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Double hand transplant: UK's first operation 'tremendous' success Posted on Friday July 22, 2016

The UK's first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands look "tremendous".

Stop making excuses on delays, NHS bosses told Posted on Friday July 22, 2016

NHS bosses in England are accused by MPs of not being tough enough in tackling delays in discharging medically fit patients from hospital.

Loss of EU funding 'could cost children's lives' warns hospital Posted on Friday July 22, 2016

The loss of European funding for medical research could cost the lives of some vulnerable children, Great Ormond Street Hospital says.

Hospitals given green light to miss waiting time targets Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

More than 50 hospitals in England have been given the green light to miss key waiting time targets this year to help ease their financial problems.

Vitamin D supplements 'advised for everyone' Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

Everyone should consider taking vitamin D supplements in autumn and winter, public health advice for the UK recommends.

The first ever FGM figures show nearly 6,000 new cases in England Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

The first ever figures on female genital mutilation show 5,702 new cases in England.

England NHS multimillion-pound contract consultants axed Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

An "award winning" team of consultants linked to a series of failed multimillion-pound NHS deals in England are to be scrapped.

Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

A brain map built up from scans of more than 400 individuals has carved the "cortex" into 180 different compartments, including 97 new ones.

Modest cancer waiting times improvement in Wales Posted on Wednesday July 20, 2016

The NHS in Wales meets one of its key cancer waiting time targets but is still missing another by some margin, according to latest figures.

NHS targets 'ghost' patients who don't go to the GP Posted on Wednesday July 20, 2016

Patients who have not been to see their GP for five years face being deregistered as NHS bosses prepare to get tough on so-called ghost patients.

Chlamydia vaccine 'shows promise' Posted on Wednesday July 20, 2016

Canadian researchers have developed a promising vaccine prototype against chlamydia, a study in mice suggests.

Health budget rise 'less than was promised' Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

Ministers in England have given the wrong impression about how much extra they are spending on health, MPs say.

Unusual US Zika virus case baffles experts Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

Experts are trying to work out exactly how a US carer has caught Zika after tending to a dying elderly man with the virus.

Over-75s 'perpetrators of NHS assaults' Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

Patients over the age of 75 are responsible for more than half of all physical assaults on NHS staff in hospitals across England, figures show.

Fracking linked to asthma flare-ups Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

Fracking, the controversial method for mining natural gas, might trigger asthma flare-ups, according to a US study.

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

 


Clore Social Leadership programme open for applications Posted on Friday July 22, 2016

Those interested in undertaking the Clore Social Leadership programme - an exciting initiative that aims to help the next generation of social leaders develop their skills – can now apply for the course.

Even amidst life – and sunshine – there is death Posted on Friday July 22, 2016

Jeremy Porteus, founder and director of the Housing LIN (Learning and Improvement Network) highlights the role of the specialist housing sector in meeting people’s preferences at the end of life.

New guidance on decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

Sarah Russell, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation, Hospice UK, outlines new guidance on DNACPR.

Colourful siblings art exhibition by London and Essex children’s hospices Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

Children’s hospices from across London and Essex have taken part in an eye-catching art exhibition at Haven House Children’s Hospice.

Hospices short-listed in prestigious Charity Times awards Posted on Wednesday July 20, 2016

Five hospices have made it to the shortlist of the Charity Times Awards which celebrates best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector.

Q&A with Kerry Jackson, Hospice UK Advisory Council representative for Yorkshire and Humberside Posted on Wednesday July 20, 2016

As part of our series of interviews with different members of Hospice UK's advisory council, today we talk to Kerry Jackson, chief executive at St Gemma’s Hospice.

Britain’s new look government and implications for end of life care Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK, provides an update on who’s in and who’s out of the new government, focusing on ministers covering the care, health and voluntary sectors.

New guidance launched on community development in end of life care Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

New guidance is published this week which includes practical advice aimed at strengthening the capacity of communities to care for dying people and their families.

Confessions and tactics at Hospice UK’s communications workshop and networking day Posted on Monday July 18, 2016

Suzanne Stevenson from Hospice UK reflects on a recent event for hospice communications and marketing staff held by Hospice UK aimed at helping them increase their influence.

Report highlights progress made in improving end of life care in Wales Posted on Friday July 15, 2016

A report published this week by Sheffield Hallam University shows that there has been a greater focus on improving end of life care in Wales, since the Sugar Report on palliative care was published in 2008.

Q&A with James Ellam, Hospice UK advisory council representative for north east England Posted on Friday July 15, 2016

As part of our series of interviews with different members of Hospice UK's advisory council, today we talk to James Ellam, chief executive at St Oswald's Hospice.

Founder of Manchester centre which supports people with life-limiting illnesses receives Point of Light award Posted on Thursday July 14, 2016

This week Neil Cliffe, who has run over 70 marathons and half-marathons and given hundreds of inspirational talks to raise over £1 million for a new centre, run by St Ann's Hospice, was recognised this week by the prime minister with a Point of Light award.

When death jumps the barrier Posted on Thursday July 14, 2016

The Greek myth of Persephone, who lived half the year in the underworld, keeps coming back to me when, after working in palliative care as an allied health professional for nearly six years, my father died of cancer in one of the hospices where I practice.

Daily news roundup – 13 July 2016 Posted on Wednesday July 13, 2016

In the news today: calls for greater awareness of the issues faced by transgender people after they die, elderly people are being denied support by councils due to funding shortfalls, and Halton Haven Hospice and Saint Francis Hospice are both rated 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission.

New online guide aims to help families talk about ageing and death Posted on Wednesday July 13, 2016

Independent Age has launched a new online guide to help families have difficult conversations, as it publishes research which suggests millions of older people are putting off such conversations until times of crisis – not having them at all.

RPS welcomes new Pharmacy Minister David Mowat Posted on Friday July 22, 2016

The Department of Health has confirmed the appointment of David Mowat as the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care with responsibility for pharmacy. 

Commenting on the a

Wales Medicines Safety Conference 2016 – Save the Date Posted on Friday July 22, 2016

Thursday November 3 2016, central Cardiff location (venue tbc)

We are pleased to announce that the 6th Annual RPS Wales Medicines Safety Conference will take place on the November 3.  The theme of this year’s conference will be shifting care closer to people’s home

Members’ views sought on Health & Sport Committee programme themes Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

The Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee has announced its work programme for 2016. The committee identified eight themes and RPS in Scotland intend to respond to three of them outlined below.

Evidence of pharmacy practice is always required and we are looking for memb

RPS makes recommendations for user requirement specifications for FMD Posted on Wednesday July 20, 2016

The European Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) was finalised in January 2013 and adopted into UK law in February 2013, where it came into force in August 2013. The Delegated Act which finalised the details of the directive was finally introduced in October 2015. The RPS has been working on th

RPS in Scotland highlights concerns with proposed No Blame re-dress scheme Posted on Wednesday July 20, 2016

RPS in Scotland has provided the Scottish Government with its views on the proposed ‘No Blame re-dress scheme’. In principle we support the scheme, which fits well with our professional approach to a “no blame culture” or “just culture”, where be

Martin Astbury FRPharmS elected RPS President Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

Mr Martin Astbury FRPharmS was elected President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society today, (19 July 2016), by members of the RPS Assembly David Thomson FRPharmS was elected as Treasurer.  

Commenting on his election Martin Astbury said:

“There are profound technologi

Pharmacy quality road shows coming to Scotland Posted on Monday July 18, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we have committed with the Department of Health and the Scottish Government to raise awareness of the Rebalancing of Pharmacy legislation (decriminalisation of dispensing errors) and to support the changes in pharmacy practice required we are leading on the develop

Jenny Gilruth MSP visits I Love My Pharmacist Regional Finalist Bernadette Brown Posted on Friday July 15, 2016

Bernadette Brown, 51, local community pharmacist in Glenrothes and regional finalist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I Love My Pharmacist Award, has received support from Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth.

At the visit to Cadham Pharmacy, Jenny Gilruth spoke to Bernad

Alex Cole-Hamilton visits I Love My Pharmacist regional finalist Sally Arnison Posted on Friday July 15, 2016

Sally Arnison, 43, local community pharmacist in Barnton and regional finalist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I Love My Pharmacist Award, has received support from Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton.

At the visit to Barnton Pharmacy & Travel Clinic, Alex Cole-Hamil

RPS calls for legislation to increase number of prescribing mentors Posted on Thursday July 14, 2016

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has today published the new, updated single Competency Framework for all Prescribers in collaboration with all the prescribing professions a

Login area of website currently unavailable Posted on Thursday July 14, 2016

We are currently experiencing network issues and as a result members can’t login to our website at present. We are working on the issue as a matter of urgency and hope to resume access shortly.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

New Be Clear on Cancer campaign starts today Posted on Thursday July 14, 2016

Today Public Health England have launched a new national Be Clear on Cancer campaign, focusing on the key respiratory symptoms of a persistent cough and inappropriate breathl

Last chance to take part in our survey! Posted on Monday July 11, 2016

Final week to submit your entry - Take part until Friday 15th July.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is undertaking a study to better understand the pharmacy and pharmaceutical resea

Chronic Conditions in Wales - Call for Good Practice Posted on Tuesday July 05, 2016

In September 2015 the Royal Pharmaceutical Society launched our policy vision for Wales, Steps to Better Health and Wellbeing. It was developed in preparation for the election to the National Assembly for Wales in May and highlighted the untapped opportunities to increase patient access to health

Call for nominations to serve on the Membership Committee and Panel of Fellows Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

We are seeking nominations for three members to serve on our Membership Committee and two Fellows to serve on our Panel of Fellows Committee.

 
The Membership Committee hears appeals and prescribes appropriate and proportionate resolutions in accordance with the Society

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.”

Notes to editors

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:

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. 

 

GPhC survey provides a useful picture of experiences of pharmacist prescribers Posted on Tuesday June 07, 2016

A survey of pharmacist prescribers has been published by the pharmacy regulator.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) invited all pharmacist prescribers to take part in the survey to build a rounded picture of prescribing practice, and has now published a report summarising the key findings.

GPhC council meeting on 9 June Posted on Tuesday June 07, 2016

Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 9 June.

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

 

Professional standards webinar Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

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