What has been happening in the world of pharmacy? Here’s our pick of the must-read news
Stephen Whitehead, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry believes that value-based pricing was handed “like a poisoned chalice” to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Learning and CPD
Heart failure: managementSubscription
Reducing mortality and delaying disease progression are two key aims of treating heart failure but, for many patients, controlling symptoms and improving quality of life are more important than longevity
Heart failure: clinical features and diagnosisSubscription
Around a third of patients diagnosed with heart failure will die within one year. Early identification of symptoms and diagnostic testing can lead to improved outcomes and better quality of life
Should heparin-based solutions be used in preference to normal saline to prevent obstruction in indwelling intravascular catheters?
Patients who are taking clozapine require ongoing monitoring because of the risk of serious blood dyscrasias. What should pharmacists be checking before they dispense the medicine? The drug is subject to strict monitoring requirements because it is associated with serious side effects.
Innovation and collaboration
My Medication Passport was born out of a local research project to improve prescribing in the elderly. A year after it was made available nationally, one of the resource’s creators describes how it has grown
New patient safety initiatives in England require local leadership from pharmacists. What are some of the opportunities this presents?
Did you have your appraisal last year? A recent General Pharmaceutical Council survey revealed that a fifth of pharmacists working in hospitals had not had a performance development review in the previous year.
How can your staff be motivated to work effectively as a team? Group appraisals can be used to assess current performance, set future objectives and instil collective responsibility