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EPS 4 coming in "not too distant future"

Pharmacies can expect an announcement on national roll-out of EPS 4 “in the not too distant future”, NHS Digital said.

PS19 leaders’ panel: We need to get on with new contract

The question of whether the new settlement is a good deal or a bad one is “irrelevant,” the panel said.

Community pharmacies 'must collaborate, not compete' on PCNs

Community pharmacists must resist the urge to compete with one another and collaborate, the Pharmacy Show heard.

PCN integration guidance published today

Guidance to help LPCS and pharmacy contractors engage with primary care networks is being issued today.

Sign up for CPCS, urges NHS England integration chief

NHSE wants as many contractors as possible signed up to the service by October 29.

Govt has not planned for closures despite ‘obsession’ says PSNC Dukes

“It is to us as a sector” to discuss issues like consolidation and the Pharmacy Access Scheme, he argued.

Sixteen whistleblowers contacted GPhC in 2018-19

The GPhC received 16 whistleblowing disclosures between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, a report reveals.

Women pharmacists' organisation to merge into PDA

The NAWP – which had announced plans to dissolve – is to continue as part of the PDA from the beginning of next year.

Almost 400 pharmacists leave profession amid funding pressures

Nearly 400 community pharmacists in Northern Ireland have left the profession in the last two years according to a survey.

Community pharmacies more likely to fail GPhC inspections

Community pharmacies are more likely to fail a GPhC inspection but also account for all pharmacies rated excellent.

Majority back 5-year MPharm but funding questions remain

The majority of respondents to a GPhC survey said they favour integrated standards for pharmacists’ education and training.

New tool 'will help pharmacies identify their PCN'

A mapping tool to help pharmacies identify which primary care network they should work with is in development.

RPS avoids high court over removal of elected official

Sid Dajani says his attempt to secure a judicial review of the way the RPS removed him from the EPB has failed.    

Landmark NHS 111 referral scheme to launch on October 29

The first details have been released about the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service.

Less than half of GP pharmacists have ‘clinical’ qualification

Less than half of GP pharmacists in England have had access to the CPPE’s ‘clinical pharmacist’ qualification, the PDA said.

Charity receives complex, distressing calls from pharmacists

Pharmacist Support is receiving more complex, distressing calls from pharmacists with mental health problems.

Concerns over PCN impact on employment

The PDA says “an increasing number” of pharmacists have concerns over the impact of PCNs on their employment.

Over 80 CCG mergers likely by April 2020

Nearly half of CCGs are proposing to merge in the biggest cull of NHS organisations for more than a decade.

DHSC tackles “inequitable” reimbursement patterns

The Government has launched a consultation on community pharmacy reimbursement reforms.

Pre-reg exam pass rate lowest for eight years

Only 72% of candidates passed June’s pre-registration exam - the lowest level in eight years. 

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