The Pharmacy First service became available from community pharmacies in England from January 31, 2024. It allows pharmacy teams to complete episodes of care including provision of advice and NHS funded treatment where appropriate for seven common conditions. Use this toolkit as your indispensable service implementation guide. Compiled by Patrick Grice.
17 Feb 2024 , 25 Min Article
Welcome to our CPD module series for community pharmacy technicians. Written in conjunction with the Pharmacy Magazine CPD series, it will mirror the magazine’s programme throughout the year. The series has been designed for you to use as part of your continuing professional development. Reflective exercises have been included to help you put your learning into practice.
12 Feb 2024 , 10 Min Article
This CPD module is the latest in our series designed to support pharmacists in delivering the Pharmacy First service in England. It covers assessment and clinical decision-making regarding acute sore throat. After completing it you will be able to conduct a simple examination of the throat; know which conditions and red flags require referral; and use a clinical scoring system to assess the likelihood of bacterial infection.
17 Jan 2024 , 30 Min Article
Does the repurposing of incretin-based therapies as anti-obesity agents warrant all the hype? And can the NHS deliver such medications equitably, safely and sustainably, given the recent problems with shortages as demand soars?
04 Oct 2023 , 1 Min Article
Last-minute changes to the Covid and flu vaccination schedules were so exasperating, they led to Community Pharmacy England describing the situation as shambolic. So what happened and why?
18 Sep 2023 , 3 Min Article
Helping pregnant women every step of the way
18 Sep 2023 , 1 Min Article
Community pharmacists have plenty of experience diagnosing and offering treatment advice for common dermatological disorders such as eczema and acne – but what about some of the more unusual skin conditions that may be seen less frequently?
13 Sep 2023 , 8 Min Article
Scenario: Jane Morris, a 71-year-old regular patient, has been bothered with generalised itchy skin for the past two to three months, which is causing sleeping difficulties. The itching started on her return from an extended break in Spain. She takes atorvastatin for hyperlipidaemia and seems to have a residual tan from her holiday. What do you advise?
13 Sep 2023 , 5 Min Article