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Insight

A safe pair of 'hands'

Keeping patients safe is a given for pharmacists, and automation can play a vital role as part of any effort to reduce dispensing errors

Something's missing

Community pharmacies have been open throughout the pandemic crisis, yet the sector in England has been fighting for recognition and resources for years. What's the problem? And can it be fixed?

Transformation ahead for representation in England?

The Independent Review of Community Pharmacy Contractor Representation and Support sounds a dry read, but it's worth it, says Rob Darracott

Reducing discharge delays to free up bed space

Trust chief pharmacist Mojgan Sani says automating medication management can help resolve some urgent NHS challenges.

Review: medicines reuse guidance

Solicitor Susan Hunneyball says community pharmacists will have things to do if care homes or hospices decide to reuse medicines during the pandemic

The Wright medicine?

Ahead of the results of David Wright's review of contractor representation, do public statements hint at the conclusions? Sasa Jankovic reports

Getting to grips with healthy learning zones

Warman-Freed's Farah Ali reflects on one of the team's most challenging initiatives of 2019: Healthy Living Zones

What can you do to protect your IP?

Patent attorney James Legg's simple guide to intellectual property, patents and trade marks

RPS tasked with analysing pharmacy technicians’ roles

The early career report was commissioned by the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK and Health Education England.

Liberty protection safeguards - nearly all clear

The Mental Capacity (Amendment Act) has clarified the law around deprivation of liberty, says solicitor Susan Hunneyball 

A modern professional relationship

As thoughts turn to primary care networks, Rob Darracott finds a model partnership between pioneering clinicians in Newham

Somerset reaches higher

Six months on, Somerset LPC's Michael Lennox provides a progress report on local primary care transformation in the wake of the Long Term Plan

Cannabidiol: medicine or supplement?

Solicitor Susan Hunneyball looks at the legal status of CBD preparations.

Cannabis: the legal lowdown

Do you know what the changes to the law around cannibis actually means? Do your customers? 

Services in Scotland: MAS registrations down, CMS up

The latest data for patients registered with CMS and MAS in Scotland make for interesting reading

Is the number of pharmacies in England back in play?

 Is a planned reduction of community pharmacies back on the cards? 

Regulation changes delayed, and not just by Brexit

Changes to regulations designed to clarify the roles and responsibilities of responsible and superintendent pharmacists, are unlikely to come into force before end March 2019, at the earliest, says VWV's Andrew Andrews

NUMSAS takes off: early indications

Early data for the NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) reveal variable take up across the country, with localities in the north leading the way. 

Surely it's crunch time for concessions?

As shortages and price increases continue to frustrate pharmacists throughout the UK, Ross Ferguson compares concession prices in England with adjusted prices in Scotland.

Put patient panic to rest

Brexit has got patients worried about their medicines supply. Here's what to tell them

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