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Aesthetics clinic: ‘It’s important to constantly refresh your knowledge’

Rachel Carter speaks to Sohail Karim about how he set up a successful aesthetics clinic alongside his role as superintendent pharmacist.  Service type: Aesthetics. Name of pharmacy: Hempstead Pharmacy, Gillingham. Name of pharmacist: Sohail Karim. Why did you start offering the service? I’ve been offering this service for three and a half years. I had…
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Keith Ridge: ‘We must maximise the clinical role of pharmacy technicians’

The expansive and growing role of pharmacy teams mentioned in the NHS Long Term Plan will only be feasible if the NHS maximises the clinical role of pharmacy technicians, the chief pharmaceutical officer at NHS England has said. In an open letter sent to the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) on Pharmacy Technician Day…
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The importance of developing clinical services and expertise in community pharmacy

Hemant Patel, secretary of North East London LPC, discusses why pharmacy must grasp the clinical services agenda and how his area has approached it Why is the clinical agenda important? My perspective is that pharmacy is a profession and as a profession we should be committed to lifelong learning and to providing excellent care at…
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Five things that make a ‘clinical’ pharmacist, according to NHS England

On 31 January, NHS England announced a new general practice funding contract that will pay for 70% of a practice pharmacist’s wage for each surgery during the deal’s first 12 months. Funding will be provided for 20,000 more staff including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics and physician associates so that GP practices can work collaboratively with other…
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Scotland: Health board to restrict ‘low clinical value’ Co-proxamol prescribing

 A Scottish health board has put forward proposals to restrict the prescriptions of a ‘low clinical value’ painkiller. NHS Borders is reviewing the prescribing of certain low clinical value medicines including the painkiller Co-proxamol due to prescribing costs rising faster than its annual budget uplift. NHS Borders will initially restrict the prescribing of the painkiller…
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Majority of GPs plan to employ clinical pharmacists when pilot funding ends

Most GPs involved in NHS England’s pilot programme for clinical pharmacist in GP practices will continue their employment after the funding ends, a study has found. Pharmacists were found to have made a ‘unique and valuable contribution’ to patient safety and medicines and prescribing expertise, according to the report from the University of Nottingham. The pharmacists were…
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Financial and clinical risk

The most valuable resource in a pharmacy is time. Engaging the whole pharmacy team may spread the load and increase the value of the service. Helping patients with chronic pain will build customer loyalty and respect. A pain service may help the pharmacy reach MUR targets and increase sales of appropriate treatments. Pharmacists must ensure…
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Why pharmacists must make the most of clinical services

The sector should be looking beyond its traditional dispensing function to make the most of clinical services, says Martin Hao, managing director of Healthera There is a clear focus on dispensing income within UK pharmacies, but an area often underappreciated by the general public is the provision of clinical services. Of course, most pharmacies do offer…
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5 clinical considerations for your pharmacy’s travel clinic

Travel vaccination expert Alex Leung gives the need-to-know clinical advice for offering travel vaccines in your pharmacy There are many reasons why people choose to travel. Whether visiting family abroad, expanding cultural horizons or choosing to work overseas, it’s never been easier to hop on a plane to a far-flung destination. With the rise in travel,…
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I made the decision to ‘just’ be a community pharmacist

Sara Shirali, a newly qualified community pharmacist, says she is tired of having to justify her reasons for entering community pharmacy, and is concerned that pharmacist peers in other sectors may this as a less challenging or rewarding career choice This year, when I qualified as a pharmacist, I made the decision to stay working…
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