Invitation to comment on consultations currently open

14, Apr 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 4529 Social and emotional wellbeing in primary and secondary education – draft scope consultation. NICE is asking for comments on what this guideline should and should not cover. This will update and replace the NICE guidelines on Social and Emotional Wellbeing in primary education and Social and Emotional wellbeing in secondary education. NICE deadline 28/05/2019

RPS ref 4528 End of life care – service delivery. NICE is asking for comments on the draft guideline on End of life care. This guideline covers organising and delivering end of life care services for adults approaching the end of their life. It aims to ensure that people have access to end of life services in all care settings, according to their needs and wishes. It also includes advice on services for carers and other people important to adults who are approaching the end of their life. NICE deadline 07/06/2019

RPS ref 4520 Suicide prevention – quality standard. NICE is asking for comments on the draft quality standard on Suicide prevention. This covers the ways to reduce suicide and help bereaved people or those affected​ by suicides in community and custodial settings. It describes high quality actions in priority areas for improvement. NICE deadline 23/05/2019

RPS ref 4519 Help shape the future of the NMC. The NMC is looking to develop a five year plan (from April 2020) and is asking for comments on issues affecting nursing, midwifery and health and social care today and in the future. They are looking for comments from healthcare professionals and patients, and are asking what they should focus on. NMC deadline 01/06/2019

RPS ref 4518 Consultation on NICE indicators. NICE is consulting on proposed amendments and additions to a selection of NICE  indicators. The focus will be on personalised​ care, looking at over and under-treatment and ensuring best outcomes for patients. Areas selected for this consultation include:

  1. Asthma
  2. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  3. heart failure4. multi-morbidity and frailty
  4. familial (FH)
  5. alcohol
  6. HIV testing

NICE deadline 16/05/2019

RPS ref 4517 Consultation on the updated indicator process guide. NICE has updated their indicator process guide in accordance with its regular cycle of review. NICE welcomes comments on the proposed updates to the guide. NICE deadline 15/07/2019

RPS ref 4516 Medicines Safety Assurance Model: Identifying Best Practice at a System Level. This survey is to establish a baseline of current medicines safety practice within organisations and how this translates consistently in to good practice across a system (within STP’s/ ICS’s) prior to implementation of the model. In the initial​ scoping phase, this model has been tested with various system leaders to gather opinions on what current best practice might look like. The model will better able to drive system level medicines safety improvement if it is based on those with experience in the current delivery of NHS care generally and medicines safety specifically. NHS Improvement is asking for input in to developing this model. A system wide Medicines Safety Assurance Model will support the development of local best practice to enable a whole system approach to medicines harm reduction. NHS Improvement deadline 19/05/2019

RPS ref 4515 Carcinogens and Mutagens – Revision of limit values in EH40/2005 “Workplace Exposure Limits”. The Health and Safety Executive is asking for comments on its proposal to implement and amend the occupational exposure limit values for 11 ​substances to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to carcinogens and mutagens in the workplace. HSE deadline 07/06/2019

RPS ref 4514 Diabetic foot infection: antimicrobial prescribing. NICE is consulting on the draft guideline covering preventing and managing foot problems in children, young people and adults with diabetes. The guideline aims to reduce variation in practice. and will replace existing NICE guideline on diabetic foot problems: prevention and management (section on treating diabetic foot infection only Recommendations 1.6.6 -15). NICE deadline 16/05/2019

RPS ref 4513 Cellulitis and erysipelas: antimicrobial prescribing. NICE is consulting on a draft guideline setting out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for cellulitis and erysipelas. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance. It does not cover diagnosis., nor other skin conditions. NICE deadline 10/05/2019

RPS ref 4512 Termination of pregnancy. NICE is asking for comments of the draft guideline Termination of pregnancy. The guideline looks at pregnancy termination in women of any age, and aims to improve access to services. It considers terminations at different stages of pregnancy, ensuring that women get the most effective care possible.
​NICE has worked with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to develop this guideline. NICE deadline 31/05/2019

RPS ref 4510 Consultation on draft guidance for pharmacist prescribers. The GPhC  is asking for comments on the proposed guidance for pharmacist prescribers, to make sure they provide safe and effective care when prescribing. The guidance is divided into nine​ areas:
1. taking responsibility for prescribing safely

  1. keeping up to date and prescribing within your level of competence
  2. working in partnership with other healthcare professionals and people seeking care 
  3. prescribing in certain circumstances
  4. prescribing non-surgical cosmetic medicinal products
  5. remote prescribing
  6. safeguards for the remote prescribing of certain medicines
  7. raising concerns
    Section 9 deals with information for pharmacy owners and employers of pharmacist prescribers.

GPhC deadline 21/06/2019

RPS ref 4507 Provision of health and social care in the adult prison estate. The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is looking into the health and social care services in adult prisons in Wales. It will focus on:
​1. the effectiveness of current arrangements of health services for prisoners in Wales
2. whether healthcare services are meeting the needs of people in Welsh prisons
3. the current pressures on health and social care provision in Welsh prisons
4. the potential improvements that could be made, particularly for older people with complex and social needs
5. whether there is sufficient funding to deliver the required service
6. the barriers to improving healthcare systems and health outcomes for the prison population.

National Assembly for Wales deadline 14/05/2019

RPS ref 4504 Twin and triplet pregnancy (update). NICE is requesting comments on the draft consultation guideline covering the care that should be offered to women with a twin or triplet pregnancy that is additional to the routine care offered to all women during pregnancy. It aims to reduce the risk of complications and improve outcomes for women and their babies. NICE deadline 09/05/2019

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 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.

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.