Category: Community Pharmacy

C19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service

C19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service UK

The C19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service or LFD Distribution Service is a new advanced service that is available to community pharmacies. The service enables NHSE&I to distribute COVID-19 Lateral flow test kits to pharmacies to allow asymptomatic people to identify positive cases within the community and to break the chain of transmission.  All pharmacies… Read more »

Community Pharmacist Consultation Service And GP Referrals Is Now Live

Community Pharmacist Consultation Service - GP Referrals

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 »

Pharmacy Quality Scheme Part Two Overview

Pharmacy Quality Scheme Part Two

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.

Vaccines: What You Need To Know

vaccines

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 »

Covid 19 Business Resilience Training

  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 »

What Is A Mandatory Clinical Audit?

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 »

GPhC Education Requirements for Pharmacy Teams

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 »

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 »

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 »

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… Read more »