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Pharmacies in England smash 2020/21 flu vaccination record in under two months

Community pharmacies in England have administered almost 2.9 million flu vaccines since the 2021/22 programme began less than two months ago.

Flu Contracts

NHSE&I’s palliative care pharmacy pilot set to launch in early 2022

A palliative and end of life care (PEoLC) community pharmacy pilot could be introduced in England as early as January 2022, an NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) director has announced. 

Funding Contracts

NHSE&I allocates funding to develop ICS pharmacy leads

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has allocated money from the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) to pay for the development of ICS-based community pharmacy integration leads.

Services People

NPA chief: Solve Northern Ireland medicine Brexit issue or face ‘horrific consequences’

The UK “must” maintain the supply of medicines in Northern Ireland or “we’re going to see some pretty horrific consequences”, National Pharmacy Association (NPA) chief executive Mark Lyonette has warned.

Businesses Medicines

Former PSNC chief: 'Treasury still sees pharmacy as a place to make funding cuts'

Community pharmacy leaders must “influence” Treasury officials if they do not want further cuts to sector funding, the former PSNC CEO Simon Dukes has advised. 

Contract Funding

EU proposes ‘uninterrupted security of supply of medicines’ in new post-Brexit offer

The European Commission has proposed some changes to the Northern Ireland protocol to ensure the long-term “uninterrupted security of supply of medicines” from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Politics Medicines

CCA: Extra £656m per year for pharmacy could unlock £1.9bn benefit for the NHS

The Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) has estimated that investing an extra £656 million into England’s community pharmacy sector could trigger annual financial benefits of £1.9 billion to the NHS.

Contracts Services

‘Heroic’ pharmacy team member praised for stopping patient from self-harming

A Deptford pharmacist has praised his pharmacy technician’s “heroic act”, after a patient reportedly attempted to self-harm inside the pharmacy.

Crime People

HEE extends offer of funded pre-reg technician training places to community pharmacy

Health Education England (HEE) has increased the number of training places for pre-registration pharmacy technicians and opened its pharmacy technician workforce expansion programme to community pharmacy for the first time.

People Education

Pharmacies and GP practices should move to ‘position of collaboration’ to benefit ICSs

Community pharmacies and GP practices should change the perception they have of one another to ensure the benefits of involving community pharmacy in integrated care systems (ICSs) are realised, a report has concluded.

Contracts People

Ridge: ICS chief pharmacists ‘crucial’ to delivering medicines optimisation

Integrated Care System (ICS) chief pharmacists will be “crucial” to delivering the government’s revamped medicines optimisation programme, England’s outgoing chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge has said.

Medicines Commissioning bodies

NHSE&I: Pharmacies could share pharmacists with PCNs to plug shortages

Having a “pool of pharmacists” working both in community and GP surgeries could help tackle some of the workforce issues community pharmacy is facing, an NHSE&I director has suggested.

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