Myth busting: 5 reasons Optometrists avoid locuming debunked! [2018]

Changing from a static position of employment to a locum role is quite the move. Many optometrists have found it pays dividends- but what is it that prevents others from making the switch, even when they’re unhappy or burnt-out in their permanent role? It can be an intimidating process, but not all the hearsay making […]

Newly-qualified pharmacists in locum work pt. 3- making the most of your early days [2018]

Welcome to our final chapter in our trilogy of posts focusing on newly-qualified pharmacists undertaking locum work! If you’ve yet to do so, check out part 1 and part 2. You’re elated. You feel weightless. You’ve seen it all and you’re stronger for it. Yes- you’ve finally completed all the paperwork involved in becoming a […]

Newly qualified Pharmacists in locum work pt. 2- registering with an agency [2018]

Welcome to part 2 of our series on newly-qualified pharmacists undertaking locum work! If you missed it, check out part 1 here. Now that you’ve decided being on a locum agency is a string worth adding to your bow, the first small step for you is to register with an agency of your choosing.   […]

Newly qualified Pharmacists in locum work pt. 1- why locum? [2018]

So it’s done- you’ve finally been released from the throes of education. You’ve studied diligently, slowly built your confidence in your own abilities, and now you’re ready to dive headfirst into the world of work as a qualified pharmacist.   But, like anything in life, it is not always simply a case up of wind-up […]

Through the past, darkly: a history of sunglasses.

Cheaters, shades, sun-specs- whatever you call them, chances are we’ve all donned a pair of sunglasses in the recent weeks. Perhaps you’ve trembled with trepidation when checking you didn’t leave your Oakleys in the beer garden? Or maybe you’re on pair 3 of those rather convincing Bay Rans that permanently reside on top of your […]

Vital signs of change: the evolving purpose of community pharmacy

The landscape of community pharmacy is ever-shifting, and anything but stagnant. The word ‘community’ is particularly appropriate, as at its heart are dedicated professionals that actively work together to remain informed, united and heard- often in the face of adversity from many sides. Whether it has been in the form of funding cuts, an increasingly […]

Just what the doctor ordered? Missteps in medicine from BC to AD.

Our capacity for knowledge and theorising as a species is really quite incredible. From quantum mechanics to cardiology, since the early 20th century we have developed our understanding of the world and all within in it at an unprecedented rate- with technology only further aiding our boundless quest for a deeper, more exact understanding of […]

Making the leap: Employing a carer

This week we are continuing our focus on care- following on from our previous post regarding Direct Payments and the financial and administrative responsibilities that accompany them.   So now that you’ve settled for Direct Payments, where do you go from here? We feel it’s appropriate to take a look at the preparations one might […]

Choosing care: A brief guide to Direct Payments

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a country wherein healthcare is highly accessible, often at little or no upfront cost. But as needs become more specific, taking care into your own hands can allow more flexibility in choosing the specific kind of service required, and that’s where Direct Payments may be suitable for you […]

New Beginnings: Advice on picking the best care home for a relative.

Choosing a care home for a family member can be an intimidating and complex process- fraught with emotional and logistical complexities.   Often, the decision to find a them permanent residential care is informed by a culmination of events that indicate worsening health and the need for ongoing, round-the-clock care. It is a decision that must be […]

Pillars of the community: Your local pharmacy services at a glance.

Did you know that free, qualified, face-to-face healthcare advice could be just a stones-throw from your front door?   Far from being simply a pickup-point for prescriptions, the role of the Community Pharmacy is to provide a range of professionally curated and performed services that are accessible to all. In fact, 89% of England’s population […]

Quit dreaming; start locuming

People’s professional desires are changing. No longer does the idea of being a ‘lifer’ much appeal to the majority of today’s younger workforce. Rather, mobility and work-life balance are two of the key concerns for ‘millennials’ when choosing a career- positions that allow the potential for consistent earning, whilst being flexible in their demanded hours, […]

‘Asdaburys’? What the Asda/Sainsburys merger may mean for the UK’s pharmaceutical and optometry landscape.

In a move that’s been the subject of much analysis and speculation, it was announced this month that Sainsburys and Asda have agreed on plans to merge. If approved by the CMA, the £12 billion merger deal will result in one third of the UK’s entire supermarket purchases being from one of their 2800-strong store […]