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NHSE: Pharmacy must speak 'as one' to gain power

Community pharmacies need to speak 'as one' to gain greater influence within primary care, a senior NHS England official has said. 

Demand for pharmacist prescribing rises sharply in Wales

Over 16,000 consultations for pharmacy prescribing services across Wales have taken place in the last four-and-a-half years. 

Pharmacy workload rises by 50% in Northern Ireland

Work pressures in Northern Ireland’s community pharmacies have risen by half over the past decade, a new KPMG report indicates. 

Coroner: Suicide risk if pharmacies not involved in safety plans

There is a “risk of future fatalities” if pharmacies not involved in safety plans for young mental health patients at risk of overdose, a coroner says.

Proposals to overhaul LPCs could be ready by autumn

Wide-ranging proposals to restructure the PSNC and LPCs could be put to contractors by the autumn with a possible vote by the end of 2021. 

Covid jabs prevent hospitalisation from Delta strain

Both AZ and Pfizer vaccines over 90 per cent effective against hospitalisation from Delta variant, new PHE analysis reveals for the first time. 

Sertraline price hikes see NHS spend rise fourfold

Massive price hikes to the antidepressant saw the NHS spend over six times more on the drug in 2020-21 compared to the previous year. 

GPhC's FtP performance 'still falling short'

The General Pharmaceutical Council is still failing to hit its performance standards when it comes to dealing with fitness to practice concerns.

Over half of UK adults have now had second Covid vaccination

Vaccination programme remains on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July.

Data points to rapid growth in PCN pharmacist workforce

The number of full-time pharmacist positions being filled in the PCN sector grew more than tenfold in the year to March 2021, NHS data indicates.

Report reveals spread of Covid across England

A report released today reveals the extent to which Covid spread through communities in England during the pandemic.

Northern Ireland govt starts clawing back Covid pharmacy funds

Community pharmacies in Northern Ireland are to begin repaying a £35m Covid advance from the Government from this month onwards. 

Alliance Healthcare trains up mental health first aiders

Alliance Healthcare has trained some of its staff to provide employees with mental health support.

Report reveals impact of Covid on female health workers

The NHS Confederation's Health and Care Women Leaders Network found "a significant rise" in female staff reporting poor health.

Dispensing GPs driven by 'profit motive' report finds

Dispensing GPs prescribe in ways that are "consistent with a profit motive," a report finds. 

Massive rise in mental disorders among health workers in Covid peak

The first peak of the Covid pandemic last year saw a 300 per cent rise in healthcare workers suffering from mental health problems.

GPhC announces 88% pass rate in first online exam

Eighty-eight per cent of candidates sitting the online registration assessment in March achieved a pass, the GPhC announced this morning.

Pharmacy capable of delivering millions of Covid jabs, survey finds

Over 90 per cent of community pharmacists would be eager to take part in an annual Covid-19 booster vaccination programme similar to the flu jab service given the right funding and support, a new survey shows.

People from deprived areas most likely to suffer diabetes complications

People living in socially deprived areas of Scotland are more likely to experience life-threatening complications of type 1 diabetes, according to a new study.

GPhC's pandemic response to be reviewed this year

The Professional Standards Authority is unlikely to publish a report into the GPhC's performance "before late in the year".

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