Communication Skills for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Staff

This session was designed for a PharmaCo who were supporting a public health campaign, centered around patients who were self-managing their continence problems by purchasing pads from pharmacies. The company highlighted the need for pharmacists and their support staff to have training to improve their confidence when engaging patients who may be embarrassed, in order…

MUR Skills for Patients with Continence Problems

This evening event was designed and delivered for a PharmaCo who were interested in helping pharmacist undertake MURs for patients who were prescribed anticholinergic drugs. The brief centered around taking a patient centered approach during the MUR and looking at all factors that could negatively impact on the patients continence. The session was problem based…

Update to Resuscitation Council Guidelines.

The Resuscitation Council (UK) has published its 2010 guidelines. The following changes in the BLS guidelines for adults have been made to reflect the importance placed on chest compression, particularly good quality compressions, and to attempt to reduce the number and duration of pauses in chest compression: 1. When obtaining help, ask for an automated…

Emergency First Aid for Pharmacist Course in Coventry

A group of 18 pharmacists and their staff attended a one-day emergency first aid course at the Coventry Conference Centre last week. The course was organised in conjunction with Coventry Local Pharmaceutical Committee and sponsored by ALK-Abello, the UK distributor of Epipens. The rationale behind the course is to ensure that pharmacy staff are able…

White Paper on NHS reforms

The Government has released its White Paper which outlines fundamental change for the NHS. The paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS‘ details how power will be devolved from Whitehall to patients and professionals. The aim of the reforms are to allow professionals more time to focus on improving health outcomes, and to allow patients…

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Course

Electrical Defibrillation is well established as the effective intervention for cardiac arrest, the most important determinant of survival being the time from collapse to delivery of the first shock. Today the widespread deployment of Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) is considered a realistic strategy for reducing mortality due to heart disease. No previous experience is necessary…

How to use your EpiPen

Many people suffer from severe allergic reactions and at this time of year the potential for wasp and bee stings is a real problem. Those who know they have life-threatening reactions often carry an auto-injector device, such as an EpiPen, but if you have never had to use one, the instructions given to you when…