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Developing national digital resources for World Antimicrobial Awareness Week and European Antibiotic Awareness Day

For several years infection pharmacists all over the UK have led on local activities, initially for European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) and then World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) to raise awareness of the global issue of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). 

Prescribing pharmacists reduce errors and time taken to discharge hospital patients

Two pharmacists were embedded within the medical team during February 2020. Post-intervention data of 95 patients were collected approximately seven months later. 

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Clinical

Diabetes

Five key messages for clinical pharmacists involved in diabetes care

Over the last decade, technology and data has improved healthcare outcomes dramatically. In no clinical area has this been more evident than in diabetes

Infection

An audit of trust guidelines compliance on management of lower urinary tract infections

Since 2015 there has been a one-third increase in antibiotic-resistant blood stream infections, with E. coli being the most common.

Infection

Is amikacin and gentamicin prescribing appropriate?

The therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) guideline at Cambridge University Hospital recommends specific dosing and levels for amikacin and gentamicin to minimise ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity.

Medicines safety

Improving the safe and secure storage of patient medication in secondary care

Medication errors such as dose omissions of critical medications can lead to patient harm.

Profession

Standards

A strategy for delivering efficiency savings

Efficiency savings is a frequently used term, which simply means doing more with the same resources or doing the same with fewer resources

Well-being

How to prioritise wellbeing during times of stress

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought an unprecedented amount of anxiety, stress and uncertainty for everybody, but particularly for health professionals

Interview

Kitchen porter to Lead Clinical Pharmacist: Interview with David Gibson

David Gibson is Lead Clinical Pharmacist at Darlington Memorial Hospital at County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust.

Roles

Lessons from switching practices in a multi-sector Foundation Pharmacist programme

Success was defined as the Foundation pharmacist safely and confidently delivering patient-centred service autonomously.

Development

Resources

How to write winning abstracts

Distilling the content of a large project into a word-restricted abstract requires skill and attention to detail.

Resources

How to write an article that people want to read

Have you got a great idea that you would like to share with others, but you’re not sure how to write it down? You’re not alone.

Leadership

What we learnt from developing national Perioperative guidelines

The revised Handbook of Perioperative Medicines is the perfect example of what can be achieved with vision, passion and dedication

Leadership

8 ways to build your leadership skills

Here are some practical ways that pharmacy professionals can develop their leadership skills within any stage of their career.