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Results from the C+D Salary Survey give an annual snapshot of what it's currently like to work in UK community pharmacy, covering topics including pay, conditions, workplace stress and burnout.

Coverage from the Salary Survey has revealed everything from the average locum rate and how this varies around the country, to what it's really like to work at the biggest pharmacy chains in the UK. Does your experience of working in community pharmacy tally with that of your peers? Take a look at the stories below to find out more.


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Salary Survey

'Euros anxiety’ leads to 209% magnesium sales spike

Superdrug has reported a 209% rise in sales of magnesium tablets to combat the UK's "summer of stress" due to Euro 2024, the general election and changeable weather.

Multiples Mental health

OTCs could be ‘profit rockets’ for pharmacies, says Maxwellia boss

Selling over-the-counter medicines (OTCs) can “tip the balance” for pharmacies relying on NHS income, Maxwellia’s chief executive has told C+D.

Manufacturers Money

Closures 'skyrocketing' with ten a week closing in 2024, NPA warns

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has warned that pharmacy closures are more than 50% higher this year so far than the same time last year, with 10 closing per week on average.

Businesses Premises

Pharmacy closures in rural areas hit four-year peak, DH reveals

Last year saw 13 pharmacies close in England’s rural areas, while new data analysis reveals a “record” high of closures across the country.   

Premises Closures

‘Unacceptable’ lack of April concessions ‘likely’ due to DH changes

The pharmacy negotiator has blamed the government’s "untested" changes to the April drug tariff for the lack of price concessions issued this month, which have left pharmacists wondering whether the government expects “contractors to make a loss”. 

Medicines Prescriptions

CPE advises contractors to 'shop around' for best drug prices

Among the pharmacy negotiator’s new “top tips” for maximising dispensing income is shopping around for the best medicine prices. 

Medicines Money

'Top’ UK travel health pharmacy: Without private services ‘we'd 100% be selling’

Offering a travel health service has helped one pharmacy group “plug the gap” amid the sector’s funding shortfall, with one branch alone making almost £412,000 a year from the service. 

Businesses Travel health

Revealed: 97% spike in number of pharmacists seeking debt support

Since 2021, the number of qualified, trainee and student pharmacists seeking grants and support with debts, benefits and housing have skyrocketed, C+D has learned.  

Money People

A third of contractors may ‘have to cut staff’ as living wage increase bites

The latest increase in the national living wage could force one in three contractors to lay off staff, a C+D snapshot poll shows.

Funding Money

Superdrug gender pay gap widens to 11%

Superdrug’s pay gap increased by almost five percentage points in the last financial year, while Boots maintained equal pay, new reports show.

Businesses People

CPE 'very concerned' over Leadsom 'thriving’ pharmacy market comments

The pharmacy negotiator has written to the chair of the health and social care committee (HSCC) outlining its concerns about comments made by the pharmacy minister that the sector is “thriving”.

Politics Politicians

'Undervalued and underappreciated' is also undeserved and unfair

Not to put you off your upcoming Easter Eggs, but here are some thoughts after reading through my first C+D Salary Survey.

Businesses General Business
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