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Monday 26 August 2019

Ailsa Colquhoun

Articles by this author

Fri 13 January
Fri 13 January
Practices have been urged to shift up a gear in delivering more cost-effective prescribing and preventative care. Ailsa Colquhoun reports on the technologies and strategies to help
Tue 6 July
Tue 6 July
Improved use of practice resources, better patient care, and the possibility of more Quality and Outcomes Framework points aim to encourage GPs to take part in the Chronic Medication Service – but will the benefits hit their target, asks Ailsa Colquhoun?
Fri 19 June
Fri 19 June
Dispensing doctors may have won the battle on dispensing rights, but have they lost the war? Ailsa Colquhoun reports on the unlikely ally in pharmacy’s camp – the Electronic Prescribing Service
Mon 15 December
Mon 15 December
New proposals in the pharmacy white paper, launched earlier this year, have left many practices with an onsite dispensing facility fearful of their future. As Ailsa Colquhoun reports, the issue over rural dispensing rights threatens to reignite tensions between doctors and pharmacists – and new pharmacy service development is only adding fuel to the flames …
Wed 18 July
Wed 18 July
Pharmacist independent prescribers (PIPs) are authorised to prescribe within their competence any licensed medication, with few exceptions. As such, PIPs can help lighten GPs’ prescribing loads and offer their patients more time and longer consultations. Ailsa Colquhoun looks at this emerging role and discovers how several practices have benefited from employing a PIP
Thu 1 March
Thu 1 March
Regulations for opening new pharmacies have been less restrictive over the last couple of years, presenting a potentially lucrative chance for practices to open their own pharmacy, where applicable. But, as Ailsa Colquhoun reports, the opportunity to open a pharmacy more cheaply and easily may not be here forever – so should you take the plunge while you can?
Fri 1 December
Fri 1 December
The new contractual framework for community pharmacy in England and Wales is now well into its second year. So what impact has it had on GPs and their practices? This report by Ailsa Colquhoun looks at the changes the pharmacy contract has had on the ways practices and pharmacists work with each other, and how this has been received so far