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NHS cuts 'planned across England' Posted on Friday August 26, 2016

Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England, including ward closures, according to draft documents seen by the BBC.

Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy 'magic dolls' Posted on Friday August 26, 2016

Teenage pregnancy prevention programmes which use 'magic dolls' to simulate the needs of a new baby do not work, according to a study in The Lancet.

Warnings despite upturn in NHS finances Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

Health bosses are warning the NHS in England is still in a precarious position despite an upturn in its financial performance in recent months.

'Unsafe' Stafford hospital A&E closed to children Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

Children's accident and emergency services at a troubled hospital are suspended after senior staff said it was "not clinically safe".

Barbecued rare burgers 'pose food poisoning risk' Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

The Food Standards Agency is warning people not to eat burgers that are pink in the middle, to avoid the risk of food poisoning at barbecues this summer.

Rotavirus infections 'greatly reduced' since vaccine Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

Rotavirus infections have fallen by 84% in England since a vaccine has been offered to young babies, figures from Public Health England suggest.

Depression: A revolution in treatment? Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Can treating the immune system lead to a revolution in treating depression?

HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World Health Organization.

Experts say stronger MDMA and ecstasy is causing 'more mental issues' Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Ecstasy is getting stronger and experts are worried the negative effects the drug has on people are getting worse.

Learning difficulties linked with winter conception Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Learning difficulties are more common in children conceived during winter months, according to new research.

Seven day NHS pledge faces 'staff shortages' Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

A confidential review of the government's plans for a seven-day NHS in England has identified 13 risks, according to documents seen by two news organisations.

Heatwave alerts for south-east England as temperatures hit 30C Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

The Met Office issues heatwave alerts across the south and east of England, with temperatures expected to exceed 30C (86F) in some areas.

'Bagpipe lung' warning for wind musicians Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Trumpeters, saxophonists and pipers beware - playing a wind instrument could damage your lungs, say doctors.

Antrim Area Hospital: Man says human rights 'violated' by DNR order Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

A County Antrim man who was unaware that a "do not resuscitate" (DNR) order had been placed on his medical file says he feels his human rights have been violated.

Teenage girls: Mental well-being 'worsening' Posted on Monday August 22, 2016

The mental well-being of teenage girls in England has worsened in recent years, says research for the Department for Education.

Items of interest to PCPN members

1. Annual Conference - 17th November 2016, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

On-line booking coming soon!

So far we have confirmed Dr Simon Noble will be speaking on anticoagulation. We also have invited Dr Andrew Davies to talk about oral care and someone to update us from the CQC. 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 on the website 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 at our annual conference in November in Liverpool. You will get to see our new logo and website address if you log on before then!


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

Please click here to see twitter link


Daily news roundup – 26 August 2016 Posted on Friday August 26, 2016

In the news today: Nigel Dodds, nurse consultant at St Joseph’s Hospice, shares his experience of being diagnosed with cancer, while new IT apprentices are to join St Cuthbert's Hospice and an actress from TV show Casualty supports St Michael's Hospice in Hastings.

Research reflections: update on research ready and active hospices stakeholder consultation Posted on Friday August 26, 2016

Sarah Russell, head of research and clinical innovation at Hospice UK, reports on the charity's recent consultation exercise which investigated research activity within hospices and how hospices can be supported to become more research active.

Daily news roundup – 25 August 2016 Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

In the news today: St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie launches £9m campaign to improve facilities for patients, St Wilfrid's Hospice in Chichester praised by the CQC, and a terminally-ill Star Wars fan gets to see new film early after social media campaign by staff at St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Keech Hospice Care Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

Yesterday, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Keech Hospice Care in Luton to help the hospice celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Daily news roundup – 24 August 2016 Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

In the news today: tributes to Overgate Hospice founder Roy Taylor, GP practice sets up charity to support patients near the end of life, and what will the government’s new national commitment on end of life care mean for hospices?

Third of hospital inpatients die within one year, Scottish study confirms Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Researchers based at the University of Glasgow have confirmed figures on the likelihood of death within one year among hospital inpatients in Scotland, in a follow up to an earlier study.

Free massive open online course: Integrated palliative care – lessons from practice Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Registration is now open for a free, massive open online course (MOOC) focusing on palliative care.

Reflections on selecting abstracts for Hospice UK’s conference Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Ahead of Hospice UK's annual conference (16 to 18 November in Liverpool), Sarah Russell and Melanie Hodson share how the selection panel decided which abstracts to accept for presentation and in what format – short talk, oral poster or display poster.

Daily news roundup – 23 August 2016 Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

In the news today: praise for Garden House Hospice and the hospice sector as a whole in The Telegraph, Martlets Hospice sees biggest ever online donation as fans give thousands in memory of guitarist Tom Searle, and Julia’s House calls on Dorset chip shops to sign up to Chip Shop Challenge and donate 5p for every bag of chips sold.

Individual who works with young carers needed to help develop end of life care guideline Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is recruiting a cooptee to join the committee developing new service delivery guideline on end of life care for adults in the last year of life.

National Association for Hospice at Home publishes new strategy to support improvement of end of life care Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Kay Greene and Lesley Spencer outline the vision of the National Association for Hospice at Home (NAHH) and how the association's new strategy will help make the vision a reality.

The advanced nurse practitioner in palliative care: a scoping secondment Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Meriel Conn, advanced nurse practitioner at Ayrshire Hospice, writes for ehospice UK about a joint project between the hospice and the University of the West of Scotland on the role of the advanced nurse practitioner in palliative care.

Daily news roundup – 22 August 2016 Posted on Monday August 22, 2016

In the news today: The Express visits Helen House in Oxford, St Peter's Hospice opens its 50th shop, and Glastonbury comes to EACH for the second year.

St Joseph’s Hospice begins study into pain self-management for patients Posted on Monday August 22, 2016

This month, St Joseph’s Hospice in London has launched a project to test and evaluate the effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary pain self-management approach, made possible thanks to £75,000 of funding provided by the Health Foundation.

New national network for HR in the hospice sector Posted on Monday August 22, 2016

Matt Corbishley, director of HR and workforce development at Ashgate Hospicecare, outlines plans for a new HR network for hospices, following discussions at the annual Executive Clinical Leads in Hospice and Palliative Care (ECLiHP) conference.

Booking now open for 6th RPS Wales Medicines Safety Conference Posted on Friday August 26, 2016

Join us for the 6th RPS Wales Medicines Safety Conference, the leading multi-professional event addressing medicines safety issues as part of integrated approaches to improving health and transforming healthcare.

This year’s conference will explore the challenges

Local commissioning of community pharmacy services Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

With the wider changes currently taking place across the NHS, including community pharmacy reforms, we have published good practice examples that show how community pharmacy can be integrat

Forthcoming events in Scotland Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

We are pleased to confirm the dates of the upcoming local events in Scotland this September. They are designed to support you in your professional development and give you the chance to share best practice with colleagues. We look forward to meeting you there!

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New PHE campaigns: Stoptober and Stay Well this Winter Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016


Stoptober - the 28-day national stop smoking challenge – is set to return for its fifth year. Stopping smoking for 28 days means people are five times more likely to quit for good. The campaign will launch on 20 September, to give people time to ge

Scottish Chair urges pharmacists to safeguard their professionalism Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2016

The Chairman of the Scottish Pharmacy Board of the RPS, Dr John McAnaw, says pharmacists need to focus on safeguarding their

Heather Harrison to lead joint NES/RPS project for community sector Posted on Monday August 15, 2016

Heather Harrison from Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board has joined the team as a NES/RPS secondment for 12 months, leading on the scoping and development of a Foundation Vocational Training competency framework (FVT competency framework) to support career progression in the community pharm

Prescription Charges a medical lottery says Sandra Gidley Posted on Wednesday August 10, 2016

Chair of the RPS English Board Sandra Gidley was interviewed this morning by BBC Radio Stoke about the consequences of prescription charges in England.

Describing the medical exemption syst

I Love My Pharmacist- Regional Winners announced Posted on Tuesday August 09, 2016

Over the last few months we have been running the third annual I Love My Pharmacist Award, which celebrates the exceptional contribution pharmacists make to patient care on a daily basis throughout Great Britain.

Misuse of prescription drugs- Talk Radio speaks to RPS Posted on Friday August 05, 2016

A new report published in the journal BMC Psychiatry has found that British adults are among some of the most likely in Europe to misuse stimulant prescription drugs, such as

Healthy Living Pharmacies- revised Quality Criteria Posted on Friday August 05, 2016

Public Health England has launched a revised set of Quality Criteria, which define the requirements for a pharmacy to become a Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP). 

These Quality Crite

Entries sought for diabetes award Posted on Thursday August 04, 2016

We are encouraging pharmacists and their teams to submit entries to this competition to find the best joint pharmacy and diabetes team initiative to improve insulin and prescribing safety in hospital. The submissions will be judged against predetermined criteria, by an independent panel chaired

Consultation on global pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education Posted on Wednesday August 03, 2016

The Global Conference on Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education takes place in November. The objective of the Conference is to set the milestones for impactful global development for pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education.


Help us improve our resources for homecare services professional standards Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

The RPS Professional Standards for Homecare Services provide a broad framework which support teams providing and commissioning homecare services to continually improve

High Court ruling on HIV drug PrEP Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

Following a High Court ruling that NHS England can fund the HIV prevention drug, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), RPS spokesperson on HIV medicines Heather Leake Date said: “I am delighted that the High Court have ruled that NHS E

MEP 40 published Posted on Monday August 01, 2016

The 40th edition of Medicines, Ethics and Practice has now been published and distributed to all eligible members. It's also available to download as a PDF.

New guide to help people raising a concern about education and training Posted on Wednesday August 10, 2016

The GPhC has updated the process for raising a concern about education and training to make it simpler and easier.

The process for raising a concern is intended for use by anyone who has a concern about the quality of pharmacy education and training at any stage of the education or training process.

A new guide to the process has also been developed to help people wishing to raise a concern.

The new guide, available on the GPhC website, clearly explains what students, trainees and others should do if they have a concern.

Joining the register by 1 August ‘16 Posted on Friday July 29, 2016

Congratulations to all those who passed the registration assessment.

Providing you submitted a complete application for registration which arrived with us by the published deadline of 8 July 2016, have not heard from us regarding any issues with your application, and have passed the registration assessment, you should be registered on 1 August 2016

June 2016 registration assessment results Posted on Friday July 29, 2016

We are pleased to announce the names of the 2672 pre-registration trainee pharmacists who passed their registration assessment in June.

Update: Contact centre phones issues are now resolved Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

We are experiencing problems with our phone lines and are working to fix the problem as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

GPhC appoints three new pharmacist members to its Board of Assessors Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

The GPhC has appointed three pharmacist members to its Board of Assessors – Professor Alison Strath, Dr Mat Smith and Ahmed Aboo.

Commenting on the appointments, Nigel Clarke, Chair of the GPhC, said:

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Alison, Mat and Ahmed to their new roles. The Board of Assessors plays a vital role in providing quality assurance for the registration assessment and I am sure our new members will make a significant contribution.”

Professor Alison Strath

Demonstrating professionalism online Posted on Friday July 15, 2016

We have published Demonstrating professionalism online, which sets out what is expected of pharmacy professionals when using social media.

New research explores experiences and performance of Black-African candidates Posted on Wednesday July 06, 2016

Annual report 2015-16 Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published its annual report for 2015-16.

Key achievements for the year highlighted in the report include:

Statement following the result of the EU referendum Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

Commenting on the implications of the recent EU referendum, Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said:

“It is too early to say what, if any, are the legal implications for pharmacy regulation of the vote to leave the European Union.

Current arrangements, including for EU pharmacy professionals already registered or training in Britain, and for those seeking to register or train in Britain, remain in force.

GPhC to address issues relating to professionalism under pressure Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2016

The GPhC has today outlined how it intends to work with people and organisations from inside and outside pharmacy to examine and understand workplace pressures across the pharmacy sector, including through a seminar to be held in October.

Recent articles in the Guardian and pharmacy press, which reported the outcomes of a survey by the Pharmacists’ Defence Association, have highlighted workplace pressures experienced by pharmacy professionals working in different companies and settings. 

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