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Deep relief shows off new branding on TV

Deep Relief, from The Mentholatum Company, is on TV for four weeks to the end of February with a fun creative featuring a yoga guru

NPA issues radicalisation guidance

The NPA guidance describes ways in which radicalisers may target vulnerable individuals and how pharmacy team members can raise any concerns

PSNC reassures contractors on flu vaccine stock levels

PSNC has issued a statement to reassure contractors that stocks are still available through the pharmacy wholesaler market

Sitting comfortably? Helping people to be active

People’s inactivity can lead to a host of chronic health conditions, which is why we all need to get out of our chairs and move a bit more. How can pharmacy can help?

Time will tell what 2018 will bring...

If I had travelled back in time to the beginning of last year and told my past self what the next twelve months would bring, I suspect that I wouldn’t have quite believed my ears. While I might actually be able to accept that time travel had been invented, the story of what happened to community pharmacy last year, particularly in England, would seem like a pretty disturbing Grimm’s fairy tale – 2017 was just unbelievable. This time last year, I would have though it beyond belief that the community pharmacy sector would find itself coming to blows with the Department of Health in a court of law. That LloydsPharmacy would be selling or closing 190 of its branches would also seem impossible, as might the introduction of delivery charges. The relaxation of supervision being discussed behind closed doors would be no less concerning. 2017 was an eventful year, there’s no doubt about it, but I wonder if I time travelled again and a future version of myself visited me from 2019 – what might he have to report?

PSNC signals start of planning for DH negotiations

Work has begun in preparation for negotiations with the DH for 2018/19 on pharmacy funding, PSNC has said

The sick men and women of Europe?

The increase in life expectancy in the UK is slowing down and there remains a persistent north-south health divide

Seek meningitis treatment despite NHS pressures urges charity

Meningitis Now is urging people not to allow coverage of NHS pressures to prevent them from seeking medical help if they suspect meningitis

RPS: a “scandal” not to make best use of pharmacists

The RPS’s Sandra Gidley has said it would be “nothing short of a scandal” if health services did not make best use of pharmacists' clinical skills

Brine joins NHS execs in supporting Smokefree Pledge

Pharmacy minister Steve Brine has joined NHS England and Public Health England chief executives in endorsing the NHS Smokefree Pledge

Boots parent company reports YoY loss

Walgreen Boots Alliance reported a 22.1 per cent fall in profits in quarterly profit despite seeing overall sales rise by almost eight per cent

Alphega members report high Quality Payment attainment

Members reportedly earned an average 2.7 more points than non-members by the April 2017 review point – equating to at least £173.80 per pharmacy

More funding for GP pharmacists

Additional funding to place pharmacists in GP practices will help patients access expert clinical advice and free up GPs’ time, NHS England has said

Take a break for your wellbeing

Watch out for your own wellbeing, and that of the people you manage, says the profession’s charity, Pharmacist Support

How can pharmacy work more closely with the NHS?

As community pharmacy continues to strive for equal footing with other primary care professions, where do those outside the pharmacy sector think the profession should be aiming?

Pharmacy responds to BBC Inside Out programme

Workload, staffing levels, whistleblowing, dispensing errors and self-checking were all discussed in the programme which aired on 8 January

RPS seeks views on the role of the pharmacist

An RPS consultation on how the role of the pharmacist should be defined now and in the future is seeking views from 8 January to 19 February

Maximising use of the consultation room

This article considers how to maximise consultation room use, and how effective consultation skills are essential for today’s pharmacists

Warner visits Bedminster pharmacy

NHS England’s deputy chief pharmacist is “empathetic and candid” in visit to Bristol pharmacy

Integration Fund key to NHS vision for pharmacy

Initiatives outlined in the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) will form the basis of “engaging and transforming the pharmacy workforce,” a draft strategy says
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