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Building bridges: pharmacists reaching out to help their communities

The COVID-19 pandemic has starkly exposed how inequalities in health can be affected by factors such as ethnicity, gender or geography — and all the evidence points to these getting worse.

But in this episode, we hear from two pharmacists trying to turn this around.

First, Ade Williams, superintendent pharmacist at Bedminster Pharmacy in Bristol, explains how he used a "Pulse in the Pub" blood pressure checking service as a springboard to better understand his local community’s health needs.

Second, Suhayla Dhanji Merali, advanced specialist pharmacist at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, speaks about her outreach work in perinatal mental health, going into local mosques to help people get the support they need.

Lastly, Carolyn Wickware, investigations editor, outlines new data that shows how funding cuts are putting much-needed pharmacy services at risk in England’s most deprived areas.

This episode was presented by Corrinne Burns and produced by Geoff Marsh.

What will be the big stories in 2023?

Will pharmacists go on strike over pay? Will medicines shortages improve? What will be the biggest clinical developments next year?

The team unpicks some of the biggest pharmacy stories of 2022 and shines a light on what pharmacists should expect in the coming 12 months.

Please do let us know what you think we have missed in this episode on social media, using the hashtag #PJPod. See you next year!

This episode is presented by Nigel Praities, executive editor, and produced by Geoff Marsh. Thanks to PJ journalists Corrinne Burns, Dawn Connelly, Carolyn Wickware and Julia Robinson for their contributions.

What does it take to become a consultant pharmacist?

Two years since the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) took on responsibility for approving consultant pharmacist posts, we look at how these roles are evolving.

We also ask how many consultants the profession needs, look at the barriers to reaching this level of practice and explore how the path to becoming a consultant could be made easier.

Thanks to Hannah Beba, consultant pharmacist in diabetes at West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership; Paula Crawford, consultant pharmacist for older people services within the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; Rani Khatib, consultant pharmacist in cardiology and cardiovascular clinical research at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Andrew Radley, consultant in pharmaceutical public health at NHS Tayside.

Thank you also to Paul Forsyth, lead pharmacist in clinical cardiology (primary care) at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Joseph Oakley, associate director of education and professional development at the RPS.

This episode is presented by features editor Dawn Connelly and produced by Geoff Marsh.

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Anticholinergic drugs and dementia: a causal link?

Immune-related cancer toxicities: what pharmacists need to know

NICE type 2 diabetes update: what do you need to know?

Pharmacogenomic testing: coming to a community pharmacy near you

Myth-busting acute pain and its treatment

Pandemic plus? The antibiotic resistance lurking in our rivers

Can antiviral drugs turn the tide on COVID-19?

Apprentice pharmacists: could they help reduce shortages?

2021 unwrapped: the year in pharmacy

Pale and stale: decolonising the pharmacy degree

Will ranitidine ever make a comeback?

Antidepressant withdrawal: why has it been ignored for so long?

Meet the MAbs: the new treatments for vulnerable patients with COVID-19

Pharmacy’s mental health crisis: building back better post-pandemic

Is Amazon Pharmacy really a threat?

Shattering the silence on hidden disabilities in pharmacy

Proregs, the pandemic and a 'new normal' for pharmacy training

COVID-19 vaccines: your questions answered (part 2)

Cannabis on the NHS: a missed opportunity?

COVID-19 vaccines: your questions answered

Post-pandemic pharmacy: a brave new world?

MPharm awarding gap: how can BAME students be better supported? (part 2)

MPharm awarding gap: how can BAME students be better supported? (part 1)