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Category list : England NHS structures

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  • Legal scales between domino pieces

    The High Court verdict on community pharmacy cuts marks a new beginning, not the end Subscription

    14 JUN 2017 12:01 By Ian Strachan
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    Ian Strachan from the National Pharmacy Association explains why pharmacists should not be disheartened by the High Court’s ruling on the judicial review against the funding cuts to community pharmacy in England.

  • Collage of research, funding and agreements

    Why pharmacists should apply for NIHR funding

    5 JUN 2017 By Asam Latif

    Asam Latif explains what types of NIHR research funding pharmacists can apply for and how to secure it.

  • Theresa May, candidate for the Conservative Party and Jeremy Corbyn, candidate for the Labour Party

    Manifestos differ on role of STPs

    1 JUN 2017 15:45

    The Conservative Party has promised, if it wins the election, to support the continuation of Sustainability and Transformation Plans while Labour says it would “halt and review” the 44 plans which are being developed in England.

  • Is the chief pharmaceutical officer of England serving patients and the profession well? Subscription

    1 JUN 2017 11:07 By Ben Merriman
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    Upon his appointment in 2005, the chief pharmaceutical officer for England Keith Ridge stated that: “Over the past few years, patients have demanded change to how health services are delivered, including pharmacy. The Government and the pharmacy profession have listened and are responding, putting pharmacy practitioners right at the front line of patient care. Prescribing of medicines by pharmacists and the new community pharmacy contract will increase access to healthcare. I intend ...

  • Pill under microscope lens

    Restricting what is allowed on prescription in England: views from healthcare professionals and patient groups Subscription

    25 APR 2017 14:17 By Benedict Lam

    We ask healthcare professionals across primary care and patient groups for their thoughts on NHS England’s decision to review what GPs are allowed to prescribe.

  • Scientists pushing pills around model human body

    Rare but not forgotten: why drug appraisal methods must be updated to consider treatments for rare diseases Subscription

    12 APR 2017 14:15 By Sebastian Stachowiak

    The UK government needs to adapt its drug and technology appraisal methods to prevent patients with rare diseases being left out in the cold.

  • Don’t tell me to work harder! Subscription

    12 APR 2017 10:07 By David Gallier-Harris

    Everybody wants more for less. Employers want pharmacists to offer more services but give us fewer staff. The government want us to make “efficiency savings” yet offer expertise without remuneration. Locum agencies are offering bookings at £16 an hour instead of actively promoting our skills to potential clients. Doctors are expecting practice pharmacists to sign prescriptions, run clinics, promote cost-effective prescribing, manage repeat requests, etc, but only pay a fraction of what ...

  • Collaboration is key to our future Subscription

    11 APR 2017 14:46 By Stephen Brown

    The recently published ‘Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ (5YFV) by NHS England provides a helpful overview of the 5YFW journey so far, shows examples of what’s worked, and clearly maps out the future direction of the NHS. So rather than dipping into the executive summary or doing a search ...

  • Sector-based prejudice against community pharmacy Subscription

    11 APR 2017 14:40 By Graham Phillips
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    I recently attended the ‘Quality for patients: pharmacy practice now and in the future’ conference on 22 March 2017, hosted by NHS England. I was looking forward to a positive, constructive day celebrating and showcasing all that is best among our profession, but I came away appalled by the attitude of the chief pharmaceutical officer for England, Keith Ridge.

  • Discuss clinical needs with patients before ditching sun creams Subscription

    3 APR 2017 16:19 By Colin Darroch

    Having read the announcement from the NHS and the term “waste which is in the system” (The Pharmaceutical Journal online, March 2017), I was surprised to read that sun creams fall within this category.

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