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PDA sees rising caseload from GP pharmacists

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

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.

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.

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

EPS controlled drug prescriptions to rise dramatically

NHS Digital is rolling out electronic CD prescription functionality across more GP practices

Video looks at issues faced by young carers

A new video explores the issues faced by the UK’s 400,000 young adult carers

Quality payments gateway criteria report available

Contractors are now able to view the first weekly gateway criteria report on the NHS Business Services Authority website

Report looks at technology’s role in reducing medication errors

Greater use of technology in primary care settings like community pharmacy can reduce medication errors, a report by a manufacturer of automated healthcare and medication adherence products argues

GPhC received six whistleblowing disclosures in 2017-18

The General Pharmaceutical Council received six whistleblowing disclosures between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, according to a joint report from the UK’s health regulators

CCA welcomes DHSC focus on pharmacy regulation

Proposals by the DHSC to steer pharmacy from ministerial legislation to professional regulation are to be welcomed, the Company Chemists’ Association has said

Pharmacists well placed to support female caregivers

A new report explores ways in which pharmacists can support the health needs of women who act as informal caregivers and play a “crucial and unappreciated role"

Pharmacists “absolutely critical” to Scotland’s healthcare ambitions

The “clinical leadership” of pharmacists and technicians is “absolutely critical” to realising Scotland’s healthcare ambitions, the Scottish health secretary told the FIP Congress

RPS calls for greater use of pharmacist independent prescribers

The RPS wants all pharmacists in direct patient care roles to have access to independent prescriber training

Mixed views on unannounced inspections

A proposal from the General Pharmaceutical Council to make pharmacy inspections unannounced has had varied responses, with some voicing support for the proposed change and others expressing concern

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