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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The art of automation in community pharmacy

Gary Paragpuri

 

Gary Paragpuri is the former editor of the Chemist and Druggist magazine. He is now CEO of the specialist consultancy firm called Hub and Spoke Innovations.

 

Hub and Spoke Innovations aims to help pharmacists and dispensing GPs grow their businesses and provide a better service for their patients through technology.

 

Their flagship product is the Pharmaself24, which is a vending machine for prescription medications. This product allows people to collect prescriptions from a community pharmacy at any time of day or night.

 

Tune in to the PIPcast below to find out how Gary is driving change in UK community pharmacy using this technology. We talked about the role of automation in community pharmacy and the seismic shifts in this regard but we also had a fascinating chat about Gary’s time as editor of C&D magazine. We talked about how the internet has revolutionalised publishing in the online and offline world.

 

 

 

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The entrepreneurial pharmacist who was inspired to start her own business

Francesca Aaen

 

Francesca Aaen is a pharmacist consultant and runs her consultancy called Aaen Care. Aaen Care delivers medicines and healthcare-related training, consultancy and advice to both private and public sector providers of health and social care services across the UK.

 

Francesca has over the years had a number of NHS roles in care services and also throughout the NHS. She is also a member of the Pharmacy in Practice Editorial Board. In this podcast I asked her the following questions:

 

  • Why did you start your own business?
  • You live in Andorra. Do you enjoy running your business from there and do you get home often?
  • What was it like to write your first prescriptions?
  • What was your experience of working within dementia services?
  • What are your views on the rush for everyone to work in general practice?
  • What aspect of being an independent prescriber do you think pharmacists will struggle most with?
  • Do you think the pharmacists training and supervising pharmacists should be working in practice themselves?
  • How did you discover an interest in coaching?
  • What is your advice to pharmacists joining the register?
  • What does 2020 have in store for you?

 

 

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What is a pharmacist?

Gavin Birchall

 

Gavin Birchall is a pharmacist, designer and marketer who has created, led and marketed businesses at senior level and carried out the first research into the brand of pharmacy on the planet. Having spent 15 years in community pharmacy, practising in both independent and multiple owned pharmacies, Gavin has worked in academia, primary care and representation.

 

He was instrumental in setting up a 21 strong community pharmacy group where he was Operations and Marketing Director and Superintendent Pharmacist. 

 

Frustrated by the lack of recognition received by pharmacy, Gavin completed research into the brand of pharmacy as part of a Masters In Graphic Design and in 2015 set up a pharmacy specialist design and marketing agency, DOSE Design and Marketing Ltd, to support pharmacies to present and promote themselves more effectively. Gavin and his associates now support a range of clients in community pharmacy and beyond.

 

On the podcast, we had a wide-ranging conversation about pharmacy now and into the future. I asked Gavin the following questions:

 

  • What is a pharmacist?
  • How is pharmacy as a profession perceived?
  • As pharmacists have we lost our entrepreneurial spark?
  • Why are there very few start-up community pharmacies?
  • If you were starting a business again tomorrow what would your strategy be?
  • Has pharmaceutical care been forgotten?
  • How does technaceutical care fit into the future agenda of pharmacy?
  • Why have General Practitioners protected their brand so effectively compared to pharmacists over the years?
  • What is the importance of independent prescribing to the future of the pharmacy profession?
  • What will the effect of the erosion of the community pharmacy contractor model have on our profession?

 

 

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