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Pharmacy support for elderly improves health outcomes

Results from CPF project show pharmacy making real differences to older patients’ quality of life

Is it the right time and place?

Noel Wicks comments on the proposal for employing pharmacists in general practice It’s been interesting reading the views on the recent joint RPS and RCGP announcement regarding pharmacists in GP surgeries. I don’t think anyone would deny that pharmacists could add value, but does the suggestion have the four ‘rights’? By this, I mean ‘the right role, in the right place, at the right time, and at the right dose’. I may be stretching it as an idea, but stay with me on this. First, is this the right role for the pharmacists? I’m not convinced GPs are that willing to shed aspects of the longer-term management of their patients. In fact, of the GPs I know, most consider their daily practice to be one of ‘trivialism’ instead of ‘generalism’: dealing with the huge number of patients presenting with trivial conditions, who are simply looking for reassurance or free NHS treatment is clogging up their surgeries.

What can Game of Thrones teach us in business?

Work smart, not crazy hours advises new book, Game of Thrones on business

TENA’s bid for British Touring Car crown

TENA will be backing the Infiniti Support Our Paras team in its first season of the British Touring Car Championship.

Step towards pharmacists working in GP surgeries

Pharmacists would function in the GP surgery in a similar way to a practice nurse under an RPS proposal

Claire Ward named Pharmacy Voice chair

Ms Ward will begin a three-year tenure as chair on 1 April

NPA and IPF to join forces for independents

The IPF will be ‘embedded’ within the NPA in an effort to ‘strengthen support and leadership.’

A single voice for pharmacy is 'crucial'

‘We are the third largest profession and one of the biggest potential solutions for the NHS moving forward'

Pharmacies in England received additional payment negotiated by PSNC

The payment was based on professional fee numbers with 3.3 pence paid additionally on each fee

Call for small pharmacy impact assessment

The RPS has called on NHS England to carry out an impact assessment on patients if essential small pharmacies were shuttered

Boots heart health focus

Boots UK has launched a new pharmacy-led Healthy Heart Service Check for anyone aged 25 to 84

Global action on dementia agreed

World Health Organization member states have agreed to support a formal call for action to tackle dementia

April in numbers

A look at the news from April in numbers

Numark: Three critical factors for independants

Pharmacy businesses should have a clear vision and a business plan, says Numark’s, John D’Arcy 

Numark: Maximise Your Profitability

There are quicker ways of seeing how the business is perfoming than waiting for your accounts says Raj Nutan

Numark: How Healthy is Your Prescription Business?

Your prescription business should be growing at the same rate or in excess of national increases, says Mimi Lau

Numark: When is a service worth running?

What are the issues to consider before deciding whether to get involved?

Threat of criminal prosecution 'weighed heavy' for too long

The Department of Health has published a consultation on draft orders that would mean an end to criminal prosecution for dispensing errors

Satisfactory rating to be reviewed by GPhC

An urgent review of the inspections ratings model is planned by GPhC

Smart conference and awards 2015, Birmingham

The scoop from the SMART conference and awards 2015
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