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PSNC “preparing” for interim funding contract

There must be interim funding arrangements for the sector before more comprehensive talks can be held

Sigma day 1: contract negotiations to begin shortly

Negotiations on the new community pharmacy contractual framework are due to begin shortly, Brine tells conference

Pharmacy must reflect to prevent another Gosport, say bodies

Pharmacy bodies have collaborated on a learning resource on the events at Gosport, which saw at least 450 patients die

Boots to drop MDS for care homes

Patient pack dispensing will be phased in from March 1, according to a letter sent to Boots Care Services customers

Pharmacist Support welcomes new chief exec

Ms Hunt most recently served as operations director at environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy

Boots union vote: Ballot commences

Boots pharmacists and pre-reg pharmacists now have five weeks to have their final say on this long-running issue

Boots UK launches new specialist pharmacist role

The role recognises "pharmacists who combine the highest level of clinical competence with a drive to innovate"

New polypharmacy guidance from RPS

There is increasing focus in the healthcare sector on the issues that can occur as a result of polypharmacy

Pharmacists included in major NHS recruitment drive

NHS England says it "needs the clinical skills of community pharmacists" for the new Primary Care Networks

Mixed response to GP five-year contract from pharmacy profession

Some said the plan represents an opportunity while other warned it was not sufficiently clear on community pharmacy’s role

PDA: GPhC should cut costs before increasing fees

The PDA says the regulator should first review costs such as premises and council member remuneration

Keith Ridge: Pharmacists will be investigated for stockpiling

Pharmacists who stockpile medicines will be investigated, NHS England chief pharmaceutical officer has warned

New pharmacist shortages powers weeks from being enforced

Legislation has been laid before Parliament and is expected to be enforced in early February, it has been announced

Check you meet NHSmail gateway criteria...

 A new PSNC briefing looks at how to meet the NHSmail gateway criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme

RPS consults on standards for community pharmacy services

The standards will set out best practice across the sector and encourage consistent, high quality patient care, says the RPS

Three Londoners convicted of conspiracy to supply illicit POMs

Following a complex investigation, the MHRA seized more than 300,000 tablets, worth in excess of £315,000

PDA condemns funding cuts for hospital pre-reg places

The decision will have a direct impact on third and fourth-year students at schools of pharmacy

GPhC unveils plans to overhaul pharmacist training

Could pharmacist training change to an integrated model that incorporates 52 weeks of “learning in practice”?

NHS should be clear with pharmacists, says RPS chair

NHS policy makers should be clear with community pharmacists on their plans for the sector, Sandra Gidley told PM

Fresh call from NPA for law change after May’s Brexit defeat

The NPA reinforced its message that laws should be changed to allow pharmacies to share medicines 

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