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 4466 Looked-after children and young people – draft scope consultation. NICE is inviting comments on the draft scope consultation on looked-after children and young people. The scope defines what the guideline will (and will not) cover. This guideline will update and replace the current NICE guideline on looked-after children and young people. NICE deadline 11/02/2019.
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.
RPS ref 4460 Children and young people with disabilities & severe complex needs: integrated health & social care support & service guidance – draft scope consultation. The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education have asked NICE to develop a guideline for disabled children and young people with severe complex needs. It has been identified that they may have severe complex needs that require health and social care support from a range of providers. It has been noted that this requires a joint, integrated, inter-agency approach at the point of delivery of both health and social care. NICE is seeking comments on assessing, planning, managing these children and young people and working with their families. NICE deadline 05/02/2019.
RPS ref 4459 Epilepsies in children: diagnosis and management – draft scope consultation. NICE is seeking input in all areas of diagnosis and management of people with epilepsy. Within this consultation NICE is looking to combine the previously separate guideline for children and young people with the adult guideline into a single guidance document. NICE is planning to update the Pathway on epilepsy, adapting it and adding more detail in line with the recommendations from the guideline development. NICE deadline 05/02/2019.
RPS ref 4458 Epilepsies in adults: diagnosis and management update – draft scope consultation. NICE is seeking input in all areas of diagnosis and management of people with epilepsy. Within this consultation NICE is looking to combine the previously separate guideline for children and young people with the adult guideline into a single guidance document. NICE is planning to update the Pathway on epilepsy, adapting it and adding more detail in line with the recommendations from the guideline development. NICE deadline 05/02/2019.
RPS ref 4457 Physical activity: encouraging activity in the general population. NICE is seeking comments on the draft quality standard Physical activity: encouraging activity within the general population. This looks at policy and planning, active travel, public open spaces, buildings, schools and behavioural change (including social prescribing, digital health, outdoor air and technological developments. NICE deadline 01/02/2019.
RPS ref 4455 Foundation Programme Curriculum Review 2020 The UK Foundation programme curriculum is under review and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is seeking opinions on its content to ensure that newly qualified doctors are given a solid foundation upon which to base their practice. Details of the 2016 curriculum can be found: http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/curriculum/introduction.html. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges deadline 14/02/2019.
RPS ref 4453 Developing a patient safety strategy for the NHS NHS Improvement is consulting on proposals for a new national patient safety strategy to support the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world. The proposed strategy has three aims for the NHS:
1. to be world leading at drawing insight from multiple sources of patient safety information
2. to give staff at all levels the skills and support they need to help improve patient safety, so they can be the infrastructure for safety improvement, working with patients and partner organisations
3. to decrease harm in key areas by 50% by 2023/24 and beyond through specific patient safety initiatives.
Three principles will underpin the strategy: a just culture, openness and transparency and continuous improvement. NHS Improvement deadline 15/02/2019.
RPS ref 4451 Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management (Update) NICE is consulting on the update to the guideline on diagnosing and managing tubal ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage in women with complications, such as pain and bleeding, in early pregnancy (that is, up to 13 completed weeks of pregnancy). The update looks at the recommendations on the ultrasound features diagnostic of a tubal ectopic pregnancy and expectant versus medical management of tubal ectopic pregnancy. NICE deadline 24/01/2019.
RPS ref 4445 Appropriate clinical negligence cover The DHSC is consulting on whether the healthcare professionals have appropriate clinical negligence cover. Two options are being considered:
1. to leave arrangements as they are, or
2. to change legislation to ensure that all regulated healthcare professionals in the UK not covered by a state-backed indemnity scheme hold appropriate clinical negligence cover that is subject to appropriate supervision, in the case of UK insurers, by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).
DHSC deadline 28/02/2019.
RPS ref 4444 Access to medicines in the community – palliative and end of life care survey for health and social care workers NHS England has issued an online survey looking at access to end of life care in the community. They are looking for feedback from those people (including pharmacists) who provide end of life care in the community concerning the access to specialist palliative and end of life care medicines (it is not aimed at community pharmacists). NHS England deadline 18/01/2019.
RPS ref 4441 NICE consultation document on an update of the principles that guide the development of NICE guidance and standards NICE is consulting to find out whether people involved with or interested in NICE’s work think that this is an appropriate and helpful way of describing how they go about developing their guidance and standards, based on their current methods and processes. (Importantly, this consultation is not an invitation to suggest changes to the methods or processes that NICE uses.) NICE deadline 11/02/2019.
RPS ref 4437 Data Principles NHS Digital has prepared a set of 10 high-level principles for the management of data throughout the health and care system. Although they are not intended to be enforced, these principles will guide national approaches to data management and the design of national services. They also inform the design of new data collections and updates to the NHS Data Model and Dictionary. They are asking for views on these data principles so that they can improve them with the aim to adopt any updates in March. The updated principles will be published on the NHS Data Dictionary website. NHS Digital deadline 18/02/2019.
RPS ref 4433 Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: an update and a consultation on further guidance for CCGs NHS England is proposing to review and update ‘Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: Guidance for CCGs’, published in Nov 2017. The commissioning guidance, upon which the consultation is based, will be addressed to CCGs to support them to fulfil their duties around appropriate use of prescribing resources. NHS England says that this will need to be taken into account by CCGs in adopting or amending their own local guidance to their clinicians in primary care. The aim of this consultation is to provide information about the proposed national guidance and to seek views about the proposals. NHS England deadline 28/02/2019.
RPS ref 4418 Consultation on the draft 2019 fees rules The GPhC is consulting on the proposal to increase the annual renewal fees for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises, to come into effect in from July 2019. GPhC deadline 24/01/2019.
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 (email@example.com). 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.