Practice

Exclude medical singleuse plastics from tax?

Medicine-related items should be excluded from a proposed Government crackdown on single-use plastics and should not attract a “plastic tax”, the Company Chemists’ Association has said.

Treating cancer in the community

The first community pharmacy-based clinic to provide a breast cancer treatment service took place this month at LloydsPharmacy in Marsden Drive, Scunthorpe.

Pharmacy first for infant care

Pharmacy could save the NHS millions of pounds and improve care for infants with reflux, colic and constipation by becoming the first port-of-call for concerned parents, new research suggests.

Dispensing error protection comes into force

After a lengthy campaign, a legal measure protecting UK community pharmacists from criminal prosecution for inadvertent dispensing errors came into force on Monday 16 April.

Improving access

The potential for pharmacy to improve the NHS’ “chronic access problem” is the subject of a new NPA report.

GPhC consults on “significant” changes to inspection

Proposals to publish inspection reports for the first time, unannounced inspections and three new types of inspection, are all part of a consultation launched by GPhC

PT qualification development underway

Development of a new qualification to meet the recently revised GPhC Initial Education & Training Standards for Pharmacy Technicians is underway and will be utilised from September 2019.

LTC service success

Community Pharmacy Future group reveals success of a new person-centred care pilot to support patients with long-term conditions.

OTC scripts curbed

Guidance to free up to almost £100 million for frontline care each year by curbing prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines has been published by NHS England.

Lloyds increases outpatient support

Patients at Whipps Cross Hospital in Waltham Forest, London, can now access their medication and go home quicker, after the opening of a new LloydsPharmacy outpatient dispensary.

A role in reducing emergency admissions

Community pharmacy can do more to help reduce emergency hospital admissions, says PSNC.

Rule out techs supervising POM supply, says NPA

The NPA is calling on the Government to rule out proposals that would allow pharmacy technicians to supervise the supply of prescription-only medicines.

NHS Stay Well Pharmacy campaign launched

NHS England has launched Stay Well Pharmacy, a campaign using TV advertising and posters to encourage people to use their local pharmacy as a first port of call for minor health concerns.

Revalidation roadshows come to Wales

RPS Wales has announced the dates of three Revalidation Roadshows for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

SCR cuts burden on NHS

Increasing the amount of information held in electronic summary care records is improving care and helping to ease winter pressures, NHS Digital has announced.

Update: Legislation passed on inadvertent dispensing errors

The RPS has joined other pharmacy bodies in welcoming the news that legislation to introduce a new defence around inadvertent dispensing errors has finally been approved by Parliament.

Rapid growth of HLPs

Over 8,300 pharmacies have attained Level 1 healthy living pharmacy (HLP) status, Public Health England has announced.

Smokefree campaign 2018 to launch

Public Health England is inviting pharmacy teams across the country to work in partnership throughout this season's Smokefree campaign.

Revalidation to go live in March: RPS responds

Revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will start on 30 March 2018, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced.

Charter launched for safer pharmacies

The PDA has launched a ‘Safer Pharmacies Charter’ with the aim of ensuring safe practice in pharmacy and improving patient care through better working conditions.
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