The NHS Discharge Medicines Service is a new essential service for community pharmacies that commenced on 15 February 2021. All community pharmacy contractors must ensure that relevant staff, including pharmacists including Locums and pharmacy technicians, have the necessary knowledge and competence to undertake it safely.
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In October last year, the government implemented a new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service following a successful pilot programme in several areas across the UK. Now, after the September 2020 meeting, there have been a few changes. The PSNC agreed to proposals to implement the general practice referrals service into the CPCS this autumn and… Read more »
A few weeks ago we covered the first part of the 2020/2021 Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) which they announced on 13 July 2020. Whilst the primary focus of part one was preparing for and protection against Covid-19, the Pharmacy Quality Scheme part two also looks at the response and recovery from the pandemic.
Covid-19 continues to make headlines but with winter around the corner, you can’t afford to ignore the all-important flu vaccination service. This year it will significantly different due to the high probability of flu and Covid-19 co-circulating putting more people at risk of becoming seriously ill. In this article, we look at the comparisons between… Read more »
A new Pharmacy Quality Scheme for the first part of 2020/21 was announced on 13th July 2020 with a primary focus on Covid-19. It is to ensure that community pharmacy contractors and their teams have put the necessary measures in place to respond to the pandemic to help protect themselves and the people within the… Read more »
Vaccines have been around long enough now to validate their undeniable benefits to the world’s population. Vaccination remains one of the most effective ways to prevent and protect against more than 25 debilitating diseases. These include measles, polio, mumps, hepatitis A and B, rubella, diphtheria, meningitis, influenza and cervical cancer among others. Understanding vaccines comes… Read more »
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting nearly 200 countries and territories around the world. It is not something anyone should take lightly and now that better measures are in place, perhaps we will see a downward curve before long. This can only happen if we all work together and follow the guidelines as laid out… Read more »
Previously known as a medical audit, the name changed to clinical audit in the early 1990s. It involves reviewing the delivery of healthcare practices to ensure patients receive the best possible care. Put simply, a clinical audit is a way to find out whether healthcare services are being provided in accordance with certain standards. It… Read more »
Meningitis is a rare, but serious illness that affects the membranes, also known as meninges, which cover the brain and spinal cord. You or your children can be infected as it can spread from person to person. Those most at risk are babies, elderly people and anyone with a compromised immune system. It’s not easy… Read more »
Pharmacy teams are experts in medicines, their uses and dosages while also providing patients with essential health advice on various issues. These can range from sexual health and quitting smoking to living a healthier life. The knowledge they possess of medicines and their effects on the human body is vital for successfully managing every type… Read more »