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Targeting incorrect free prescription claims

A new campaign that encourages patients to check whether they are entitled to free prescriptions before claiming them is calling on pharmacy teams to help raise awareness of the issue.

Pharmacists well placed to support female caregivers

A new report explores ways in which pharmacists can support the health needs of women who act as informal caregivers and play a “crucial and unappreciated role"

Pharmacists “absolutely critical” to Scotland’s healthcare ambitions

The “clinical leadership” of pharmacists and technicians is “absolutely critical” to realising Scotland’s healthcare ambitions, the Scottish health secretary told the FIP Congress

NICE champions community pharmacy

NICE has published guidance covering how community pharmacies can help maintain and improve people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, including people with long-term conditions.

Mixed views on unannounced inspections

A proposal from the General Pharmaceutical Council to make pharmacy inspections unannounced has had varied responses, with some voicing support for the proposed change and others expressing concern

Social prescribing schemes get £4.5m

GPs will be able to refer more patients to social activities and other types of support to improve health and wellbeing after the Government announced a £4.5m investment

Free up GP appointments, urges NPA

Millions of GP appointments could be released nationwide if a new collaborative model of care utilising community pharmacy was rolled out nation wide, the National Pharmacy Association has said.

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.

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