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NPA launches video highlighting pharmacy's Covid-19 role

A National Pharmacy Association video highlights the role pharmacy teams in the UK are playing during coronavirus pandemic.

PSNC: Government should write off pharmacies' £350m debt

The Government should write off the £350m cash advance it has given pharmacies in England to keep afloat during the Covid-19 crisis, PSNC chief Simon Dukes has said.  

March ‘busiest ever month for pharmacy’ NHS data reveals

Pharmacies in England dispensed a record 93 million items in March, NHS BSA data shows, making it the sector’s busiest ever month.

GPhC: ‘No need for restrictions’ on provisional pharmacist role

The GPhC has said that as long as appropriate safeguards are in place to support provisionally registered pharmacists there is “no need” to restrict the scope of their role.

RPS ‘disappointed’ pharmacies not included in PPE rollout

A new Government PPE portal allowing health and care workers to order supplies online is not yet open to pharmacy teams.

Pre-regs can provisionally join register from August

Pre-reg graduates must still sit online registration assessment at the first opportunity

ACTNow: New wellbeing campaign for pharmacy

Pharmacist Support launches initiative to raise awareness of the importance of looking after wellbeing and maintaining good mental health in the profession.

GPhC shifts to 'anticipatory regulation' in 5-year strategy

The GPhC plans to shift to a more "anticipatory" regulatory style and use data to "focus on getting ahead of issues before they happen".

Half of pharmacists on temporary register unsure about returning

Just over half of pharmacists on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s temporary register are unsure whether they wish to return to pharmacy during the Covid-19 crisis.

100 MPharm students working in Lloyds stores during crisis

LloydsPharmacy currently has around 100 MPharm students working in its stores to support teams during the coronavirus pandemic.

PDA urges Hancock to talk to unions about pharmacy safety

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association urges Matt Hancock to hold talks with unions and employers on pharmacy workers' safety as lockdown eases.

Revealed: PPE shortages worse in independent pharmacies

Independents report worse shortages of PPE items including surgical masks, but there are worries across the entire sector. 

Survey: Pharmacists ‘treated like dirt' by Government

Community pharmacists feel badly let down by the Government and NHS bodies during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new survey shows.

Ridge: Life assurance covers all team members

All pharmacy team members will be eligible for the health worker life assurance scheme in England, the chief pharmaceutical officer has confirmed.

Pre-reg delays 'could lead to crisis in NI pharmacies'

Failure to allow Northern Ireland pre-reg students to join the workforce this summer could 'lead to another crisis' says CPNI.

Life assurance: Growing calls to include support staff

APTUK is calling for the new Covid-19 life assurance scheme to apply to all community pharmacy staff.

Home Office confirms pre-reg visa extension

The Home Office has agreed to offer overseas pre-registration pharmacists a one-year extension to their UK visas.

Pharmacists will be included in £60k life assurance scheme

After coming under pressure this week, Hancock confirms community pharmacists are eligible for the death in service scheme.

Anger at DH position on Covid-19 life assurance

Pharmacy teams express anger at news they will not be included automatically in the new life assurance scheme.

Pharmacy technician awarded £7k after new manager banned breaks

A pharmacy technician with scoliosis who was prevented from taking breaks during her shift has been awarded almost £7,000.

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