• Current global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine

    8 August 2017

    There is currently a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine which has been caused by problems in the manufacturing process.

    Public Health England, working with NHS England, the Department of Health and the manufacturers, have put in place a series of measures so that the NHS and other providers can use the available vaccine for those at highest immediate risk. Measures are expected to continue until the beginning of 2018 and will be kept under review.

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  • GPhC launches consultation on revalidation

    25 April 2017

    The General Pharmaceutical Council has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce revalidation for pharmacy professionals. This is an important change to what pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must do each year to show that the trust in pharmacy professionals is well placed.

    The proposals have been developed through three years of research and development in collaboration with pharmacy professionals and involving members of the public. A pilot on the proposed changes was run in 2016 with over 1300 volunteers.

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  • Primary medical services regulations updated

    12 April 2017

    The Department of Health has updated the NHS Primary Medical Services Directions. It has added the General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements (Amendment) Directions 2017, the General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements (Payment in Respect of Indemnity Fees) Direction 2017 and the Primary Medical Services (Directed Enhanced Services) Directions 2017, which supersedes the 2016 document.

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  • Commissioning guide for paediatric screening

    3 March 2017

    The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has published its latest advice on commissioning of ophthalmic services for children. The approaches to the prevention of vision/eye conditions and promotion of good visual health for children require very different approaches to those used in adult services. This briefing document will help inform commissioners of the key issues to consider when commissioning services for children with conditions that cause visual impairment or blindness and children with common eye conditions that cause milder reduction in vision.

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  • New resource for prescribers from CPPE

    3 March 2017

    The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has released a new resource for prescribers – Prescribing: Maintaining Competence and Confidence.

    Prescribing is now considered an essential part of a clinical pharmacist’s role. Staying up to date with all aspects of the prescribing process in a rapidly changing health system requires significant, ongoing commitment. CPPE’s prescribing guide has been developed to support pharmacist prescribers to identify their learning needs and signposts them to resources to help meet these needs.

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