• 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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  • 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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  • Quality payments for community pharmacy

    28 February 2017

    NHS England has published further guidance on the quality payments scheme.

    The document clarifies how community pharmacy contractors can meet the gateway criteria and details information on how to meet the eight quality criteria. The guidance covers the process to follow including time scales for claiming payments. The new guidance should be read in conjunction with the gateway criteria guidance issued by NHS England on 23 December 2016.

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  • Quality payments: how to become a health living pharmacy

    19 January 2017

    The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has published a briefing provides on how to meet the requirements for a “healthy living pharmacy” under the quality payments scheme.

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  • Guidance on commissioning medicines optimisation services from community pharmacy

    17 January 2017

    The University of Manchester and PCC have launched a toolkit to support commissioners to plan, design and evaluate services provided by community pharmacies for patients requiring medicines.

    By integrating a medicines optimisation service into the patient pathway, the patient can access the expertise of a pharmacist and their team in community pharmacy, which can improve their medicines taking, reduce unplanned hospital admissions and reduce pressure on the wider health and social care system.

    The content of this toolkit is based on evidence drawn from a large National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded study investigating organisational factors associated with variation in the quality and quantity of services provided by community pharmacies. Results of the study were reviewed by commissioning and pharmacy leaders at a subsequent workshop which informed the design of the toolkit.

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