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RCGP Pandemic Forum

The Royal College of General Practitioners is hosting a forum in Leeds on Thursday 18 March to discuss a wide range of issues relating to the recent threat of pandemic flu. The RCGP is keen to have input from all primary care professionals who were affected by the decisions made to counter it in order to learn from experiences and contribute to future pandemic planning.

The RCGP Pandemic Forum will provide a platform to candidly discuss all aspects of the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Within a structured environment, it will analyse the pandemic strategy and how it worked in theory and reality.

This is an ideal chance to contribute towards future planning and decision making, based on personal experiences of those involved and insights from colleagues across the spectrum of healthcare provision and policy (both from the UK and overseas).

The Forum will be of interest to anyone involved in primary care including GPs, PCT Medical Directors, PCT Managers, Practice Managers and Practice Nurses.  Full details can be found on this PDF or via the RCGP

To register your attendance, visit or download an application form. RCGP Members can attend for £99 / Non-RCGP Members: £149.

Please direct all enquiries to our Forum organiser, Terri Myers – / 020 7344 3065.

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Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs)

Your chance to reply to the consultation…

The consultation document for “Pharmacy in England: building on strengths – delivering the future – Draft regulations under the Health Act 2009” was published in early December.  After consultation in late 2008, two clauses were added to the Health Bill 2009 (now the Health Act 2009).  These required Primary Care Trusts to develop and publish pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs), and then to use PNAs as the basis for determining market entry to NHS pharmaceutical services provision

In July 2009, a regulatory Advisory Group drawn from interested parties (including the Dispensing Doctors Association) was set up to translate these proposals into reality.  The Department of Health is now seeking comment on the first set of draft regulations regarding PNAs.

These regulations will come into force in 3 months despite the consultation ending in just over 8weeks. Primary Care Trusts, however, will not be required to produce their first PNA until February 2011.  The current market entry system( set out in the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005 as amended and accompanying guidance) will remain in force until the regulations in the Health Act are brought in. This is planned to take place from April 2011.

The DDA will of course be responding.  Rural dispensing GPs and dispensing patients may however wish to put their own point of view to the consultation.  Responses should be sent by 28 February 2010 to

Consultation documents

Download Consultation document, draft regulations and guidance (PDF, 228K)
Download Consultation response form (RTF, 137K)
Download Draft regulations (PDF, 84K)
Download Draft information for Primary Care Trusts (PDF, 384K)
Download Impact Assessment (PDF, 2065K)

Thanks to Aidan Egleston of the DDA for this article.

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Conference Focus: Clinical Skills Unit

skillunit3The Rural Forum are pleased to confirm that the Clinical Skills Unit will be in attendance at the RCGP Annual Conference, in Glasgow on November 5th-7th.  The unit comes in the form of an articulated lorry, containing a clinical environment where resuscitation and surgical procedures can be practised.


It carries an impressive range of simulation models, which can be controlled by a team concealed within a separate room, allowing adult and paediatric resuscitation scenarios to be played with maximum realism.  Models are available for CV and arterial line insertion.  Procedures such as cannulation, chest drain insertion and intubation are possible too.


The Unit, funded by NES (NHS Education Scotland) has already embarked on a tour of Scotland, with further dates and venues planned for the next few months, details of which are available from the website.  The Unit is a 2-year pilot project funded by NES – if you want to take a look, and think about booking a visit for your area, watch out for it at the conference.

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