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Flu vaccinations and the tricky issue of consent – where do pharmacy professionals stand?

As the flu season ramps up, pharmacy professionals shouldn’t become blasé to the fact that obtaining written patient consent is no longer a requirement, advises Thorrun Govind

Businesses Services

What you need to know about new patient data safety recommendations

Legal expert David Reissner runs through new guidance recommending the appointment of Caldicott Guardians, who are responsible for advising organisations on the ways they hold and process confidential patient information

Legal General Regulation

‘I couldn’t have survived the pandemic without pharmacy colleagues, family and a positive mindset’

Pharmacy London’s CEO Amit Patel may have had a very different 18 months to many, but his own personal wellbeing journey has been supported by colleagues, friends, family and a positive mindset

LPCs People

What does the National Insurance increase mean for you and your pharmacy?

Contractors should plan now how to tackle the UK-wide 1.25% NIC rise commencing in April 2022, a pharmacy accountant has advised

Politicians Politics

'Merge and close arrangements don't give the certainty pharmacy craves, as a recent Rowlands case shows'

Community pharmacy has needed certainty over market entry since the regulations were changed in 2016  but a recent rejected Rowlands merger shows this is still lacking, says David Reissner

Legal Rowlands

‘Community pharmacy should be front-and-centre during the COVID-19 inquiry’

Next year’s inquiry into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is pharmacy’s opportunity to show what it did well, and to suggest what might be done differently in the future, says pharmacy lawyer Noel Wardle.

Legal COVID-19

Practical advice for pre- and prov-regs after your GPhC exam results

After a turbulent year, pre- and provisionally registered pharmacists have now received their GPhC exam results. Pharmacist* Thorrun Govind gives her advice on next steps to take

GPhC Registration exam

‘The National Insurance rise is a temporary remedy to NHS finances; pharmacy must be involved in the long-term treatment’

The announcement of an increase to National Insurance contributions to fund the NHS following the COVID-19 pandemic may be a thorn in the public’s side, but it also won't solve the healthcare system’s finances, says Leyla Hannbeck

Funding Politicians

Why Portugal decriminalised drugs, and how community pharmacy helped

Former Conservative leader William Hague has called for the UK to decriminalise drugs and follow Portugal’s lead on treating addiction primarily as a health problem, which has resulted in a fall in drug deaths. Pharmacist Sonia Quieros explains how Portugal did it and where pharmacy fits into the picture.

Social Issues Substance abuse

'My experience of studying for the MPharm during the COVID-19 pandemic'

MPharm student Manjot Kaur sheds light on studying during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what she would like to be different going into her final year

Education Education providers

C+D Award winner to C+D Award judge: What I’m looking for in this year’s entries

Pharmacists, pre-regs and pharmacy staff, particularly those who were especially compassionate in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, who would otherwise have been overlooked will be at the top of my list, says C+D Awards 2021 judge Yasmine Haq.

Pre-reg CD Awards

Lloydspharmacy superintendent: More pharmacists needed to stop partial pharmacy closures

A dearth of trained pharmacists, an expanding role in healthcare and rules around self-isolation are causing an epidemic of temporary pharmacy closures, says Victoria Steele

Lloydspharmacy General Business
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