US pharmacy resident’s top tips

  AS my first post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency training at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Health in Galveston, Texas comes to an end, I have been reflecting on my learning experiences in the past year. There are three important points that I hope to share with the incoming PGY1 residents in an effort…

Capturing the spirit of nursing, post Francis

  THE Francis Report is extensive at 1,782 pages and with 290 recommendations. However, reading the harrowing accounts provided by people who were fundamentally and often cruelly let down by a system and by those who were there to care for them takes us straight to the heart of what Francis is about. When I…

Laura McEwen-Smith explains why enhancing tutor training to support workforce collaboration is so important

“TRAINING is important for tutors because [it’s easy to see a] pre-reg as additional help, and forget their needs. Training reinforces the fact that they need attention–all trainees are different and needs are different too.” [1] Isn’t it peculiar that, in contrast to the medical, nursing and dentistry professions, there is no formal approval process or assessment for a pharmacist to become…

Carol Roberts – RPS board election thoughts

    I BELIEVE Pharmacists should be at the forefront of patient care. Promoting healthy living and medicines optimisation brings a new emphasis, empowering patients, focussing on patient experience and good health outcomes. It engages the public and all healthcare professionals, and must be placed at the heart of the quality, innovation, productivity and prevention…