Hello All,

We have a lot of important items to get through in this update and we hope you will find them very informative. The first item is topical: The MHRA has produced a series of new advice on the use of over the counter (OTC) medication for children under 6.  We believe that is a very important document which will impact what advise we give to our customers. Bookapharmacist.com has produced a response to the MHRA finding. Please click here to read our response.

If you are still feeling passionate about your profession, then don’t forget to transmit such passion to your pre-registration pharmacists. Bookapharmacist.com is standing behind a passion competition organised by Pharmangelist Limited. Click here to see how we are supporting this competition. Remember to signpost your pre-registration pharmacists and final year pharmacy students to this competition.

Professional Responsibility

We are excited. Why? We are excited about what is happening in Lambert and we are excited about the direction our profession is moving. A variety of debates are happening at the very top about a range of issues on where our profession should be heading and the structures which will get us there. A lot of us may find it difficult to tune in to some of these discussions because of pressures of work etc. Be rest assured, there are people working tirelessly to deliver the pharmacy we all deserve. Maybe you should consider using the PJ Online more often and consider registering for alerts on the website ( Click here ).One document that caught our attention recently is the professional guide which sets out our responsibilities ( link ). The 52-page document is a clear way of demonstrating leadership from the top. This document interfaces with all existing documents such as RPSGB Code of Ethics and Fitness to Practice whilst maintaining a pivotal and central role.

The five key roles of the pharmacist was identified as:

  • to use pharmacy and integrate pharmacy into healthcare systems to improve outcomes, increase safety and effectiveness
  • to monitor, modify and implement therapeutic approaches, such as dispensing medicines and supplying over-the-counter medicines
  • to ensure safe pharmacy systems and services
  • to deliver patient-centred care
  • to maintain and improve professional performance
You can download the document here .

As you may be aware by now, we don’t like big documents! And a 52-page document is a lot to get through. We are working to produce a condensed version of the document which will be relevant to our locum pharmacists.


Jaggy wrote an article entitled ‘Update on CDs’ on the MUROnline website on 21/02/2009 ( link ). He raised and re-enforced some valuable points around Controlled Drugs. The area we are concerned with here relates to knowing your Accountable Officer.

Who is the Accountable Officer?

According to the healthcare commission, an accountable officer is responsible for making sure that their organisation handles controlled drugs safely and complies with the relevant legislation. The health commission keeps a list of all accountable officers for each area. Click here to view the list. The following is an extract from the list on the health commission website:

Southampton City PCT

Dr Andrew Mortimore

(023) 80296956


Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust

Rosemary Mitchell

(023 80) 874002


Isle of Wight NHS PCT

Paul Jerram

(01983) 535408


Hampshire PCT

Matthew Thomas

(02392) 248814


Spire Southampton Hospital

Melvin Robson

(02380) 775544

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

Mr Martin Stephens


Portsmouth City Teaching PCT

Dr Paul Edmondson-jones

(02392) 894351


Spire Portsmouth Hospital

Heather Dob

(02392) 456000

St Mary`s NHS Treatment Centre Portsmouth

Helen Ludford

(02392) 858442


Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Bhulesh Vadher

(02392) 286415


The RPSGB produced a guideline to pharmacists on safe destruction of CDs in England Scotland and Wales. Click here to view the guideline.


We now have the Hampshire signposting document for our members’ perusal. This document should come in handy if you are working in the Hampshire PCT regions. Click here to view the document.

Many thanks to the Hampshire PCT


The team at Iforg Limited (company behind this project: bookapharmacist.com)has asked us to inform you of the release of their community toolbar. The Toolbar is compatible with Firefox and Internet Explorer and is a one-stop shop for access to all the Iforg web contents and project contents.

We think it is a good way keeping in touch with what we are doing. You can download the toolbar for free by following this link: http://iforg.ourtoolbar.com/


We will continue to work to bring valuable information and support to our members. If you are not yet a member or haven’t yet felt an interest in joining, we hope you will read more about the project here. We will be waiting to welcome you into our fold.