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Three Perspectives on Pharmacy and Mental Health

Pharmacy and the New GP Contract

Bordering on Problematic

Recognised by the Queen and her community

VACANCY Reporter/Researcher: Health and Care Policy in Scotland

Prescribing in Mental Illness – A Practice Pharmacist’s Perspective

What Matters to You? Communication in Pharmacy

Prescribing in Mental Illness – A Patient’s Perspective

Focusing the Vision: Dr Rose Marie Parr on the new strategy for Scottish pharmacy

All the things that could go wrong - looking ahead to the SNP conference

Ask Once, Get Help Fast? Pharmacy and Mental Health

Automation and Delegation in Pharmacy: Understanding the Moving Parts

Initiatives Highlight Potential of Community Pharmacy

Pharmacy First in Forth Valley One Year On

Trying to concentrate on the day job

Health and the Local Elections – a strange silence

The Pharmacist Will See You Now – The Growth of GP Pharmacy

Montgomery’s Review – Dr Brian Montgomery answers questions on access to new medicines in Scotland

An afternoon with SMC

Pharmacists at SMC

SMC – are drug firms voting with their feet?

Radical Surgery on the Horizon for Scotland’s NHS

The Future’s Bright – in General Practice

Community Pharmacy in a Changing Environment

Disclosing payments to doctors – has Sir Malcolm done the pharma industry a favour?

Health and Care in the First Minister’s Programme for Government

CMO: Scotland’s pharmacists “absolutely ideally placed” to practice Realistic Medicine

Profile: Maree Todd – MSP and Pharmacist

Scottish Parliament Health Committee Work Programme

Scotland’s new NHS – a Summer of Speculation

Scotland’s New Health Committee

Two million voices in Scotland – is integration the big opportunity to listen?

Medicines – levelling the playing field

Key appointment raises the bar for health & social care partnerships

What did our new MSPs do before?

SMC says no then NICE says yes – three times

SNP promises single formulary and a review of Scotland’s NHS

More Generous than the CDF – but less transparent

Comparison of Funds: New Medicines v Cancer Drugs

Bonfire of the Boards? SNP signals NHS Review

A tribute to five retiring MSPs

New Medicines Review - Health Committee sends findings to Government

Medicines New & Old in the Scottish Cancer Strategy

Great Ambitions, Slow Progress – New Models of Care in Scotland

Scottish Minsters Demand Up-Front Medicine Price Negotiation

Opportunity and Disappointment: MSPs Investigate New Medicines Access

Scottish NHS Strategy calls for 'Realistic Medicine'

The Scottish Model of Value for Medicines: Taking Everything into Consideration

When SMC Says No: An Access to Medicines Lottery

Reviewing the Review: Access to New Medicines in Scotland

A day of psephology and kidology

Insulting the Lifesavers

Worthy of Mention – Health and Science in the Honours List

News Silence from North of the Border

A Christmas PPRS Present from Pharma

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Worthy of Mention – Health and Science in the Honours List

While the headlines have been dominated by Dames and Tory donors, here’s a list of some names from Scotland’s health, care and science sectors whose work is being recognised in today’s New Year Honours Listi .

To be awarded the CBE

Professor Catherine Elizabeth (Cait) MACPHEE Professor of Biological Physics, University of Edinburgh. For services to Women in Physics.

Margie TAYLOR Chief Dental Officer for Scotland. For services to Dental Health in Scotland.

Professor Joanna Marguerite WARDLAW, FRSE Professor of Applied Neuroimaging and Honorary Consultant Neuroradiologist, University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian. For services to Neuroimaging and Clinical Science.

To be awarded the OBE

Professor Jill BELCH Professor of Vascular Medicine, University of Dundee. For services to Medicine.

Professor William DONACHIE. For services to Animal and Veterinary Biosciences.

Dr John Calum Macdonald GILLIES Lately Chairman, Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland. For services to General Practice.

Dr Christine Alexandra GOODALL Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Glasgow and Co-founder, Medics Against Violence. For services to Violence Prevention and Victims of Crime.

Benjamin Charles GOSS Chairman, Give Them a Sporting Chance and Founder, The Chaffinch Trust. For services to People with Disabilities and Disadvantaged People in the UK and Abroad. (Elgin)

Professor Alison Jean PETCH Lately Director, Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Sciences. For services to Social Services in Scotland.

Professor William SCOTT Lately Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scottish Government. For services to Healthcare.

Patricia Helen Ann, Mrs STRAUGHEN. For services to charity and Cancer Care in the North East of Scotland.

Professor Kathleen Elizabeth TANNER Professor of Biomedical Materials, Elizabeth University of Glasgow. For services to Biomedical Engineering.

Professor Annalu WALLER Chair, Human Communication Technologies, University of Dundee. For services to people with Complex Communication Needs.

To be awarded the MBE

Professor Robert CARACHI Lately Professor of Surgical Paediatrics, University of Glasgow. For services to Medicine.

Dr Colin CURRIE. For services to the Management of Hip Fractures in Older People.

Pamela Bruce, Mrs GALLANT. For services to People with Special Needs in Aberdeen particularly through Sport. (Aberdeen)

Marion Catherine, Mrs MACLEOD National Co-ordinator, Scottish Practice Management Development Network, NHS Education for Scotland. For services to Healthcare.

Georgina Claire, Mrs MAITLAND Founder, Sandpiper Trust. For services to Medical Emergencies. (Banchory, Kincardineshire)

Vivienne, Mrs MCGUIRE Bequest Secretary, University of Dundee. For services to Anatomy Bequeathal.

Anne Patricia, Mrs SIMPSON. For services to the Treatment of Postnatal Depression in the Highlands.

Sheila, Mrs SOMERVILLE. Honorary Secretary, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Samaritan Society. For services to Patients and their Families in Edinburgh.

Laura Naomi YOUNG Co-Founder, The Teapot Trust. For services to Chronically Ill Children in Scotland.

To be awarded the BEM

Anne Elizabeth, Mrs CAMPBELL. For services to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the Scottish Borders.