UKPPG E-MAIL DISCUSSION GROUP
As part of the UKPPG’s commitment to supporting the development of pharmacists specialising in the practice of psychiatric pharmacy, an e-mail discussion group was set up in April 2000. Chairman Stephen Bazire was keen to get this facility going, and Graham Parton was the man with the expertise. The group reached 100 members early in 2001, with around 400 in January 2007. The group is currently generating around 100-200 messages a month.
The UKPPG group, an e-mail group that is moderated at "yahoogroups" by Graham Parton, is a free, easy-to-use e-mail group service. By joining this group, you'll be able to easily send messages to fellow group members using just one e-mail address. yahoogroup also makes it easy to store photos and files, coordinate events and more.
TO JOIN THIS GROUP, simply choose ONE of these 2 options:
1) Send an e-mail to UKPPGemail@example.com. Please include your name and address, UKPPG membership details and any other details.
2) Go to our site at www.yahoogroups.com/subscribe/UKPPG and click the "JOIN" button.
3) Visit the home page www.yahoogroups.com/group/UKPPG.
Your subscribe e-mail will be automatically sent to the UKPPG Moderator (e-mail UKPPGfirstname.lastname@example.org), who will then send a confirmation of joining. From that point, you will be able to send messages to one e-mail address (which your confirmation e-mail will detail), and that e-mail will be forwarded to all other members of the group. You can receive the group messages either as single messages, or, if the list starts to generate a lot of messages, as a single daily "digest" (ie the whole lot in one e-mail). Thus, if you have a question, comment, query or idea, you can ask advice or share it with colleagues rapidly, easily and cheaply.
The usual standards of netiquette are expected - no gratuitious abuse/flaming and snip any quoted replies to a reasonable length please. Careful about SHOUTING also. For anyone not used to using this sort of service, just e-mail to the address email@example.com as you would normally and your message will be broadcast to everyone signed up. If you hit the "reply to" button in your mailing software the message will go to the list, so if you want to reply privately to anyone posting a message, remember to change the "To" field otherwise everyone will get it. Archives of old messages are available on the yahoogroups web site.
Though this is a not a public access list, we reserve the right to unsubscribe anyone who causes gross offense or abuses the system, otherwise it's all yours. yahoogroups also has a "family filter" in place which will be on for you unless you switch it off. The family filter will bounce all suspect mail so I recommend that all users avoid coarse language!
There are some NHS Safe computing advice guidelines, on avoiding viruses, especially those spread by e-mails.
You may access message archives of this group. You need web access to get at the archives and be a MEMBER of yahoogroups. Not everyone who is a member of the UKPPG yahoogroup is a member of yahoogroups!! The archives are held at:
You will need to SIGN IN to access them using your email address and password (Sign in button top right). Once you have signed in you will see either the UKPPG home page or your own information. If you need to click on "My Groups" and then "UKPPG" to get to the UKPPG page.
The archives are accessed through the "Messages" button on the left hand side. Navigate through the messages using the << or > type symbols at the top or bottom of the messages listed. They are listed numerically. They are not listed by thread.
REGISTERING AS A MEMBER OF YAHOOGROUPS
Click on the UKPPG page address as above and click on "Register" in the top right. You will be asked for some information. All the field need filling in. Navigate between the fields using the mouse or the tab button on your keyboard. Follow the directions. You should get a confirmation email and number code following registration. Once registered you can use many other yahoogroups depending on your interests.
Any problems, Graham Parton can try to help, so contact him (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
What a member said recently:
I would just like to say that I have and continue to find the e-mail group really useful. I am a member of the UKPPG, and the support/educational opportunities provided are invaluable to pharmacists working in psychiatry, with £10 a year being a very small price to pay for all the advice/support material I receive. In my opinion, if you are interested enough in psychiatry to be reading this now, and are not already a member of the UKPPG, you should join!
When joining the e-mail group, I think I would be right in saying that it wouldn't take long for anyone new to psychiatry before the names of some psychiatric pharmacists became very familiar! (I won't mention individuals, but I'm sure 'regular readers' know who I mean!) They appear to work incredibly hard to ensure that our profession is providing vital input to shaping the future of psychiatric services (as well as running the UKPPG and establishing important recognition for the group). I just about make it to work and back everyday, so am completely clueless about how they manage to do all the extra UKPPG things too! Contributions made by anyone are gratefully received so keep up the good work, it is appreciated!
SUBSTANCE MISUSE SUBGROUP
This is managed by Graham Parton (busy man) and Andy Nunney (busy lady).