Contractor views

Agreement on a commissioned service provider

Monday, November 9 I am attending a Lambeth Borough Prescribing Committee meeting this afternoon. Included in our duties are the agreeing, setting and monitoring of GP targets. We also review appeals of those who did not meet targets and for whom penalties are usually financial. Many pharmacists believe that, as CCGs are GP-led, they would look after GP interests. However, today, tensions are clearly seen between this committee and the LMC ...

Your country needs you

Have you seen the iconic recruitment poster from the First World War: Lord Kitchener, with his waxed moustache looking directly at you with the caption ‘Your Country Needs You’? I was reminded of it by a recent survey conducted by Pharmacy Voice which found that nine in 10 GPs would like more help from us in making sure that medicines prescribed for the over-75s were necessary and being taken properly ...

The fat of the land

There’s no disputing the facts: Britain is overweight. In December 2015, in her annual report, England’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, said obesity was the biggest threat to women’s health. Of course, not only women are affected by obesity. In its 2014 report on obesity, Public Health England noted a number of very worrying trends ...

Hubs, spokes, and technology

The greatest impact on our profession over the next decade is going to come from technology. We already need to keep records of patient care to ensure the safety, quality, consistency and continuity of the service we provide. So our current use of technology, whether simply using a phone or fax machine or engaging with patient information with systems such as PMR or EPOS, is well established in pharmacy practice.

Reaching for the unachievable

Let’s say you were responsible for running pharmacy UK and developing the vision. Just pretend. Imagine you are in your mahogany-lined office on the 35th floor and you hear a timid knock on the door. Enter the chief executive officer. Slightly stooped, he produces a spotless, freshly ironed handkerchief and nervously polishes his gold, round-framed spectacles. He slides a spreadsheet across your desk, clears his throat and murmurs: “These are the pharmacy numbers for the last quarter.”

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