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3 - 4 September 2017, The Vox Birmingham

Dear Affiliated Partner colleagues,

Please see below invitation to the RPS Annual Conference 2017. We would be delighted if you could join us for the event.


3 - 4 September 2017, The VOX Birmingham

Is the Future Clinical?

Each year more than 500 attendees across every sector gather to network, influence, share insights and knowledge.

You will hear from senior clinical pharmacists about the diseases, conditions and drugs that are impacting the profession right now and in the future, such as diabetes, dementia, obesity and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the future use of biologicals. You will learn how to respond to the increasing burden with innovative models of care.


This year the workforce and career development stream will help you look at new, alternative and emerging careers. Speakers will include pharmacy professionals from the pharmaceutical industry, prisons, A&E, care homes and GP Practice.

Find out more about our streams and sessions.

Chair: Paul Bennett FRPharmS, Chief Executive, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Don’t miss out on your early bird offer Book before 28 June and get up to £95 off.


3 - 4 September 2017, The Vox Birmingham

The RPS Annual Conference is the highlight of the pharmacy calendar in the UK.

Each year more than 500 attendees across every sector gather to network, influence, share insights and knowledge. Hosted in a brand new location, this year’s Annual Conference spans two days, four streams, and countless opportunities. Find out more about our streams and sessions:



How could a greater focus on nutrition improve the care of frail older people?  
Tuesday 20 June 2017, 10.30am-11.15am

Finding better ways to care for the growing number of older people is a key challenge for the health service. Reducing the proportion of those who become frail will be crucial, and will involve a multi-faceted approach to bolstering wellbeing.

This webinar – run in association with Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition – will bring together a small group of experts to discuss how an increased focus on nutrition could improve the care of frail older people, leading to financial efficiencies and improved patient outcomes. Specific questions for discussion are likely to include:

  • What are the challenges in identifying individuals at risk of malnutrition? How can these be addressed, and nutritional status reliably communicated?
  • Can the introduction of practice-based pharmacists bolster nutritional support in primary care?
  • How can secondary care make nutrition an essential part of discharge planning? What might be the advantages of so doing?





Thank you to all who took part. It was a hugely successful, informative and interesting discussion. 

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Board Elections 2017  27th April  



Acute Illness Course for Clinical Pharmacists Luton, 4-6 September 2017

In 2016 NMIC was commissioned by CPPE to develop a bespoke course called "Acute Illness in Primary Care" for clinical pharmacists on the national GPPTP pathway. We can now offer this course to independent self-funding clinical pharmacists. This is a three day face to face course, taught by two very experienced GP’s who are the national experts on minor illness.

The cost (£520) includes lunches, cake and refreshments, a USB stick with course handouts and resources, access to online modules and a copy of our NMIC textbook The Minor Illness Manual (fourth edition). Students will also receive a voucher giving them six months' access to the members' section of our website, with email alerts to any important changes in guidance.

After completing this face to face course you would be eligible to apply to study remotely for the NMIC Diploma, in order to obtain a certificate of competence.

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  Quality for patients: Pharmacy practice now and in the future

Registration is now open for the Quality for patients: Pharmacy practice now and in the future conference hosted by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer of NHS England. The conference is aimed at pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from all sectors and gives an opportunity to discuss how we can work together and more closely with the healthcare system to provide a better service to patients.

22 March 2017, 10.30 – 4.30 (registration opens 10am) Venue: Amba Hotel Marble Arch, Bryanston Street, London W1H 7EH.

You can book your place online.

You will need to choose one workshop to attend in the afternoon. Details are included in the attached agenda.

Please note -  we have set aside some funding for early career pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to help them attend the conference. The criteria for receiving the grant is that you are an early career pharmacist from any sector. Early career is defined as pharmacists who have qualified within the last 6 years. Travel and subsistence costs of up to £100 can be claimed back. For more details please email joanne.coleman6@nhs.net




British Pharmacological Society and the British & Irish Hypertension Society

 One-day workshop in Brighton on 30 March 2017 on

"Training for prescribers... Putting prescribing into practice"?

All medical and non-medical prescribers are welcome to this workshop, which will feature talks from expert speakers and a chance to sit the interactive Prescribing Safety Assessment:-

Prescribing Safety Assesment link

A flyer about the workshop is attached. The latest details and registration are available online at www.bps.ac.uk/training-for-prescribers


REGISTER NOW for FREE TARGET antibiotic webinar series and gain 7 hours of CPD

Every healthcare professional has a role to support and improve antimicrobial stewardship, wherever they practice, and the content of these webinars is suitable for all clinicians in all areas of practice – we all rely on primary care services to deliver effective and safe patient care.

Public Health England (PHE) and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) have worked with primary care colleagues to develop a series of 7 free TARGET antibiotics webinars highlighting key easy actions you can take to help improve you antibiotic prescribing, and at the same time improve the patient experience and their self-care, therefore freeing up your time.

Webinar 1 2nd November 2016  - Introductory Case studies

Webinar 2 9th November 2016  - Assessing the Need for Antibiotics

Webinar 3 16th November 2016 – Managing Patient Expectations

Webinar 4 23rd November 2016 – Back-Up Prescriptions

Webinar 5 30th November 2016 – Prescribing in UTI’s

Webinar 6 7th December 2016 – Antibiotics in Children

Webinar 7 14th December 2016 – Common Practice approach

Registration for the webinars is open NOW and all primary care healthcare professionals are encouraged to register at www.TARGET-webinars.com



Pharmacist prescribers: Exploring how pharmacist prescribers can and do work in practice. 14 December 16, RPS, London

Target audience/sectors: Pharmacists working in all sectors who are existing prescribers or with an interest in understanding the opportunities offered by becoming a prescriber.

Overview of the day: The day will provide a strategic overview of how the NHS is incorporating pharmacist prescribers into patient pathways and the opportunities that this presents. We will hear from pharmacist prescribers who are working in different settings including, community pharmacy, care homes, hospitals, general practices and across primary and secondary care. An afternoon workshop will allow delegates time to discuss the barriers to pharmacists becoming prescribers both personal and system wide that can be explored in a Q&A session with expert panellists. The day will close by introducing the updated competency framework for prescribers and highlighting how it can be used to help prescribers develop and maintain their competencies.
Learning outcomes:
  • To reach a greater understanding of the current and emerging opportunities for pharmacist prescribers as new models of care develop
  • To participate in debates about issues affecting pharmacist prescribers and how more pharmacists can be encouraged to become prescribers
  • Understanding changes to the updated competency framework for prescribers and how it can be used to support the development and maintenance of prescribing competencies
There is a fee for this study day which has been discounted to PCPA members. For full details or to apply please use this link  



Bradford University School of Pharmacy Foundations in Primary care Pharmacy

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce a series of study days we are running this autumn at Bradford University. Unfortunately by the time you receive this email the first date will be gone but we can re-run this later for those that are interested. Days 2,3 and 4 are designed to provide more practical skills and knowledge for pharmacists new to general practice or those who want an update. Teaching is provided by experienced practitioners with a focus on group work.

The attached flyer provides guidance on whom to contact if interested in sending your staff. Please ffel free to forward this email to anybody you think may be interested.

Kind Regards

Duncan Petty

Bradford Univeristy School of Pharmacy




Survey for Seven Day NHS 

UKCPA Events May -July 2016

Regional Nutrition Event Birmingham July 26th 



We are delighted to provide information on forthcoming UKCPA Events (plus web links), taking place in May - July 2016.  UKCPA events are suitable for primary care, community and hospital pharmacists, as well as other healthcare professionals.


17th May
Renal replacement in ICU
Edinburgh Video Link – Spaces still available!
Full programme available here RRT in ICU Masterclass Programme
RPS, East Smithfield, London, with video link to RPS, Edinburgh - - http://www.rpharms.com/header/contact-us.asp
Please note: All speakers will be in London with a video link to Edinburgh.  There will be a UKCPA pharmacy expert facilitating in Edinburgh.

17th May

UKCPA/JOMO National Conference for Diabetes Medicines Optimisation
More details available here
Please note: The UKCPA is not taking bookings for this event.  Information on how to book can be found here: http://www.pharman.co.uk/events/2016/5/mo-manchester.

7th June

e-prescribing – Using Systems to Support Care & Optimise Medicines
Full programme available here: ePrescribing Masterclass programme
RPS, East Smithfield, London

16th June

Anticoagulation in the Community
To view the information flyer, please click here
Crowne Plaza, Birmingham

17th June
Gastroenterology Advanced Practitioner Meeting
Full programme available here: Gastroenterology for the Advanced Practitioner
RPS, East Smithfield, London

1st July

New developments in Women’s Health
Full programme available here:  Women’s Health Masterclass Programme
The Studio, Birmingham

The UKCPA is an accredited RPS Faculty and Foundation training provider. Achieving accreditation status from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is an external recognition of the high quality education and training that we provide to the pharmacy workforce, notably through our conferences and masterclasses.

The UKCPA utilises the skills and knowledge of experienced pharmacists and healthcare professionals to provide training in its popular workshop-based style and deliver key presentations on new developments and guidelines within the profession.

For further details, please direct enquirers to the events page of the UKCPA website: http://www.ukcpa.net/events, where an online registration is accessible, or to call 0116 2714894 and ask for Sharon Cherry.



Regional Nutrition Event Birmingham July 26th