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  1. News Article
    Pharmacists will be allowed to write prescriptions under plans reportedly being considered by England's Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Mr Javid last month vowed the Government will "do a lot more" to ensure GPs see more patients face-to-face following complaints from the public. The proposals would see more prescriptions provided through pharmacies and hospitals for routine illnesses to allow doctors more time to see patients in person, according to The Sunday Times. GPs will also reportedly be able to pass off bureaucratic processes such as providing supporting medical evidence
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    Many patients are being prescribed unnecessary and even harmful treatments, a new report warns. The review, in England, suggests one-tenth of items dispensed by primary care are inappropriate or could be changed. Around 15% of people take five or more medicines a day - some are to deal with the side-effects of the others. The government is appointing a prescribing tsar to help with the issue and stop waste. Overprescribing can happen when: a better alternative is available but not given the medicine is appropriate for a condition but not the individual patient
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    Overprescribing can happen when: a better alternative is available but not given the medicine is appropriate for a condition but not the individual patient a condition changes and the medicine is no longer appropriate the patient no longer needs the medicine but continues to be prescribed it. This independent review was guided by a short life working group (SLWG), which brought together senior stakeholders from across the healthcare system, together with patient and third sector representation. It looked at reducing inappropriate prescribing, with a particular f
  4. Content Article
    'To support all prescribers in prescribing safely and effectively, a single prescribing competency framework was originally published by the National Prescribing Centre/National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2012. NICE and Health Education England approached the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to manage the update of the framework on behalf of all the prescribing professions in the UK. A Competency Framework for all Prescribers was first published by the RPS in July 2016. Going forward, the RPS will continue to maintain and publish this framework in collabora
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    This online event is an important update for prescribers, and for those who take prescribed medicines, on the RPS Prescribing Competency Framework. This framework was originally produced in by the National Prescribing Centre as a competency framework for all prescribers, and updated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in 2016. Join this event to: Hear about the changes to the RPS competency framework for all prescribers. Hear how others in pharmacy and other healthcare professions are using the framework. Ask questions to colleagues who were involved in upd
  6. Content Article
    Before the coronavirus pandemic, the nation was struggling with escalating drug overdose deaths. Now, there are some who are convinced that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to further increases in opioid overdoses. Public services were disrupted. Some treatment programmes had to restrict access, reduce staffing, and increase supply between limited provider visits. Many addicts are homeless and do not have Internet or telemedicine contact. Social distancing may have prevented some individuals from having anyone around to administer naloxone (Narcan, Evzio). Inadequate border restrictions have like
  7. Content Article
    "Several concerns have been raised about the risk of overdose and death from oral morphine sulphate solution over the past few years, but they have gone unheard." In light of coroners reports of deaths related to abuse, or accidental overuse of Oramorph or oral morphine sulphate solution. the author argues for increased regulation. Commenting: "In the absence of any action from ministers, it seems that healthcare professionals are going to have to take the care of vulnerable patients into their own hands." My reflections on this are: Is this a signal for increased regulation or
  8. Content Article
    Following incidents where bottles of liquefied phenol 80% were either confused with other medication or caused burns when spilt, this alert asks providers to eliminate its use and to follow professional guidance to use safer alternatives. Phenol, a caustic compound used for its antimicrobial, anaesthetic, and antipruritic properties, is highly toxic and corrosive. Liquefied phenol 80% can cause burns, severe tissue injury and is rapidly and well absorbed causing systemic toxicity. It is most commonly used in podiatry and orthopaedic foot surgery for destroying the nail matrix. Action
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    Join this one-hour session,with Bola Ruddock, Senior Project Manager in the Blueprinting Team at NHSx, to give an introduction to Blueprints. Jocelyn Palmer, Assistant Director of Programmes, NHSx will present on the 'What Good Looks Like' programme. What Good Looks Like (WGLL) is an NHSX led programme that aims to empower frontline leaders, so a CEO can see whether their organisation is doing everything it can to create a common vision for good digital practice across health and care. The ePrescribing masterclass series consists of a monthly webinar where NHS organisations can share
  10. Content Article
    My Dad was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer's when he was 57 years old. He's now 62. For the past 3 years he has been experiencing hallucinations of some kind. He’d often talk to ‘people’ who weren’t there, or go off and ‘play’ with them. We’d join in, to make Dad feel more comfortable. When he was living at home with us, we never flagged these symptoms to his GP. They didn't seem to cause Dad distress, and we knew it was a symptom of his Alzheimer's. But now he's in a care home and the staff are concerned that these hallucinations are causing him, and other residents, some distress.
  11. News Article
    Patients have come to avoidable harm after a large private provider failed to deliver thousands of medicine prescriptions, according to a report from the Care Quality Commission. Healthcare at Home, which is based in Staffordshire but provides NHS-funded care and medicine supplies to patients’ homes across the country, has been rated “inadequate” and placed in special measures. A report published today said inspectors found more than 10,000 patients missed a dose of their medicine between October and December 2020 due to problems caused by the introduction of a new information system
  12. Content Article
    Adrenal insufficiency (AI) is an uncommon but potentially life-threatening condition, where patients are unable to produce enough of the glucocorticoid, cortisol. Every practice will have patients with a known diagnosis of AI, such as those with Addison’s disease, congenital adrenal hyperplasia or hypothalamo-pituitary diseases. Patients who take oral, inhaled, injected or topical steroids for other medical conditions may develop adrenal insufficiency and become steroid dependent. Over a two-year period in England between July 2018 and July 2020, four deaths and four intensive care admiss
  13. Content Article
    This project was commissioned because of an issue with multiple medicines records being held by different agencies for local children with complex needs and at the end of life. The project was highly commended by NICE and a poster was presented at the NICE Annual Conference in 2015 (see poster below). This duplication of records was believed to be a major risk factor for medicines errors and a waste of clinical time. It also meant that parents needed to repeat information about their children’s medicines time and again, as they accessed services, including inpatient services, tertiary cen
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