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NHS England has today published guidance to free up to almost £100 million for frontline care each year by curbing prescriptions for ‘over the counter’ medicines such as those for constipation and athletes foot. Curbing routine prescribing for minor, short-term conditions, many of which will cure themselves or cause no long term effect on health, […]
Budding entrepreneurs still have time to apply for a ground-breaking programme that is helping to bring clinical innovations into the NHS to improve patient care. The latest round of NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneur programme is still open for applications and has now expanded to welcome applications from every type of clinician in the NHS including […]
Care home pharmacists to help cut overmedication and unnecessary hospital stays for frail older patients
NHS England has today announced plans to recruit and deploy hundreds of pharmacists into care homes to help reduce overmedication and cut unnecessary hospital stays. Around 180,000 people living in nursing or residential homes will have their prescriptions and medicines reviewed by the new pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Elderly care home residents often have one […]
Most community pharmacies in England are now providing improved asthma and dementia care, NHS England figures show. Thousands of community pharmacists took up incentives to offer new patient services, such as providing asthma checks and undertaking training to become more dementia aware, as part of a programme to improve care. The uptake figures from NHS […]
Nearly 34 million patients will benefit from improved GP services as NHS England boosts the number of surgery-based clinical pharmacists that can offer expert medication and treatment. The NHS England scheme has proved popular with both patients and GP practices and today’s announcement approves funding for over 160 more pharmacists. Including previously approved posts, it, […]
NHS England launches first leadership training programme for hundreds of community pharmacists and technicians
Hundreds of community pharmacists and technicians working across the NHS are being offered the opportunity to develop leadership and management skills on a training programme. The six month programme, has been extended for the first time to the community pharmacy sector. Delivered by the flagship Mary Seacole programme run by NHS Leadership Academy, the six […]
NHS England has issued new guidance for community pharmacies wishing to claim payments this year under the Quality Payments Scheme. The scheme financially rewards community pharmacies for improving the quality of care for patients by meeting a number of criteria centred on themes of clinical effectiveness, patient safety and patient experience. These include: becoming accredited […]
Patients across England are set to benefit from more convenient trips to the GP with the announcement by NHS England of new, surgery-based clinical pharmacists to help with routine medication and treatment. Over 700 more practices in England will benefit from having a pharmacist located in their GP surgery covering up to six million patients […]
Applications are now being invited for the 2017 Clinical Fellowship Scheme for practising pharmacists. The placements will allow nine clinical fellows to work in an apprenticeship style model for 12 months with the most senior leaders across the NHS and healthcare-related organisations. All successful applicants will be appointed to host organisations and take up fellowship […]
NHS England has published initial guidance for a new scheme which for the first time financially rewards community pharmacists for improving the quality of care for patients. The Quality Payments Scheme initial guidance is part of the Department of Health’s Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework, announced in October 2016. Up to £75 million is available to […]