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 the law of conservation of energy holds for […]

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 you now…

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 to switch from a prescription of Voltarol Emulgel […]

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 nothing to write. On the contrary: I have […]

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 medical school. It is true that some people […]

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 less for products in these chastened times. If […]

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% advocate all aspiration awareness barriers believe challenges change […]

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 between the Iphone and Android application? That is […]

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 Nuffield Hospital’s Spine clinic has suddenly lost its […]

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 using the inhalation devices in the right way. […]

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 where the choices made by the local NHS […]

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 the free app by the nice guys and […]