RPS to shape pharmacists of tomorrow with Northern Ireland Foundation training contract
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has been awarded a new contract to deliver clinical training and registration assessment support for Foundation Trainee Pharmacists, formerly Pre-Registration Trainees (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 24, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

National Pharmacy Boards – June update
The joint June meeting of the RPS national Pharmacy Boards involved wide ranging discussions about the profession. Key issues covered included medicines and sustainability, the expanding role of pharm (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 24, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New RPS national Pharmacy Board election results announced
Elections have taken place for positions on the three national Pharmacy Boards today. The newly elected members will take up the positions immediately. For the English Pharmacy Board, Thorrun Govind (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS responds to Government consultation on regulator powers
The Government have consulted on the reform of regulators that oversee professionals working in health and social care. We support many of the proposals, which will provide greater transparency and e (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Bristol Laboratories Limited, Brown & Burk UK Ltd, Teva UK Ltd, Irbesartan-containing and Losartan-containing products
Specific batches of products supplied by Bristol Laboratories Limited, Brown& Burk UK Limited and Teva UK Limited are being recalled due to presence of a mutagenic impurity. Further information (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacy can help reduce drug harms and deaths
We have published a policy document on pharmacy’s role in reducing drug harms and preventing drug deaths in Scotland. The report highlights areas where pharmacy can contribute effectively to the (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

National Patient Safety Alert: Class 1 Medicines Recall Notification: Recall of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets
Zentiva Pharma UK Limited is recalling a batch of Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets as a precautionary measure due to an issue with the homogeneity of the batch. This issue means that there is th (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Hundreds sign Inclusion and Wellbeing Pledge in first week
The RPS Inclusion and Wellbeing Pledge is a serious commitment to be inclusive, celebrate diversity, create a culture of belonging, and support pharmacy teams’ health and wellbeing. Since it wa (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 16, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NHS England sends letter to women and girls taking sodium valproate
NHS England has sent a letter to women and girls aged 12-55 years of age who are currently prescribed sodium valproate. Itcontains important reminders of safety considerations, including around contra (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Confirmation of flu vaccination training for 2021-2022
PSNC has confirmed thatthe normal training requirements for pharmacists providing the flu vaccination service are being reinstated for the 2021/22 season. PSNC has statedthat pharmacists will be expe (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Further funding and support for PCN and Community Pharmacy-led COVID-19 vaccination sites
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has issued a letter regarding further funding and support for PCN and Community Pharmacy-led COVID-19 vaccination sites. The letter outlines further action (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS Scotland welcomes new Fellows
RPS Scotland is delighted that seven pharmacists in Scotland received Fellowships this month. Clare Morrison, Director for Scotland, said:“Each member has made a significant contribution to the (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Personal protective equipment and heat: risk of heat stress
Public Health England (PHE) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued guidance aroundPersonal protective equipment(PPE) and heat. Wearing PPE in warm/hot environments increases the risk of hea (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 9, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Sign our Inclusion and Wellbeing Pledge
Everyone in pharmacy should be able to work in a culture that has fairness at its core. A place where diversity is respected and wellbeing prioritised. Without exception. We've created the RPS In (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 9, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Health Committee report calls for action on burnout
The Health and Social Care Committee has today published a report on Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care. It highlights manyissues around burnout and wellbeing support that we (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Share your views on women ’s health with us
RPS Scotland is currently developing a position statement on pharmacy’s role in supporting and improving women’s health. This will include both the roles that pharmacy teams should play, a (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS calls for increased COVID-19 protection for health workers
Representatives from the RPS and over 20 professional bodies and health organisations have met with the Government and NHS to call for increased COVID-19 protection for health workers. In a meeting o (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New RPS Fellows 2021
The RPS Panel of Fellows has designated the following 22 members as Fellows of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for Distinction in the Profession of Pharmacy:· Alison Margaret Astles&middot (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 3, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Celebrating the history of pharmacy in Scotland
RPS is planning a new museum display at its Scottish Office in Edinburgh, which will be re-opened when Covid restrictions allow. The new display will be a celebration of the history of pharmacy in Sc (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 3, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS and APTUK joint statement on pharmacy technician membership
The RPS and APTUK are proud to represent and lead our respective unique professions. Every day, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians improve care for patients and ensure the safe and effective use of (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 2, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Reducing harms from drug use
RPS Scotland has welcomed the publication of the new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) standards. These standards will help deliver person-centred care by promoting a holistic approach and improving (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Social media blackout 28-31 June
RPS stands with our members and colleagues in the health sector in challenging racism, harassment and abuse online. As part of our continuing commitment to be an anti-racist organisation, we are taki (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Social media boycott 28-31 June
RPS stands with our members and colleagues in the health sector in challenging racism, harassment and abuse online. As part of our continuing commitment to be an anti-racist organisation, we are taki (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Chairs appointed to new RPS Expert Advisory Groups
(L-R, Anne Thomson, Janice Perkins and Darren Powell) RPS has recruited members to Chair each of its three new Expert Advisory Groups on Digital Pharmacy, Primary Care Pharmacy and Community Pharmacy (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS England comments on select committee hearing
Responding to today’s select committee session on coronavirus: lessons learnt, RPS England Chair Claire Anderson said:“Pharmacists have been on the frontline of COVID-19 and it’s v (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 26, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NHS and social care financial recognition scheme: guidance for primary care workers in Wales
The Welsh Government has issued guidance for primary care workers on the NHS and social care financial recognition scheme in Wales. Further details can be found on the Welsh Government website. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 24, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Our new strategy 2021-2026
We've publisheda new five-year strategy outlining our ambitions for 2021-2026. It's the outcome of the RPS Assembly’s consideration of theopportunities and challenges facing RPS. The st (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 24, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Network with others through RPS Connect
RPS Connect is a brand new digital service for members coming later this year providing you with opportunities to grow your professional network. Professional isolation is a big issue for the pharmac (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 3 Medicines Recall: Advanz Pharma, Carbimazole 10mg and 15mg tablets
Advanz Pharmahas informed the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) that it is recalling batches of carbimazole tablets due to an out of specification observation for tablet appea (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

The Queen congratulates RPS on 180th anniversary
Today the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is marking its 180year anniversary. Leading the celebrations, RPS President Sandra Gidley said:“This is a very special year for the Royal Pharmaceutical S (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 20, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Dr Rose Marie Parr wins RPS Charter Award
Dr Rose Marie Parr, a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has been presented with the RPS Charter Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the profession. The Charter Award (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We talk to Sky News about transmission of new variants of Covid-19
RPS spokesperson and member of the English Pharmacy Board Dr Mahendra Patel has talked to Sky News about how and why Covid-19 variants can be transmitted. He stressed that working at local level thro (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We talk to Sky News about transmission of new variants of COVID-19
RPS spokesperson and member of the English Pharmacy Board Dr Mahendra Patel has talked to Sky News about how and why COVID-19 variants can be transmitted. He stressed that working at local level thro (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Join our 180th anniversary celebrations
This year we are marking our 180 yearanniversary and we’re inviting you to join in our celebrations on 20May. We’ve been championing pharmacists and pharmacy since 1841 and are hugely pro (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 medicines recall: Bricanyl Injection 0.5 mg/ml solution for injection or infusion
AstraZeneca UK Limited has informed the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) that it is recalling one batch of Bricanyl Injection 0.5 mg/ml solution for injection or infusion as (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Results of RPS National Pharmacy Board elections 2021
Commenting on the results of the elections to the three RPS national Pharmacy Boards, RPS Chief Executive Paul Bennett said:“We’ve seen a record number of candidates in this year’s (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 14, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We call for changes to research on controlled drugs
We’ve responded to an Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) consultation regarding the legal constraints on researching controlled drugs. In the response, we call for barriers that res (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 13, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS in England comments on NHS legislation
Commenting on the forthcoming Health and Care Bill announced in today’s Queen’s Speech,Chair of RPS in England Professor Claire Anderson said:“Health leaders have long called for g (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 11, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Statement on employment tribunal
As a result of recent social media activity, RPS members and employees may be aware of an Employment Tribunal claim against RPS. We will always endeavour to resolve issues amicably but where these ar (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS calls for validation process in private COVID-19 testing
We are calling for a validation process for private COVID-19 tests before they are made available to purchase, so they undergo quality and accuracy checks to ensure they meet all safety requirements. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We call for funding to make pharmacy fit for the future
Commenting on the London School of Economics-Lancet Commission on the future of the NHS, RPS President Sandra Gidley said:“We are pleased to see the Commission agrees with many of our own reco (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 7, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Assessment results success
Today, 2,666 pre-registration pharmacists received the results of their registration assessment with a pass rate of 88.2%. Congratulations to everyone who's passed the assessment this year. This (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 29, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

MPs and peers show support for pharmacy
MPs and peers today voiced their support for pharmacists and pharmacy teams at a virtual meeting of the All-Party Pharmacy Group. Pharmacy APPG chair Jackie Doyle-Price MP was joined by Parliamentari (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 28, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

We call for increase in pharmacist independent prescribers
We have made three core recommendations to support the increased use of pharmacist independent prescribers  (PIPs) over the next decade. As medication regimes become more specialised and complex, the (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Help shape our GP Practice Vision for Pharmacy 2030
RPS Scotland is seeking views on the next phase in its vision for pharmacy in 2030 series, which is being developed in partnership with the profession. We are seeking pharmacists and pharmacy team me (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 27, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Additional wellbeing support services for pharmacy teams in England
Pharmacists and their teams in England can now access greater support for their mental health, following additional measures made by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I). New local mental hea (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 26, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Maximising value from our properties
Like many organisations we are re-evaluating the use of our office space. The pandemic has proved we can work remotely in different ways and continue to be efficient and effective in providing service (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 26, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

RPS launch Royal Colleges medicine safety webinar series
We'recollaborating with a group of Royal Colleges to bring a series of educational webinars for its members, focusing on the safer use of medicines. The group, which also includes the Royal Colle (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 23, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Ennogen Pharma Limited, Trimethoprim 200mg Tablets
Ennogen Pharma Limited are recalling an affected batch of Trimethoprim 200mg Tablets as a precautionary measure due to the observation of a foreign tablet, which is identified as Trimethoprim 100mg Ta (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacist Sana Masood dies from COVID-19
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is deeply saddened to hear of the death of pharmacist Sana Masood from COVID-19. Sana worked at Neil’s Pharmacy in Prescot, Liverpool and died on 1 April aged 3 (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 22, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news