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Number of GP pharmacists rockets: A ‘slap in the face’ or a warning to employers?

GP pharmacist numbers have tripled in just two years, according to new data. Should community pharmacy be worried, and what can be done to stem the tide of pharmacy professionals leaving for pastures new?

People Money

What steps have community pharmacy bodies taken to tackle racism?

Two years after the tragic death of George Floyd, how have pharmacy organisations tackled racism in the sector and what more should they do to combat the barriers to change? 

Pharmacy organisations Businesses

Could England’s community pharmacists go on strike?

Could pharmacists decide to down tools if funding negotiations don't go their way? C+D spoke to PSNC and the PDA to find out

Money Services

'People’s lives have been affected': Trainees on the impact of GPhC exam chaos

Pharmacist trainees gave their all in preparing to pass the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) exam. Following the chaotic June 2022 assessment, they’ve demanded action so that their sacrifices were not in vain

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‘This will go down in history’: Five takeaways from the GPhC exam protest

Pharmacist trainees gathered to protest outside the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) office in Canary Wharf, east London, in light of the chaotic June 2022 registration assessment. Here are C+D’s key takeaways from that day

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LPCs 'not surprised' by GPs’ plans to exit PCNs amid primary care challenges

Local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) across England gave C+D their thoughts on GPs voting to withdraw from PCNs and what this could mean for community pharmacy

People Contract

GPhC exam chaos: Should affected trainees nullify the sitting or appeal later?

Trainees who sat the GPhC registration assessment on June 29 have until 9am on July 11 to submit documentation if they intend to nullify this attempt, following the regulator’s decision to extend the deadline for nullification

People Education

Steve Barclay: What is the new health secretary's history with pharmacy?

As former HM Treasury minister Steve Barclay is appointed health secretary, C+D looks back at his voting record and opinions on the pharmacy sector.   

Politics Politicians

IT issues, cheating and uninformed invigilators: pharmacist trainees detail GPhC exam chaos

As new reports of mishaps occurring at the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) registration assessment held on June 29 emerge daily, trainee pharmacists tell C+D about their experiences sitting the exam

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Pharmacy clawbacks are a perverse windfall tax

With the outcome of England's community pharmacy contract still up in the air, let's hope the government doesn't decide to impose another clawback on an already beleaguered sector, says Andrew Lane

Businesses Contracts

Statistical nonsense: Don’t read too much into GPhC exam pass rate data

Digging down into the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) exam pass rate data without the right context isn’t helpful – and can be downright damaging, warns Khalid Khan

People Academics

Workforce planning must recognise pharmacy's place in the NHS family

When will the government stop treating community pharmacy like the NHS’s poor relation, asks NPA vice chair Nick Kaye

Businesses General Business
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What pharmacists should know and advise about ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease

Patients are increasingly presenting to pharmacies with symptoms of these gastrointestinal conditions, so what information and advice can pharmacists give? 

Gastro Services

Explained: What steps you can take to prevent crimes in your pharmacy

From de-escalating potentially violent incidents to banning repeated offenders from your premises, there are many things pharmacy teams can do to protect themselves from crime – as an NPA webinar on preventing crimes in pharmacies showed, says Jasmine Shah

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‘It’s high time we saw more money put into PSNC’: Everything you need to know about the RSG proposals

As voting on the Review Steering Group’s (RSG) proposals to overhaul pharmacy representation in England gets underway, C+D speaks to RSG members about the most important recommendations. So, what could change look like? 

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Revealed: Almost 50 data breaches involving pharmacies in 16 months

The UK’s data watchdog handled 49 potential data breaches related to concerns involving community pharmacy providers in a 16-month period, C+D can reveal.

Businesses Digital

Revealed: No open investigations into temporary pharmacy closures in Scotland

There are currently no open investigations into pharmacies in Scotland for closing their premises at short notice, 12 of the country’s 14 health boards have confirmed to C+D. 

Premises Contracts

Revealed: Locations of 88 Asda pharmacies with reduced operating hours

Asda has revealed the locations of 88 of its pharmacies that have or will be changing their operating hours from this month.

Businesses Contracts
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Case Studies

‘Bridging the gap’: Community pharmacy’s role in women’s health

What part are community pharmacists already playing in advising women on their health, and is there a bigger role they could play?

People General Business

Making history: Fanny Deacon, Britain’s first female pharmacist

Women have been making moves in pharmacy since the nineteenth century. Here's the story of the "trailblazing" woman who defied all social conventions of the time to become the first female pharmacist in the early 1870s


The award-winning pharmacist revolutionising cancer care

Jackie Lewis’s work in training pharmacy staff to spot “red flag” cancer symptoms in walk-in patients is playing a critical role in the recovery of cancer services post-pandemic

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C+D Podcasts

‘How I created the award-winning PharmaPlace to help pharmacies embrace their retail offering’

By bringing hundreds of independent suppliers together, PharmaPlace aims to help pharmacies differentiate themselves in the retail market and diversify their income streams in the process

Businesses Digital

Clinical podcast: Refreshing your knowledge on sports injuries

Injuries while playing sport or exercising are a common occurrence – but they are often avoidable. Refresh your knowledge in this important area and find out how one trainee pharmacist juggles his passion for rugby with his time in the dispensary.

Common Conditions Joint and bone health

Podcast – How I’m helping women to take charge of their health

Anna Maxwell, founder and CEO of pharma company Maxwellia, reveals how she has helped close the gender health gap and why making some medicines available over the counter can improve self-care, in the latest episode of the A Coffee With… podcast series

People Products
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