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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

Gaviscon TV advert was most effective of 2017

A TV advert from Gaviscon Double Action was “the most effective TV ad of 2017,” according to consumer research

Over 3 million on board for Dry January

Over 3.1 million people have expressed an interest in taking part, with people aged 35-54 most likely to give up alcohol for the month of January

Taking control of snacking

Helping parents take control of their children’s snacking is the focus of Public Health England's latest Change4Life campaign and the first promoting healthier snacks.

Consultation launched on plans to rein in prescriptions

A consultation on proposals to “rein in prescriptions” for a number of OTC products has been published by NHS England.

Targeting smokers this new year

A new TV advert highlighting the dangers of tar in cigarettes and urging smokers to make a quit attempt with help from Smokefree has been released by PHE.

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.

Hypertension and health behaviours: Understanding pharmacy’s role

Accredited by the BIHS, this module explores how pharmacists and their teams can help hypertension patients lead healthier lives.

SMA Nutrition Learning Programme

Take these seven NPA-accredited SMA modules to update your knowledge on everything from the nutritional management of preterm infants to building a nutritional foundation.

Thousands more living in poverty, report warns

The number of children and pensioners living in poverty has risen considerably since 2012/13, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has warned

PSNC: Scrapping OTC prescriptions will hit low-income families

Proposals to restrict NHS prescriptions for products available over the counter could hit those on low incomes, the PSNC said

Moving pharmacy ahead in a digital age

With most of the larger pharmacy companies now working on digital development, Well’s head of digital speaks to P3 about plans in the pipeline

Rules, regulations and sanctions

Proposed legislation will safeguard pharmacy professionals from prosecution and bring an approach that is more unified with other healthcare professions, says Noel Wicks It’s been a long time coming, but finally we have a legal defence from criminal sanctions for pharmacists and staff who make inadvertent dispensing errors. It’s been more commonly referred to as ‘decriminalisation’ or ‘dispensing error defence’, but whatever term you use, it represents a major change for pharmacy.

Supporting quit attempts and new beginnings

Pharmacy teams are well placed to help smokers quit for good this New Year, says PAGB’s John Smith Here we are again in December. It’s time to reflect on the year we’ve just had and think about all of the success and learnings we can take with us into 2018. For most people, New Year comes with resolutions, and health related ones, such as giving up smoking and joining the gym, are usually high on the list. We make these promises to ourselves on 1 January when our motivation levels are high, but as time passes, it’s just not that easy to keep them.  

Going on gut instinct

How community pharmacy can support customers to learn more about their gastrointestinal problems and improve the performance of the category in-store

Lessening the impact of a migraine

How pharmacies can help migraine and headache sufferers get back to work

Towards a smoke-free generation

Quit rates are improving, but pharmacy staff can still do more to help customers decide on a course of action that suits them best

Next year could see great opportunity for pharmacy

Mike Smith puts the world to rights… Following on from my comments about the excellent strategy for Scotland produced by chief pharmacist Rose Marie Parr, I have just returned from a trip to Scotland, and had the good fortune to meet Rose Marie in Edinburgh while I was there. The strategy is well worth a read – do visit gov.scot to have a look. visited several community pharmacists during my trip and it was encouraging to see some aspects of the strategy already in place. Key is a break away from the obsession with remuneration and thinking more closely about identifying and developing services along with normal practice. Of course, the financial challenges are just the same north of the border as in England, but they have looked at ways of working with the Scottish government to move forward in the face of these difficulties. To see the minor ailment service and the chronic medication service in operation demonstrates to me the way forward in England, but so far we’ve heard nothing but talk. I understand that Keith Ridge claimed at the All Party Pharmacy Group that CCGs are decommissioning minor ailment schemes because “things have moved on”. Well, watch this space, I say.

PSNC chief executive replacement announced

A new chief executive, Simon Dukes, will take over at PSNC from May

Rennie's triple combination treatment

Rennie Heartburn, Indigestion & Wind Relief arrived on pharmacy shelves in October.
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