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Elen Jones appointed director for RPS in Wales

Ms Jones will be accountable for national policy development, professional advocacy and member engagement across Wales

Women pharmacists' association dissolves after 114 years

The NAWP said “societal changes” and an increasingly “monetarising culture” have hit membership numbers and made the organisation unviable

Some light shed on pharmacy apprenticeship proposals

The employer-led ‘trailblazer group’ behind apprenticeship proposals is to consider the responses to its consultation before deciding whether to proceed

UCA and CPNI merge in Northern Ireland

Community Pharmacy NI, the body which represents contractors in Northern Ireland, is merging with the Ulster Chemists Association from May 10

EU qualifications to be recognised - deal or no deal

EU or Swiss qualified pharmacists entering the UK after Brexit may have qualifications recognised, whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal

RPS raises concerns with apprentice trailblazer group

The pharmacy sector can expect to see “much more detail” on controversial proposals to introduce degree-level apprenticeship qualifications for pharmacists

PHE taken to task for pharmacist vaccination snub

Public Health England has been urged to acknowledge the “vital role” pharmacists play in immunisation programme after omitting to mention the profession

Scotland funding package “not quite” what CPS hoped for

A 2019-20 financial package for pharmacy in Scotland with a £2.6m uplift from last year is “not quite” what CPS hoped for due to “one outstanding issue”

FIP launches global pharmacy workforce programme

“Concerted action” is needed at country level to ensure pharmaceutical workforces can help fulfil global health strategies, the FIP said

Boots to fund Pharmacist Support coaching scheme

A 2017 pilot was well received, with some  saying it had been greatly beneficial to their day-to-day functioning and improved their overall outlook

Wales invests £5m in “UK first” pre-reg training scheme

The Welsh Government plans to pump £4.9m into “transforming” the training it offers pre-registration pharmacists and doubling pre-reg places

Concern, confusion over apprenticeship proposals

Proposals to allow pharmacists to qualify via a five-year apprenticeship scheme have sparked controversy as the profession seeks clarity

RPS plunges into the red

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society made a loss of more than £1.2 million in 2018, according to its latest annual financial statement

Unsafe staffing levels a growing issue says PDA

Very few UK community pharmacies have safe staffing levels ‘all the time’, a survey of pharmacists suggests

PDA seeing first claims over pharmacist vaccine administration

The PDA is seeing the first UK cases of patients bringing claims against pharmacists over vaccination administration

New GP indemnity scheme covers practice pharmacists

A new government-funded indemnity scheme for GP practices will, for the first time, cover practice pharmacists

Pharmacists could help plug NHS workforce gap

Pharmacists could help alleviate the shortage of staff in the NHS primary care sector, suggests a new report

GPhC training proposals for pharmacists “will fail without funding”

The RPS has joined others in warning that “ambitious” GPhC proposals need "considerable investment and infrastructure"

NHS England director to speak at NPA conference

NHS England’s director responsible for community pharmacy, Ed Waller, will be among the keynote speakers

CCA writes to MPs to defend shortage powers

Pharmacists are trained professionals and will uphold patient safety if required to follow SSPs, the CCA said

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