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“All Trials” campaign

Posted: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The "All Trials" campaign, a public petition promoting the publication of all clinical trial results, has been receiving increasing support, with GSK being one of the latest major supporters. For a comprehensive list of the supporters to date, please click here. As detailed on the “All trials” campaign website, the campaign is an initiative of Sense About Science, Bad Science, the BMJ, the James Lind Initiative, the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, as well as others from research, patient groups and medicine. The driver for the campaign stems from the fact that “around half of all clinical trials have not been published; some trials have not even been registered”. The petition goes on to say that “if action is not taken urgently, information on what was done and what was found in trials could be lost forever, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated unnecessarily”.

Your chance to judge a student essay

Posted: Monday, February 18th, 2013

Cathal Gallagher, a PLEA member and academic at the University of Hertfordshire, is asking for volunteers to help judge the entries for the 2012/13 PLEA student essay award. He has reduced entries to a short list of 20 and needs PLEA members who are willing to judge up to three essays each.They are typically around 1-2,000 words and are all pretty good. They are anonymised and come with a clear marking grid. All each judge will have to do is give a mark and rank their essays from 1 to 3. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage students in law and ethics, as well as raising the profile of PLEA. The essays will be available from week beginning 25th February with three weeks for marking.

Could this be you? If so, email Cathal direct on straightaway!

NHS Procurement Regulations laid

Posted: Friday, February 15th, 2013

The NHS (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) Regulations have been laid and come into force on 1st April 2013. They are intended to ensure that Commissioner's decisions on buying clinical services are transparent and fair. Explanatory notes to the Regulations have also been published.

Academic meeting -date change

Posted: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Due to a date clash, our academic seminar is now on Tuesday 2nd July at the University of Nottingham, not the 3rd July. We aim to cover the GPhC requirements regarding the Code of Conduct for students and School of Pharmacy Fitness to Practise procedures.

10th ed Dale and Appelbe due end May 2013

Posted: Sunday, January 6th, 2013

The 10th edition of Dale and Appelbe is due to be published at the end of May 2013. To reflect the revised content, it will be called Pharmacy and Medicines Law. It will be published by Pharmaceutical Press, London.

PLEA members on GPhC accreditation panels

Posted: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

The GPhC has recently recruited new members to their accreditation panels and we are delighted to see two PLEA members, Sandra Hall and Karen Pitchford, amongst their number. Two other PLEA members, Angela Alexander and Gillian Hawksworth, are already on these accreditation panels. An appreciation of administrative law and judicial process is needed for these important roles and membership of PLEA could provide a forum for questions and debate. 

Mostly for PLEA academic members

Posted: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

PLEA has been invited to hold a study day on the pharmacy student code of conduct and fitness to practise procedures that must now operate in all Schools of Pharmacy. The date will be Wednesday 3rd July 2013 at the University of Nottingham. Further details will follow but for now put the date in your diary, tell your colleagues and invite them to join PLEA!

Pharmacy law/ethics PhD studentship now available

Posted: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

PLEA members may wish to know:

MPhil/PhD Studentship in Pharmacy Law/Ethics (for February 2013 entry)

Department of Pharmacy
University of Hertfordshire
Applications are invited from candidates with a good first degree in law, philosophy & ethics, pharmacy, social sciences or other relevant disciplines to join a research project investigating moral distress in pharmacists.
The successful candidate will be eligible for a research studentship award from the university (approx. £13,590 per annum tax-free bursary, plus the payment of the standard UK student fees). Applicants from outside the UK/EU are ineligible for the studentship.
Research in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent by the latest Research Assessment Exercise, with 35% of the research submitted being rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The department provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialised and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training opportunities. The University of Hertfordshire is located in Hatfield, just north of London.
Further information and an application form can be obtained from Dr Cathal Gallagher, Principal Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, Tel: 01707 285075, email:

Interviews are expected to be held during January 2013, with the successful candidate beginning as soon as possible thereafter.

NHS Outcomes Framework 2013 - 2014

Posted: Thursday, November 15th, 2012

On 13 November 2012, the Department of Health published its NHS Outcomes Framework 2013- 2014. This details the outcomes and their corresponding indicators which will reflect improvements made during that period. The Department of Health aims to improve health and reduce health inequalities by focusing on the framework detailed in the news item below. The framework document states that the main objectives are to (i) provide a national level overview of how well the NHS is performing: (ii) provide an accountability mechanism between the Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Commissioning Board for the effective spend of circa £95 billion of public money and (iii) act as a catalyst for driving up quality throughout the NHS by encouraging a change in culture and behaviour

NHS Mandate

Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

On 13 November 2012, the first Mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board was published. The Mandate “sets out the objectives for the NHS and highlights the areas of health and care where the Government expects to see improvements”. The NHS Mandate sets out the ambitions for the NHS for the next two years, concentrating on the following five areas: (i) helping people live longer, specifically by reducing the number of people who die from early deaths which could have been prevented by an early diagnosis and early treatment; (ii) managing ongoing physical and mental health conditions such as diabetes, dementia and depression, so that patients can become more independent and enjoy a better quality of life; (iii) helping people recover from episodes of ill health or following injury so that patients may become independent as soon as possible; (iv) making sure people experience better care and not just better treatment; and (v) providing safe care, which includes reducing the risk of avoidable health problems such as infections, blood clots and bed sores.

Please see here for the Department of Health press release.

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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.