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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

PDA seeing first claims over pharmacist vaccine administration

The PDA is seeing the first UK cases of patients bringing claims against pharmacists over vaccination administration

Wales gets additional £1.4m pharmacy funding

The additional funding will secure further changes to contractual arrangements in 2019-20 to offer innovative services

New GP indemnity scheme covers practice pharmacists

A new government-funded indemnity scheme for GP practices will, for the first time, cover practice pharmacists

Wales cracks down on script drug dependence

NHS Wales has been told to make better use of the expertise of pharmacists to support evidence-based prescribing

Pharmacists could help plug NHS workforce gap

Pharmacists could help alleviate the shortage of staff in the NHS primary care sector, suggests a new report

CCGs merge in Devon and Derbyshire

Two new clinical commissioning groups came into being on April 1 following the merger of existing CCGs

GPhC training proposals for pharmacists “will fail without funding”

The RPS has joined others in warning that “ambitious” GPhC proposals need "considerable investment and infrastructure"

Countdown continues to NPA-Pharmacy Magazine joint conference

Health secretary Matt Hancock and NHS England’s director responsible for community pharmacy, Ed Waller, are among the headline speakers at June conference

Low-performing Boots stores under review as WBA ups savings target

Company needs to be “more aggressive in our response to rapidly shifting trends”, Walgreens Boots Alliance chief Pessina says

Drug names to change in no deal Brexit scenario

In the event of a no deal Brexit drug names in the UK will revert back to their original British Approved Name (BAN)

NMS pledge boosts adherence rates in Boots study

Asking patients to acknowledge that failure to take prescribed medicines endangers their health may improve adherence

NHS England director to speak at NPA conference

NHS England’s director responsible for community pharmacy, Ed Waller, will be among the keynote speakers

CCA writes to MPs to defend shortage powers

Pharmacists are trained professionals and will uphold patient safety if required to follow SSPs, the CCA said

Dramatic drop in prescriptions spend in 2018, report shows

The number of prescriptions dispensed in the community grew modestly in 2018 while overall costs fell dramatically

Pharmacy's sexual health potential untapped, says PHE

Community pharmacies can do a lot to address sexual health issues like STIs and HIV says Public Health England

NHS trialling home smear test kits to boost screening rates

Women will be able to self-test for HPV as part of a scheme aimed at combating low cervical cancer screening rates

GPhC spells out enforcement policy

Enforcement options range from improvement action plans to statutory enforcement powers eg. improvement notices

NHS ramps up guidance for 'no deal' Brexit

Health sector preparations for readiness to leave with ‘no deal’ have been ramped up

New guide to promoting healthy ageing

A newly published guide helps pharmacy teams to support older people to improve the quality of their lives

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