• European drug report: trends and development 2017

    9 June 2017

    This report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use and public health problems as well as drug policy and responses.

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  • Norfolk prescribes more practice pharmacists

    9 June 2017

    Word is spreading across Norfolk of the impact clinical pharmacists are having in GP practices.

    When John Higgins began work as senior clinical pharmacist at the Norwich Practices Health Centre in Norwich in March 2016 he assumed supervisory responsibilities for two colleagues at neighbouring practices. They have recently secured independent prescriber status but up to seven more of the 23 practices in Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group are now seeking funding to join the NHS England pilot programme. He expects to be involved in the development of some of those pharmacists.

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  • Peterborough practice pharmacists proving their worth

    9 June 2017

    Having appointed a clinical pharmacist before the launch of NHS England’s pilot programme, Cambridgeshire GP Dr Amrit Takhar has been buoyed by the impact and the potential for further development. Wansford surgery has already appointed a second pharmacist – this time directly through the pilot programme.

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  • Pharmacist saves a GP a day

    9 June 2017

    While working as a CCG pharmacist brought its own rewards, Yaksheeta Dave realised she missed the direct contact with patients she previously had as a community and hospital pharmacist.

    “After several years as a CCG pharmacist I realised that although I was overseeing 26 GP practices for the CCG, I had almost no direct patient contact. I took the step of giving up my job at the CCG and undertook the independent prescribing course – and it’s certainly a decision that I haven’t regretted.”

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  • Maternity services monthly statistics, January 2017

    8 June 2017

    This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for January 2017, using data submitted to the maternity services data set (MSDS). The MSDS has been developed to help achieve better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children.

    The MSDS is a patient-level 'secondary uses' data set that re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care, such as commissioning, clinical audit. It captures key information at each stage of the maternity service care pathway in NHS-funded maternity services, such as those provided by GP practices and hospitals.

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