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NUMSAS extended to March 2019, Brine confirms

The NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) pilot scheme has been extended until the end of March 2019, pharmacy minister Steve Brine has confirmed

IPMO pilots get £1m from Pharmacy Integration Fund

The IPMO programme aims to develop a framework which will set out how to systematically tackle the medicines optimisation priorities for the local population in an STP/ICS footprint

NHS Choices is no more...

Changes to the NHS website include more accessible content, better mobile device experience, new content for helping people to manage long-terms conditions, and improved page design

NICE sets standards for meds management in social care settings

The standards deal with assessing if people need help with their medicines and deciding what medicines support they need to manage their medicines

NHS workforce increases by 1.6 per cent in a year

A total of 1,230,000 FTEs were employed by the health service in England across NHS Trusts, CCGs, NHS support organisations and central bodies as well as in General Practice

Community pharmacies vital to drug harm reduction, FIP says

Pharmacists can play a vital role in delivering drug harm reduction services, and may be the safest source of recreational cannabis, the International Pharmaceutical Federation has said

Scotland plans major extension of Minor Ailments Scheme

The Scottish Government has announced that the country’s Minor Ailment Service will be extended to every person in Scotland “within the coming year” and will cover a wider range of common conditions

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"

New NHS England chair announced

Conservative peer Lord Prior of Brampton has been named as the proposed new chair of NHS England, taking over from Sir Malcolm Grant this autumn

Pharmacist care delivers better patient outcomes, major study finds

Involving a pharmacist in patient care can deliver improved outcomes for patients with long-term conditions, a major study from the University of Bath, Cochrane and others has found

Global pharmacy workforce to grow 40% by 2030

The global pharmacy workforce continues to grow and on current trends will be 40 per cent larger in 2030 than in 2016, a new report from the International Pharmaceutical Federation predicts

High blood pressure linked to Alzheimer’s disease

High blood pressure in later life, and a faster decline in systolic blood pressure (SBP), may trigger brain infarcts, Neurology recently reported

Aspirin may be beneficial for AD

Research recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that low-dose aspirin may reduce formation of plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease

Depression increases VTE risk, study suggests

Depression and antidepressants may increase the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a metaanalysis that included eight observational studies involving 960,113 people

Asthma linked to AF, study finds

Allowing for potential confounders, people who reported ever having asthma were 27 per cent more likely to develop AF than controls without asthma

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

Calls for cuts U-turn amid record use of sexual health services

With the latest Government figures showing record numbers of people using sexual health services, the LGA has called for cuts to councils’ public health budgets to be reversed

Over half missing out on vital health checks, charity warns

Recent analysis from Diabetes UK shows that of 15.5 million people in England who were eligible for a health check between 2013 and 2018, only 6.8 million (44 per cent) did so

Plans to drive forward electronic prescribing

Health secretary, Matt Hancock, intends to accelerate the completion of the roll out of the electronic prescribing service

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
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