Practice

PSNC secures increase in pharmacy flu service fees

Pharmacy fees for the 2019-20 flu vaccination service have increased to £9.58 – an increase of 10p on 2011-19.

Too little patient facing time on Scotland pilot programme

“Some participants criticised the lack of hands-on experience," a report on the pilot programme has noted.

NHS Health Checks could be given digital overhaul

The new, personalised service could involve more digital screening and fewer interactions with healthcare professionals.

New PMR first to receive NHS accreditation in 10 years

Invatech Health's newly accredited Titan PMR is now available to pharmacies in England and Wales.

The Oral Health Foundation launches new strategy

The Oral Health Foundation has launched a new strategy: Better oral health for all.

GP video consultations set to mushroom

Nearly 2 million more NHS patients in England will have access to video consultations with a doctor.

‘Notable number’ of DOAC dispensing errors reported

Dispensing errors involving direct oral anticoagulants are highlighted in Medication Safety Officer’s report.

Pharmacist prescribing of CDs up by 56 per cent

The prescribing of Controlled Drugs dropped by two per cent in 2018 compared to the previous year, though non-medic prescribing rose.

Pharmacists among new group of diabetes clinical champions

Birmingham pharmacist Satyan Kotecha is among the latest ‘clinical champions’ selected by Diabetes UK.

Protect hospital pharmacists against dispensing error prosecution  

Anderson calls for decriminalisation of dispensing errors to be extended to hospital pharmacists. 

PDA sees rising caseload from GP pharmacists

The PDA has received an increasing number of concerns from newly qualified pharmacists in GP practices.

Sign up for Know Your Numbers! Week

Sign up for Know Your Numbers! Week which runs from September 9-15.  

Quicker access to SCRs for community pharmacies

Pharmacists in England can now access patient information more quickly through a new Summary Care Record (SCR) 1-click function.

CQC shares leaning on medicines optimisation

The Care Quality Commission has published a report sharing the learning from risks and good practice in medicines optimisation.

EHC refusal at Lloyds store sparks controversy

LloydsPharmacy apologises for the “distress” experienced by a woman refused emergency hormonal contraception.

Cycling on prescription rolls out in Cardiff

In a pilot scheme, doctors at Lansdowne Surgery and Fairwater Health Centre will be able to prescribe patients who they think will benefit from cycling

Pharmacy closures harm statin adherence in US study

Pharmacy closures are associated with “persistent, clinically significant declines” in older patients’ adherence to heart medications, a recent study found

Care home pharmacists deployed in ‘army of experts’

NHS England is to recruit 200 ‘clinical pharmacists’ and pharmacy technicians to an “army of experts” tasked with reducing unnecessary medication

NPA: Self-checking still posing risk to patients

Pharmacists having to check their own prescriptions continues to lead to patient safety incidents, the National Pharmacy Association has reported

RPS Scotland calls for improved care for the elderly

Pharmaceutical care in care homes is a specialist area and should be resourced accordingly, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland in a report

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