Why we're participating in #BlackoutTuesday
We won't be posting across our social channels as we observe a day of reflection on how we can contribute towards diversity and against racism. We will remain silent in solidarity withthe Black Li (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 2, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Serious shortage protocol (SSP) for fluoxetine (England) - extension
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued a Serious Shortage Protocols (SSP) for fluoxetine 10mg tablets. This has been extended to Friday 11 September 2020. Further information on the S (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 2, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Join the RPS Annual General Meeting 2020 online!
Join us on Wednesday 24 June for our Annual General meeting. The meeting will be delivered online through Zoom between 6 and 7pm. You can confirm your participation now. The meeting will be Chaired (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Our one-stop shop for provisional pharmacists
We know that the transition to practice can be an exciting but also daunting time for new pharmacists. You’ve already had to cope with a lot of changes in your training year as well as taking o (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS considers the implications of test, track and trace
Test, track and trace services are being explored and implemented across GB to help in the fight against COVID19. The services are intended to ensure that anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 can (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Stop-gap £50m funding for community pharmacy
Responding to news of a£50 million advance payment for community pharmacy in England, RPS England Chair Claire Anderson said:“Pharmacy teams continue to work tirelessly to support patie (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 28, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Working in care homes during COVID-19
We’ve published a new training resource to support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians newly deployed to care home settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will help you provide safe and effec (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 28, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Exemption for pharmacy teams from immigration health surcharge
Many of you have been asking us if pharmacy teams are covered by the recent news about exempting migrant health and care workers from paying the Immigration Health Surcharge. We’ve spoken to th (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 27, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacists must have access to PPE Portal
RPS England comments on the news that GPs and small care homes can now register on the‘PPE Portal’, a new online portal to help primary and social care providers order critical PPE. RPS (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 27, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS responds to the GPhC provisional registration update
Responding to the GPhC’s policy for registering pharmacists on a provisional basis, Gail Fleming, RPS Director for Education, said“We welcome this update from the GPhC and are pleased tha (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 22, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Locums to be covered by life assurance scheme
The Government has confirmed to RPS that locums in England are covered by the new death in service benefit for frontline NHS key workers during COVID-19. This followsan earlier clarification from the (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 22, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Summit on future of pharmacy: the new normal
Everyone in pharmacy has a chance to influence the direction for the profession by completing our short survey, published this week. The survey describes the key areas where we believe there is eithe (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 20, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Mental Health Awareness Week - Creating a safe environment for pharmacy
This week we will be focusing on supporting the mental health of pharmacists in all patient facing roles. We recognise during the COVID-19 response pressures have been immense and relentless– a (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 19, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS calls for pharmacists to have greater powers to ensure access to medicines
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is calling for medicines legislation to be amended so that community pharmacists can make changes to prescriptions which minimise unnecessary delays in providing patie (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 18, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

COVID-19: Welsh Parliament told of pharmacy ’s key role
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales (RPS Wales) together with Community Pharmacy Wales have given oral evidence to the Welsh Parliament’s Health, Social Care& Sport Committee’s (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS calls for evidence on pharmacy practice and COVID-19
RPS has today issued a short survey as part of a call for evidence to inform the future of pharmacy practice after COVID-19. We know the past few weeks have been challenging for pharmacists and their (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Working in critical care settings during covid19
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has today published a training resource for pharmacists new to critical care. The resource distils the experiences of pharmacists working in critical care units, such (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 13, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Improving care for you and your patients
Coronavirus has deeply affected us all. Our work, our colleagues, and our patients. The dedication you’ve shown on the frontline has been outstanding. Getting the right support is vital to help (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Death in service benefit extended to teams
We warmly welcome clarification today from Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, that the death in service benefit for frontline NHS key workers has now been extended to phar (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Access to Tesco priority shopping
RPS is delighted that Tesco has confirmed that pharmacy teams can access priority shopping arrangements at its stores. Following concerns from members that Tesco’s social media was suggesting ot (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 11, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

BAME communities and health inequalities
Commenting on analysis published by the Office for National Statistics that Covid-19 deaths are four times more likely among black adults than those of white ethnicity, RPS Director for England Ravi S (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Better recognition of frontline pharmacists
We’ve fought every step of the way to ensure the amazing commitment you’ve shown on the frontline is fully recognised. Together, we’ve made some great strides forward for the profess (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Scotland welcomes key worker confirmation
RPS Scotland is delighted to see confirmation that pharmacists and community pharmacy staff responding to COVID-19 are defined as category 1 key workers for the purpose of access to childcare. In res (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 6, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Improving your safety during Covid-19
No-one was ready for Coronavirus. It’s exposed many fault lines in the way pharmacy is viewed by the NHS and patients. It’s also revealed the extraordinary dedication shown by pharmacists (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 5, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

BAME communities and Covid-19
There’s much work ongoing in the NHS and internationally around the increased risk of coronavirus in BAME communities. Our profession has a high representation of BAME colleagues, comprising 43 (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 5, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Additional Police Support for Community Pharmacies in Wales
Police forces in Wales will be contacting community pharmacies to reassure pharmacists and their teams about the support they can provide to protect staff and pharmacy premises. This is in response t (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacies as safe spaces from domestic abuse
Today we are supporting the launch of an initiative from UK SAYS NO MORE for pharmacies to create safe spaces for those experiencing domestic abuse. President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Sand (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 1, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

COVID-19: Urgent clarity sought on Welsh death in service scheme
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Wales has welcomed the Welsh Health and Social Care Minister’s oral statement to the Welsh Assembly that the COVID-19 Death in Service Scheme does apply (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 30, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS and BPSA welcome visa extensions for pharmacists
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and British Pharmaceutical Students' Association have welcomed news today that pharmacists from overseas will be granted an automatic, free extension to their visa (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 30, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS welcomes inclusion of pharmacists in death in service benefit
This morning the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP announced that pharmacists in England would now be included in the government’s new death in service benefit for he (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 30, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacists now included in death in service benefit
This morning the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP announced that pharmacists in England would now be included in the government’s new death in service benefit for he (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 30, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New legislation on controlled drugs supply during pandemic
Today the Government passed legislation which allows pharmacists to provide controlled drugs to patients who have previously been prescribed them, without the need for a new prescription. The legisla (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS calls on governments to provide death in service benefits to pharmacists
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is demanding urgent clarification from the Prime Minister and governments across Great Britain about the inclusion of pharmacy teams in their new death in service bene (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Governments must provide death in service benefits
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is demanding urgent clarification from the Prime Minister and governments across Great Britain about the inclusion of pharmacy teams in their new death in service bene (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

COVID19: Supporting unpaid carers to access medicines in Wales
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales has joined forces with Carers Trust Wales, Carers Wales, and Community Pharmacy Wales to help unpaid carers to overcome the practical challenges of accessing (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 29, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Remembering pharmacists who have died from coronavirus
On the day the NHS marked a one minute's silence for healthcare and key workers who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 outbreak, we remember three pharmacists who are known to have died fro (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 28, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Life assurance scheme must apply to all pharmacists, says RPS
The RPS has called for a new life assurance scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic to apply to all pharmacists. The scheme should extend to all health and care workers, but we’re concerned by medi (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 28, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Remembering pharmacists who have died
On the day the NHS marked a one minute's silence for healthcare and key workers who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 outbreak, we remember three pharmacists who are known to have died fro (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 28, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We welcome provisional pharmacist registration
Pre-reg pharmacists are understandably worried about their future careers. We’re really pleased that the GPhC have today announced that provisional registration of pre-reg pharmacists will begin (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 27, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS calls for action from Government on key policy asks
RPS President Sandra Gidley has written to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health Jo Churchill MP, highlighting how Government action on our key policy asks would make a real differenceto p (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 24, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Supporting the NHS with COVID-19 Critical Care Information
Pharmaceutical Press from The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is today announcing the release of essential drug information focussed on supporting those working in critical care through the COVID-19 cris (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 23, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS and BPSA call for pre-reg visa extension
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association have called for an extension of Tier 2 and 4 Visas for pre-registration pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 23, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacists ‘unable to maintain social distancing’ at work and risk infection
A new snapshot survey of pharmacists from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society shows that the majority of pharmacists are unable to maintain social distancing at work and one in three still can’t ge (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 22, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Covid-19: We talk to Sky News
Sky News interviewed RPS Director of Pharmacy Robbie Turner about how pharmacists and pharmacy teams are dealing with the pressures of the covid-19 pandemic, when it comes to their own safety. Robbie (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 21, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS welcomes access to COVID-19 testing in England
The RPS has welcomed the news that testing for COVID-19 testing will be made available to community pharmacy teams in England. Contractors have been sent details on how their staff can access testing (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 20, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Mental health support extended to pharmacy professionals in Wales
The Welsh Government has announced that during the COVID-19 pandemic,a free mental health support service will be extended to a wide range of front-line NHS staff, including pharmacy professionals. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England writes to Health Committee on pharmacy funding
ProfClaire Anderson, chair of the RPS in England, has written to the Health and Social Care Committee following today's session with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Prof Anders (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Ibuprofen; no evidence preventing use during COVID-19
The updated position from the National Health Services (NHS), Medicines& Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) confirms that pa (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 17, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Police advice on crime and security during COVID-19
The National Business Crime Centre, a UK organisation hosted within the Metropolitan Police Service, has published new security advice for pharmacies during COVID-19. This includes advice on security (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 16, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS calls for pre-reg pharmacists to be provisionally registered without delay
We are calling on the General Pharmaceutical Council to ensure pre-registration pharmacists are registered provisionally without delay, so they are not disadvantaged in their career and can start supp (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 16, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news