Pharmapod announces partnership with the UK’s National Pharmacy Association (NPA)

Pharmapod are delighted to announce their new partnership with the UK’s National Pharmacy Association (NPA). The NPA is the trade association for independent community pharmacy owners in the UK. It has been supporting, protecting and representing community pharmacy for 100 years. Its aim is to help pharmacists succeed professionally and commercially for the benefit of their patients. As a not-for-profit organisation it is committed to reinvesting in service provision. It carefully selects its business partners to guarantee the highest quality of service and products for its members. The NPA-Pharmapod partnership will see Pharmapod…Read more …
Just Culture Enhances Patient Safety in the Healthcare Sector

Just Culture Enhances Patient Safety in the Healthcare Sector

Blame is at the root of a serious cultural problem in the healthcare sector. A blame culture discourages professionals from reporting errors and prevents learnings and system improvements. Pressure currently exists to assign individual accountability and responsibility for all errors. Team members can spend a great deal of time trying to cover up mistakes rather than analysing and learning from them because of this. Instead of being concerned with who is to blame in the situation, managers need to concentrate on what they can learn from the errors and ensure methods are in…Read more …
The future of Healthcare is in the Cloud

The future of Healthcare is in the Cloud

Cloud systems are revolutionising the way healthcare providers interact with patients and peers. Cloud based systems offer increased storage capacity with maximum security as well as easy collaboration, leading to more advanced healthcare decisions. Cloud based storage offers healthcare providers the ability to store a significant amount of data. Organisations are no longer restricted by the capacity and limitations of their devices. Providers are able to quickly and easily access and share case information so that collaboration can lead to the best, most informed outcome. In comparison to earlier in-house storage systems data…Read more …
Less than half of pharmacists are carrying out required medication reviews for their Care Home patients, Regulator in Ireland finds – Pharmapod can help.

Less than half of pharmacists are carrying out required medication reviews for their Care Home patients, Regulator in Ireland finds – Pharmapod can help.

The PSI’s Inspectors have discovered that less than half of pharmacists who provide services to patients in residential care homes carry out regular medicine reviews as recommended by the PSI, the Pharmacy Regulator in Ireland. What are the requirements for medication reviews for patients in a residential care home setting and pharmacist’s obligations? The PSI produce guidance for pharmacists who provide care and services to patients in residential care. The underlying premise, is that pharmacists must ensure that they provide the same level of professional care and attention as they would to those…Read more …
Handling of medication errors in pharmacies a concern for The PSI – Pharmapod can help. 

Handling of medication errors in pharmacies a concern for The PSI – Pharmapod can help. 

A recent article by The Times claims that a quarter of all prescription medicines sold by pharmacies are dispensed in breach of legislation.  The Times article states that the PSI, the Pharmacy Regulator in Ireland is particularly concerned at the way in which medication errors are being handled at pharmacies 'A third of all pharmacies failed to keep log of errors - a problem that has been repeatedly highlighted in disciplinary proceedings’. Why are some pharmacies falling short of this requirement and risking disciplinary hearings for non-compliance? Pharmacies are busy places and keeping on top of requirements…Read more …