Friday Letter 31/01/2020

Friday 30th January 2020

Invitation to PHE Mental Health Pharmacy Webinar

PHE are delivering a mental health webinar for pharmacy teams, this will focus on the Every Mind Matters campaign and Workplace Health.

Please see the following invitation for more details, and share with any pharmacy colleagues that you feel may be interested.

Mental Health Pharmacy Webinar

12:00 – 13:00, Wednesday 19th February 2020

Chaired by Gul Root, National Lead Pharmacy Public Health, PHE

Click here to book your place

RPS England Board meeting – January update

Please see the following update, published 31st January 2020, following the RPS English Board Meeting.

Leadership Training for Healthy Living Pharmacy

31 January 2020

RPS England Board meeting – January update

RPS England Board Chair Claire Anderson comments on the highlights of the January meeting:

“The Board discussed how RPS can support and engage with our members through what looks to be a year of change for pharmacy,  with the further roll-out of the community pharmacy contract, developing Primary Care Networks, and growing demand for pharmacists across the country.

“We welcomed the early uptake of the new Community Pharmacists Consultation Service and hope the NHS can build on this success to make the most of pharmacists’ clinical expertise to support patient care.

“Realising the ambitions of NHS Long-Term Plan will need health professionals with the right mix of skills, so it was great to hear about the huge amount the work RPS is doing this year on education, such as developing a Foundation Pharmacist curriculum, supporting quality assurance for consultant pharmacist posts, or working across the profession on education and training standards.

“We also discussed the initial survey results on workforce wellbeing, which underlined just how important it is that pharmacists get the help they need as we ask them to play a more clinical role in a changing NHS. We’ve committed to use the evidence from the survey to work with government, NHS and others across the profession so that pharmacists get equal access to support.”



Jonathan Bisby

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Digital ambitions for primary care shaped by ‘what works’ | Primary Care Commissioning

Please see the following Article from Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) published December 2019, which speaks about how the “digital first” approach  from NHSE/I will be guided by what works.

Click here for the full article

Upcoming pre-reg events

RPS are holding new dates in London for the popular pre-reg events.

Join this RPS course to:

  • Revise all the necessary topics for passing your exam
  • Sit a mini-mock exam, which you will be able to take home with you for further study
  • Take part in an in-depth feedback session with some of the best Pre-Reg tutors in the country

Please see the following Tweet for more details, and share with any colleagues that you believe may be interested in the upcoming opportunity.

Dates are also available in Manchester.

Feedback from past attendees:

Comments from last year’s revision course attendees:

“Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend at #rpsprereg19! Feeling more confident and now know what I need to work on for the Summer Assessment!! Would definitely recommend to future Pre-Registration Pharmacists!” Laura, Qualified Pharmacist

“It’s been a long and packed weekend but so useful, I’m so glad I booked this revision event! Highly recommended to all Pre-Reg students who want extra revision and exam training – thanks all the RPS tutors!” Ariana, Qualified Pharmacist

Leadership Training for Healthy Living Pharmacy

NPA are offering Leadership training for colleagues to complete in order to meet the requirements necessary to become a Healthy Living Pharmacy.

Member price £60 +VAT and Non-Member price £90 +VAT 

Upon completion a certificate is presented as evidence of meeting the PHE HLP Level 1 quality criteria in leadership training. This achievement forms part of one of the quality criteria required for Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS).

Wednesday 5th February 2020

1:30pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday 10th March 2020

1:30pm – 5:00pm  
St Albans:
Tuesday 17th March 2020

9:30am – 1:00pm

Click here to enrol

The ASK Workshop – suicide prevention training

Please see the following invitation to a number of ASK workshops, focusing on suicide prevention in children.

The ASK workshop: Assessing for Suicide in Kids

Various dates and Venues

Do you want to become aware of the ways children at risk of suicide communicate their need for help? Do you want to learn to recognise factors that may increase suicide risk and those that may mitigate it? Do you wish to understand and be able to meet common challenges in working with parents to facilitate safety. Participants of The “ASK” WorkshopTM leave better equipped to reduce the risk of suicide and enlist help for young children
We are pleased to announce the newly launched to the UK course ‘The ASK Workshop’. The one day course is targeted at local staff working with and caring for children age 5 – 15 years of age. Click on the link below to access further information and dates available to book. There are limitedFULLY FUNDED places available for staff working across North East London. Book early to avoid disappointment. Please click on the below link to view course dates and booking instructions:

Please note registration can only be completed via the link above and choosing the desired course dates. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact lead facilitator Sarah Tahsildar

January 2020 CPN published

PSNC has published the January 2020 edition of CPN magazine.

This edition includes the following features:

  • Information governance guidance
  • PSNC CEO Blog;
  • Pharmacy Advice Campaign returns; and
  • NHS prescription form changes

Click here to view the full magazine online

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