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Report reveals impact of Covid on female health workers

The NHS Confederation’s Health and Care Women Leaders Network found “a significant rise” in female staff reporting poor health.

Dispensing GPs driven by 'profit motive' report finds

Dispensing GPs prescribe in ways that are "consistent with a profit motive," a report finds. 

Massive rise in mental disorders among health workers in Covid peak

The first peak of the Covid pandemic last year saw a 300 per cent rise in healthcare workers suffering from mental health problems.

Pharmacy capable of delivering millions of Covid jabs, survey finds

Over 90 per cent of community pharmacists would be eager to take part in an annual Covid-19 booster vaccination programme similar to the flu jab service given the right funding and support, a new survey shows.

Over 90% of pharmacists want yearly Covid jab service

Pharmacists want to lead on an annual service similar to flu jabs, but have concerns around capacity and policymakers' attitudes, new data shows.

CCGs to be 'subsumed' into ICS before end of 2021

ICSs will also take on community pharmacy commissioning once they are established.

IT and the changing face of pharmacy practice

Information technology has proved to be a great enabler during the coronavirus pandemic. Now the falling cost of robotics and the use of ‘big data’ looks set to change the face of pharmacy practice.

OTC analgesic prescribing fell just 4% after NHS guidance

NSH guidance aimed at reducing prescriptions for OTC medicines saw a drop of just 4.4 per cent for simple analgesia prescriptions in its first year.

Pharmacist safety reports plummet by 43%

A distinct trend towards reduced reporting of patient safety incidents by pharmacies has continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic says the NPA.

'More funding' needed for representation reforms

The group set up to take forward the Wright reforms will hold a virtual event next month to update contractors.

£80 million funding for drug treatment services

Local authorities get funding to improve access drug treatment services and to expand naloxone and needle and syringe programmes

Six in 10 struggling to stay positive in third lockdown

Many in the UK are struggling to maintain a positive mental outlook during the current lockdown, a recent Ipsos MORI poll reveals.

Long read: Wearable health technology

While some wearable health technology still focus purely on step counts, most are no longer just about fitness but overall behaviour modification and everyday healthcare.

EPS nominations and NHS app usage on rise during Covid

There were 41.34 million EPS nominations by 11 December this year, up by 8.27m over 12 months, according to NHS Digital

Why we need ‘left shift’ and not ‘left drift’

Mike Proctor, non-executive chair of health consultancy Conclusio, makes the case for community pharmacy to claim a much bigger role in creating secondary care capacity.

Pandemic boosts short term outlook, but long term concerns remain

Uptick in short term business confidence, but long term outlook remains poor, according to a survey. 

Pharmacy saves 35k GP consultations a week in Wales

Community pharmacies in Wales conduct an average of 15.5 advice consultations a day – a total of 11,000 per day – according to a new audit.

Kent pharmacies rocked by staffing issues during crisis

Ninety-five per cent of Kent pharmacies experienced problems with staffing levels during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid transmission no longer fastest in north of England

Covid infections doubling every nine days and R number up to 1.56.

Sharp drop in pharmacy safety reports during pandemic

Pharmacies may not be reporting incidents due to Covid-19 work pressures, the NPA has warned.

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