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Informal consultations are a vital service

Results of the Pharmacy Advice Audit cement the importance of community pharmacy consultations. 

Revealed: Impact of remote GP consultations on pharmacies

Virtual GP consultations are causing a massive spike in pharmacy workload and sparking patient safety concerns, an exclusive survey shows. 

Pharmacy conducts 1m consultations a week but more evidence needed

A report published by the PSNC today shows pharmacies in England carry out one million consultations each week.

Most pharmacies to be loss-making within four years

Three quarters of English pharmacies are on course to be loss-making in four years unless the sector receives an urgent funding boost, a report finds.

PSNC Dukes: ‘We’re not the rolling over committee’

PSNC chief Simon Dukes has said the negotiator will be prepared to walk away from any inadequate funding deal proposed by the Government.

Tackle competition over flu jabs, Hancock urged

Hancock should seek to minimise competition between GP practices and community pharmacies over the provision of flu jabs, a Tory MP says. 

GPhC will raise Covid infection reporting awareness with employers

GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said it will tell pharmacy employers to report occupational Covid-19 infections.

Contractors get £2k per month for Pharmacy First Plus service

Community pharmacy contractors in Scotland will receive a monthly fee of £2,000 for offering the new Pharmacy First Plus service, it has been revealed. 

Pharmacy's role in tackling obesity

Pharmacies already have a role in helping people manage weight loss, but are they included in the Government’s new strategy on tackling obesity?

Community pharmacy vaccinations on the rise worldwide

Community pharmacy-based vaccinations are rapidly increasing worldwide, with almost twice as many people able to be immunised in a pharmacy compared to four years ago.

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.

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