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Illnesses associated with lifestyle cost the NHS £11bn Posted on Sunday September 25, 2016

Health problems related to the way we live are costing the NHS in England alone around £11bn each year.

UK 'has never been more addicted to smartphones' Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

One in three people check their phone in the middle of the night and admit their overuse is causing rows with partners, according to a report by Deloitte.

'Smart drug' warning for students Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

The government's watchdog issues a warning to students about the dangers of taking cognitive enhancers or "smart drugs".

Body fat link to bacteria in faeces Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

The make up of the bacteria found in human faeces may influence levels of dangerous fat in our bodies, say researchers from King's College London.

Junior doctors call off five-day strikes over contracts Posted on Saturday September 24, 2016

Junior doctors in England suspend a series of five-day strikes over the next three months, the British Medical Association announces, following concerns over patient safety,

Osteoporosis tests 'could save Welsh NHS £4.5m' Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

More services in Wales to help diagnose osteoporosis could save the NHS £4.5m a year, a charity claims.

Women's mental health needs 'not considered adequately' Posted on Sunday September 25, 2016

Women's mental health needs are "not being considered" despite rising rates of suicide, campaigners warn.

Four in 10 children not going to dentist, NHS figures show Posted on Friday September 23, 2016

More than 40% of children in England did not see a dentist last year, NHS statistics show - a figure the British Dental Association says is embarrassing.

Google Deepmind: Should patients trust the company with their data? Posted on Friday September 23, 2016

Google has ambitious plans for using medical records and appears to also be bidding to create a truly digitised NHS.

'Thousands' hit by late-cancelled operations Posted on Thursday September 22, 2016

Tens of thousands of operations were cancelled by English hospitals last year but not officially counted, figures seen by the BBC suggest.

Irish abortion laws: Protests held across the world Posted on Saturday September 24, 2016

Thousands of protesters march in Dublin and 20 other world cities to press their demand for a referendum to repeal Ireland's abortion laws.

Period pain affects 'most women workers' Posted on Friday September 23, 2016

Most women workers have experienced period pain that affects their ability to work, a survey suggests.

Professor David Nutt developed 'hangover-free' alcohol Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

A scientist has developed a new type of alcohol which he claims will not damage the liver or leave you with a hangover.

What a button battery can do to a child's throat Posted on Thursday September 22, 2016

Medical correspondent Fergus Walsh demonstrates what can happen if a button battery gets lodged in a child's throat, after a warning from surgeons over the dangers.

Smoking is at a record low, so why do people still do it? Posted on Tuesday September 20, 2016

Smokers say stress keeps them in the habit, as smoking rates in England hit a record low

Items of interest to PCPN members

1. Annual Conference - 17th November 2016, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

On-line booking now live! You can register via this link Palliative Care Pharmacist’s Network (PCPN) Conference |University of Liverpool

Confirmed speakers include Dr Simon Noble providing the lastest information on anticoagulation and Dr Andrew Davies will discuss oral care. We also have Anne Regan from the CQC providing us with an opportunity to ask questions on preparing for a CQC inspection. A full programme will be available on the website shortly.

In the meantime why not prepare your abstract and poster for our good practice sharing network event. There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd place. More details will be available soon.

 

2. We are changing to ’The Association of Supportive and Palliative Care Pharmacy’

In recognition of the increasing number of pharmacy technicians now members of our organisation and the national move towards enhanced supportive care we have proposed to change our name to ’The Association of Supportive and Palliative Care Pharmacy’.

We will be launching our new organisational name and logo at our annual conference in November in Liverpool. Why not come along to see us there!

 

3. Pharmacists can Improve Palliative Care - ACCP 2015 Global Conference

Please click here to see twitter link

 


Daily news roundup – 26 September 2016 Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

In the news today: Nicola Sturgeon officially opens new Kilbryde Hospice, Phillip Schofield hosts celebrity clay pigeon shoot in aid of Shooting Star Chase, and Dr Ollie Minton considers terminology and whether we should use 'supportive' care rather than 'palliative' care.

St Barnabas Hospice marches in Lincoln LGBT pride for first time Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice joined hundreds of others on Saturday, 24 September, to march in Lincoln’s LGBT Pride for the first time.

Cambodia Tales: Feeling the love Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

Are love and compassion the same thing? Laura Middleton-Green, Marie Curie Clinical Academic Research Fellow at Marie Curie Hospice Bradford and the University of Bradford, reflects while studying dying and palliative care in Cambodia.

Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care conference 2016 Posted on Friday September 23, 2016

ehospice UK editor Caroline May, who attended the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care conference in Edinburgh, shares some of its highlights.

Scotland launches world’s first national atlas of palliative care Posted on Friday September 23, 2016

The first Scottish atlas of palliative care was launched yesterday at the annual Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care conference in Edinburgh.

St Ann’s Hospice and University of Manchester begin new gentleness study Posted on Friday September 23, 2016

Staff from the University of Manchester and St Ann’s Hospice are collaborating on a new research study investigating employee gentleness in patient care.

National award for Naomi House & Jacksplace patron Alastair Stewart OBE Posted on Friday September 23, 2016

Alastair Stewart OBE received the Charity Champion Award at the prestigious Third Sector Awards last week.

University of the West of Scotland and Ayrshire Hospice sign partnership agreement Posted on Thursday September 22, 2016

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Ayrshire Hospice have signed a strategic partnership agreement, which will see the organisations build on their already close links.

Scotland’s charitable hospices "punch well above their weight" Posted on Thursday September 22, 2016

New research published by Hospice UK highlights the vital contribution made by Scotland’s 16 charitable hospices in supporting people of all ages with terminal and life-shortening conditions.

Confused about confusion in palliative care? Posted on Thursday September 22, 2016

Sarah Owens, hospice palliative care education lead at Wigan and Leigh Hospice, reflects on the management and care of hospice patients who experience complex symptoms and challenging behaviours due to cognitive impairment.

Cambodia Tales: A word about waste Posted on Thursday September 22, 2016

Laura Middleton-Green, Marie Curie Clinical Academic Research Fellow at Marie Curie Hospice Bradford and the University of Bradford, reflects on waste and making the best use of resources in her latest blog from Cambodia.

Daily news roundup – 21 September 2016 Posted on Wednesday September 21, 2016

In the news today: Rowans Hospice welcomes new honorary chairman, new award-winning garden set to open at Louth Hospice, and Thames Hospice staff prepare for 24-hour fundraising treadmill challenge.

Saint Francis Hospice launches OrangeLine service to combat isolation and loneliness Posted on Wednesday September 21, 2016

Saint Francis Hospice held the official launch of its OrangeLine service last week, with Grammy award winning composer Imogen Heap, a patron of the hospice, performing for staff and patients in the day therapy unit.

Patient-centred care across the cancer continuum #PallOnc Posted on Wednesday September 21, 2016

Dr Ros Taylor reflects on a few highlights from the ASCO Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, held in San Francisco earlier this month.

Cambodia Tales: Tik-tik Posted on Wednesday September 21, 2016

This is the third blog on dying and palliative care in Cambodia from Laura Middleton-Green, Marie Curie Clinical Academic Research Fellow at Marie Curie Hospice Bradford and the University of Bradford.

World Pharmacist Day Posted on Sunday September 25, 2016

Today is World Pharmacist Day!

The theme for this year’s event: “Pharmacists: Caring for you,” has been chosen by FIP to reflect the important role of

RPS in Scotland gives evidence to Scottish Parliament Health & Sport Committee Posted on Friday September 23, 2016

Earlier this week, RPS in Scotland gave evidence to the Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament, after submitting a written response to their inquiry into community hubs. Practice and

Expressions of interest open to join the RPS Quality Assurance Panels Posted on Tuesday September 20, 2016

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is seeking expressions of interest for appointments to the RPS Quality Assurance Panels. Expressions of interest take the form of a CV and a statement aligning the member’s relevant skil

RPS at the Party Conferences Posted on Monday September 19, 2016

Conference season gives the RPS access to decision makers and influencers as well as an opportunity to shape public policy at early stages through participation in roundtables and fringe meetings.

This year we will be undertaking an extensive programme at the Westminster political party c

RPS England responds to DH announcement on timetable for community reforms Posted on Thursday September 15, 2016

The Department of Health has said that it aims to announce a package of community pharmacy reforms by mid-October, to be implemented from December 1st.
 
Responding to this announcement Sandra Gidley RPS England Board Chair said:
 
“I w

RPS speak to Channel 5 Nailing the Fraudsters about counterfeit medicines Posted on Thursday September 15, 2016

Channel 5’s programme Undercover: Nailing the Fraudsters looks at a different aspect of fraud each week. 

Professor Jayne Lawrence was interviewed this week about tablets claiming to be

Nominations open for appointment to our Panel of Fellows' Committee Posted on Monday September 12, 2016

We're seeking nominations for one Fellow to serve on our Panel of Fellows Committee. Nominations are open until Thursday 6 October. 

The Panel of Fellows, appointed by the Assembly, review all Fellowship nominations and has the authority to designate Members to be Fellows. The Panel

RPS in Scotland responds to Health & Sport Committee inquiry on hubs Posted on Friday September 09, 2016

The RPS in Scotland has published its response to the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee’s inquiry into the role of pharmacists working in GP hubs.

We would like to thank all the m

Jenny Gilruth MSP visits I Love My Pharmacist Scotland winner Naseem Sadiq Posted on Friday September 09, 2016

Naseem Sadiq, local community pharmacist in Glenrothesand Scottish winner of the RPS’s I Love My Pharmacist Award has received the backing from his local MSP Jenny Gilruth.

At a visit to his pharmacy, Dears Pharmacy in Glenrot

Lancet statins report good news says RPS Posted on Friday September 09, 2016

Consultant pharmacist in cardiovascular medicine and RPS spokesperson Helen Williams talked to BBC Radio Five Live, BBC World and BBC Radio London today about cholesterol-busting statins.

RPS talks medicine prices with Radio 4 Posted on Thursday September 08, 2016

Professor Jayne Lawrence has been interviewed on two successive days by BBC Radio 4’s PM programme about the way some identical medicines are priced differently, depending on whether they are marketed at children or ad

Pharmacy commitments in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government Posted on Thursday September 08, 2016

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, has launched her Government’s Programme for Scotland 2016-17. In it she sets out what the Government seeks to implement over the coming term and includes key legislative and pr

Pharmacy Minister announces delay to community pharmacy reforms Posted on Monday September 05, 2016

Pharmacy Minister David Mowat announced today in a speech at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Annual Conference that the Government’s planned implementation of the 6% cut to community pharmacy funding in October would be delayed to “make sure that we are making the correct dec

NHS England sets out 7 day working for hospital pharmacists Posted on Monday September 05, 2016

Today at the RPS Annual Conference NHS England launched their report “Transformation of Seven Day Clinical Pharmacy Services in Acute Hospitals.”  The document outlines how hospital pharmacy services c

RPS Fellow Dr Mahendra Patel wins Charter Award Posted on Monday September 05, 2016

Pharmacist Dr Mahendra Patel, a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and member of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, has been given the Charter Award by the Society in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the profession. The Charter Award is made annually by the Society on t

Duncan Rudkin at the Pharmacy Show Posted on Friday September 23, 2016

GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin spoke at the Pharmacy Show this week on key developments in pharmacy regulation.

We are launching a consultation on Continuing Professional Development Posted on Thursday September 15, 2016

We have launched a consultation on a change to the continuing professional development (CPD) framework that would give the regulator more flexibility in how CPD records are called.

GPhC welcomes positive performance review from the PSA Posted on Wednesday September 14, 2016

Today we welcome the performance review published by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), which found that we have met all of the PSA’s Standards for Good Regulation, including for guidance and standards; education and training; registration; and fitness to practise.   

The performance review cites, in particular, the GPhC’s fitness to practise process as an area of marked progress. Among the improvements cited in the PSA report are:

Nigel Clarke outlines GPhC work to develop the pharmacy workforce Posted on Monday September 05, 2016

GPhC chair Nigel Clarke addressed the RPS conference on 4 September 2016 on the regulator’s work to help assure pharmacy professionals are meeting standards throughout their careers.

New guide to help people raising a concern about education and training Posted on Wednesday August 10, 2016

The GPhC has updated the process for raising a concern about education and training to make it simpler and easier.

The process for raising a concern is intended for use by anyone who has a concern about the quality of pharmacy education and training at any stage of the education or training process.

A new guide to the process has also been developed to help people wishing to raise a concern.

The new guide, available on the GPhC website, clearly explains what students, trainees and others should do if they have a concern.

Joining the register by 1 August ‘16 Posted on Friday July 29, 2016

Congratulations to all those who passed the registration assessment.

Providing you submitted a complete application for registration which arrived with us by the published deadline of 8 July 2016, have not heard from us regarding any issues with your application, and have passed the registration assessment, you should be registered on 1 August 2016

June 2016 registration assessment results Posted on Friday July 29, 2016

We are pleased to announce the names of the 2672 pre-registration trainee pharmacists who passed their registration assessment in June.

Update: Contact centre phones issues are now resolved Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

We are experiencing problems with our phone lines and are working to fix the problem as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

GPhC appoints three new pharmacist members to its Board of Assessors Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

The GPhC has appointed three pharmacist members to its Board of Assessors – Professor Alison Strath, Dr Mat Smith and Ahmed Aboo.

Commenting on the appointments, Nigel Clarke, Chair of the GPhC, said:

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Alison, Mat and Ahmed to their new roles. The Board of Assessors plays a vital role in providing quality assurance for the registration assessment and I am sure our new members will make a significant contribution.”

Demonstrating professionalism online Posted on Friday July 15, 2016

We have published Demonstrating professionalism online, which sets out what is expected of pharmacy professionals when using social media.

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