Community pharmacy workforce figures issued

Community pharmacy workforce figures issued

June 20 2018 Data for the community pharmacy workforce in England indicates that 96,506 people...

Scottish pharmacy contract sees Global Sum increase 1.46%

Scottish pharmacy contract sees Global Sum increase 1.46%

June 18 2018 Funding for the community pharmacy contract in Scotland has been announced with a...

National Minor Ailment Service still some way off, indicates minister

National Minor Ailment Service still some way off, indicates minister

June 15 2018 A nationally commissioned Minor Ailments Service (MAS) as part of the pharmacy...

Pharmacy Integration Fund: £23.6m diverted “to support other parts of NHS”

Pharmacy Integration Fund: £23.6m diverted “to support other parts of NHS”

June 14 2018 Over half of the £42 million funding allocated to develop pharmacy services in...

Wales announces £100m to shake up NHS and social care services

Wales announces £100m to shake up NHS and social care services

June 14 2018 Wales is to undergo a significant overhaul of NHS and social care services, the...

  • Community pharmacy workforce figures issued

    Community pharmacy workforce figures issued

    Wednesday, 20 June 2018 18:33
  • Scottish pharmacy contract sees Global Sum increase 1.46%

    Scottish pharmacy contract sees Global Sum increase 1.46%

    Monday, 18 June 2018 17:23
  • National Minor Ailment Service still some way off, indicates minister

    National Minor Ailment Service still some way off, indicates minister

    Friday, 15 June 2018 18:22
  • Pharmacy Integration Fund: £23.6m diverted “to support other parts of NHS”

    Pharmacy Integration Fund: £23.6m diverted “to support other parts of NHS”

    Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:12
  • Wales announces £100m to shake up NHS and social care services

    Wales announces £100m to shake up NHS and social care services

    Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:06

Umesh Modi is a chartered accountant, and Pamini Jatheeskumar is a chartered certified accountant at Silver Levene...
  Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead...
Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead pharmacist, Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England
More inWhite Papers  

a RPS building imageAugust 24 2017

Pharmacists views are being sought on proposals to limit which items can be routinely prescribed on NHS prescriptions in England.

 Last month, NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners jointly issued a consultation seeking to cut the amount spent on prescribing by reducing what is allowed on NHS prescriptions. The intention is to introduce national guidance for clinical commissioning groups to avoid local variation while “ensuring that they can use their prescribing resources effectively and deliver best patient outcomes from the medicines that their local population uses.”

The consultation has identified 17 commonly prescribed medicines and medicine categories, along with homoeopathic products, and several vaccines. These have been selected for being “relatively ineffective, unnecessary, inappropriate or unsafe for prescription on the NHS.” In addition, the consultation seeks views on items that are available over the counter and are prescribed in primary care.

In preparing its response to the consultation, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is asking its members for views. “Most of the consultation focuses on 18 specific items which continue to be prescribed but are ineffective or in some cases dangerous,” said the Society.

“However, chapter five [of the consultation] looks at medicines that are available to purchase over the counter and could affect over 3,000 items which can currently be prescribed. RPS is concerned about this part of the proposal and will be providing a robust response.”

The Society has prepared a briefing for members, and is asking that members’ views can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHS England’s consultation is open until October 21. It is organising three events ahead of then:

  • a face to face consultation event in London on September 5 in the morning
  • an online webinar on October 10 from 1pm to 2.30pm
  • a face to face consultation event in Leeds on the afternoon of October 12.

To participate in any of these events, people are asked to register in advance.

Link:
RPS announcement         
NHS England consultation          

Business News

June 22 2018 A review into the scheduling of cannabis for medicinal purposes will look for “significant medical and therapeutic benefits” before a decision is made.
June 19 2018 A practice-based audit will seek to explore community pharmacy’s contribution in supporting girls and women of childbearing potential who need to take valproate medicines. Launched by...