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Flagship pharmacy event held in Birmingham for first time in 20 years

2 April 2004

Flagship pharmacy event held in Birmingham for first time in 20 years

THE British Pharmaceutical Students' Association is holding its 62nd flagship conference at Aston University from 3rd - 10th April. The event is one of the biggest on the pharmacy calendar and has not been held in Birmingham for 20 years.

The conference attracts a wide range of people every year including over 100 delegates, British and International pharmacy students, pre-reg students and first year qualified pharmacists. This year's event has been organised by two Aston University students, James Wood and Tejinder Bains.

'One of the most beneficial aspects of the conference for students is having the opportunity to debate different pharmaceutical motions and motions passed, and then take them to the RPSGB who may act upon them or pass them on to relevant organisations,' says James Wood. 'You can really have an impact in your future profession by discussing things here.'

Examples of motions that students have passed at conference in previous years include undertaking an active pharmacy awareness campaign to educate members of the public about the pharmacy profession and allowing community pharmacists to have access to patient's medical notes with appropriate consent.

A question and answer panel comprising of several members of the pharmacy profession will also be held at the conference, as well as talks by prestigious guest speakers. One hot topic being tackled this year is that of pharmacy supplementary prescribing, a new initiative which allows pharmacists to repeat prescribe and monitor patients conditions thus giving busy doctors the opportunity to make the most of their time.

Each year the event does its part for charity through a variety of fundraising events. This year delegates are hoping to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.

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Written by Babs Coombes. Please contact me for further information: Tel: 0121 204 3000 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

The BPSA is a large pharmaceutical association with over 5000 members and has close links with large regulatory and professional bodies, particularly the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).

James Wood and Tejinder Bains are both studying on the Mpharm programme at Aston University. James is in his final year and Tejinder is a second year student. They are both volunteers on the BPSA executive.

Further information and a programme of events can be found at www.bpsa.com

The main day of the conference, BPSA Day and School's Day, is Thursday 8th April

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