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NHSCB established

Posted: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The NHS Commissioning Board for England was formally established on 1st October 2012. It will continue the functions of the transitional NHS CB Authority (principally the authorisation of Clinical Commissioning Groups) and will assume full responsibilities from April 2013 when PCTs and Strategic Health Authorities are abolished.

CDs Accountable Officer consultation

Posted: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The Department of Health has published a consultation on changes to the Supervision and Management of Controlled Drugs Regulations 2006 in preparation for changes to NHS structures in England from April 2013. Consultation closes on 15th November 2012.

JSNA health and wellbeing consultation

Posted: Monday, August 13th, 2012

The DH has published a consultation on proposals for guidance on the development of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) which will inform the commissioning of health and public health at local level. The consultation closes on 28th September 2012

New pharmaceutical services regulations

Posted: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The DH has published the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012 SI No 1909 to come into force on 1st September. These replace the substantive 2005 regs and consolidate a number of later amendments. Future contracts will be awarded according to Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments apart from distance-selling (mail order, internet) pharmacies.

proposals to extend prescribing - physios and podiatrists

Posted: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The DH has announced proposals to extend prescribing rights to physiotherapists and podiatrists. Legislation is expected in autumn 2012 for implementation in autumn 2013.

Consolidated medicines regulations 2012

Posted: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The delayed draft consolidated medicines regulations 2012 are now out for statutory consultation. They are expected to come into force on 14th August 2012.

Consultation on access to new medicines

Posted: Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The MHRA has published a consultation (MLX 376) on proposals to introduce a scheme in the UK that will provide access to certain new medicines before they are licensed. Consultation closes on 5th October 2012.

Draft Assisted Dying Bill Consultation for E&W

Posted: Friday, July 6th, 2012

A draft assisted dying bill for England and Wales has been launched for consultation. It presents an assisted dying model which would allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults in the last weeks of their life the choice of controlling the manner and timing of their death. Consultation closes on 20th November 2012.

Summary responses to GPhC premises consultation

Posted: Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The GPhC has published a summary report of responses to its consultation on standards for pharmacy premises. The GPhC Council will consider the report in September 2012

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These news items are not exhaustive but are selected according to their relevance to pharmacy practice, NHS community pharmacy contracts and the regulation of the pharmacy profession. If you wish to add any items that you think we have missed, contact our news editor.