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Man evicted from hospital for blocking bed for two years Posted on Friday January 20, 2017

A hospital applies for a court order to remove a patient who had occupied a bed "unnecessarily".

'Huge leap' in prostate cancer testing Posted on Friday January 20, 2017

A quarter of men "could be spared invasive prostate biopsies" if gland was scanned first.

Drug cost-saving plans may hit patients Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

Patients in England may face delays getting new drugs or go without them under NHS cost-cutting plans.

Nairn cataract patient's 12-month waiting time criticised at FMQs Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

A woman faces a minimum wait of 12 months for a consultation about surgery for a cataract, MSPs have heard.

Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

US scientists develop a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they fail to work properly.

Sedentary lifestyle in older women 'ages body cells' Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

Older woman who do not exercise daily have cells biologically older than their actual age, research suggests.

Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

Scientists identify three little-known diseases which could cause the next global health emergency.

Addenbrooke's out of special measures due to staff 'dedication' Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

One of the UK's largest NHS trusts is taken out of special measures, thanks to the "dedication and skill" of staff, a report says.

DNA-testing smartphone aims to tackle drugs resistance Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

A smartphone attachment that analyses DNA could help improve cancer and tuberculosis treatments.

IVF: First three-parent baby born to infertile couple Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

A technique designed to help parents affected by genetic disorders is used to tackle infertility.

'Exceptional' NHS winter pressure in Wales Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

The NHS in Wales has faced "exceptional" winter challenges, including some of the busiest days for A&E and ambulance services.

Referral centres cause 'dangerous' NHS delays, BMA warns Posted on Monday January 16, 2017

Referral management centres may be slowing cancer diagnoses and delaying other NHS treatment, doctors warn.

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life Posted on Tuesday January 17, 2017

Eating disorders affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, research suggests.

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail Posted on Monday January 16, 2017

Technology could be used to improve treatment for heart failure patients.

Frances Cappuccini Caesarean death caused by hospital failures Posted on Monday January 16, 2017

The death of a woman following childbirth was a result of "failures, inadequate diagnosis and treatment", a coroner rules.

Items of interest to PCPN members

1. Annual Conference - 17th November 2016, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool
On-line booking now live! You can register via this link
Palliative Care Pharmacist’s Network (PCPN) Conference |University of Liverpool
Confirmed speakers include Dr Simon Noble providing the lastest information on anticoagulation and Dr Andrew Davies presenting oral care in advanced cancer. Anne Regan from the CQC will give an update on their inspections programme and provide an opportunity to ask any questions you may have on preparing for a CQC inspection. A full programme will be available on the website shortly.
In the meantime why not prepare your abstract and poster for our good practice sharing network event. There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd place. More details will be available soon.

 2. We are changing to ’The Association of Supportive and Palliative Care Pharmacy’

In recognition of the increasing number of pharmacy technicians now members of our organisation and the national move towards enhanced supportive care we have proposed to change our name to ’The Association of Supportive and Palliative Care Pharmacy’.

We will be launching our new organisational name and logo at our annual conference in November in Liverpool. Why not come along to see us there!

3. Pharmacists can Improve Palliative Care - ACCP 2015 Global Conference

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Outstanding CQC inspection results for two more hospices Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

Dorothy House Hospice Care in Winsley and St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield are the latest hospices to receive 'outstanding' ratings following inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Our changing relationship with death and dying - a conversation Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

Our relationship with death and dying is changing. In the following conversation, Louis Weinstock, Psychotherapist and Co-founder of Bounceworks and Ivor Williams, Senior Design Associate at the Helix Centre and Co-founder of Humane Engineering, discuss these changes and what they mean for us.

New booklet on managing pain for people with pancreatic cancer Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

Pancreatic Cancer UK has launched a new booklet about pain management for people with pancreatic cancer and their families

Martin House Research Centre is unveiled Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

Martin House Children’s Hospice and The University of York have together launched a revolutionary new multi-disciplinary centre committed to leading research on the management, care and support of children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

TUCO and Hospice Quality Partnership team up to help deliver savings to hospices Posted on Tuesday January 17, 2017

The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has united with the Hospice Quality Partnership (HQP and opened up its leading procurement frameworks for the first time to the hospice sector which will deliver immediate savings of up to 15% to HQP members.

Dr Ros Taylor to step down as Hospice UK Clinical Director in May Posted on Monday January 16, 2017

Dr Ros Taylor, MBE, is stepping down from her role as Clinical Director at Hospice UK and will leave the national hospice care charity in May 2017.

NCPC to hold conference focusing on Government’s End of Life Care Commitment Posted on Monday January 16, 2017

The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) will hold a conference this spring which will be the first event offering an in-depth look at the Government’s End of Life Care Commitment.

Sharing best practice British palliative care with China Posted on Friday January 13, 2017

Jo Woolf, Chief Executive of South Bucks Hospice, shares her experiences of promoting best practice on palliative care from Britain during a recent trip to China and also what she learned about the Chinese approach to end of life care.

Carillion fishing trip helps “reel in” support for hospice care Posted on Friday January 13, 2017

Since the start of Carillion’s national partnership with Hospice UK, Carillion volunteers have helped organise a wide range of innovative events to raise funds and awareness of hospice care. Last year, Carillion volunteers in Peterborough organised a fishing trip with Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

St Ann’s Hospice launches free drop-in service as part of new clinical strategy Posted on Thursday January 12, 2017

St Ann’s Hospice in Greater Manchester has launched a free drop-in service to offer local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses help and support.

NCPC training workshops on Mental Capacity Act and advance care planning Posted on Wednesday January 11, 2017

The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is holding further training sessions in March to support care professionals applying the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) in practice

Kirkwood Hospice launches Admiral Nurse Service Posted on Wednesday January 11, 2017

A new service designed to help to support people living with dementia at the end of life has just been launched by Kirkwood Hospice.

New virtual tour offers a look behind the doors of St Luke’s Hospice Posted on Tuesday January 10, 2017

A new virtual tour of the St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth specialist unit at Turnchapel has been created to help break down barriers for anyone new to visiting the building.

Hospice staff share coffee and make new connections in initiative to encourage more integration Posted on Tuesday January 10, 2017

Sam Shale, PR and Communications Officer for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, shares how an initiative to get colleagues talking to one another and making new connections was successfully trialled at the hospice.

Pain and Dementia: what do we know and what can we do? Posted on Monday January 09, 2017

Eleanor McConnell from Hospice UK writes about a Community of Practice event, led by Hospice UK and Dementia UK, that examined how carers can enact effective pain management techniques for people with dementia.

Implementing the Community Pharmacy Forward View Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

Pharmacy Voice and PSNC, with the support of the RPS, have today launched the next phase of the Community Pharmacy Forward View (CPFV) project, with a new webs

The Pharmaceutical Journal and Clinical Pharmacist will now arrive together Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

 After consulting with members on preferred methods of receiving the journals and to reduce environmental impact, The Pharmaceutical Journal and the Clinical Pharmacist will now be sent together in one postal mailing, at the end of each month. 

Members will

Alex Mackinnon to be Interim CEO for Royal Pharmaceutical Society Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

Helen Gordon will be leaving the RPS at the end of February. The recruitment process for a new CEO is well underway.   In the interim period between Helen leaving and the new CEO arriving, Alex MacKinnon, Director for Scotland, will be interim CEO. Aileen Bryson, Practice and Policy Lead for

Digital transformation required to enable improved records sharing Posted on Friday January 13, 2017

18 health organisations, representing more than 60,000 primary care clinicians working across the length and breadth of Scotland, have collectively responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation “A Digital Strategy for Scotland 2017 and beyond” outlining the urgent need to

RPS talks to ITV about branded and generic medicines Posted on Wednesday January 11, 2017

RPS Chief Scientist Professor Jayne Lawrence was interviewed last night on ITV’s new consumer programme  Save Money: Good Health, presented by Sian Williams and Dr Ranj Singh.  

The progra

Change of operating hours over the Christmas period Posted on Friday December 23, 2016

The opening times for the RPS Professional Support service and the Membership Team will differ from our normal operating hours during the period over Christmas and New Year. 

Season's greetings Posted on Friday December 23, 2016

2016 has been a busy year in pharmacy and the Scottish Pharmacy Board and the RPS team in Scotland would like to thank all members whose support has been invaluable in enabling us to work on your behalf to push the pharmacy agenda forward and continue to develop the profession.

With somet

Team Scotland thanks members for their support in 2016 Posted on Tuesday December 20, 2016

We are delighted to share some of the work we have carried out on your behalf in relation to advocacy for the profession in 2016. We couldn’t have done all this without your support.

Whether it is in relation to hosting an MSP pharmacy visit, providing your views in relation to co

NHS England announces more pharmacists in GP surgeries Posted on Monday December 19, 2016

Today NHS England have announced an investment of £112m which will create a further roles for pharmacists in GP surgeries.  The scheme will launch in January.
The RPS wi

I Love my Pharmacist winner supports NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign Posted on Friday December 16, 2016

Winner of I Love my Pharmacist, Olutayo Arikawe, is supporting the latest NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign alongside the The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir,

RPS in Scotland launches policy on care for people with long term conditions Posted on Thursday December 15, 2016

RPS in Scotland has published its policy document on the role of pharmaceutical care for people with long term conditions (LTCs). The document outlines how we think pharmacist led care of people with long ter

Support for Faculty Submission in early 2017 Posted on Thursday December 15, 2016

The Faculty 8 week fast track plan is a structured programme to get you through to submission within 8 weeks. The 8-week plan will keep you focussed with weekly activities.

Once you have joined a programme you will be sent regular email reminders of what you should be doing or completing

RPS in Scotland hosts Personalised Medicine reception in Scottish Parliament Posted on Thursday December 15, 2016

Last night, RPS in Scotland hosted its first “Personalised Medicine” reception and debate in the Scottish Parliament outlining the crucial role pharmacists play in personalising medicines now and in the future.

Sponsored by Fulton MacGregor MSP, the main focus of the debate wa

RPS responds to the Independent Community Pharmacy Clinical Services Review Posted on Wednesday December 14, 2016

 Responding to the Murray Review published today, Sandra Gidley, Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Board said:

New Fellows announced Posted on Tuesday December 13, 2016

Being appointed a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon Society Members. It recognises the distinction Members have attained in a particular aspect or aspects of their pharmacy career. As Fellowships are based on nominations from Member

GPhC launches online workshop series to explore quality in pharmacy practice and services Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

The General Pharmaceutical Council today launched an online workshop to seek feedback from pharmacy professionals and pharmacy owners about what quality means in pharmacy practice.

The GPhC announced during its 2016 seminar on professionalism under pressure that it would hold an online workshop to capture the views of pharmacy professionals and pharmacy owners, to gain a better understanding of what quality in pharmacy means and how it is measured, what are the factors that enable quality services, and what factors hinder the delivery of those services.

Christmas opening hours Posted on Wednesday December 21, 2016

Our customer contact centre will be closed for all bank holidays and weekends over the festive period. It will open with reduced hours from 9am-4pm on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th of December, but will otherwise be open as usual from 9am to 5pm.

The best way to get in touch with us over the festive period is via email- please contact us at

GPhC announces new Chair of Fitness to Practise Committee Posted on Monday December 19, 2016

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced the appointment of Michael Caplan QC as Chair of the Fitness to Practise Committee with effect from 20 December 2016.

Michael Caplan QC was a senior partner at the international law firm Kingsley Napley for 30 years until his retirement in April, where he remains a consultant. He is one of the few solicitors to have been appointed Queen’s Counsel. He has extensive experience in the regulatory and criminal practice areas and has been engaged in a number of high-profile cases. 

Council agrees to changes to CPD framework Posted on Monday December 19, 2016

Council agreed at its 8 December meeting to amend the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework to reflect a new approach to how CPD records are called for review. 

We received over 2,200 responses to its consultation on sampling CPD records, the most responses it has ever received to a consultation, and a significant majority of respondents supported the proposed changes.

We are consulting on revised threshold criteria Posted on Wednesday December 14, 2016

Today we launched a consultation on revised threshold criteria.

We have the power to investigate concerns about pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.  

The threshold criteria are used by decision-makers within the GPhC, who are involved in investigating concerns, to decide whether a case should be referred to the investigating committee.

We are consulting on religion, personal values and beliefs in pharmacy practice Posted on Tuesday December 13, 2016

We have launched a consultation on religion, personal values and beliefs in delivering person-centred care in pharmacy.   

GPhC council meeting on 8 December Posted on Thursday December 08, 2016

Our council meeting is taking place today on Thursday 8 December.

You can find the agenda and the papers for the public sessions of the meeting here.  

We have launched a new consultation on standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians Posted on Thursday December 08, 2016

We have launched a new consultation on draft initial education and training (IET) standards for pharmacy technicians.

Strategic plan 2017-20 Posted on Tuesday December 06, 2016

We have published our strategic plan 2017-20, which sets our priorities for the next three years.

Seminar on professionalism under pressure: read the event report Posted on Thursday December 01, 2016

On 18 October 2016, the GPhC brought together a variety of stakeholders from within and outside of pharmacy, including pharmacy owners, academics, representatives from professional bodies and pharmacy professionals, for a seminar on professionalism under pressure.

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