NPA Essential


The NPA frequently responds to policy consultations on behalf of members.

New CPD Hub modules available for pharmacists and their teams

New modules looking at malaria prevention, smoking cessation and hay fever are now available Pharmacy teams are able to access several new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules through the NPA CPD Hub.

Managing performance issues for disabled employees

Over 11 million people in the UK have a limiting long- term illness, impairment or disability. Laura Chalkley from NPA business partner, Ellis Whittam, explores what to do if someone in the pharmacy team is affected.

Antibiotic errors

The NPA is reminding members of the best practice around liquid preparations after a toddler was violently ill, following a suspected overdose.


The NPA has launched a new Community Pharmacy Operational Support Pack, known as the Ops pack.


Updated process for submitting payment claims for the NUMSAS.

Representing you

NPA organised a patient group roundtable to discuss access to care.

Monthly planner - April 2018

Things to do and things to know in community pharmacy across the UK.

Your questions answered

A selection of recent members’ questions that were answered by the NPA’s pharmacy services team.

Medicines in pregnancy and patient safety

The NPA has developed a suite of patient safety resources, intended to raise the awareness of the risks of valproate and other medicines used during pregnancy amongst the pharmacy team and patients – the new resources include:

Putting mental health on your agenda

One in four of us will experience poor mental health at some stage in our lives, so it’s possible that someone in your pharmacy is affected. 


The most common errors reported to the NPA in 2017 were ‘wrong drug’ (24%) and ‘wrong/unclear dose or strength’ (24%) errors.

Speaking up for independents

The supervision saga: Ian Strachan, NPA chairman, reflects on the latest twists of the supervision debate.

Monthly planner - March 2018

Things to do and things to know in community pharmacy across the UK.

Planning for 2018

Tips on how pharmacy teams can stay ahead in the coming year.

Medicines shortages – NPA patient and prescriber information leaflets published

The NPA has produced two leaflets to help pharmacy teams inform patients and prescribers about the medicines shortage crisis.

HR: 2018 ones to watch

Laura Chalkley looks at six things to keep on your HR radar in the coming year.

NUMSAS – NHS England update and feedback

NHS England has released a further update on the success of the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) pilot.

Election to the NPA Board of Management 2018

The Board is responsible for managing the NPA, which is run by its members, for its members.

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