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That time again….

That time again….

by Kazeem Olalekan It is that time of the year again when our Society, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, is asking us to dig deep into our pockets and join or renew our membership. There is no obligation to do so but it is a nice thing to […]

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Improving Productivity & Performance

Improving Productivity & Performance

by Kazeem Olalekan   Economists are a funny lot! They are obsessed with the two P’s of the economy: Performance & Productivity. Productivity is commonly defined as a ratio between output volume and the volume of input (1). As we know from our elementary physics – that […]

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Pharmacy: Third Largest Health Profession in the UK

Pharmacy: Third Largest Health Profession in the UK

By Kazeem Olalekan With pressure on services across the NHS, it is time to really look at making better use of the third largest health professionals in the UK – The Pharmacists. Watch the video below produced by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and your pharmacist will see […]

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How saving a penny can cost you a pound…

How saving a penny can cost you a pound…

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS You know the deal: Prescribe generically and you can save a lotta cash for the NHS. In most cases this is true and laudable, after all, there is very little of the crisp stuff doing the rounds. So you might understand the need […]

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My Conference Notes 3: The unfinished observation

My Conference Notes 3: The unfinished observation

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Last year, I started a series of blogs of reflection on my experience at the Pharmacy Management National Forum. I promised to write 5 blogs on my observations but in the end, I only managed 2! It has nothing to do with having […]

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Pharmacy: The Profession of Aspiration

Pharmacy: The Profession of Aspiration

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS When I talk about Pharmacy being the profession of aspiration, some of my colleagues cringe! I understand why they might. It fits into an old narrative that goes something like this: we are pharmacists because we failed in our bid to get into […]

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Who will show clinical leadership?

Who will show clinical leadership?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I cannot help but notice, with concern, the latest news item by in which  Boots the Chemist is to offer ‘3 for 2’ mix and match promotion across its entire healthcare range this week (link). Clearly the customer will welcome an opportunity to pay […]

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Tagging the Election in England, Scotland and Wales

Tagging the Election in England, Scotland and Wales

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Following from quotes (1,2) from the excellent candidates taking part in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Election to the Board in England, Scotland and Wales; I have produced a Tag of what I consider to be key words or phrases from the quotes: 100% […]

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CPPE – The App that challenges you

CPPE – The App that challenges you

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Earlier this month, the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE), released an app for Apple Iphone and Google Android devices. Since I hate to miss a trick, I decided to put the app to the bookapharmacist test across both platforms. Are there differences […]

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A few good men – A tribute to the spine of the service

A few good men – A tribute to the spine of the service

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS When the unexpected happens. When the news is sad and sombre. It is time to sit back and reflect on what has been and what could have been. When the news filtered through in late March that University Hospitals Southampton Foundation Trust and […]

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Inhaler techniques – information resources

Inhaler techniques – information resources

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS ne of the factors that affects the adequate control of asthma or chronic obstructive airways disease (COPD)  is the inhalation technique. As part of the New Medicines Service (NMS) at the local pharmacy, we are obliged to make sure that our customers are […]

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Wrong Choices?

Wrong Choices?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Last April we posted a blog entitled “NHS choices” where we highlighted the choices facing patients in the NHS with respect to increasing prescription charges. The choice then was stark: …is it inconceivable that patients will re-locate to another place within the UK […]

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Nice…!

Nice…!

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS In August of last year, I reviewed the iphone app called MicroGuide that details the antimicrobial guideline at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. I like Apps that help me do my job on the go. It is therefore with great pleasure that I welcome […]

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Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I was driving my family on Easter holiday recently and my daughter kept saying ‘Are we there yet?’. This will be familiar to anyone with young children. They say this Ad nauseam almost as if they are enjoying it! I am going to repeat […]

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Smoking kills…period!

Smoking kills…period!

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Clearly do you don’t think the above statement is profound! Everyone knows by now the inherent dangers of smoking. In 2007, I posted a piece on the Iforg weblog in anticipation of the introduction of Smoke-free initiative across England. I am going to repeat […]

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