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Vaginal seeding after Caesarean 'risky', warn doctors Posted on Wednesday August 23, 2017

Swabs of vaginal bacteria, which some say helps the immune system, may be doing more harm than good.

Green man road crossings 'too fast' Posted on Tuesday August 22, 2017

Guidance calls for councils in England to make it easier for elderly and disabled people to cross the road.

Johnson & Johnson faces $417m payout in latest talc case Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

The payout - to a woman who developed ovarian cancer - is the largest award so far against the firm.

HIV home-testing kits warning Posted on Tuesday August 22, 2017

The medicines regulator seizes 114 potentially unreliable home-testing kits.

Matt Dawson's life changed by a tick bite Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

A bacterial infection spread through the former England rugby player's body after he was bitten.

'Safer' Down's syndrome test to be introduced in Wales Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

The new test - which has a reduced risk of miscarriage - will be offered from next year.

Stephen Hawking: I'm worried about the future of the NHS Posted on Saturday August 19, 2017

Cambridge professor criticises health secretary and warns about role of private sector in the NHS.

Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials Posted on Friday August 18, 2017

Health officials target pizzas, burgers and ready meals to help tackle child obesity in government drive.

Ashbrooke Care Home closed over 'serious risk to life' Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

Ashbrooke Care Home is closed after an urgent inspection found failings that posed "serious risk to life".

Inquiry call against health board over killer Kris Wade Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

Health officials did not follow procedures over sex assault complaints against a worker who later killed his neighbour.

Peanut allergy treatment 'lasts up to four years' Posted on Thursday August 17, 2017

Four years after children in a study took the oral treatment, 70% had no allergic reaction to peanuts.

NHS call for equality over private hospitals' tax break Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

NHS Trusts demand the same 80% rebate granted to those private hospitals that register as charities.

Newcastle health boss Sir Leonard Fenwick sacked Posted on Thursday August 17, 2017

Longest serving NHS chief executive Sir Leonard Fenwick called it "an orchestrated witch hunt".

How to stop female doctors from dropping out in Pakistan Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

Many female doctors in Pakistan drop out when they start a family. There's a new scheme to help them continue in practice by doing online video clinics on their laptops.

'Healthy people get lung cancer too' Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

Vicky Veness shared a photo of herself looking healthy that was taken just hours before she was diagnosed.

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 presenting oral care in advanced cancer. Anne Regan from the CQC will give an update on their inspections programme and provide an opportunity to ask any questions you may have 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

 


A&E attendance for people with dementia is increasing Posted on Tuesday August 22, 2017

A new paper published today has found that dementia among people in their last year of life is on the increase, and so is attendance at Accident & Emergency units.

New report on delivering high quality end of life care for people with learning disabilities Posted on Tuesday August 22, 2017

A new report about delivering high quality end of life care for people with learning disabilities has been published by NHS England in collaboration with the Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities (PCPLD) Network.

Deciding on the Hospice UK Conference abstract submissions Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

Dr Sarah Russell, Hospice UK’s Head of Research and Clinical Innovation, is Abstract Committee Chair for the Hospice UK Annual Conference. Now that the committee has selected the abstracts and their authors, she explains how the review process works.

Why we volunteer: To share our love of music and support those in need Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

Husband and wife team John and Jean have clocked up 36 years of volunteering at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. John volunteers his time by giving musically-themed talks while raising crucial funds for the hospice, and Jean volunteers in the charity’s choir and supports patients at the day hospice.

The working life of a humanist chaplain and end of life doula Posted on Friday August 18, 2017

Christine Ivory volunteers as a humanist chaplain at Bolton Hospice and is a qualified end of life doula. Here she talks about how most people wrongly assume all chaplains’ services are about religion, and what the role of a doula at the end of life involves.

Living through Nature: how one hospice is bringing the benefits of gardening inside Posted on Friday August 18, 2017

Polly Barr, Senior Corporate Partnerships Executive at Hospice UK, visited Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care in Surrey to take part in one of their horticultural therapy sessions. Here she explains what this type of therapy involves and how it is benefiting the patients.

Cicely Saunders Institute opens to the public for Open House Weekend Posted on Thursday August 17, 2017

The Cicely Saunders Institute in south London will be open to the public as part of the capital’s Open House weekend in September.

General Data Protection Regulation - what action should hospices take? Posted on Thursday August 17, 2017

Liz Hathaway, Information Governance Officer at Ashgate Hospicecare in Derbyshire, writes about what actions hospices should take regarding the General Data Protection Regulation to be implemented next year.

St Ann’s Hospice receives Honorary Membership from British-Lithuanian charity Posted on Wednesday August 16, 2017

St Ann’s Hospice in Manchester has received an Honorary Membership from British-Lithuanian charity the Tiltas Trust.

Charity is recruiting trainers for budding hospice patient biographers Posted on Tuesday August 15, 2017

The Hospice Biographers charity is recruiting trainers to teach volunteer journalists to become audio biographers at hospices across the UK.

St Catherine’s Hospice education programme improves end of life care in the community Posted on Tuesday August 15, 2017

A training programme at St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston has helped to improve end of life care in Central Lancashire by identifying more people who are thought to be in their last year of life.

Report by Marie Curie and Hospice UK informs new course on end of life care Posted on Monday August 14, 2017

A study by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University and the former National Council for Palliative Care which recently merged with Hospice UK has formed the basis of a new course at Bolton Hospice.

Why I volunteer: My experience of cancer made me want to help Posted on Monday August 14, 2017

Wendy Herridge joined St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln as a Family Support Services volunteer in 2013, after retiring from her job in the Metropolitan Police Force and re-locating to Lincolnshire to be closer to family. Here she explains how her own battles with cancer led her to volunteering.

Haven House launches dads’ group for families Posted on Friday August 11, 2017

Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green, East London, has launched a new support group for the dads of children and young people cared for by the hospice.

The working life of a hospice catering team Posted on Friday August 11, 2017

Sarah Lightly, catering manager at children's hospice Shooting Star Chase with sites in Surrey, Guildford and Middlesex, explains how the catering team of five full-time staff and 14 volunteers feed up to 40 people a day at each hospice.

Tell us what you think: Consultation on items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care Posted on Tuesday August 22, 2017

Earlier this year NHS Clinical Commissioners identified a number of items that they felt were of a low priority for the NHS and yet were continuing to be prescribed. On 21 July NHS England published

RPS Scotland Director welcomes Scottish Government pharmacy strategy Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Rose Marie Parr, has today launched the Scottish Government’s refreshed pharmacy strategy “Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care&rdq

Submit your abstract for the inaugural RPS Winter Summit Posted on Thursday August 17, 2017

We're pleased to welcome abstract submissions from across the pharmaceutical sciences, clinical and health services research for poster and Pechakucha, or oral presentation for the RPS Winter Summ

Drug safety update: Corticosteroids: rare risk of central serous chorioretinopathy Posted on Thursday August 17, 2017

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug safety update ......

Register your pharmacy with PHE's blood pressure campaign Posted on Wednesday August 16, 2017

To increase awareness of heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, Public Health England (PHE) will be encouraging adults to complete the new online'One You' Heart Age Test

Drug Safety Update: Adrenaline auto-injectors: updated advice after European review Posted on Wednesday August 16, 2017

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug safety update with updated advice on adrenaline auto-injectors following a European review.

NHS Improvement Patient Safety Alert: Resources to support safe transition from the Luer connector to NRFit for intrathecal and epidural procedures, and delivery of regional blocks. Posted on Friday August 11, 2017

NHS Improvement has issued a Patient Safety Alert.

RPS Science Award Winner 2017 Posted on Friday August 11, 2017

Dr Dimitrios A. Lamprou is the winner of this year’s RPS Science Award. The award is given to a scientistworking in a pharmaceutical or allied discipline in industry or academia. The winner mus

Regulators publish joint statement on conflicts of interest Posted on Thursday August 10, 2017

The General Pharmaceutical Council and the other eight regulators of health and care professionals have signed a joint statement, which sets out what is expected of all healthcare professionals in rel

CAS Alert: Shortage of adult Hepatitis B vaccine Posted on Wednesday August 09, 2017

Public Health England (PHE) has developed temporary recommendations to support healthcare professionals undertaking an individual risk assessment to ensure that stock is available for those individual

Study claims the New Medicine Service will save the NHS over £500 million Posted on Tuesday August 08, 2017

A new study published today by The Universities of Manchester, Nottingham and University College London says that the New Medicine Service in England has improved patients' adherence medicines adh

Maloff Protect Reclassification from POM to P Posted on Monday August 07, 2017

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recently agreed to reclassify Maloff Protect from a Prescription Only Medicine (POM) to a Pharmacy (P) medicine in the UK for the pre

New report highlights how pharmacies could be the key to keeping local communities healthy Posted on Thursday August 03, 2017

Liverpool John Moores University and the Medway School of Pharmacy have produced the first baseline map of service commissioning by local authorities in community pharmacies across England. Published

MEP 41 published Posted on Tuesday August 01, 2017

The 41st edition of Medicines, Ethics and Practice has now been published and distributed to all eligible members. It's also available to download as a PDF. An introduction to new psychoactive su

Class 3 Medicines Recall: Specific batches of Torrent Dutor (Duloxetine) Gastro-resistant Capsules Posted on Monday July 31, 2017

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 3 medicines recall for specified batches of Torrent Dutor (Duloxetine) Gastro-resistant Capsules.

GPhC responds to release of Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care Posted on Monday August 21, 2017

The Scottish Government today published its strategy for pharmacy in Scotland called Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care:  A Strategy for Scotland.  Responding to the publication, Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said:

“We welcome the publication of Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care, and support its goals for further improvements to the health and care of patients in Scotland.

Regulators publish joint statement on conflicts of interest Posted on Tuesday August 08, 2017

The General Pharmaceutical Council and the other eight regulators of health and care professionals have signed a joint statement, which sets out what is expected of all healthcare professionals in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest across all healthcare settings.

Results from June registration assessment announced Posted on Thursday July 27, 2017

We are pleased to announce the names of the 2208 pre-registration trainee pharmacists who passed their registration assessment in June.

We are consulting on guidance to ensure a safe and effective pharmacy team Posted on Thursday July 20, 2017

GPhC council meeting on 6 July Posted on Monday July 03, 2017

Our next council meeting takes place on Thursday 6 July. 

Read the agenda and the papers for the meeting.

GPhC appoints new Chair of Appointments Committee Posted on Thursday June 29, 2017

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced the appointment of Elisabeth Davies as Chair of the Appointments Committee, for an initial four-year term, with effect from 1 August 2017. 

The Appointments Committee is responsible for the selection and recruitment of statutory committee members. Elizabeth Filkin CBE, who has served as Chair of the GPhC’s Appointments Committee since its inception in September 2010, will retire from the role on 31 July 2017, when her second and final term of office expires.

Watch our revalidation for pharmacy professionals webinar Posted on Wednesday June 28, 2017

Watch our webinar presentation on Revalidation for pharmacy professionals to find out more about our proposals.

The webinar includes:  

Our 2016-17 annual report is now available Posted on Tuesday June 27, 2017

Our 2016-17 annual report is now available, setting out our achievements over the past year.

In particular, it includes the progress we have made through:

GPhC Council approves guidance on religion, personal values and beliefs Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published new guidance to help pharmacy professionals when their religion, personal values or beliefs might impact on their willingness to provide certain services.

GPhC council meeting on 7 June Posted on Monday June 05, 2017

Our next council meeting takes place on Wednesday 7 June.

Read the agenda and the papers for the meeting.

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