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PAGB pushes for 'self-care scripts'

The idea is for GPs to recommend appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) treatments and self-care advice for people with self-treatable conditions.

NPA explores access to care in patient roundtable

The roundtable was the first in a series of themed NPA discussions with key stakeholders.

Professional bodies push for data protection exemptions

A joint letter requests that urgent amendments are made prior to the Bill becoming law to help protect smaller NHS primary care providers.

Guidance needed for STP integration, says NPA

The NPA call comes after Steve Brine spoke about the importance of community pharmacies being fully deployed in primary care.

NHS to fund care home pharmacists in England

NHS trials show care home pharmacists reduce emergency hospital admissions and also lead to meaningful savings.

Views sought on modernisation of IP standards

The consultation, running until 6 June, seeks views on three key changes.

Women still absent from senior pharmacy roles

Despite pharmacy being a female dominated profession since 2001, a new study has found a clear lack of women in senior positions.

Non-pharmacist dispensing role must be ruled out, says NPA

Removing pharmacists from the supply process can not improve patient safety.

Hunt urges greater transparency over medication errors

The Department of Health and Social Care believes the roll out of electronic prescribing systems across more hospitals could reduce errors by 50%.

NPA election deadlines loom

Nomination forms must be returned by 12 noon this Friday, 23 February 2018.

PM: Community pharmacy at heart of patient care

Prime Minister Theresa May recognised community pharmacies role in the nation's health in her welcome message to delegates at Sigma's tenth annual Conference.

Decriminalisation of dispensing errors draws nearer

The Order is due to go before the Privy Council on 8 February 2018.

NPA concern over super-regulator proposals  

Proposals to create a health sector super-regulator could dilute pharmacy expertise within the regulatory regime, the NPA fears.

RPS presses for better use of Pharmacy Integration Fund

The Fund should be used to accelerate referral to pharmacy schemes to help prevent readmissions into overstretched hospitals.

Parliament approves legislation on inadvertent dispensing errors

The Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors–Registered Pharmacies) Order 2018 is expected to come into effect next year.

Plans for health and care hubs across Wales

The move is part of an overall initiative to get GPs, pharmacists, therapists and even social care staff to work more closely together.

NHS budget plan disappoints

Many healthcare bodies were disappointed by Chancellor Philip Hammond's statement.

Empty words, empty promises?

Mandeep Mudhar is disappointed by attitudes at the recent APPG meeting

Dispensing error defence laid before parliament

The Order brings pharmacy in line with other healthcare professions.

Shadow Health Secretary gets his flu jab

"The Government ought to do more to support successful and innovative community pharmacies," he said.
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