Can't find the hard copy of your AJP or Retail Pharmacy magazine?

Did you know that even if you cannot find your hard copy of AJP or Retail Pharmacy there are still ways to view the CPD articles so that you can review the CPD activity before undertaking the assessments on the College’s website?

For all Retail Pharmacy CPD activities listed in The College CPD Catalogue, that is all articles from the last 2 years, a PDF version of each article can be found in the same spot that you launch the assessment from when you submit your answers.  This way if you see an older Retail Pharmacy article title in our catalogue, rather than having to go rummaging to find the hard copy of the magazine, you can simply  click to open the PDF.

Similarly, all back issues of AJP can be accessed at AJP Online.  You need to register to access back issues of AJP at AJP Online, but it is FREE. 

Once you have registered with AJP Online, you will be able to see the current month’s issue of AJP.   To look at back issues simply select “Browse Issues” from the bottom of page toolbar and the next screen will show all years and all issues of AJP.  Simply open the issue you are after then page through each page of the magazine to find the CPD activity you are looking for.

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A broad range of CPD is available in April 2018

April AJP has a 3 CPD articles available, which can earn you up to 7 Group 2 CPD credits.

Regular contributors Associate Professor Louis Roller and Dr Jenny Gowan have written an article on insomnia.  It discusses the different types and causes of insomnia, non-pharmacological treatments of insomnia including sleep hygiene and CBT, as well as the medications used in the treatment of insomnia, including the newer agents: melatonin and suvorexant. Successful completion of the assessment will earn 3 Group 2 CPD credits.

Consultant pharmacist Karalyn Huxhagen has written an article discussing the risk assessment for the supply of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) by pharmacists as S2 and S3 medicines, triggers for referral to the doctor, as well as when patients with ongoing symptoms of GORD should be referred. Also discussed are strategies for discussions with patients to minimise their risks when taking over-the-counter PPIs for GORD.

The third article in this month’s AJP is an interesting article titled “Galactagogues to increase milk supply in breastfeeding mothers” by Morna Falkland. This is a topic that pharmacists often find themselves been asked for advice about by new mothers. The article explores pharmacological and non-pharmacological options to increase breast milk production, describes the scientific evidence for herbal galactagogues, as well as comparing the efficacy and side effect potential of the commonly used pharmacological agents domperidone and metoclopramide.


 Using pharmacist competencies in your 2017/18 Learning Plan

The College recommends that members use the 2016 Pharmacist Competencies when designing their learning plan for the 2017-18 CPD year. 

The structure of the new competencies has changed from the previous 2010 version.

The 2016 competencies have a greater emphasis on pharmacists as leaders, communication skills and their role in improving patient health literacy.

The College maps new CPD activities to both the 2010 and the 2016 competencies as part of our CPD accreditation process.

The 2016 competencies can be found here

Design a CPD learning plan. For fullscreen view click on YouTube in the bottom right after playing.