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Category list : England NHS structures

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  • Reducing medication discrepancies in elderly patients Subscription

    6 JUN 2016 9:27 By Karamjit Khangura, Lilliana Alani

    Older patients are more susceptible to harm from polypharmacy and transfer between care settings can result in medication discrepancies. To address this issue Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, conducted a pilot project, where prescribing support via a pharmacist and pharmacy technician were offered to GPs through conducting post-discharge medication reviews in patients who were aged ...

  • Distance selling pharmacies need to be better regulated Subscription

    2 JUN 2016 11:02 By Nick Carney, Alastair Farquhar

    Recent comments from Keith Ridge, England’s chief pharmaceutical officer, and the much publicised open letter of 17 December 2015 to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), the negotiating body for community pharmacy contractors in England, suggested the future of pharmacy lay with an online model — for example, “large-scale automated dispensing, such as hub and spoke”, or ‘click and collect’ models with home delivery. Alistair Burt, minister of state for community ...

  • Spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation Subscription

    12 MAY 2016 15:56 By Lisa Bayliss Pratt

    Healthcare professionals can play a key role in spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation. Health Education England (HEE) has produced a video to provide practical advice on what they can do if they suspect a patient or person in their care is at risk.

  • Pharmacist takes the blood pressure of a female patient

    All you need to know about GP practice pharmacists Subscription

    9 MAY 2016 16:15 By Saša Jankovic
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    The first pharmacists are about to start work under a new pharmacists in GP practices scheme. What do existing practice pharmacists do and how will the new roles differ?

  • Identifying patients at high risk of having a fall Subscription

    6 MAY 2016 10:19 By Stephen Chapman, Bharat Patel

    People aged 65 years and over have the highest risk of falling, with 30% of people aged over 65 years and 50% of people aged over 80 years falling at least once a year. Falls and fall-related injuries are a common and serious problem for older people. Falling has an impact not only on quality of life and health, but also healthcare costs. The costs to the NHS are estimated at more than £2.3bn per year.

  • Uniting community pharmacy Subscription

    28 APR 2016 14:53 By Ben Merriman
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    In December 2015, the Department of Health (DH) and NHS England notified the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee of changes they intended to make to the remuneration of community pharmacies. The response to these proposals is unprecedented. At the time of writing, more than half a million people have signed a petition asking the DH to reconsider these changes, ...

  • NHS England’s backtracking on its refusal to fund pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) funding is a step forward for public health Subscription

    21 APR 2016 15:03 By Eleanor Briggs

    In March 2016, NHS England removed HIV prevention drug pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from its official commissioning process — just months before it was due to conclude.

  • How proposed community pharmacy funding cuts will affect my business and my patients Subscription

    15 APR 2016 13:45 By Graham Phillips
    Comments (2)

    I find it impossible to reconcile the government’s stated desire to put pharmacy at the heart of the NHS (as stated in its open letter to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Commitee on 17 December 2015) with the suggestion that up to 3,000 pharmacies will close. Worse still is the suggestion that closures will be driven by indiscriminate financial attrition (i.e. ...

  • NPA and PSNC members protest in front of the Department of Health in London against the community pharmacy cuts

    Community pharmacy cuts: a breakdown of a flawed rationale Subscription

    13 APR 2016 15:16 By Gareth Jones
    Comments (1)

    The government’s decision to cut funding on a large scale for community pharmacy is short-sighted and will cause long-term damage to patients and pharmacy.

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    Government cuts to community pharmacy: the perspective of leaders

    23 MAR 2016 16:57 By Benedict Lam
    Comments (1)

    How should pharmacy respond to major funding cuts for community pharmacy? Leaders from pharmacy organisations and primary care share their views.

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