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06/12/2016 - Welsh Assembly Members told about work of RPS on anti-psychotic medication 

“I asked all bodies to step up – they absolutely did step up” the.....more 

30/11/2016 - Pharmacists demand radical reform of care for people with long term conditions 

Community pharmacists must be able to routinely prescribe medicines for people with long.....more 

25/11/2016 - RPS supports launch of major healthcare accreditation initiative 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is pleased to support the launch of a major health accreditation.....more 

17/11/2016 - RPS CEO Helen Gordon to leave in 2017 

Helen Gordon will leave the RPS next year to become the Chief Executive of The Royal Society.....more 

15/11/2016 - The Dangers of DIY Diagnosis 

Today the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has released the results of a national survey revealing.....more 

14/11/2016 - RPS talks to the media about point of care diagnostics 

NHS England have announced that Sore Throat Test and Treat, a walk-in community pharmacy.....more 

03/11/2016 - RPS launches GB wide campaign on long term conditions 

Today the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is launching a new .....more 

21/10/2016 - RPS Scotland at SNP conference 2016 

Earlier this year, RPS Scotland engaged with MSP candidates across all political parties.....more 

14/10/2016 - RPS appoints new Director for England 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is pleased to announce that the new Director for England.....more 

06/10/2016 - RPS Wales gives evidence to Welsh Health, Social Care and Sport Committee 

On September 29, RPS Wales gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly’s Health, Social Care.....more 

23/09/2016 - RPS in Scotland gives evidence to Scottish Parliament Health & Sport Committee  

Earlier this week, RPS in Scotland gave evidence to the Health and Sport Committee of the.....more 

08/09/2016 - RPS talks medicine prices with Radio 4 

Professor Jayne Lawrence has been interviewed on two successive days by .....more 

08/09/2016 - Pharmacy commitments in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government  

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, has launched her Government’s.....more 

05/09/2016 - Pharmacy Minister announces delay to community pharmacy reforms 

Pharmacy Minister David Mowat announced today in a speech at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s.....more 

05/09/2016 - NHS England sets out 7 day working for hospital pharmacists 

Today at the RPS Annual Conference NHS England launched their report “.....more 

02/09/2016 - Principles for future of primary care in Scotland set out by professions 

A collaborative consisting of RPS in Scotland and six other representative bodies involved.....more 

31/08/2016 - New opportunities for patients shown to Welsh Conservative Leader 

During a recent visit to the flagship Cardiff branch of Boots, Andrew RT Davies, Leader of.....more 

24/08/2016 - New PHE campaigns: Stoptober and Stay Well this Winter 

Stoptober Stoptober - the 28-day national stop smoking challenge.....more 

21/07/2016 - Members’ views sought on Health & Sport Committee programme themes 

The Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee has announced its work programme.....more 

21/07/2016 - Local MSPs supporting regional finalists in I Love My Pharmacist 

Regional finalists in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I Love My Pharmacist Award,.....more 

20/07/2016 - RPS makes recommendations for user requirement specifications for FMD 

The European Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) was finalised in January 2013 and adopted.....more 

20/07/2016 - RPS in Scotland highlights concerns with proposed No Blame re-dress scheme  

RPS in Scotland has provided the Scottish Government with its views on the.....more 

19/07/2016 - Martin Astbury FRPharmS elected RPS President  

Mr Martin Astbury FRPharmS was elected President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society today,.....more 

18/07/2016 - Pharmacy quality road shows coming to Scotland 

We are pleased to announce that we have committed with the Department of Health and the Scottish.....more 

15/07/2016 - Jenny Gilruth MSP visits I Love My Pharmacist Regional Finalist Bernadette Brown 

Bernadette Brown, 51, local community pharmacist in Glenrothes and regional finalist for.....more 

15/07/2016 - Alex Cole-Hamilton visits I Love My Pharmacist regional finalist Sally Arnison  

Sally Arnison, 43, local community pharmacist in Barnton and regional finalist for the Royal.....more 

14/07/2016 - RPS calls for legislation to increase number of prescribing mentors 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has today published the new, updated single .....more 

14/07/2016 - New Be Clear on Cancer campaign starts today 

Today Public Health England have launched a .....more 

27/06/2016 - Process for choosing the RPS President 

Some members have asked for clarification of the process for choosing the President of.....more 

23/06/2016 - Update: English Pharmacy Board meeting 23 June 

The English Pharmacy Board (EPB) has re-elected Sandra Gidley as Board Chair and Professor.....more 

20/06/2016 - Join in with the new Be Clear on Cancer campaign 

From 14 July-16 October 2016, Public Health England will launch the next national Be Clear.....more 

16/06/2016 - RPS encourages GPhC to move from words to action on work place pressures 

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) have recently announced their intention to work.....more 

14/06/2016 - Disclosure of payments to pharmacists by pharmaceutical companies 

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) will be launching a.....more 

08/06/2016 - Reduction in smoking welcomed by RPS Wales but concerns remain on E-cigarettes 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales (RPS Wales) has welcomed news that the number of.....more 

25/05/2016 - Scottish Government to explore extension of eMAS 

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, delivered a statement.....more 

24/05/2016 - Assembly Member for North Wales visits Community Pharmacy 

Llyr Huws Griffiths, Plaid Cymru’s Assembly Member for North Wales Region recently.....more 

19/05/2016 - RPS Chief Scientist responds to antibiotic resistance report 

Today Lord Jim O’Neill’s final report on antibiotic resistance is published......more 

17/05/2016 - Channel 5 News talks to RPS about NHS workforce report 

A new report from the Nuffield Trust health think-tank today urges the NHS to equip pharmacists,.....more 

09/05/2016 - RPS Wales welcomes appointment of Chief Medical Officer 

The Welsh Government has announced that Dr Frank Atherton has been appointed Wales’.....more 

03/05/2016 - Cardiff Central Assembly Candidate visits local pharmacy  

Jenny Rathbone, Welsh Labour candidate for the Cardiff Central constituency, has been hearing.....more 

29/04/2016 - Prescription for Excellence Innovation and Technology Capital Grant opportunity  

Applications are open from Tuesday 2 May for Innovation and Technology Capital Grant funding.....more 

29/04/2016 - Assembly Candidate hears how pharmacy can be the first port of call for patients 

Jayne Bryant, Labour candidate for the Newport West Constituency has been hearing about how.....more 

28/04/2016 - MSP Candidate Jenny Marra hears about crucial role of community pharmacists 

Jenny Marra, former Labour MSP for North East Scotland and Labour 2016 MSP Candidate for.....more 

22/04/2016 - AM Candidate John Griffiths visits Newport Pharmacy 

Assembly Member and candidate for Newport East, John Griffiths, has visited Martin Davies.....more 

20/04/2016 - Changes to community pharmacy in England raised at PMQs 

Today at Prime Minister's Questions, a question was asked relating the recent Government.....more 

19/04/2016 - Stewart Stevenson, MSP Candidate, visits a community pharmacy in Cullen 

We recently visited Cullen Pharmacy with MSP Candidate Stewart Stevenson. The pharmacy team,.....more 

18/04/2016 - Apply now for the 2016 Royal Pharmaceutical Society Science Award 

Applications are invited for the 2016 Royal Pharmaceutical Society Science Award. The.....more 

15/04/2016 - Community pharmacy featured on BBC1's The One Show 

A snapshot of the country's only 24 hour pharmacy has featured in BBC1’s The.....more 

13/04/2016 - Opportunities for patients outlined to Llanelli Assembly Candidate 

Helen Mary Jones, Plaid Cymru candidate for Llanelli, has been finding out how constituents.....more 

13/04/2016 - BBC South Today talks pharmacy cuts 

RPS English Board Chair Sandra Gidley has been interviewed by BBC South Today for her view.....more 

04/04/2016 - MP & AM Candidate learn of the benefits of Pharmacy 

Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru MP for Camarthen East and Dinefwr and Adam Price, Plaid Cymru’s.....more 

31/03/2016 - MSP Candidate Bob Doris signs RPS manifesto pledge at Sighthill pharmacy visit 

Former MSP and candidate for Maryhill and Springburn, Bob Doris, has visited Sighthill.....more 

24/03/2016 - RPS in Scotland welcomes funding for new model of primary care test pilot 

NHS Lanarkshire has received Scottish Government funding to test a new model of primary care......more 

24/03/2016 - RPS Scotland welcomes £6.6M funding for pharmacists working with GP practices 

The Scotttish Government has advised that it has allocated its second allocation of funding.....more 

23/03/2016 - MSPs and candidates sign manifesto pledge 

The RPS Scotland manifesto pledge has.....more 

23/03/2016 - Health Secretary sees benefits of access to patient record at pharmacy visit 

Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison MSP, visited Davidson’s.....more 

21/03/2016 - Minister for Housing & Welfare and MSP Candidate see benefits of pharmacy 

The Minister for Housing & Welfare, Margaret Burgess MSP, and Ruth Maguire, Irvine.....more 

18/03/2016 - RPS Wales responds to fall of Public Health Bill 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Welsh Pharmacy Board are extremely disappointed that.....more 

13/03/2016 - Local MP sees value of hospital pharmacists 

Alan Mak, MP for Havant, visited the Pharmacy Department of the Queen Alexandra Hospital.....more 

10/03/2016 - RPS in Scotland provides evidence to Finance Committee on Prevention  

We were pleased to give evidence to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament earlier.....more 

01/03/2016 - RPS Wales launch care home policy 

RPS Wales today launched its care home policy, Improving.....more 

26/02/2016 - Pharmacy Minister Alistair Burt MP speaks about the future for pharmacy  

Here is the full speech given by Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Community and.....more 

24/02/2016 - RPS care homes letter in The Times 

Today The Times has published a letter from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society co-signed by.....more 

23/02/2016 - Having pharmacists in care homes could save the NHS £135 million a year 

The NHS could save £135 million a year through the widespread introduction of a pharmacist.....more 

17/02/2016 - Read key points from our response to the community pharmacy reforms consultation 

We’ve responded to the Department of Health’s consultation on ‘Community.....more 

16/02/2016 - RPS in Scotland launches Advocacy Toolkit 

RPS in Scotland has published a Local Advocacy.....more 

16/02/2016 - MP "very interested" in GP and pharmacist pilot delivering for elderly patients 

After a briefing in Westminster, Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, accepted an offer.....more 

08/02/2016 - MP vows to help pharmacy in Parliament after constituency visit 

Peter Dowd is the MP for Bootle and one of the 2015 intake of Labour MPs. Previously he has.....more 

27/01/2016 - RPS talks to the BBC about cuts to funding for community pharmacy 

Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's English Pharmacy Board Sandra.....more 

21/01/2016 - Older People’s Commissioner for Wales references RPS to H&SCC 

During a hearing of the Welsh Assembly Health and Social Care Committee on Tuesday,.....more 

21/01/2016 - RPS in Scotland launches manifesto 

Yesterday the RPS in Scotland had its official launch for its 2016 manifesto......more 

20/01/2016 - RPS in Scotland makes recommendations for 2016 election 

"Resource and empower pharmacists to provide more patient care", urges.....more 

14/01/2016 - WPB Member highlights pharmacy innovation to North Wales politician 

At a recent visit to the Penrhyn Bay Medical Centre in Llandudno, Janet Finch-Saunders, Conservative.....more 

12/01/2016 - "Extremely positive" LPF event in Parliament gains cross party interest 

An event on Wednesday, 6th January provided London pharmacists with an opportunity to engage.....more