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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

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

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

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.

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

PSNC chief executive replacement announced

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

NPA issues guide to FMD for contractors

Community pharmacy needs clarity from the government on the funding that will be made available for FMD implementation, the NPA said

Price concession delays added to contractor stress

Not all of the requested concession prices for the November dispensing month have been granted, says PSNC

Half of Brits take prescription drugs daily

Almost half of UK adults have taken at least one prescribed medicine in the last week, according to a new survey commissioned by NHS Digital.
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