With English community pharmacy funding cuts hitting the sector hard, contractors are increasingly turning to new clinical services to bolster their bottom lines. The Pharmacist’s Autumn issue features a step-by-step masterclass in how to set up and run a pharmacy-based travel clinic, including practical tips and expert advice on how to turn clinical knowledge into a useful service for patients and a source of income for pharmacists.
This issue also marks the first case study from The Pharmacist’s Clinical Champions scheme – an initiative designed to shine a light of some of the extraordinary work being carried out by ordinary pharmacists up and down the country. This issue’s champion reveals how he started a travel clinic in his pharmacy, becoming so well established that local GPs have started to refer patients to the service.
There is also an exclusive interview with independent community pharmacist-cum-bestselling crime novelist AA Dhand, who tells The Pharmacist about his day job in the dispensary influences his writing.
The issue also plots the long and complicated history of the funding cuts, following on from announcements from pharmacy organisations the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and the National Pharmacy Association that they will be challenging their unsuccessful legal appeals to the cuts.
Pharmacists can also brush up their clinical knowledge on constipation in babies, psoriasis and how to run an effective flu vaccination service this winter.