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Analysis

NHS to train community pharmacists in mental health drive

The Government has announced plans to train and recruit 50 community-based mental health pharmacists in England as part of the new NHS People Plan.

Researchers to study role of pharmacy during pandemic

Researchers at Aston University will study the role community pharmacy teams play during epidemics.

GPhC defends antibody test ban

It is “legitimate and appropriate” for the GPhC to take action over 'retail issues' chief executive Duncan Rudkin has claimed.

LPC reforms may spark power struggle, warns NPA integration lead

Michael Lennox, the NPA's local integration lead, is concerned professor Wright’s reforms could lead to a power struggle. 

GPhC to 'blind' FtP hearings to avoid racial bias

The GPhC will trial a system aimed at ensuring its regulation is fair and unhindered by unconscious bias.

RPS does not know ethnic breakdown of membership

GDPR restrictions are reportedly stopping the professional body from understanding the ethnic breakdown of its membership. 

Public perception of pharmacy improved during Covid-19

The public’s perception of pharmacy improved during the coronavirus outbreak, according to an NPA survey. 

NPA: Pandemic could be behind drop in safety reports

The pandemic has seen a “marked decrease” in independents reporting safety incidents, the NPA has warned.

GPhC lacks power to pursue pharmacy owners, says PDA

The PDA says it is still concerned the GPhC does not have “adequate powers” to regulate pharmacy owners.

Parents happy with pharmacy for childhood vaccinations

Nearly half of parents – 44 per cent – said they would be happy to visit their local pharmacy for vaccination services, a new survey reveals

Four in five prefer a local pharmacy for medicines

Attitudes towards online health consultations are changing, according to a new survey, but local pharmacies continue to enjoy a high level of confidence among patients

PSNC/LPC reforms 'will not give multiples more power'

Professor David Wright says he does not believe his proposals on reforming PSNC and LPCs will give the multiples more power.

Report: PSNC needs radical overhaul to gain leverage with DH

A report into the effectiveness of PSNC and LPCs recommends a radical overhaul of existing structures to strengthen the negotiator's hand.

Pharmacy staff could be first in line for Covid vaccine

Frontline health and social care workers are at increased personal risk of exposure to infection, says the JCVI.

Fitness to Practise complaints jump 40%

The GPhC saw a 40 per cent increase in concerns being raised around pharmacist and pharmacy technicians in April compared to the previous month.

Covid-19 deaths continue to decrease

Deaths involving Covid-19 fall to lowest level in eight weeks.

Test & trace: Pharmacy teams 'exempt if PPE worn'

The DHSC says no pharmacy team member needs to isolate for 14 days if they were wearing PPE at the time of Covid-19 contact.  

Ethnic minorities at greater Covid risk says Government

The pandemic may be exacerbating inequalities along ethnic and occupational lines, Public Health England has found.

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.

Covid infections in England stable at around 133,000

New infections still running at around 54,000 a week

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