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PSNC and BMA publish guide to community pharmacy

PSNC and the BMA have published a guide for GPs on how community pharmacy works, with the aim of facilitating collaborative work between the sectors

Wales to invest £100k in minor ailments training

Vaughan Gething has today announced a £100,000 funding package to provide 50 pharmacists with specialist minor ailments training

Pharmacy apprenticeships: back to the drawing board?

A panel recommended that “the group developing the proposal should be expanded to include professionals from a wider range of pharmacy sectors"

BREAKING: RPS national boards – election results in

The results from the RPS national pharmacy board elections have been announced with six successful candidates filling the EPB places

Legal challenge to shortage protocols collapses

The Good Law Project, a non-profit organisation that sought to obstruct the protocols, conceded defeat after its appeal was refused on Friday May 10

Pharmacist Support seeking input on new strategy

As it faces an increase in demand for its services, sector charity Pharmacist Support is seeking input from pharmacists to help shape its new strategy

Elen Jones appointed director for RPS in Wales

Ms Jones will be accountable for national policy development, professional advocacy and member engagement across Wales

Women pharmacists' association dissolves after 114 years

The NAWP said “societal changes” and an increasingly “monetarising culture” have hit membership numbers and made the organisation unviable

Some light shed on pharmacy apprenticeship proposals

The employer-led ‘trailblazer group’ behind apprenticeship proposals is to consider the responses to its consultation before deciding whether to proceed

UCA and CPNI merge in Northern Ireland

Community Pharmacy NI, the body which represents contractors in Northern Ireland, is merging with the Ulster Chemists Association from May 10

EU qualifications to be recognised - deal or no deal

EU or Swiss qualified pharmacists entering the UK after Brexit may have qualifications recognised, whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal

RPS raises concerns with apprentice trailblazer group

The pharmacy sector can expect to see “much more detail” on controversial proposals to introduce degree-level apprenticeship qualifications for pharmacists

Scotland funding package “not quite” what CPS hoped for

A 2019-20 financial package for pharmacy in Scotland with a £2.6m uplift from last year is “not quite” what CPS hoped for due to “one outstanding issue”

PHE taken to task for pharmacist vaccination snub

Public Health England has been urged to acknowledge the “vital role” pharmacists play in immunisation programme after omitting to mention the profession

FIP launches global pharmacy workforce programme

“Concerted action” is needed at country level to ensure pharmaceutical workforces can help fulfil global health strategies, the FIP said

Boots to fund Pharmacist Support coaching scheme

A 2017 pilot was well received, with some  saying it had been greatly beneficial to their day-to-day functioning and improved their overall outlook

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

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

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

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