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Creating Dementia-Friendly Environments

In the UK there are around 850,000 people currently living with dementia. In line with global estimates, this number is set to triple by 2050. There is no known cure yet for dementia and as the disease progresses, the symptoms get worse making everyday living harder for people suffering from disease. As a large number… Read more »

Dry January And The Effects Of Alcohol

With 2020 in full swing and everyone having consumed all the eggnog and bubbly they can stomach, it’s time for a Dry January. In essence, it’s a booze-free month which helps people reset their drinking clock every year. Whether you are abstaining from alcohol as a New Year resolution or not, doing so can have… Read more »

Appointing A Pharmacy PCN Lead

As part of the pharmacy contract, the government wants community pharmacies to work closely with Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Now, as a result, they have included it as part of the Pharmacist Quality Scheme. However, if pharmacies want to receive payment, they need to work with other community pharmacies and appoint a Pharmacy PCN lead… Read more »

Primary Care Networks: Everything You Need To Know

The NHS Long term plan was published in January 2019 and included the formation of Primary Care Networks (PCN’s). This is  GP Practices joining together and forming primary care networks. Such groups of neighbouring practices will typically consist of 30,000 to 50,000 people. Since July 1st there are already 1,259 PCNs covering all the patients… Read more »

Pharmacy Quality Scheme Overview

In December 2016, a Community Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme (QPS) was introduced which forms part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF). Then, July 2019 saw a new Pharmacy Quality Scheme announced for the remainder of 2019/20. This was part of the five-year deal CPCF with funding of £75 million.   The Pharmacy Quality Scheme… Read more »

Lung Cancer Diagnosis And Treatment

Lung cancer is one of the most common types and approximately 47,000 people in the UK are diagnosed every year. Lung cancer mainly affects older people and it is rare for anyone younger than 40 to be diagnosed with the dreaded disease. Fact is, more than 4 out of 10 people with lung cancer in… Read more »

Pharmacy Quality Scheme: Diabetes Foot and Eye Checks

The prevalence of diabetes is increasing in all age groups and thus it it is important to ensure that this group of people take care of themselves to prevent further complications from happening. The Pharmacy Quality Scheme, PQS that was recently announced as part of the new 5 year Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework includes an… Read more »

Sepsis: Early Detection And Pharmacy Training

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition and can be fatal if not detected early on. Identifying sepsis can be difficult as there are several possible symptoms to look out for. It becomes even harder to spot in babies, children, dementia sufferers, people with learning disabilities and those who generally struggle to communicate. While it is treatable,… Read more »

NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service

With the five-year community pharmacy funding deal being announced, a new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) will be implemented on October 2019. This advanced service will connect patients suffering from minor illness with a community pharmacist as their first point of contact. The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS), previously called the Digital Minor… Read more »

New Community Pharmacy Funding Deal

The five-year community pharmacy funding deal has been announced with a greater focus on services. While there has been some mixed feelings surrounding the new community pharmacy funding deal, pharmacy bodies seem generally pleased.   Some has raised the issue that flat funding will limit the ability of the community pharmacy sector to invest and… Read more »