Invitation to comment on consultations currently open

13, Nov 2018 UKCPA Updates
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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 4425 Draft Service Specification for Adult Critical Care NHS England has launched a 30 day consultation on a draft service specification on Adult Critical Care services. The service specification involves all healthcare professionals including pharmacists. NHS England deadline 08/12/2018.

RPS ref 4424 Metastatic spinal cord compression in adults: risk assessment, diagnosis and management – surveillance consultation NICE is proposing not to update this guideline, because there is no new evidence that would change current recommendations. NICE is seeking feedback to confirm their decision. NICE deadline 23/11/2018.

RPS ref 4423 Needle and syringe programmes – surveillance consultation NICE has responded to proposals to update this guideline to assess new evidence against current recommendations with a surveillance consultation, taking into account whether new evidence requires the current guideline to be updated, particularly relating to the eradication and prevention of Hepatitis C in active drug users and supporting harm support through peer support. NICE deadline 20/11/2018.

RPS ref 4422 Drug misuse in over 16s: opioid detoxification – surveillance consultation NICE was proposing not to update this guideline; however, feedback from topic experts suggest review is required with respect to the following areas:

  • 1. pharmacological treatments
  • 2. treatment of prescription opioid dependence, and
  • 3. psychosocial interventions.

NICE deadline 20/11/2018.

RPS ref 4421 Cannabis-based products for medicinal use: draft scope consultation The Department of Health and Social Care in England has asked NICE to develop guidance on prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use. Evidence that is available will be looked at to develop the guidance within specific treatment areas. NICE deadline 04/12/2018.

RPS ref 4420 Suicide prevention: topic engagement NICE is seeking information about the key areas for quality improvement which may be considered as having the greatest potential to improve the quality of care in the area of suicide prevention. NICE deadline 26/11/2018.

RPS ref 4419 Patient and Carer Summary Care Records (SCR) Additional Information survey – pilot NHS Digital is seeking the views of patients and carers to assess the benefits and/or disadvantages of the Additional Information available for patients and staff to see on their Summary Care Records. NHS Digital deadline 31/12/2018.

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.

RPS ref 4417 Consultation on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic – stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs is seeking views on the proposal to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England in an attempt to reduce plastic pollution. DEFRA deadline 03/12/2018.

RPS ref 4416 Decision making and consent: a public consultation on draft guidance The GMC is asking for feedback on their revised guidance for doctors on decision making and consent which explains the good practice principles for making decisions about care. There are two questionnaires, one for doctors and other healthcare professionals and the second for patients, carers and members of the public. GMC deadline 23/01/2019.

RPS ref 4415 Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services (GPICS V2) Version 2 of the Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services is available for public consultation. Clinical pharmacy is seen as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary critical care team, providing fundamental support. Views are being sought on the standards and recommendations for various disciplines, including pharmacy. The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine deadline 19/11/2018.

RPS ref 4414 Connected communities – Tackling loneliness and social isolation The Welsh Government would like to hear views on tackling loneliness and social isolation. One of the areas being looked into is mental health and how healthcare professionals can help identify those who may be experiencing loneliness and isolation. Welsh Government deadline 15/01/2019.

PS ref 4406 Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse: topic engagement NICE is seeking information about the key areas for quality improvement which may be considered as having the greatest potential to improve the quality of care in the area of coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse. NICE deadline 13/11/2018.

RPS ref 4405 Specialist neonatal respiratory care for babies born preterm: draft guidance consultation NICE is seeking comments on draft guidance covering respiratory support for preterm babies in hospital. NICE deadline 23/11/2018.

RPS ref 4402 Urinary incontinence (update) and pelvic organ prolapse in women: management NICE is seeking comments on the draft guideline on the management of Urinary incontinence (update) and pelvic organ prolapse in women. NICE deadline 19/11/2018.

RPS ref 4398 Consultation on Standards for prescribing HCPC is consulting on proposed changes to the Standards for prescribing.

The Standards for prescribers have two purposes and so are set out in two parts:

  • •The standards for education providers set out the processes and procedures that an education provider delivering training in prescribing must have in place in order to deliver the training safely and effectively.
  • •The standards for all prescribers set out the knowledge, understanding and skills that a registrant must have when they complete their prescribing training and which they must continue to meet once in practice.

HCPC deadline 04/01/2019.

RPS ref 4373 Ending the sale of energy drinks to children . The Department of Health and Social Care is seeking views on a proposed ban on selling energy drinks and high-caffeine energy drinks to children under 16 years of age. DHSC deadline 21/11/2018.

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 (general.secretary@ukcpa.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.