case study: How Doncaster pharmacies increased lung cancer referral

    Case study: How Doncaster pharmacies increased lung cancer referral