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Social prescribing schemes get £4.5m

GPs will be able to refer more patients to social activities and other types of support to improve health and wellbeing after the Government announced a £4.5m investment

Medicines supply a key focus of new PSNC Brexit forum

Ensuring the concerns of pharmacists around Brexit are heard and maintaining the supply of medicines to community pharmacy patients are among the forum's core aims

Pre-reg pass rate up from last year

There was a pass rate of 79 per cent in the June registration assessment, the General Pharmaceutical Council has announced – up from 78.2 per cent last year

Report calls for more GP practice pharmacists

An NHS England-funded report suggests pharmacists should be an integral part of general practice and calls for new training initiatives for this new career path

BPSA discusses pre-reg exam complaints with GPhC

A BPSA report, published today (July 23), makes a number of recommendations about the pre-reg assessment to the regulator

PDA releases first chapter of technicians report

The PDA has released the first chapter of its new report into the roles and capabilities of pharmacy technicians  

Advertising regulator upholds complaint against Pharmacy2U

The ASA says Pharmacy2U’s claim that it could save the NHS £300 million a year is not based on a currently realistic scenario

Survey suggests technicians may not want supervision powers

A survey from the PDA suggests pharmacy technicians do not want greater responsibility for overseeing key tasks in pharmacies

Community pharmacists under “enormous pressure” says PSNC

Contractors face enormous and unreasonable pressure due to supply and pricing issues, PSNC says, as the latest price concessions are announced

RPS condemns the cuts – again

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England has reaffirmed its opposition to the community pharmacy funding cuts

Boots pharmacists vote for new union arrangement

Boots pharmacists have voted in favour of ending the recognition between the company and its own union

RPS calls for bigger role for pharmacists in mental health

The RPS in England wants pharmacists to be integrated into services providing care for people with mental health problems

Average locum pay rates revealed

The average pay rate for locum pharmacists in the UK is £22.05 an hour, according to research by Locate a Locum

Carter review: pharmacy services underused in mental health

Lord Carter’s review of NHS productivity says pharmacy services are underused in community and mental health

EXCLUSIVE. PM Questions: Sandra Gidley

Sandra Gidley has an optimistic outlook for pharmacy despite mounting challenges for both the RPS and profession as a whole

RPS board election results

The successful candidates have been announced in this year's RPS English and Welsh Pharmacy Board elections

NI politicians lobby for community pharmacy funding

The health spokesmen of the main political parties in Northern Ireland have highlighted the community pharmacy funding crisis

GPhC consults on “significant” changes to inspection

Proposals to publish inspection reports for the first time, unannounced inspections and three new types of inspection, are all part of a consultation launched by GPhC

Both sides make cases as Boots union vote approaches

With less than a fortnight to go before Boots pharmacists can begin voting on their union representation, the PDA and BPA have issued statements

Nitin Sodha announced as new NPA chair

Nitin Sodha, managing director of the Knights Pharmacy group, replaces Ian Strachan and has been vice-chair since 2014

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