Virtual Outcomes News

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 »

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Accredited Health Champion Training from VirtualOutcomes

The healthcare industry plays an important role within the community and is essential for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients. Community pharmacies are now either registered as a Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) or working towards becoming one through Health Champion Training as from April 2020 this forms an essential part of the new 5 year… Read more »

The Importance Of Becoming An Antibiotic Guardian

Community pharmacies in England will run a mandatory public health campaign in September focusing on antimicrobial resistance. It also touches on not expecting antibiotics for everything and that patients must always complete the course. Being an Antibiotic Guardian can help prevent or minimise the real issues surrounding antibiotic resistance. Fact is, we are seeing dangerous… Read more »

Pharmacy Team Revalidation And The GPhC

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the independent regulator for pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians across Great Britain. They set standards for pharmacy professionals, registered pharmacies as well as the initial education and training for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. All pharmacy professionals play a vital role in delivering quality healthcare services while helping people maintain… Read more »