Invitation to comment on consultations currently open

8, Mar 2018 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 4329 Gallstone disease: diagnosis and management: Surveillance consultation. NICE will like to hear your views on the proposal to not update the guideline on Gallstone disease: diagnosis and management.  NICE deadline 23/07/2018. 

RPS ref 4327 Health Survey for England Publications User Feedback Survey. NHS Digital is seeking feedback on Health Survey for England (HSE) which monitor trends in the nation’s health. NHS Digital is carrying out this feedback survey to ask for views about the statistical publications and the website showing highlights and time series charts.  They would like views on whether some proposed changes to the publication would be helpful.  NHS Digital deadline 20/07/2018. 

RPS ref 4326 Evidence-Based Interventions programme. NHS England has formed a new national collaboration with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NICE, NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS Improvement’ GIRFT programme to develop an Evidence Based Interventions Programme. This programme is counterpart to the items that should not be routinely prescribed in primary care programme.  NHS England are consulting on the design principles of the programme, the interventions they should target initially and proposed clinical criteria, the activity goals they should set and delivery actions, including proposed new terms in the NHS Standard Contract.  NHS England deadline 28/09/2018. 

RPS ref 4325 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (acute exacerbation): antimicrobial prescribing: Draft guidance consultation. This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.  NICE deadline 06/08/2018. 

RPS ref 4324 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in over 16s: diagnosis and management (update): Draft guidance consultation. This guideline covers diagnosing and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in people aged 16 and over. The 2018 update makes recommendations on the most effective inhaled therapies, oxygen therapies, lung volume reduction procedures, and self-management and exacerbation plans.  NICE deadline 06/08/2018.  

RPS ref 4323 Consultation on draft qualification units for pharmacy technicians. Health Education England (HEE) has commissioned Skills for Health to facilitate the collaborative development of a new qualification to meet the Initial Education and Training Standards for pharmacy technicians. Skills for Health has worked with Awarding Organisations and subject matter experts to develop the qualification which will be made available in England and Wales by Awarding Organisations in 2019.  The draft qualification units are now available for consultation. The online survey:  Skills for Health deadline 30/07/2018. 

RPS ref 4322 GPhC publication and disclosure policy. The GPhC has introduced an updated version of its publication and disclosure policy. The policy covers the information the GPhC publishes on its website and online register; information it discloses to third parties; and how it deals with individual requests for information. The GPhC is seeking views on the new policy.  GPhC deadline 14/09/2018. 

RPS ref 4320 Report of the Review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework in England. NHS England has produced the report of the findings review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). The report presents the findings, with the aim of stimulating discussion about how the QOF can be developed to support good quality care into the future. Comments on this report may be submitted to The report can be accessed here:  NHS England deadline 31/08/2018.

RPS ref 4319 Pregnancy and complex social factors: a model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors: Surveillance consultation.  NICE will like to hear your views on the proposal to not update the guideline on Pregnancy and complex social factors: a model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors. NICE deadline 12/07/2018.

RPS ref 4318 A review of the Standards of Good Regulation.  The Professional Standards Authority has developed draft Standards of Good Regulation and are seeking views on:

  • The detailed wording of the Standards
  • The evidence that we should consider in assessing those Standards
  • The implementation of the Standards.   

Professional Standards Authority deadline 10/09/2018.

RPS ref 4317 Behaviour change: technology-based interventions: Draft scope consultation.  This guideline will cover: Everyone, including children and young people under 16 (and their families or 16 carers), who would benefit from changing the established lifestyle behaviours listed in section 3.3.  NICE deadline 24/07/2018.

RPS ref 4315 Myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome: diagnosis and management.  This guideline will cover:

  • People with suspected or diagnosed ME/CFS
  • Specific consideration will be given to:
    – children and young people
    – people with severe symptoms

NICE deadline 26/07/2018.

RPS ref 4313 Discussion paper: Making sure patients and the public obtain medicines and other pharmacy services safely online.  The GPhC are proposing that online pharmacies will have to put in place new safeguards to protect people who want to obtain medicines online, including opiates, antibiotics, asthma inhalers and Botox. The GPhC are seeking views on their proposals to strengthen guidance for owners of online pharmacies. GPhC deadline 21/08/2018.

RPS ref 4312 Pharmacy legislation on dispensing errors and organisational governance.  The 4 UK health departments have issued a consultation to seeks views on proposals for 2 draft orders which would amend current pharmacy legislation on dispensing errors and clarify how registered pharmacies are governed. The 2 draft orders are:

  • The Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors – Hospitals and Other Pharmacy Services) Order 2018
  • The Pharmacy (Responsible Pharmacists, Superintendent Pharmacists etc) Order 2018

Department of Health and Social Care deadline 11/09/2018.

RPS ref 4310 Post-traumatic stress disorder (update): Draft guidance consultation.  This guideline covers recognising, assessing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children, young people and adults. It aims to improve quality of life by reducing symptoms of PTSD such as anxiety, sleep problems and difficulties with concentration. Recommendations also aim to raise awareness of the condition and improve coordination of care. NICE deadline 23/07/2018.

RPS ref 4309 Living with persistent pain in Wales guidance.  The Welsh Government are consulting on the proposed direction of the draft guidance which includes:

  •       living with pain
  •       supported self management
  •       health service provision

This guidance is for those experiencing persistent pain and their families, and health and social care professionals.  Welsh Government deadline 14/09/2018. 

RPS ref 4301 Consultation on developing our approach to regulating registered pharmacies. The GPhC are consulting on developing their approach to regulating registered pharmacies. This would include publishing inspection reports for the first time. GPhC deadline 09/08/2018. 

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.