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Anti-cancer jab piloted in gay men Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

A vaccine to reduce the risk of cancer is to be offered to homosexual men in England in a pilot scheme starting in June.

NHS urged to control discharge delays Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

The NHS in England must get a grip on the delays patients face in being released from hospital, as the problem causes unnecessary harm and wastes money, the National Audit Office says.

Rise in NHS spend on private ambulances Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

NHS England spending on private ambulances for 999 calls trebles to £68m in four years, data gathered by the BBC shows.

Exam stress 'among teen suicide causes' Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016

Exam pressures and physical health problems, like acne, are major contributory factors in the suicides of young people, according to new research.

'Second chance' for heart transplant boy Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

A family whose two-year-old son received a heart transplant after a 14-month wait in hospital say they have been given "a second chance at life".

Woman fights deceased daughter egg case Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016

A 60-year-old woman who wants to use her late daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild is continuing her legal battle.

'Big cut' in antibiotic prescriptions Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016

GPs in England have "dramatically" reduced the number of antibiotic prescriptions they prescribe to patients, latest figures reveal.

Zika may cause baby eye problems Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016

Scientists studying the Zika outbreak in Brazil are becoming increasingly concerned the virus may cause eye damage in babies.

Bursary cut 'may worsen NHS staff gaps' Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016

Plans to scrap student bursaries and charge nurses and other health staff for their degrees in England could backfire, unions are warning.

Care 'has improved for 12,000 in homes' Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016

More than 12,000 people in England are now safer and being looked after better in care homes than they were two years ago, the Care Quality Commission says.

Diabetes surgery 'missed by thousands' Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016

Thousands of people with type-2 diabetes in the UK are missing out on obesity surgery that would slash blood sugars and even lead to remission in some cases, a team of experts say.

Malaria drug 'should stop for troops' Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016

Anti-malarial drug Lariam, which can cause severe side-effects, should be the "drug of last resort" for UK troops, MPs on the defence committee say.

NHS doctor joined Islamic State group Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016

An NHS doctor left his family in the UK and joined the Islamic State group in Syria, the BBC learns from leaked IS recruitment papers.

India 'heaviest baby' weighs 15lb Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

An Indian woman gives birth to a 15lb (6.82kg) baby girl, who doctors say could be the heaviest child ever born in the country.

Gory posters 'not good for patients' Posted on Monday May 23, 2016

"Unloved" GP waiting rooms which are covered in leaflets and tatty magazines can increase patients' anxiety, according to an Edinburgh study.

Items of interest to PCPN members

1. Share your ideas at Hospice UK’s annual conference: Call for Papers
People, Partnerships and Potential
16 - 18 November 2016, ACC, Liverpool

Book online today

With less than a month until the deadline, now is the perfect moment to submit an abstract to Hospice UK. They are looking for oral presentations or display posters about finished, ongoing or emerging projects. To find out more about how and why to submit, see the FAQs online. Submissions are open until 31 May.

The conference – People, Partnerships and Potential – is set to be an exciting three days. Four keynote speakers have been confirmed so far, including Hospice UK’s own CEO Tracey Bleakley. Read all about the speakers and book your place on the Hospice UK website.


2. PCPN Annual Conference

Hold the date - 17 November 2016, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

Why not combine with attending the Hospice UK annual conference.

More information including speakers and poster competition will be available on the website soon.


3. Guidance on the use of pregabalin in the light of a generic version availability

Please click here to view letter from NHS England

3. Upcoming CD legislative amendments notification

Please click here to view CD legislative amendments

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

Please click here to see twitter link

5. Mandatory Requisition form for Schedule 2 & 3 CDs in Community from 30th Nov 2015

Please click here to view link to mandatory requisition on Business Services Authority website

Daily news roundup – 26 May 2016 Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

In the news today: Barbara Gelb, CEO of Together for Short Lives, comments on the recommendations from the VCSE Review, the Care Quality Commission rates the quality of care at St Barnabas House as ‘outstanding’, and an editorial asks: should TV dramas focused less on suicide and more on palliative care?

Social aspects of death, dying and bereavement Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

This November in Glasgow, an international conference will focus on the social aspects of death, dying and bereavement.

St Joseph’s Hospice appoints new chief executive Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

Nigel Harding has been appointed chief executive at St Joseph’s Hospice in east London, after Michael Kerin stepped down from the role earlier this year.

Mary Ann Evans Hospice welcomes links with eminent Japanese practitioner Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

This month, Mary Ann Evans Hospice, based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, hosted Japanese aromatherapist Masako Kawasaki as part of a therapy exchange visit.

Hospice’s neonatal and antenatal service supports families through pregnancy, birth and beyond Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016

Since the appointment of its first neonatal in-reach coordinator two years ago, the neonatal and antenatal service at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice has gone from strength to strength, attracting interest from other hospices and hospitals in the UK and internationally.

Daily news roundup – 25 May 2016 Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016

In the news today: new Arthur Rank Hospice to open in October, a garden inspired by Les Bourgs Hospice wins a gold medal at the RHS Flower Show, and the CQC rates the care provided by Longfield as ‘outstanding’.

St Christopher’s visits Singapore to share ideas and insights on preparing for an ageing population Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016

St Christopher’s joint chief executive Heather Richardson and director for supportive care Ruth Sheridan were recently in Singapore for the 7th Ageing Asia Innovation Forum. Heather writes for ehospice about the experience and what they learnt about hospices in Singapore.

Daily news roundup – 24 May 2016 Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016

In the news today: Children's Hospice Week, a new admiral nurse is to be appointed to support patients of Kirkwood Hospice, and Macmillan highlight the increase in the number of people caring for someone with cancer.

St Cuthbert’s Hospice wins national governance award Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016

St Cuthbert’s Hospice triumphed in the Improving Impact (26+ staff) category at the Charity Governance Awards 2016.

Review of partnership and investment in voluntary sector published Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016

The Department of Health, NHS England, and Public Health England have published a review of the role of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes.

Hospice launches new initiative to reduce isolation among men who are living with advanced illness Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016

St Barnabas House has introduced a “ManBus” to offer monthly outings to men who are living with advanced illness and may have become isolated.

Give and Gain Day: Carillion employees volunteer at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice Posted on Monday May 23, 2016

Through Carillion’s national partnership with Hospice UK, employees across the nation have been volunteering at their local hospice as part of Give and Gain Day.

Daily news roundup – 23 May 2016 Posted on Monday May 23, 2016

In the news today: staff from Shooting Star Chase usher people to safety after a man stabbed four women in a nearby car park, Samantha Cameron attends a reception to mark the 40th anniversary of St Luke’s Hospice in Kenton, and a study finds that terminal ill patients who live in rural areas tend to spend more time in hospital.

Call to help put families first this Children’s Hospice Week Posted on Monday May 23, 2016

As Children’s Hospice Week kicks off, Together for Short Lives calls on the government and public to help put families first so they can get the care and support they so desperately need.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday May 20, 2016

A roundup of all the jobs posted on ehospice over the past week.

Legal highs now banned Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

Responding to the Psychoactive Substances Act  coming into force today which introduces a blanket ban on legal highs, Chief Scientist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Professor Jayne Lawrence s

New resources to support pre-registration trainees Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

We are pleased to announce the launch of new resources to support pre-registration trainees during pre-registration training and help with preparations for the GPhC registration assessment.

The Ove

RPS final response to community pharmacy reforms consultation Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

In its response to the Government’s consultation on community pharmacy the RPS has offered proposals emphasising the best contribution that pharmacists can make to NHS efficiencies is to focus

Scottish Government to explore extension of eMAS Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, delivered a statement in the Scottish Parliament Wednesday 25 May in which she set out the Scottish Government’s plans for taking Scotland fo

Assembly Member for North Wales visits Community Pharmacy Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016

Llyr Huws Griffiths, Plaid Cymru’s Assembly Member for North Wales Region recently visited Cohens Pharmacy in Colwyn Bay for a first-hand experience of how community pharmacies serve his constituents.

Mr Griffiths was welcomed to the pharmacy by Pharmacist Robert Carr

RPS Chief Scientist responds to antibiotic resistance report Posted on Thursday May 19, 2016

Today Lord Jim O’Neill’s final report on antibiotic resistance is published.  

Tackling drug-resistant infections globally builds on eight interim papers and is th

A Campaign to improve mental health support within primary care Posted on Wednesday May 18, 2016

Mind, the mental health charity, is launching a campaign to improve mental health support within primary care. We understand that the pressures on primary care are not just impacting on the mental health of patients, but also on the staff working in these services. Recent surveys have uncovered h

Channel 5 News talks to RPS about NHS workforce report Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2016

A new report from the Nuffield Trust health think-tank today urges the NHS to equip pharmacists, nurses community and support staff with additional skills to deliver care in order to increase capacity in the service.

Responding to the report, 

RPS President and raise awareness of new drug driving rules Posted on Friday May 13, 2016

RPS has combined forces with insurance comparison site to raise awareness of the law around drug-driving and how pharmacists can help drivers stay safe on the road.

President Ash Soni fronted 15 radio interviews and featured on ITV's Good Morning Britain plus SKY News along w

BBC Radio London looks at the future of pharmacists in General Practice Posted on Thursday May 12, 2016

Today BBC Radio London has been discussing the reasons for and benefits of having pharmacists based in GP surgeries. It comes following an announcement from NHS England that £112m will be invested in new roles for phar

RPS Wales welcomes appointment of Chief Medical Officer Posted on Monday May 09, 2016

The Welsh Government has announced that Dr Frank Atherton has been appointed Wales’ new Chief Medical Officer.

Dr Atherton, who is originally from Lancashire, is currently Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health in the Department of Health and Wellness in Nova Scotia, C

One week left to enter I Love My Pharmacist Award 2016! Posted on Monday May 09, 2016

Entries to the I Love My Pharmacist Award 2016 close one week today! 

We are calling on all pharmacists across Great Britain, from all sectors of pharmacy, to enter by telling us their examples of great patient care. 

As well as celebrating the fantastic work pharmacists

NHS England recomissions pharmacy flu jab service Posted on Monday May 09, 2016

Today NHS England announced that it will recommission the Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination programme in 2016/17, after nearly a quarter of a million more people benefited from vaccinations in a community pharmacy set

Voting now open in National Pharmacy Board elections Posted on Thursday May 05, 2016

Voting for the National Pharmacy Board elections is now open. This is an opportunity for you to shape the future of your profession in England, Scotland and Wales.

You can find

Find out more about a new pharmacy education development opportunity in Scotland Posted on Thursday May 05, 2016

There is an exciting secondment opportunity from the service, for a Pharmacy Educational Development initiative based jointly between the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland (Edinburgh base) and with NES (Glasgow base).

The post is 0.5 whole time equivalent (WTE) for up to a year (fl

Professional standards webinar Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

We received some very useful feedback during our recent webinar on the draft professional standards. We’re very grateful to everyone who was able to take part.

You can watch and listen to a recorded version of the webinar here.

Office closure Friday 20 May Posted on Wednesday May 18, 2016

Our office will be closed all day on Friday 20 May. Our staff will be away for training purposes and we will not be answering phone calls.  

Our office and phones lines will open again on Monday 23 May at 9am.   

Three new GPhC council members take up their positions Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Three new members have taken up their positions on the governing council of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). 

The three new members, whose terms began on 1 April 2016, include one registrant member, Joanne Kember, and two lay members, Mark Hammond and Dr Arun Midha. Nigel Clarke, Chair of the GPhC, said:

GPhC council meeting on Thursday 14 April Posted on Tuesday April 12, 2016

Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 14 April. 

You can read the papers for the meeting here


The General Pharmaceutical Council launches major consultation on new standards for pharmacy professionals Posted on Monday April 04, 2016

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is asking members of the public and pharmacy professionals to give their views on proposed new standards for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Great Britain.

Physical activity guidelines Posted on Tuesday March 22, 2016

The UK Chief Medical Officer has launched an infographic for health professionals regarding physical activity guidelines for children and young people.

The joint UK CMOs physical activity guidelines advise that children and young people should aim do at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

CPD Call and Review 2016 Posted on Monday March 14, 2016

We have recently started a new CPD Call and Review cycle, and are now starting to call registrants again, some of whom have previously submitted their CPD records to us.

If you have recently received a letter requesting your CPD records to be submitted, please be aware that this relates to the period from the last time you submitted your records, not for the entire length of your registration.

You should submit 9 CPD records per year since your last submission.

GPhC council meeting on 10 March Posted on Wednesday March 09, 2016


Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 10 March. You can find the agenda and the papers for the public sessions of the meeting here.  


GPhC clarifies investigative powers in response to media reports Posted on Tuesday March 08, 2016

The General Pharmaceutical Council issued the following statement to clarify its investigative powers in response to recent media reports.

The GPhC does not currently have the legal powers to authorise the use of directed surveillance or covert human intelligence sources.

GPhC pharmacist pre-registration webinar now available online Posted on Friday March 04, 2016

We have published recording of a recent webinar aimed at helping pharmacist pre-reg trainees prepare for the 2016 registration assessment.

Over 700 people participated in the live webinar with helpful questions on some of the key preparation resources for the assessment, as well as the structure of the registration assessment papers.

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