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‘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

‘Pharmacy should call for a delay to ICSs – now is not the time for headlong transformation’

The last thing healthcare and pharmacy needs right now is major upheaval. That’s why we should push for a delay to the introduction of integrated care systems (ICSs), says Leyla Hannbeck

Contracts Commissioning bodies

What changes can we expect to see to the GPhC’s FtP process?

The regulatory body has approved new standards for handling fitness-to-practise (FtP) cases. Lawyer Susan Hunneyball sets out what changes we can expect to see.

Legal GPhC

‘After all we did through COVID-19, why don’t some GPs get it?’

A recent hit-piece by a GP showed some doctors need a real attitude adjustment when it comes to pharmacy if we are ever going to work well together, says pharmacist Tom Wilde.

All Other Clinical

What we can learn from pharmacy remuneration models around the world

For community pharmacies to be an effective part of a health service, they need to be paid for the value they provide patients, not just medicine they dispense, says Sónia Queirós.

Funding

What does the new Health and Care Bill mean for community pharmacy?

The government published its proposed overhaul of health and care in England yesterday. Healthcare lawyer Noel Wardle picks out some of the key takeaways for community pharmacy

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