Invitation to comment on consultations currently open

26, Feb 2019 UKCPA Updates

Please find below list of consultations (NICE and other bodies) relevant to pharmacy, which have been assessed by the RPS and UKCPA and are currently inviting comments.

RPS ref 4500 Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse quality standard consultation. NICE is asking for comments on this quality standard which covers the assessment, management and care provided to people aged 14 and over who have coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. NICE deadline 10/04/2019

RPS ref 4499 NDTMS datasets: proposed changes. Public Health England is consulting on the proposed amendments to the data set collected on alcohol and drug treatment by the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) for CDS-P. Public Health England deadline 15/04/2019

RPS ref 4498 Review of the National Autism Strategy ‘Think Autism’: call for evidence . The Department of Health and Social Care and Department for Education​ are wanting to hear from adults and children​ with autism, their families and their carers about their experiences of care and support. This call for evidence can be submitted by an online survey or printed version. Department of Health and Social Care and Department for Education deadline 16/05/2019

RPS ref 4496 Pharmacy Technician Advanced Practice Framework national consultation. The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) have jointly developed the draft Pharmacy Technician Advanced Practice Framework​. They are seeking feedback via an online survey on the draft framework to ensure that it is fit for purpose and correctly articulates ‘advanced’ and ‘mastery’ roles. APTUK and HEIW deadline 26/03/2019

RPS ref 4495 Lung cancer (update): topic engagement. NICE is asking about the five key areas for quality improvement considered as having the greatest potential to improve the quality of care in this area. NICE deadline 25/03/2019.

RPS ref 4494 Hypertension in adults: diagnosis and management. NICE is requesting comments on the draft consultation​ on Hypertension in adults: diagnosis and management. This guideline covers identifying and treating primary hypertension (high blood pressure) in people aged 18 and over, including people with type 2 diabetes. It aims to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes by helping healthcare professionals to diagnose hypertension accurately and treat it effectively. This updates previous guidelines. NICE deadline 23/04/2019

RPS ref 4492 NHS Long-term Plan: legislative proposals inquiry. The Health and Social Care Committee has decided to scrutinise the legislative proposals put forward to support the implementation of the NHS Long-term Plan. It is asking for written submissions on the legislative proposals of the NHS Long-term Plan. Pre-legislative scrutiny of this kind aims to enhance the quality of legislation brought before Parliament. Health and Social Care Committee deadline 08/04/2019

RPS ref 4490 Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan – Proposals for possible changes to legislation. NHS England is inviting patients, NHS staff, partner organisations and interested members of the public to give their views on the potential proposals for changing current primary legislation relating to the NHS. It’s possible to implement the NHS Long Term Plan without primary legislation. But legislative change could make implementation easier and faster. Local NHS bodies need to be better able to work together to redesign care around patients, and the same is also true for the national bodies. NHS England has outlined eight groups of suggested legislative changes in the NHS Long Term Plan and is now setting out further detail. These proposals are designed to solve specific practical problems that the NHS faces and avoid creating operational distraction. NHS England deadline 25/04/2019

RPS ref 4489 SCR Community Pharmacy Audit NHS Digital is asking community pharmacists to complete and audit for each patient that they see over two weeks (to include two weekends) for which the Summary Care Records has been accessed. The purpose of this audit is to assess the benefits of the Additional Information for Pharmacy professionals who view Summary Care Records. NHS Digital deadline 08/04/2019.

RPS ref 4488 The Future midwife consultation The NMC is requesting feedback on the updated standards for what midwives need to know and be able to do in order to register with them and practise as a midwife in the UK. They would like to hear whether the new draft standards capture what a midwife should know and be able to do as well as the support they should be able to provide. Feedback will help shape the new standards and enable midwives to give better and safer care to all women, their babies, partners and families. NMC deadline 09/05/2019.

RPS ref 4468 Healthy weight: healthy Wales. The Welsh Government is consulting on a draft policy that has 4 main themes:

  • ​1. Leadership and enabling change: to drive improved leadership and accountability to deliver Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales across all sectors.
  • 2. ​Healthy environments: to create an environment which supports everyone to make healthier food and activity choices.
  • 3. Healthy settings: to create healthy settings so that people can access healthy meals, snacks and drinks and be physically active.
  • 4. Healthy People: to provide the opportunities for people and communities to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Welsh Government deadline 12/04/2019.

RPS ref 4465 Restricting promotions of food and drink that is high in fat, sugar and salt. The government is seeking views on its plans to restrict promotions of food and drink products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) by location and by price.​ Their aim is to reduce excessive eating and drinking of HFSS products that can lead to children becoming overweight and obese. They also want businesses to promote healthier food and drink, to help people make healthier choices. DHSC deadline 06/04/2019.

RPS ref 4464 Consultation on the initial education and training standards for pharmacists. The GPhC is consulting on significant changes to the initial education and training of pharmacists. The proposals in the consultation include: 

  • having one set of standards and learning outcomes that cover the full period of education and training before initial registration as a pharmacist, with closer integration between academic study and practical experience 
  • strengthening experiential learning and inter-professional learning
  • revising the learning outcomes so that they are more focused on developing clinical skills and communication skills, while still retaining the critical importance of science
  • setting an expectation that schools of pharmacy, employers and commissioners will work together to develop proposals for integrating the 52 weeks of learning in practice within accredited programmes
  • requiring a more rigorous and structured approach to learning in practice (currently known as pre-registration training) with more regular and documented progress meetings
  • strengthening requirements in relation to selection and admission and to equality, diversity and inclusion.                                           

GPhC deadline 03/04/2019.

Should you wish to comment on any of the above, please send your response at least 1 WEEK prior the deadline date given above to Sarah Carter ( This will ensure that all responses can be collated, endorsed by the RPS where appropriate, and submitted to the relevant consulting body by their deadline.