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Test and trace: ‘Same rules apply’ to pharmacy teams

Health workers including community pharmacy teams are “essentially” subject to the new self-isolation guidelines in the Government’s test and trace scheme, the comments of a DHSC spokesperson suggest.

RPS ‘disappointed’ pharmacies not included in PPE rollout

A new Government PPE portal allowing health and care workers to order supplies online is not yet open to pharmacy teams.

Pre-regs can provisionally join register from August

Pre-reg graduates must still sit online registration assessment at the first opportunity

ACTNow: New wellbeing campaign for pharmacy

Pharmacist Support launches initiative to raise awareness of the importance of looking after wellbeing and maintaining good mental health in the profession.

Half of pharmacists on temporary register unsure about returning

Just over half of pharmacists on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s temporary register are unsure whether they wish to return to pharmacy during the Covid-19 crisis.

GPhC shifts to 'anticipatory regulation' in 5-year strategy

The GPhC plans to shift to a more "anticipatory" regulatory style and use data to "focus on getting ahead of issues before they happen".

PDA urges Hancock to talk to unions about pharmacy safety

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association urges Matt Hancock to hold talks with unions and employers on pharmacy workers' safety as lockdown eases.

100 MPharm students working in Lloyds stores during crisis

LloydsPharmacy currently has around 100 MPharm students working in its stores to support teams during the coronavirus pandemic.

Revealed: PPE shortages worse in independent pharmacies

Independents report worse shortages of PPE items including surgical masks, but there are worries across the entire sector. 

Ridge: Life assurance covers all team members

All pharmacy team members will be eligible for the health worker life assurance scheme in England, the chief pharmaceutical officer has confirmed.

Survey: Pharmacists ‘treated like dirt' by Government

Community pharmacists feel badly let down by the Government and NHS bodies during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new survey shows.

Pharmacy teams included in death in service in Scotland

Community Pharmacy Scotland says the government has agreed to include pharmacy colleagues in its death in service scheme.  

Pre-reg delays 'could lead to crisis in NI pharmacies'

Failure to allow Northern Ireland pre-reg students to join the workforce this summer could 'lead to another crisis' says CPNI.

Life assurance: Growing calls to include support staff

APTUK is calling for the new Covid-19 life assurance scheme to apply to all community pharmacy staff.

NPA announces board election results

The National Pharmacy Association has announced that Andrew Lane has been re-elected as chair for two more years.

Pharmacists will be included in £60k life assurance scheme

After coming under pressure this week, Hancock confirms community pharmacists are eligible for the death in service scheme.

Home Office confirms pre-reg visa extension

The Home Office has agreed to offer overseas pre-registration pharmacists a one-year extension to their UK visas.

Contact with ‘suspected’ Covid a requirement for scheme

More details have been made available on the eligibility criteria for the Government's controversial new life assurance scheme.

Pharmacy technician awarded £7k after new manager banned breaks

A pharmacy technician with scoliosis who was prevented from taking breaks during her shift has been awarded almost £7,000.

Anger at DH position on Covid-19 life assurance

Pharmacy teams express anger at news they will not be included automatically in the new life assurance scheme.

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