Hasn't the NPA got it Wright?

The Group looking at the future representation of community pharmacy has yet to provide concrete options for change. But there’s much to like in outline proposals developed by the NPA 

Prescription for longevity

Independent prescriber Sunil Kochhar says it’s time to upskill if you want to match the 2026 cohort, who will be the first to register with prescribing rights

Flu season could be early, and demand higher

The near absence of flu cases last year means the season could come early this year

Going, going, gone

Pharmacy numbers are shrinking and it's large chains losing share

The bus stops here

What does a medicines optimisation pharmacist do? Victoria Birchall describes a typical week 

Representation review runs true to form

The steering group charting a new course for representation in England has published an outline timetable for change. How did we get here, and what's next?

Integrated care systems are coming...so what?

Integrated care systems (ICSs) will, we are told, join up health and care, with planning and delivery increasingly organised more locally. What does this mean for community pharmacy?

The five year deal: half term report

Health economist Leela Barham takes stock of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) at its half-way point

Modernising healthcare regulation: time for change

Do new proposals for regulating health professionals make sense, given the learnings of the pandemic?

Box ticking, or barrier busting?

The Joint National Plan for Inclusive Pharmacy Practice makes all the right noises about addressing inequalities, but can it make a difference?

Joining the dots

Avicenna MD Bharti Patel brings a breath of experience to bear on focusing the independent support group on what matters most to its members

Room for a new view

How might community pharmacy in England build on its pandemic-enhanced reputation? The Wright Review suggested a new vision and strategy were needed. There are gaps, but a completely blank sheet of paper might not be necessary.

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

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