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Pharmacy In Practice Podcast
56 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Jonathan Underhill on competence, professionalism, micro-credentialing and a bright pharmacist future
Well, it has been a while since we have recorded a podcast on Pharmacy in Practice so when I was recently in touch with friend of PIP Jonathan Underhill I suggested we have a chat. And it was a fun, interesting and insightful conversation. We recorded the episode first thing on Monday morning after the England football defeat. We had a chat about Gareth Southgate's leadership and what the pharmacist profession can learn from him. We also talked about how the various sectors of pharmacy have weathered the pandemic and where the profession goes next. Professionalism, competence, shared decision making and the future for pharmacists were also topics we covered. Jonathan completed his pharmacy degree at Sunderland and has post-graduate qualifications from London and Liverpool Universities as well as the Institute for Learning and Development. He began his career as a hospital pharmacist in London before joining the National Prescribing Centre (NPC) in 1996. Working on MeReC publications and then developing an educational network/eLearning platform for evidence-based therapeutics and Information Mastery gave him a passion for understanding how clinicians keep up to date and help people make informed choices about their medicines. Now as a consultant clinical adviser for NICE, he inputs into those Clinical Guidelines that have a large medicines component, oversees outputs from the NICE Medicines team such as evidence summaries on new medicines and Antimicrobial Prescribing Guidelines as well as providing NHS access to the BNF. He also has an honorary post at the Keele School of Pharmacy teaching under and post-graduates as well as pursuing his research interests in Evidence-Informed Decision Making. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists and a qualified COVID-19 vaccinator. This gives him less time than he would like to devote to the passions in his life such as mindful walks in the Cheshire countryside with his soulmate Wor Bobby the Border Terrier, captaining his village cricket team, singing in his decidedly ordinary style with some incredibly talented rock musicians and his long-standing and largely unrewarded devotion to NUFC.
34 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Is pharmacy ready for IR35?
Laura Smith CTA is a Partner at Wylie & Bisset. We kick off a new season of podcasts on Pharmacy in Practice by talking to her about IR35. We have published a number of articles recently on this topic so thought it was time to have a chat with the experts. If you enjoy this episode and the PIP podcast please feel free to leave a review on your podcast player. It helps others to find us. For tax advice please contact your accountant. every situation is different and will potentially require advice specific to you. Previous coverage of the IR35 topic on PIP Could IR35 be good for pharmacist locums? Will IR35 change locum life forever? Is IR35 a potential tax time-bomb for pharmacist locums? About our guest Laura Smith CTA joined Wylie & Bisset in April 2016 as a Manager in the WB Healthcare team, was promoted to Head of Healthcare in July 2018, with a further promotion to Director in July 2019 and now partner with effect from 1st April 2021. Until joining Wylie & Bisset in April 2016, Laura spent the majority of her career working with a top 10 accountancy firm in Glasgow. Whilst developing her tax career and experience in the professional services sector, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector, Laura qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2013. Laura heads up the WB Healthcare team in all aspects of accounting and taxation matters, under the lead of partner Tom McGuire. In addition to the review of accounts for Healthcare sector clients, her expertise covers personal taxation including capital gains tax planning, remuneration planning, and advising on inheritance tax issues and planning considerations. The Pharmacy in Practice podcast is kindly supported by Glasgow based Wylie & Bisset LLP chartered accountants. Wylie & Bisset LLP is a leading chartered accountants Glasgow-based practice, with a national reach, whose growth has been organic, through referral and reputation. They have the background, expertise and extensive resources required to provide your business or organisation with the right solutions when it comes to managing and growing your business. The firm covers the whole of the UK, providing business advisory and support services to clients across a wide range of public and private sectors, ensuring you have access to the best possible accountancy and tax planning advice so your business runs smoothly, is financially sound and complies with regulatory and legal controls. Their approach is proactive and “hands-on” via a true partner-led service, which they believe is the best way to provide their clients with a first-class service. Their commitment to excellence and efficient service has maintained a reputation for high-quality professionalism and awareness, ensuring ongoing client loyalty and recurring referrals. If you are searching for a hands-on partner-led firm of accountants in Glasgow contact us today to see how they can assist your business.
30 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Amazon, digital dentistry and how community pharmacies fit
We recently had the pleasure of chatting to the founder and owner of Instant Dentist Aalok Shukla. Instant dentist is an innovative collaborative business that will help community pharmacies extend their digital impact but also deliver much earlier preventative dental care to people as they visit. We came back together to discuss the rapidly changing landscape of community pharmacy in the UK. Instant Dentist is one opportunity that pharmacy owners may wish to avail of but it is the 'tip of the iceberg' in terms of possible opportunities. Amazon Pharmacy has started to trade in the USA so the need to evolve is here like never before. Hopefully, this chat will give viewers and listeners some ideas on how to get started with incorporating digital activities into your pharmacy business. Aalok commented: "Through easy and affordable access to private dental care, Instant Dentist is the first dental wellness platform that allows you to manage your dental health in a way you’ve never thought was possible. Prevention and diagnosis from an experienced digital dentist is just a click away." We hope this podcast might give pharmacy owners across the country inspiration to extend into digital dental services if they have not already done so.
48 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
Vision, politics, pharmacy clubs, elitism, free services and where community pharmacy goes next
Ian Strachan is a community pharmacy owner contractor. He owns a number of pharmacies in England. He was the Chair of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) between 2014 to 2018. I have wanted to chat with Ian for a while now. He really has operated at the top of UK pharmacy politics for quite some time and has led the way with many innovative initiatives through his community pharmacies. We had a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation about many aspects of community pharmacy. Community pharmacy politics in England is a complicated and often turbulent arena. This came out in the chat but we offset these challenges with some positivity as we looked to the future. A fulfilling and attractive career pathway for pharmacists working in community pharmacy was important to both of us. Ian is passionate about the profession and in particular, he cares deeply about the professionalisation of community pharmacy. We discussed what he thought the vision for the future of community pharmacy should be in the coming years and delved into some notable long-standing community pharmacy topics like free deliveries for example. Ian is as enthusiastic an advocate for community pharmacy that I have spoken to for a while so it was fascinating to get his insight.
41 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
What can we learn from this tragic fatal warfarin error?
Failure to identify high-risk medication errors in patients with complex needs can have a fatal outcome, a recently published report warned. The report, published by Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), sets out a case where a medication error with warfarin contributed to the death of a 79-year-old man. The patient had suffered a fall at home and had been admitted to hospital. An error on his chart whilst he was on the ward led to him receiving three or four doses of warfarin, which he did not normally take before the error was spotted by a ward-based clinical pharmacist. The patient developed internal bleeding and deteriorated (due to several health reasons) and died 21 days after his first admission. In the case HSIB examined, the patient was on 12 different medications and supplements at the time of admission. By day nine of his hospital stay, this had increased to 16. HSIB’s national investigation focused on the role of ward-based pharmacy services and how they work within the multidisciplinary teams (MDT’s) that administer care to patients. Ward-based pharmacists are crucial in enhancing the team’s ability to spot errors, especially in high-risk situations. However, the investigation findings emphasised that there is variance in the way the services are staffed and organised. They also found that other staff within the MDT’s could better understand the role pharmacists have in between admission and discharge of the patient. HSIB also found that more work needs to be done to assess the resilience of pharmacy services to operational pressures and the additional challenges associated with caring for older people. As a result of the national investigation, HSIB has made three recommendations to facilitate a better understanding of the role of the ward-based pharmacist and to encourage best practice and resilience when identifying and developing models of pharmacy provision. In this podcast, we were fortunate to be joined by Lead Investigator Deinniol Owens. We discuss some of the pertinent points in the investigation and explore some of the wider questions about pharmacy. In particular, we discuss how this investigation makes the case for the integration of pharmaceutical care led by pharmacists into every multidisciplinary team in the country. You can read the full report here.
53 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
Naloxone, alcohol abuse, why drug deaths remain high and a role for community pharmacy
Graham Parsons is the Chief Pharmacist at Turning Point. He is a pharmacist with a wide range of experience in many aspects of pharmacy. As a specialist in Substance Misuse he has worked at both local, regional and national level (through the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, National Institute of Health and Care Excellence and Turning Point) to deliver a wide range of initiatives and policies which have impacted on both substance misuse services and the lives of individuals affected by substance use disorders. This has included over six years as a prescriber within the Plymouth Specialist Addiction Service. During this time he has also developed an interest in Mental Health and Pain and the management of these conditions in this cohort of patients. He has also delivered a number of training sessions covering a diverse range of topics from substance misuse to Controlled Drug legislation for a number of institutes including the University of Bath and the Royal College of General Practitioners and developed Post Graduate addiction courses for Medway University. I am an experienced public speaker who has presented at many events including the College of Mental Health Pharmacy International Conference and on local BBC radio. In the written media I have produced a number of articles on substance misuse and its treatment for the Pharmaceutical Journal. We had a wide-ranging discussion about the issues of the day in the area of substance misuse. There has been a move towards the use of Buvidal slow-release injection. Have you got any thoughts on this move especially in light of the current pandemic? What is the future of substance misuse services delivered through community pharmacy? What is the role of naloxone in community pharmacy? How can community pharmacy support alcohol brief interventions? Why are drug deaths still so high? How is polypharmacy relevant to the area of polypharmacy? Has nudge theory got a role in tackling the alcohol crisis in this country?
40 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Pharmacy law, fitness to practise and how to stay out of trouble
I have never met a pharmacist or pharmacy technician that does not dread the letter of complaint from the GPhC dropping through the letterbox. Unfortunately in the context of overall rising numbers of complaints being made by fellow health professionals and also by the general public, I felt it important to touch base with our colleagues at Hempsons to get their views on what you can do if you find yourself in this terrible situation. In a very interesting chat, we covered the fitness to practise process and how to navigate it if you need to. We also discussed some of the reasons behind rising numbers of GPhC complaints and also the variation in where complaints come from between different professions. There were some key pieces of advice so hopefully, you find these useful. Tania Francis Tania Francis is a solicitor and partner at Hempsons. Tania advises doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals with all sorts of issues to do with registration and regulatory issues, specialist registration or specialist lists, litigation, associate disputes, CQC registration, difficulties with NHS England and more. Tania is a qualified doctor and works in a team which also includes a qualified dentist, and they, therefore, offer a unique approach to our clients’ problems. The team regularly contributes to Independent Practitioner Today and Dentistry magazine and offers training and seminars to our clients. Tania is also on the council of the Medico-Legal Society. Thorrun Govind Thorrun is a trainee solicitor at Hempsons. Thorrun studied Pharmacy at King’s College London, completing her pharmacy pre-registration training in community pharmacy. As a practising community pharmacist, she has been a strong advocate for healthcare and healthcare professionals across traditional and social media. Thorrun studied for her Graduate Diploma in Law, full time whilst working as a pharmacist. She subsequently studied for her Legal Practice course and MSc in Law, Business and Management, attaining a Distinction. As a qualified healthcare professional, she has first-hand experience of operating in a challenging environment whilst striving to provide excellent care to patients. “This podcast is made available on the basis that no liability is accepted for any errors of fact or opinion it may contain. The content should not be regarded as a comprehensive statement of the law and practise in this area. Professional advice should be obtained before applying the information to particular circumstances.”
48 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Duncan Rudkin on guiding the GPhC through a pandemic
I was very proud and grateful to get the chance to talk to the Chief Executive Officer of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Duncan Rudkin. Duncan was very generous with his time and we discussed a wide range of topics. Time was limited so we didn't get through all the topics I wanted to but we did cover lots of ground. We ran out of time and there are questions we did not get round to. Duncan has very kindly agreed toa answer these in writing so stay tuned. Areas explored include the following: What is the role of the GPhC and to who are they accountable? Is the current revalidation process fit for purpose to safely regulate independent prescribers? Is independent prescribing practice ahead of regulation? How do the GPhC standards guard against the risk associated with unconscious incompetence? Is the fitness to practise process in its current form fit for purpose? Do you think the experience of registrants that have gone through the fitness to practise process good enough? Is a person who supplies a COVID-19 rapid antibody test unfit to practise? Will the GPhC express opinions on other matters for example homoeopathy? Are the public at more risk now that inspections have been stopped due to the pandemic? What was the most difficult decision the GPhC has had to make during the COVID-19 pandemic so far?
23 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
How can community pharmacy improve collaboration with dentists?
We recently had the pleasure of chatting to the founder and owner of Instant Dentist Aalok Shukla. Instant dentist is an innovative collaborative business that will help community pharmacies extend their digital impact but also deliver much earlier preventative dental care to people as they visit. Aalok commented: "Through easy and affordable access to private dental care, Instant Dentist is the first dental wellness platform that allows you to manage your dental health in a way you’ve never thought was possible. Prevention and diagnosis from an experienced digital dentist is just a click away." We hope this podcast might give pharmacy owners across the country inspiration to extend into digital dental services if they have not already done so.
28 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
Why I want to be a pharmacist partner in a GP practice
Darshan Negandhi is a Primary Care Network (PCN) clinical pharmacist. Previously he was Director and Superintendent Pharmacist at Lewisham Pharmacy in London. He has recently made the move to work within the PCN and is thoroughly enjoying it. We had a great chat about all things pharmacy. Darshan is very modest but has a fantastic ambition to become a pharmacist partner ina GP practice. With his talent, vision and enthusiasm I fully expect him to achieve this. Thoroughly enjoyed this chat.
29 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
What can a hepatitis C eradication service teach us about tackling COVID-19?
Dr Andrew Radley is a consultant pharmacist in public health. He works in NHS Tayside and was recently a member of a successful team who managed to eradicate hepatitis C. He recently wrote to PIP explaining how 56 community pharmacies helped to eradicate hepatitis C in NHS Tayside. It was a real pleasure to discuss Andrew's recent activity around hepatitis C and in particular how community pharmacy was central to the success of this project. Our discussion broadened to cover topical issues like the new NHS Pharmacy First service, his views on how important a multidisciplinary team approach is in pharmacy and also his advice to pharmacists who are new to the register. We are unfortunately still in the midst of a global pandemic and I found Andrew's views on how we can learn from the hepatitis C service as we all work to get to grips with the current situation very interesting. Some fascinating insights here. Andrew is an extremely modest character but I found his work, particularly recently on the hepatitis C front, to be really inspirational. He demonstrates the tangible impact that community pharmacy can have when they are included in a service such as this. He was at pains to make the point that teamwork is key and attributed his personal career success to working effectively as a member of various teams over the years. I highly recommend you have a look at the stories on the hepatitis C service and we have included the original research articles within these stories if you are interested to delve a bit deeper.
48 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Is community pharmacy representation in need of an overhaul?
David Wright, Professor of Pharmacy Practice from the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia has lead an independent review of the roles and structures underpinning Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and the Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) in England. The review has been called at a time when the community pharmacy landscape is rapidly changing and local representation and support has never been more important. The purpose of the review was to result in recommendations which will optimise PSNC and LPC contractor representation and support and ensure that the national network structure is working as efficiently for contractors as it can and is fit for the future. The review team has made 33 recommendations, including the introduction of an independent governance and strategy oversight committee, replacement of the PSNC with a council constituted with LPC chairs and significantly increased funding for national negotiation activities. You can read the full report here. This report goes much further than many people expected and as such we were very pleased to discuss the findings with Professor Wright on the PIP podcast.
50 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Professor Harry McQuillan: 'Supply is not enough'
Professor Harry McQuillan has been Chief Executive Officer of Community Pharmacy Scotland for 14 years. He has worked in a range of roles across pharmacy since qualifying as a pharmacist a number of years ago. Our paths have crossed a number of times over the years but given the exciting developments in pharmacy in Scotland, the timing of this interview was really perfect. Earlier this year was supposed to be one of the most exciting times in community pharmacy in Scotland but all that was put on hold due to COVID-19. But with adversity comes opportunity and the community pharmacy network in Scotland 'creaked' but was never close to falling over even at the height of the crisis. It is this balance between a secure supply chain versus a platform to deliver valuable services right at the heart of communities that Harry describes as being most important. 'Supply is not enough'. Community Pharmacy Scotland has managed to support the development of a network of community pharmacies in Scotland that can deliver that core dispensing role efficiently but that also leaves the door open to innovation. And that innovation will shortly come in the form of Pharmacy First. We chatted about the in's and out's of the new service. I was particularly interested to hear Harry's vision for the future whilst casting a look over our shoulder to the days of Professor Bill Scott and some of the policy documents that have helped to deliver the opportunities that we see today. We even discussed the origins of pharmaceutical care back in 1990. 'Scotland is a place where you can work in community pharmacy and put your degree to the test'. The door has now been thrown open to innovation and service development up here all under the banner of 'Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care'. Rose Marie Parr has given the network permission to get on and do it. And the money from the Scottish Government has followed. The relationship between the players up here continues closer than ever. Harry harked back to the 'Prescription for Excellence' document and restated the ambition in there that every pharmacist should be an independent prescriber. The Pharmacy First deal makes a confident move towards a consultation based payment structure to the community pharmacy contract. The conflict of interest that is often cast up around supplying and dispensing on the same premesis has been mitigated and pharmacists can move forward with confidence. Harry described how the future involves gathering a complete dataset that will help with the articulation of the true value of community pharmacy. I found the chat extremely uplifting. Scottish community pharmacy are playing to win and so far have delivered. Pharmacy First is the next challenge and it comes at the right time. The network needs to not just recover but innovate, develop and thrive. There were a few probing personal questions in there so make sure and listen or watch to the end. I found it to be a very encouraging and optimistic conversation but don't take my word for it, decide for yourself. Johnathan.
58 minutes | May 29, 2020
Jonathan Burton on leading pharmacy out of a crisis
Jonathan Burton is Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Pharmacy Board and he has been on the frontline in community pharmacy throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We caught up to have a chat about the myriad of unprecedented things that pharmacists and their teams have had to cope with over the last few months. Changes in legislation, delays in registration of pre-registration pharmacists, opportunism by certain organisations and the performance of the RPS during the crisis. Below are some of the questions we put to Jonathan. We hope you enjoy the podcast to hear how he responded. Where do we go next in pharmacy? From a general perspective how do think the government in Scotland has performed in response to the pandemic? Has the national question in Scotland and the way decisions are taken favoured the profession? How has the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) performed during the crisis? How do you think RPS members feel about the decision to make resources free to the whole profession at the point when the RPS value proposition is arguably most potent? Have you got any concerns about some of the decisions made by any organisation during the pandemic? How can RPS support provisionally registered pharmacists? Do you think there will be increased responsibility on pre-reg tutors during this provisional registration process? Do you think there is a chance that the issue of vicarious liability could become an issue for pre-reg tutors especially if a provisionally registered student that they are supervising fail the registration exam? Do you feel that pharmacists have adequate development opportunities over the years and if not why has investment been lacking? If we encourage remote consultation services like NHS Near Me in community pharmacy why will people need to go to a community pharmacy? Can you tell us about your early experiences of using NHS Near Me? Who do you think the next Chief Pharmaceutical Officer of Scotland will be?
37 minutes | May 26, 2020
Interview with the founder of the newly formed Pre-registration and Newly Qualified Pharmacist Association
Jasraj S Matharu is the founder of the Pre-registration and Newly Qualified Pharmacist Association (PNPA). He is currently a pre-registration student and has become involved with the Pharmacist Defence Association (PDA) as a union representative. I caught up with Jas to discuss the rapidly changing landscape for pre-registration pharmacists this year in light of the COVID-19 crisis. This has been a tough year for pre-registration students so it was important to cover some of the issues that they faced. Since we recorded this interview the GPhC have published guidance outlining the provisional registration of pre-registration pharmacists. The PNPA is an independent network for young pharmacy professionals. This group enables young pharmacy professionals to network, discuss and tackle key challenges and issues we are currently facing. Click here to find out more.
33 minutes | May 14, 2020
Career spotlight: Prescribing support pharmacist Dr Emily Kennedy
Dr Emily Kennedy has worked as a prescribing support pharmacist in primary care in NHS Dumfries and Galloway for 16 years and now supervises 17 pharmacists working across general practice. Her varied and very successful career so far has involved education, research and work in community pharmacy. I was interested to discuss various aspects to her current and previous roles. In particular, I was interested to hear more about Emily's current role and how she has seen things change in pharmacy over the years. We discussed the current state of play in primary care pharmacy in Scotland and touched on education, training, supervision, competence and also the need for pharmacists to have confidence in their own ability. Scottish pharmacy has evolved dramatically over recent years and Emily has really been part of that evolution. We discussed how pharmacists' expectations have changed and how her work now involves During the COVID-19 crisis, Emily has been involved with her local COVID-19 hub in Dumfries and Galloway. I was interested to hear her insights around being involved here.
53 minutes | May 12, 2020
What does the pandemic teach us about the future of antibiotics?
Stephen Hughes MBA, MSc, MPharm, is a consultant antimicrobial pharmacist at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. We were lucky enough to catch up with him on the podcast to discuss how he and his team have adapted to working life during the pandemic. We also discussed antimicrobial pharmacy at length. A fascinating conversation. In your view what is the importance of patient-reported outcomes in antibiotic use? How do we innovate before we have to in the antibiotic space? Are we too reliant on the pharmaceutical industry to keep coming up with new antibiotics and how sustainable is this cycle? Do we make the best use of new antibiotics? How should the UK government intervene to ensure a robust pipeline of new antibiotics remains into the future? Are we collectively being too complacent in the prescribing practise that we tolerate with antibiotics? What have you and your team had to unlearn during COVID-19? Are you concerned about a surge of secondary bacterial infection in people who have suffered COVID-19? How have your team coped with the COVID-19 situation?
34 minutes | May 11, 2020
Yousaf Ahmad on coping in pharmacy during the pandemic
In our latest podcast, we sat down with Chief Pharmacist Yousaf Ahmad. Amongst other roles, Yousaf is currently Chief Pharmacist at Care UK and was also recently appointed to the GPhC Council. We had a wide-ranging chat about how Yousaf has coped with COVID-19 in his current role. How has your life as a pharmacist changed as a result of COVID-19? Has our over-reliance on the NHS been to our detriment during COVID-19? How has community pharmacy coped during the COVID-19 crisis? What is the most significant legislative change you have noticed during the COVID-19 crisis? Who hasn't wasted the COVID-19 crisis? How has your leadership changed in light of COVID-19? What does the future hold for you?
38 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
The potential legal ramifications of pharmacies using volunteers
Our guest for this podcast was Andrea James. Andrea is a regulatory lawyer advising doctors, pharmacists, vets, teachers & other highly regulated professionals. Andrea is a partner at Brabners. She leads their Professional Discipline and Healthcare Regulatory team, providing vital insight to our wider Regulatory team and Healthcare sector group. You can contact Andrea to engage her services by clicking here. In the first of two podcasts, we discussed how the recent fast-moving legislative changes and action by the GPhC may impact on the practise of pharmacy in the UK. In this second podcast, we had a discussion about the use of volunteers to deliver medicines. NHS England announced a new essential and advanced delivery service. The services involve community pharmacy contractors being used to work with volunteers to deliver medication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst we discussed all relevant aspects of the delivery service and use of volunteers Andrea made interesting comments on potential liability issues that may arise during the running of the services. Please note that this podcast was recorded before the RPS and GPhC published their joint statement on the impact on 'pharmacy professionals'. Essential listening if you are a pharmacy contractor about to engage with this service. We discussed and recommended the Royal Pharmaceutical Society guidance on ethical professional decision making during the pandemic. We also chatted about the Headspace app. You can access and download it here. If you are under pressure and feel that you need support at this time click here.
45 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Andrea James on the legal impact of COVID-19 on pharmacy
Our guest for this podcast is Andrea James. Andrea is a regulatory lawyer advising doctors, pharmacists, vets, teachers & other highly regulated professionals. She also loves animals, laughter and fairness. Andrea is a partner at Brabners. She leads their Professional Discipline and Healthcare Regulatory team, providing vital insight to our wider Regulatory team and Healthcare sector group. You can contact Andrea to engage her services by clicking here. In the first of two podcasts, we discussed how the recent fast-moving legislative changes and action by the GPhC may impact on the practise of pharmacy in the UK. Is there temporary deregulation of the pharmacy happening at the moment? What advice do you have for pharmacists having to make difficult ethical professional decisions? What advice would you give to pharmacists making a difficult ethical professional decision? How do you think things will change the new era after COVID-19? We discussed and recommended the Royal Pharmaceutical Society guidance on ethical professional decision making during the pandemic. We also chatted about the Headspace app. You can access and download it here. If you are under pressure and feel that you need support at this time click here.
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