New guidelines on the treatment and management of depression in adults and in those with chronic physical health conditions were published by NICE recently. Stephen Bleakley describes the key changes.
A prospective risk analysis tool, failure modes effects analysis (FMEA), has been used by a pharmacy team at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to improve the safety of rituximab use. This article describes the benefits and challenges of using the FMEA method. By Steve Williamson, Nicola Wake and Gemma Donovan.
There are six modified-release preparations of mesalazine currently licensed in the UK. In this article, the North Central London Formulary and Medicines Management Group propose a prescribing strategy that could potentially save the NHS several million pounds over the next five years. By Anthony Grosso, Pritesh Bodalia and Miren Shah.
Prescriber’s Corner describes situations encountered by pharmacist prescribers and invites readers to consider clinical decisions about the patient. In this case, you are a primary care pharmacist who is reviewing a patient with obesity. By Andrew Husband and Jessica Clemerson.
Anna Drinkwater is a pharmacist independent prescriber working in renal medicine at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust. This article describes the impact of prescribing on patient safety, and the challenges that Miss Drinkwater has faced. By Shona Kirk.
A new ‘fast-track’ protocol for hip and knee replacement surgery, designed to reduce post-operative complications, has been introduced at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. This article describes the protocol and the involvement of the pharmacy team in its development. By Tania Dodds, Mike Reed and Ajay Malviya.
Examples of joint working across pharmacy sectors were among the award-winning presentations at the recent UK Clinical Pharmacy Association symposium. By Hannah Pike.
Strategies to improve medicines adherence and the role that pharmacists can play in achieving this were among topics discussed at this year’s Renal Pharmacy Group Conference. Shona Kirk reports.
Implementing electronic systems for prescribing and transfer of care were among issues discussed at this year’s joint UK Clinical Pharmacy Association and Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists IT Interest Group seminar. Shona Kirk reports.
The question of what constitutes dispensing is at the core of arguments about the future of our profession, says Philip Brown. He proposes a new definiton for dispensing and explains why it should not end on handing the medicine to the patient.