Life is hard for many women juggling careers and family

Many pharmacy organisations still struggle to get women to take on leadership roles, says Claire Ward.

Independent pharmacist prescribers – let’s be having you!

There hasn’t been much in the press about independent pharmacist prescribers who are vital to the NHS.  

Capacity and workforce - not in the contract

Capacity and workforce are not covered in any contract framework but they could be the next big problems for the sector.

Clear approach to expertise in clinical settings needed

The rules of a GP practice are different to those in a pharmacy. Community pharmacists need to be aware of this.

We live in interesting times...

The first deadlines in the five-year CPCF have come and gone – and some hard choices are being made.

Shortages have been awful but government progress has been slow

The government has failed to use its Brexit preparations to solve some longer-term issues on medicines supply.

MURS failed because people didn’t want them!

It is very hard to be passionate about delivering a service that patients don’t engage with. 

Withering's Wisdom

September always seems to bring a rush of activity and this year has been no different. In fact, it has probably been worse...

We must tackle the causes of pharmacists' stress

Let us be tough on stress and tough on the causes of stress, says the PDA's Claire Ward.

Would you like to live forever?

A new generation of treatments none of us thought was possible could be just around the corner.

Government focus on supply alone won't solve shortages

Claire Ward: Pharmacists can review patients' medicines to reduce unnecessary polypharmacy. Are you listening Sajid Javid?

Too much reflection may be counter-productive

Revalidation and IT are areas that, on reflection, require our correspondent’s attention...    

Dealing with difficult patients in pharmacy

Community pharmacists must train themselves not to see everything as being about them, says Peter Kelly. 

Lots of detail still to come on five-year pharmacy deal

The five-year CPCF deal is like a curate’s egg - there's an awful lot of the detail still to come.

Brexit has shunted pharmacy to the back seat

Given the focus on Brexit, pharmacy might be waiting a while to find a slot in the parliamentary timetable, says Claire Ward.

Did Prozac really reduce violent crime?

Prozac has helped reduce the stigma attached to depression but did it help reduce violent crime?

Regan and Reena are great role-models. We need more women

More women involved in pharmacy leadership positions should be seen as a benefit not a threat, says Claire Ward.

Opinions not facts will get us nowhere!

Sid Dajani: When Sandra Gidley said community pharmacies don’t make the best use of technicians she got it wrong. 

Prescription puzzles

There is a problem with overprescribing of opioids but is it to do with the law of unintended consequences?

England should take leaf out of Wales' pharmacy book

There are challenges in Wales but there is much that can be learned about its approach to pharmacy, says Claire Ward.

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