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NHS England: £100m OTC savings are a “long-term” goal

NHS England has told Pharmacy Magazine it “did not claim that it would save £100m in the first year” after introducing OTC prescription guidance

Wales invests £5m in “UK first” pre-reg training scheme

The Welsh Government plans to pump £4.9m into “transforming” the training it offers pre-registration pharmacists and doubling pre-reg places

Pharmacy minister reveals shortfall in OTC prescription savings

Savings from NHS England’s OTC prescription guidance appear to be falling far short of an expected target of up to £100m each year

GPhC tightens rules around online pharmacies

Carrying out patient ID checks and liaising with GPs are among the safeguarding measures required of online pharmacies under new guidance

Scotland’s CPO to address NPA/PM conference

Scotland’s chief pharmacist, Rose Marie Parr, will be a panellist at the June conference organised jointly by the NPA and Pharmacy Magazine

Concern, confusion over apprenticeship proposals

Proposals to allow pharmacists to qualify via a five-year apprenticeship scheme have sparked controversy as the profession seeks clarity

RPS plunges into the red

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society made a loss of more than £1.2 million in 2018, according to its latest annual financial statement

Little change in gender pay gap at the multiples

The gender pay gap across the major UK pharmacy multiples does not appear to have shifted significantly, according to the latest company reports

DHSC grants record concessions amid shortages

March 2019 saw the Department of Health and Social Care grant a record amount of medicine price concessions

“Challenging” talks ahead as 2019-20 negotiations start

Urgent care referrals, medicines safety and “challenging discussions on funding and reimbursement” are all expected to be on the agenda

Seema Kennedy appointed new pharmacy minister

South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy has been appointed as the new minister for public health and primary care

Unsafe staffing levels a growing issue says PDA

Very few UK community pharmacies have safe staffing levels ‘all the time’, a survey of pharmacists suggests

PDA seeing first claims over pharmacist vaccine administration

The PDA is seeing the first UK cases of patients bringing claims against pharmacists over vaccination administration

Wales gets additional £1.4m pharmacy funding

The additional funding will secure further changes to contractual arrangements in 2019-20 to offer innovative services

New GP indemnity scheme covers practice pharmacists

A new government-funded indemnity scheme for GP practices will, for the first time, cover practice pharmacists

Wales cracks down on script drug dependence

NHS Wales has been told to make better use of the expertise of pharmacists to support evidence-based prescribing

Pharmacists could help plug NHS workforce gap

Pharmacists could help alleviate the shortage of staff in the NHS primary care sector, suggests a new report

CCGs merge in Devon and Derbyshire

Two new clinical commissioning groups came into being on April 1 following the merger of existing CCGs

GPhC training proposals for pharmacists “will fail without funding”

The RPS has joined others in warning that “ambitious” GPhC proposals need "considerable investment and infrastructure"

Countdown continues to NPA-Pharmacy Magazine joint conference

Health secretary Matt Hancock and NHS England’s director responsible for community pharmacy, Ed Waller, are among the headline speakers at June conference

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