Pharmacy plan 'could lead to High Street closures' Posted on Thursday October 20, 2016
Thousands of High Street pharmacies in England could face closure after ministers confirmed plans to alter the funding system and make cuts.
'Major failings' in DVLA medical fitness to drive cases Posted on Thursday October 20, 2016
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is not making fair decisions about medical fitness-to-drive cases, a report suggests.
An autistic boy who can't be touched has connected with a service dog Posted on Thursday October 20, 2016
An autistic boy who can't be touched or hugged by anyone has connected with someone for the first time - his new service dog.
First 'Zika mosquito' eggs found in UK Posted on Wednesday October 19, 2016
The eggs of a mosquito capable of transmitting tropical diseases, including the Zika virus, are found for the first time in the UK.
Joshua Titcombe death: Midwife Lindsey Biggs struck off Posted on Wednesday October 19, 2016
A midwife whose failings contributed to the death of a baby boy in Cumbria is banned from practising.
Hair straighteners pose child burn risk Posted on Wednesday October 19, 2016
Ten-month-old Joshua is one of hundreds of children admitted to hospital each year after being burned by hair straighteners.
Welsh budget: Labour promises extra £240m for NHS Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
An extra £240m for the NHS is announced as Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford unveils Labour's spending plans.
Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
Milk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers.
Mother appeals for stem cells for dying daughter Ava Stark Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
A mother appeals for people to get tested for stem cell donation after her three-year-old daughter loses out on a life-saving transplant for the second time.
Ambulance patients face long A&E delays Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
Thousands of patients taken to hospital by ambulance face long delays before being seen by accident and emergency staff, figures for England show.
Sussex NHS mental health trust criticised over killings by patients Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
A mental health trust underestimated the risk posed by its patients and sometimes did not act on threats to harm others, a review of 10 killings finds.
Dobson: 'Money for reducing waiting lists was spent elsewhere' Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
A UUP MLA has told the assembly she has figures showing almost half of funding earmarked at reducing waiting lists was spent on other things.
Healthy mice from lab-grown eggs Posted on Monday October 17, 2016
Japanese scientists say they have created healthy baby mice from eggs they made entirely in the lab using a sample of mouse skin cells.
Inquiry call over NHS health provider's finances Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
An MP is calling for an inquiry into how an NHS provider is handling its finances.
Spanish woman Lina Alvarez gives birth at 62 Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
Lina Alvarez has given birth at the age of 62. She spoke to waiting reporters outside the hospital in Lugo, Spain.
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
Please click here to see twitter link
Daily news roundup – 20 October 2016 Posted on Thursday October 20, 2016
In the news today: David Strudley steps down as CEO at Acorns Children's Hospice this Friday,
New chief executive appointed at Hospice Isle of Man Posted on Thursday October 20, 2016
Hospice Isle of Man has announced that Anne Mills is to succeed Margaret Simpson, who is stepping down as chief executive this December after 13 years in post.
A day in the life at Hospice UK’s conference: what to expect from day three Posted on Thursday October 20, 2016
With only four weeks to go until Hospice UK's annual conference 'People, Partnerships and Potential’, we wanted to give you an insight into what a day in the life of a conference delegate might look like. Today we conclude our mini-series with a look at day three.
A day in the life at Hospice UK’s conference: what to expect from day two Posted on Wednesday October 19, 2016
With only four weeks to go until Hospice UK's annual conference ‘People, Partnerships and Potential’, we continue our series highlighting what you can expect as a conference delegate.
Study to examine whether music therapy improves end of life care Posted on Wednesday October 19, 2016
Research into whether music therapy should be used to ease the pain, fear and isolation of people with terminal illness is being carried out by the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University, in collaboration with Marie Curie and Every Day Harmony, a provider of music therapy.
Daily news roundup – 18 October 2016 Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
In the news today: St Richard Hospice’s inpatient unit team receives a mentoring award for supporting student nurses, St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie makes plans for a £9 million refurbishment, and chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond visits Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
New chief executive joins St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
Yesterday saw David Scott-Ralphs take up his new role as chief executive at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne.
A day in the life at Hospice UK’s conference: what to expect from day one Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016
With only four weeks to go until Hospice UK's annual conference ‘People, Partnerships and Potential’, we wanted to give you an insight into what a day in the life of a conference delegate might look like, starting with Wednesday 16 November…
Daily news roundup – 17 October 2016 Posted on Monday October 17, 2016
In the news today: Prince William and Princess Kate visit Francis House, the 'transformed' day hospice opens at Marie Curie's Penarth hospice, and Ed Sheeran to perform at EACH fundraiser.
Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) to receive £30 million from Scottish government Posted on Monday October 17, 2016
CHAS is to receive approximately £30 million over the next five years to support its work with children with life-shortening conditions and their families.
Royal Trinity Hospice welcomes third charity sector graduate trainee Posted on Monday October 17, 2016
Last month Jillian Etherington began work in Trinity’s retail office in Balham as part of a year’s placement aimed at boosting the profile of Trinity’s 25 shops and online boutique.
Daily news roundup – 14 October 2016 Posted on Friday October 14, 2016
In the news today: Ardgowan Hospice given tops marks by Health Improvement Scotland, Children’s Hospice South West offers to pay nurses to return to profession, and Prince William and Kate to visit Francis House.
A human rights approach to end of life care – new guide and training for practitioners Posted on Friday October 14, 2016
Sue Ryder and the British Institute of Human Rights have developed a new guide which provides accessible information about human rights and how they are relevant in an end of life care context.
Lottery raises over £11 million for hospice care Posted on Friday October 14, 2016
Over the past eight years, Local Hospice Lottery has raised over £11 million for its partner hospices in England and Scotland.
Hats on 4 CPC – raising awareness of children’s palliative care, one hat at a time Posted on Friday October 14, 2016
Today, Friday 14 October 2016, the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) celebrates its annual ‘Hats on 4 CPC’ campaign.
RPS England statement on Department of Health community pharmacy 2016/17 and be Posted on Thursday October 20, 2016
Community pharmacists will need support from RPS and other organisations following today’s announcement by the Department of Health that they will reduce total funding for community pharmacy, both this year and next.
The profession has spoken with one voice on this issue. We have co
RPS supports pharmacy research strategy for Wales Posted on Friday October 14, 2016
The ‘Pharmacy Research for Wales: a 5 year strategic action plan for research in Pharmacy’ has been launched today. The RPS has been working across the
RPS appoints new Director for England Posted on Friday October 14, 2016
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is pleased to announce that the new Director for England will be Robbie Turner. This important post supports the work of the English Board, and directs its extensive programme to develop the profession in England and support and engage members across the nation.
RPS responds to PSNC letter to DH regarding community pharmacy reforms Posted on Friday October 14, 2016
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee have issued a letter
rejecting proposals from Government that amount to substantial cuts in pharmacy funding this year and next. The
RPS Scotland launch statement with RCGP Scotland on practice based pharmacists Posted on Thursday October 13, 2016
We are pleased to have worked together with the RCGP in Scotland to develop our joint statement on practice based pharmacists.
Together we hav
Are you providing care for patients with long term conditions? Posted on Wednesday October 12, 2016
Are you a pharmacist working with patients with long term conditions ?
To help us to make the case for greater input into the care of people with long term conditions, we need examples of fantastic patient care from the profession.
RPS Wales gives evidence to Welsh Health, Social Care and Sport Committee Posted on Thursday October 06, 2016
On September 29, RPS Wales gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee after submitting a written response to their inquiry into winter preparedness 2016/17. Attending on beh
Quality Assurance of Aseptic Preparation Services handbook available Posted on Thursday October 06, 2016
Following the launch of new standards for aseptic preparation services we are pleased to announce that a standards handbook is now available in print. The handbook incorporates the professional standards and accompanying support resources. It is popularly known as the "Yellow guide"
RPS Launches Guidance on the Additional Monitoring of Medicines Posted on Monday October 03, 2016
Working with the APBI Pharmacovigilance Expert Network, RPS has produced a Quick Reference Guide and a more detailed
Scottish national seminar dates announced Posted on Friday September 30, 2016
We are pleased to announce that our second Scottish national seminar will take place on 30 September and 1 October 2017 in Stirling Court Hotel. More details about the agenda, speakers and workshops will be shared over the coming months.
Alex MacKinnon, Director f
RPS talks NSAIDs with BBC and ITV News Posted on Thursday September 29, 2016
Consultant pharmacist in cardiovascular medicines Helen Williams fronted numerous media interviews on a new study published in the BMJ today
into the effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on the heart. The study looked at 10
World Pharmacist Day Posted on Sunday September 25, 2016
Today is World Pharmacist Day!
The theme for this year’s event: “Pharmacists: Caring for you,” has been chosen by FIP
to reflect the important role of
RPS in Scotland gives evidence to Scottish Parliament Health & Sport Committee Posted on Friday September 23, 2016
Earlier this week, RPS in Scotland gave evidence to the Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament, after submitting a written response
to their inquiry into community hubs. Practice and
Expressions of interest open to join the RPS Quality Assurance Panels Posted on Tuesday September 20, 2016
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is seeking expressions of interest for appointments to the RPS Quality Assurance Panels. Expressions of interest take the form of a CV and a statement aligning the member’s relevant skil
RPS at the Party Conferences Posted on Monday September 19, 2016
Conference season gives the RPS access to decision makers and influencers as well as an opportunity to shape public policy at early stages through participation in roundtables and fringe meetings.
This year we will be undertaking an extensive programme at the Westminster political party c
GPhC reminds pharmacy owners of their responsibilities ahead of expected funding cuts Posted on Wednesday October 19, 2016
Duncan Rudkin, the chief executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), will today emphasise that pharmacy owners must continue to make sure their pharmacies have enough staff, suitably qualified and skilled, for the safe and effective provision of the pharmacy services provided, even after the expected cuts to funding in community pharmacy come into effect.
More data on June 2016 registration assessment performance Posted on Monday October 03, 2016
Today we have released more data about the performance of candidates in the June 2016 registration assessment, including:
- First attempt candidates’ percentage pass rate by training provider
- Anonymised marks of individual candidates who passed the assessment at the first attempt and trained in either hospital or community settings, as well as the school of pharmacy where they studied
To protect candidates’ personal data, the information includes only those statistics where individual candidates cannot be identified.
Duncan Rudkin at the Pharmacy Show Posted on Friday September 23, 2016
GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin spoke at the Pharmacy Show this week on key developments in pharmacy regulation.
We are launching a consultation on continuing professional development Posted on Thursday September 15, 2016
We have launched a consultation on a change to the continuing professional development (CPD) framework that would give the regulator more flexibility in how CPD records are called.
GPhC welcomes positive performance review from the PSA Posted on Wednesday September 14, 2016
Today we welcome the performance review published by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), which found that we have met all of the PSA’s Standards for Good Regulation, including for guidance and standards; education and training; registration; and fitness to practise.
The performance review cites, in particular, the GPhC’s fitness to practise process as an area of marked progress. Among the improvements cited in the PSA report are:
Nigel Clarke outlines GPhC work to develop the pharmacy workforce Posted on Monday September 05, 2016
GPhC chair Nigel Clarke addressed the RPS conference on 4 September 2016 on the regulator’s work to help assure pharmacy professionals are meeting standards throughout their careers.
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.
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