BPSA response to the NHS England consultation ‘Pharmacy Call to Action: Improving care through community pharmacy’

The BPSA believes that community pharmacy is an essential and accessible service available to the majority of the general public, although the public may not be aware of the expertise, education and services that pharmacists and pharmacy staff have to offer.

The BPSA would like to see a development of the current services community pharmacy offers the public. For this to happen several points must be considered, these include:

  • Pharmacy students should be educated about the career development opportunities available in community pharmacy.
  • A recognised career pathway (including a formally accepted framework) should be developed for pharmacists working in a community pharmacy.
  • Career frameworks that are already in place for pharmacists with special interests should be formally accepted and recognised as the standard for that speciality.
  • For specialist pharmacist groups that do not already have a career framework in place, one should be developed and formally recognised.
  • NHS England should encourage and support community pharmacies and academic health science networks to work together to increase the amount of research carried out in a community pharmacy setting.
  • NHS England should work with primary and secondary care providers of pharmacy services to improve communication links between both groups and improve a patients’ experience when there is a transfer of care.
  • NHS England should work with the appropriate organisations to develop national specifications for enhanced services offered by community pharmacies that can be commissioned depending on the local needs of the population.

To recognise the potential of the pharmacy workforce and for NHS England to work with appropriate organisations to develop the roles of the pharmacy team.

The full BPSA response can be accessed here.

BPSA, RPS and UKCPA announce collaborated event for Pre Reg and newly qualified pharmacists!

Springboard Symposium: Launch your pharmacy career!

The RPS, BPSA and the UKCPA are delighted to present their first joint event aimed at pre-registration and newly qualified pharmacists who are looking to gain the advice and tools needed to successfully launch their careers in pharmacy.

This landmark symposium will take place on Saturday 5 April 2014 at the Manchester Conference Centre. Delegates will also be given an opportunity to join the GHP/UKCPA 10th Joint National Conference proceedings on the Sunday morning of 6 April 2014.

This event is also supported by the GHP.

The agenda for the day can be found here.

Day rates:
Saturday – £50 (including lunch and refreshments)
Sunday – £10 (including refreshments)
*Saturday night pre-dinner drinks, dinner and disco at The Mercure Hotel – £35

Reservation for this event is via online registration form. To reserve your place, please complete and submit the form found here


Springboard Symposium: Launch your pharmacy career

The 2014 Springboard Symposium is for pre-registration and recently qualified pharmacists who are
looking to gain the advice and tools needed to successfully launch their careers in pharmacy

Click here for more information!

My vision for community pharmacy in 2020

The BPSA are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new competition, in association with Boots, – ‘My vision for community pharmacy in 2020’.

Topics to consider in submission would include:

  • Core services
  • Layout of the pharmacy
  • Support staff
  • Pharmacist activities
  • Innovative thinking
  • Public health agenda
  • Revenue generation
  • Inter-professional interaction
  • Long term conditions
  • Behaviours within the profession
  • Involvement in research

Please submit a proposal, of no more than 500 words, on the above topic. Bullet points can be used. Further details can be found here.

THE PRIZES – five finalists will be invited to attend BPSA Day at the BPSA Annual Conference at De Montfort University, Leicester, on Thursday 17th April 2014 and present their proposal to the judging panel. The winner will be awarded £100 Boots vouchers and the opportunity to spend a day with Marc Donovan MRPharmS, FFRPS, Head of Professional Training for Pharmacy and Optics, Boots UK.

This is a truly unique opportunity to spend the day with a member of the senior management team at Boots and will be invaluable on any CV! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity – submit your proposal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on Friday 14th March 2014 to be in the running!

RPS revision courses – places still available in Brighton

RPS pre-registration revision courses provide trainees with practical guidance, revision tips and invaluable feedback to help you prepare for your final exam. The courses are run by experts, and in 2013, 82% of delegates went on to pass their exam. Places on the London course have sold out, but there are still places available in Brighton from 1st-2nd March.  The full programme and link to register can be found here.

Facebook: There are still places left on the popular [tag Royal Pharmaceutical Society] pre-registration course in Brighton. Register here


Future Pharmacist Spring 2014

The latest edition of Future Pharmacist is now available to collect from your School of Pharmacy. In this issue read about the appointment of the BPSA Ambassadors, cut-out-and-keep your guide to the BPSA year and work towards another valuable PDS Point with the Anticoagulation CPD Clinic, courtesy of CPPE. If you prefer to read your copy on your computer or mobile device, please click here to download.

BPSA Graduate Conferences

Tickets are now available for the second round of BPSA Graduate Conferences, held in association with the Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA).  The conferences are entitled "Finishing First" and are designed to help you prepare for the registration assessment and life as a practising pharmacist.  The conferences will include a short mock assessment, so you can put your knowledge to the test, and ways to risk manage common pitfalls encountered by newly registered pharmacists.  The dates and locations of the conferences are as follows:

Saturday 8th March: Glasgow

Thursday 20th March: Manchester

Saturday 22nd March: Birmingham

Saturday 5th April: London

Tickets cost just £10 and are available from www.conferenceevent.com.  What are you waiting for?  Book yours today!

EPSA Survey

The next EPSA Annual Reception in Brussels will focus on the topic of mobile health. EPSA are looking to hear the opinion of their members about this topic and would like to invite their members to fill in an online survey - it only takes 1 minute, and your contribution will be much appreciated! Remember, as a member of the BPSA you are automatically a member of EPSA.

Let us know your opinion and complete the online survey Just click here!

The 37th EPSA Annual Congress

The 37th EPSA Annual Congress will take place in Budapest, Hungary from the 25th of April to the 1stof May 2014.
The first registration period has opened. The congress fee for the first registration period is 325 EUR.
The second registration period will start on 17th February, at which point the registration fee will increase to 375 EUR.

For up to date information, and to register, go to the EPSA Annual Conference website or EPSAAC 2014 Facebook.

Having financial concerns about attending the event? Why not apply for the EPSA support fund.

GPhC launch guidance for tutoring for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

New guidance has been produced by the GPhC to help those who tutor pre-registration trainee pharmacists and pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians to fulfil their roles and provide appropriate support and supervision to their trainees.

A copy of this guidance can be found here.

Changes to BNF distribution to the NHS - December 2013

NICE has announced changes in the distribution of BNFs to hospital pharmacies that will affect pre-registration trainees.

As the GPhC require pre-registration trainees to have a hard copy of the March-September 2014 BNF for the 2014 Registration Assessment, pre-regs will now be required to purchase their own copy.

Click here for more information!

© British Pharmaceutical Students' Association 2013