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UEA to launch pharmacy technician course in September

The UEA’s school of pharmacy is the UK’s first higher education institute to offer a training course for pre-registration pharmacy technicians.  

More than 1 in 10 pharmacists told not to wear PPE, says PDA

More than one in 10 pharmacists have been asked to re-use PPE, with similar numbers saying they were actively discouraged from wearing it. 

GPhC to 'blind' FtP hearings to avoid racial bias

The GPhC will trial a system aimed at ensuring its regulation is fair and unhindered by unconscious bias.

Govt backs down from 3k pharmacy closures position

Government ministers have publicly distanced themselves from the previous Conservative administration’s position on pharmacy closures. 

Flu jab flexibility

The flu vaccination programme is one of community pharmacy’s biggest success stories, but PSNC says flexibility is key to continuing its success.

Public perception of pharmacy improved during Covid-19

The public’s perception of pharmacy improved during the coronavirus outbreak, according to an NPA survey. 

Pharmacy Schools Council pledges greater BAME support

The Pharmacy Schools Council promises to provide more support for black and minority ethnic students and colleagues.

Scottish pharmacists ‘failing to exploit skills’ says report

Scotland’s cross-party health and sport committee has published a damning report of the country’s system of supply and demand for medicines.

BAME risk assessments ‘must be carried out within weeks’

Employers must carry out Covid-19 risk assessments for all staff in at-risk groups within the next few weeks, NHS England & Improvement has said.

Informing the future

Lessons learnt throughout the Covid-19 pandemic have the potential to shape the future of pharmacy for the better.

Fitness to Practise complaints jump 40%

The GPhC saw a 40 per cent increase in concerns being raised around pharmacist and pharmacy technicians in April compared to the previous month.

PDA prepared to take employers to court over Covid-19 measures

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has warned employers it may pursue them in the courts if they fail to implement their employees’ suggestions on reducing the risk of Covid-19 infection.

Test & trace: Pharmacy teams 'exempt if PPE worn'

The DHSC says no pharmacy team member needs to isolate for 14 days if they were wearing PPE at the time of Covid-19 contact.  

GPhC: ‘No need for restrictions’ on provisional pharmacist role

The GPhC has said that as long as appropriate safeguards are in place to support provisionally registered pharmacists there is “no need” to restrict the scope of their role.

Eligibility confirmed

Community pharmacy team members are eligible for the Covid-19 life assurance scheme, the DHSC has announced.

GPhC shifts to 'anticipatory regulation' in 5-year strategy

The GPhC plans to shift to a more "anticipatory" regulatory style and use data to "focus on getting ahead of issues before they happen".

PSNC to explore Covid-19 antibody testing in pharmacies

PSNC will explore with NHS England and the government the possibility of pharmacies carrying out Covid-19 antibody testing.

ONS on health workers' Covid-19 risk

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are in the top 20 occupational groups with potentially the highest exposure to coronavirus, says the ONS.

Revealed: PPE shortages worse in independent pharmacies

Independents report worse shortages of PPE items including surgical masks, but there are worries across the entire sector. 

Survey: Pharmacists ‘treated like dirt' by Government

Community pharmacists feel badly let down by the Government and NHS bodies during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new survey shows.

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