NHS Employers want to hear about flu-fighter teams who have engaged with people who look after a loved one, and promoted their right to a free flu vaccination.
Six months ago NHS England launched its Accessible Information Standard (AIS) and they are asking the public and health professionals whether they have used the AIS and if there have been any problems.
The new website for the ME/CFS Epidemiology and Genomics Alliance (MEGA) biomedical research study has been launched today. There are lots of strong opinions about this project so get involved and make it the research we really need.
This Thursday (3rd November) there’s a pharmacy Twitter chat about using smartphones, apps and social media for help with medication, so I thought readers might like to contribute.
I came across this writing competition on Twitter which might be of interest to people with experience of using or working in the NHS.Read More »
Pharmacy’s regulator for the UK, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), is seeking the public’s opinion on proposed new professional standards for pharmacy professionals.Read More »
If your local pharmacist has gone the extra mile for you, your friends or family, why not nominate them for this year’s I Love My Pharmacist competition? Nominations close on Monday 2nd May.Read More »
In December, the Department of Health (DH) announced its proposal to cut pharmacy funding in England by 6.1% “as part of wider efficiency savings in the NHS”.
According to organisations involved in community pharmacy, these cuts will affect the services offered to us by our local pharmacies.
I have updated last year’s blog about flu and the flu vaccination with the information for winter 2016/17: Flu and the flu vaccination
All over the world, pharmacists are celebrating the fifth World Pharmacists Day. This was established by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), which represents over three million experts in medicines worldwide. September 25 was chosen because it is the date that the FIP was formed, in 1912.
A PhD student at Medway School of Pharmacy is carrying out an online survey, Living With Medicines, as part of her studies and is looking for patients in the UK taking medication for long term conditions to take part.Read More »
This is a really interesting article about training doctors in whole systems care, which is very applicable to M.E. patients, although it’s written about physical illnesses in general.
M.E. is a complex physical multi-system disease, so it’s common for patients to initially be passed from pillar to post between various specialists before eventually being referred to a CFS/ME service. All of those referrals mean there’s a really long wait before patients find out what is wrong and this is a really worrying and stressful time, with very little support and often the wrong advice at a crucial stage, which can lead to worsening to severe M.E.
In my case eventually someone with the good consultation skills and a multi-system approach to put together the whole picture of my physical health in order to give me the correct diagnosis, and therefore correct specialist referral to a CFS/ME service and illness management coaching.
Over recent months there has been an emerging consensus..articulated in reports from the Royal College of Physicians (The Future Hospitals Commission) and David Greenaway’s report for the GMC (The Shape of Training) that it is time to put into acute reverse the socio-professional trend of the last 30 years of ever increasing medical super-specialisation.
In their own ways these reports identify that the needs of a health system in which 70% of the activity is ongoing health maintenance of increasingly aged patients with 3 or more coexisting long term conditions, is not an army of doctors each of which can treat only one thing.
They also identify that the key specialties for managing this population.
Emergency Medicine, Acute Medicine, Elderly Care Medicine and General Practice – are all ‘shortage’ specialties, i.e. there are more jobs available than people willing or able to do them by a considerable margin (8% –…
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On Thursday, 9th July, there will be a free webinar on CFS/ME for primary care professionals.
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