Summer Newsletter 2021 – Welcome from the Editor

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I am delighted to be handing over the reins of Editor of Ashtons Pharmacy News to Matthew, one of our Lead Pharmacists, who brings with him more than 17 years of experience in the pharmacy industry.

Matthew was responsible for creating our bespoke Ashtons Formulary, which has helped promote safe, evidence-based and cost-effective prescribing for our clients. He is a specialist in training and development and oversees the full range of training we provide to our clients. This includes identifying clinical topic areas in need and constantly innovating the methods used to make the most impact.

Matthew has been a crucial member of the Ashtons team for 11 years now, and we are delighted to have his help and expertise in providing you with relevant industry news, clinical insight and regulatory updates.

Martin England, Chief Pharmacist


A welcome from our new Editor, Matthew Roberts

Thank you to Martin for the kind introduction. I’m very excited to be taking on this role and look forward to bringing you plenty of useful and interesting content in the coming issues of Ashtons Pharmacy News.

This summer issue brings some exciting new changes to our training provision. Our new e-learning system contains a host of new and improved clinical modules that are tightly focused on key learning points to make them more manageable for busy healthcare staff. We can now also offer a host of new training seminars, detailed on pages 10–11.

We have recently expanded the scope of our site audits to include a more detailed focus on antimicrobial usage, in order to help hospitals demonstrate compliance with antimicrobial stewardship guidelines. We have also launched a new product: the Ashtons antipsychotic dosage and percentage calculator. This handy calculator has been produced as a helpful guide to assist you in calculating the percentage BNF values of each antipsychotic, and we hope you find this useful.

Finally, summer is now fully in swing, bringing with it the usual seasonal ailments such as hayfever and sunburn, but these conditions can be worse for patients on certain medications. We cover some additional factors that need to be kept in mind when prescribing for patients in the summer.

If you have any queries or would just like to chat about how we can help with your service provision, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Mattew Roberts, Editor and Lead Pharmacist for Training and Development


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