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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.

Government 'risking pharmacy teams by easing restrictions'

The government’s easing of restrictions could risk pharmacy teams contracting covid-19, the PDA warns.

Life assurance: Growing calls to include support staff

APTUK is calling for the new Covid-19 life assurance scheme to apply to all community pharmacy staff.

Pharmacists will be included in £60k life assurance scheme

After coming under pressure this week, Hancock confirms community pharmacists are eligible for the death in service scheme.

Anger at DH position on Covid-19 life assurance

Pharmacy teams express anger at news they will not be included automatically in the new life assurance scheme.

Contact with ‘suspected’ Covid a requirement for scheme

More details have been made available on the eligibility criteria for the Government's controversial new life assurance scheme.

Death in service scheme may cover some pharmacists

A new Covid-19 life assurance scheme for health workers may apply to pharmacists in rare circumstances.

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