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GSK shine brightest at the SMART Awards 2016

GlaxoSmithKline was the big winner at the SMART Awards 2016 scooping the top prize of Best Company

Trends towards health and wellness

The trend towards healthy living presents pharmacy with an ideal opportunity to engage with customers

February in numbers

Looking at the news from February, in numbers

Bar codes to be added to medicines packaging

A plan for the introduction of measures to protect patients from fake medicines has been released by the EMA

Strength in adversity

Mike Smith puts the world to rights… So we now know the full impact on community pharmacy of the huge financial strain on the NHS – a £170 million cut in funding for 2016, announced by pharmacy minister Alistair Burt and chief pharmacist Keith Ridge in late December. Before I comment on the implications, I want to make three additional observations about how this game-changing announcement landed...

Managing difficult employees

Be clear about the standards you expect from your team, and deal with any problems promptly

Recognise the care we give to patients and communities

Community pharmacy offers patients and the NHS far more than just product supply and dispensing medicines, but is this really recognised, asks Noel Wicks One thing we don’t do enough in pharmacy is talk about the care we provide. Instead, we tend to focus on the products or services we supply. While these are a part of the care we give, they form only a part of the total package. If you consider what pharmacy teams up and down the country do each and every day, the reality is that the benefit of the community pharmacy network extends far beyond simple dispensing.

Write to your MP: this is the value of pharmacy

Independent pharmacies are getting involved with a campaign to highlight the value of community pharmacy

Guarding against uninsured damage

What happens if a leasehold pharmacy is damaged or destroyed by an uninsured risk?

Stub it out

It can take three or more attempts to successfully quit smoking.

P3 wins ‘Best Monthly Title’ Award

“I am immensely proud of the P3 team and thank you to the pharmacists who voted, said editor Carolyn Scott

Time to set the record straight

Warman Freed Pharmacy looks at ways to improve record keeping so that patients and the business benefit. 

PSNC fears greater cuts in 2017

PSNC has announced that it is unable to commence negotiations on community pharmacy funding for 2016/17

Top tips to keep customers New Year resolutions on track

Help your customers beat Blue Monday and stay on track with their resolutions with some tips from Heart Research UK

LloydsPharmacy omnichannel approach delivers a healthy Christmas

LloydsPharmacy saw a 195 per cent rise in ‘Click & Collect’ sales year on year in December

Write to your local MP, says NPA

The National Pharmacy Association had called on independent pharmacies to begin "mobilising local political opinion"

NICE publishes new guideline to tackle tuberculosis

The guidence highlights the need to get people with suspected cases the right treatment as quickly as possible

Pharmacy must work with DH to plan next steps

Pharmacy needs to work with the DH to explore new ways to help save the NHS money, says Kirit Patel.

Collect in store behind growth in online orders for Boots.com

“collect in store” service launched last August has grown traffic, with more than 67% of online sales picked up in store

Pharmacists should “embrace” records access

Inertia on achieving read/write access to patient records for pharmacists “is holding back patient care in this country.”

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