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RPS annual conference 2016

Crowd gathers at the opening of the RPS Conference 2016

The 2016 Annual Conference (4–5 September 2016 at the ICC Birmingham) focuses on improved service delivery in pharmacy, clinical excellence and educational reform. Through four conference themes, delegates will engage in sessions that explore important issues that affect pharmacy, while showcasing innovation and best practice.

Entrance of the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels with EU flags

Brexit shouldn’t affect plans for new clinical trials regulations, conference hearsSubscription

Speaker says there will probably be no major changes to the implementation of the EU Clinical Trials directive in the UK, which should help harmonise the rules in Europe and improve the transparency of clinical trials

Amira Guirguis, a pharmacist and doctoral research from the University of Hertfordshire

Novel psychoactive substances: what are they and what implications can they have for pharmacists?Subscription

At one of the sessions at the 2016 RPS annual conference delegates heard all about the rise of novel psychoactive substances; what they are, what laws have been introduced to help control them and most importantly, what pharmacists need to know in order to manage them. 

Marc Donovan, chief pharmacist Boots UK

Hub and spoke can be the future, says Boots chief pharmacist

Speaking at the RPS annual conference, Marc Donovan said pharmacy needs to change and must embrace new technology and services.

Rahul Singal speaking at the RPS conference

NHS England sets out recommendations for seven-day hospital pharmacy services

Unnecessary variation in hospital pharmacy services on weekends can be avoided through optimal use of medicines, technology and workforce, according to an NHS report published on 5 September 2016.

Attendees of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society awards

Outstanding contributions to pharmacy recognised at 2016 RPS awards

Mahendra Patel, a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, has been awarded the annual RPS Charter Award, which recognises exceptional service in promoting the interests of pharmacy.

David Mowat

Pharmacy minister announces 6% cuts to community pharmacy will not happen in October

Plans to cut 6% from community pharmacy funding in England will not be implemented in October 2016 as originally planned, says David Mowat, minister for community health and care.

RPS president Martin Astbury

'A pharmacy without a pharmacist is a shop', Royal Pharmaceutical Society president tells annual conference

Any further technological advances and legislative changes in pharmacy must not lead to the removal of pharmacists from the high street, Martin Astbury president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) said at the annual RPS conference on 4 September 2016.

Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England

Pharmacy leaders: listen to the worries of young pharmacists

At one of the plenary sessions from the 2016 RPS Conference, Julia Robinson heard that the views of newly registered pharmacists and students must be listened to in order to take the profession forward.

How does your personality help or hinder your interprofessional learning?

The underlying personality traits of pharmacists and doctors may help explain why working together is such a challenge.

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