Invitation to comment on consultations currently open

14, Nov 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.

Jaundice in newborn babies under 28 days – Surveillance consultation. NICE deadline 20/01/2020 

Service Standards for Consultations in Sexual and Reproductive Health Services. Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health deadline 09/02/2020

RPS ref 4658 Tobacco: preventing uptake, promoting quitting and treating dependence (update) NICE is evaluating the following review question:

What are the long-term health effects of e-cigarette use?

They need the following information for the guideline they are developing on Tobacco. Evidence which:

  • compares long-term health effects of those who use e-cigarettes with those who do not use e-cigarettes, where smoking is evenly distributed across groups (either non-smokers, smokers, or ex-smokers) AND
  • reports health effects at minimum 1 year after use started AND

is longitudinal and has a control group (for example, randomised controlled trials, non-randomised controlled trials, controlled before-and-after studies, cohort studies with control groups, case control studies. NICE deadline 24/01/2020

RPS ref 4657 Consultation on the draft 2020 fees rules The consultation seeks views on whether the fees paid by pharmacy owners should cover the full costs of regulating pharmacy premises. The proposed increase aims to close the existing gap of £103 between the fees paid by pharmacies and the actual costs of regulating each pharmacy, based on 2018/19 figures. GPhC deadline 31/03/2020

RPS ref 4655 A Consultation on the Draft Respiratory Care Action Plan for Scotland The purpose of the draft Respiratory Care Action Plan is to highlight the Scottish Government’s vision for driving improvement in the diagnosis, care, treatment and support of people living with respiratory conditions in Scotland. This draft Plan identifies key priorities and commitments. It is intended to support continuous improvement and encourage people to test new approaches and to share best practice. It is not intended as a replacement of current clinical guidance. Scottish Government deadline 03/04/2020

RPS ref 4644 Rehabilitation in adults with complex psychosis and related severe mental health conditions This guideline covers mental health rehabilitation for adults aged 18 and over with complex psychosis and related severe mental health conditions. It aims to ensure people can have rehabilitation when they need it and promotes a positive approach to long-term recovery. It includes recommendations on organising rehabilitation services, assessment and care planning, delivering programmes and interventions, and meeting people’s physical healthcare needs. NICE deadline 05/02/2020

RPS ref 4639 Perioperative care in adults NICE is asking for comments on this draft guideline, which covers care for adults having surgery, including dental surgery, from the time they are booked for surgery until they are discharged after surgery. It includes advice on information and support for people before they have surgery. The guideline also provides recommendations on preparing for surgery, keeping people safe during surgery and pain relief during recovery. NICE deadline 24/01/2020

RPS Ref 4633 Remote consultations and prescribing by telephone, video-link or online: Call for evidence The GMC has issued a call for evidence from organisations and individuals with relevant expertise to share their experiences, views, data and insights about remote consultations and prescribing via telephone, video-link or online. This is to maintain patient safety and the GMC is looking at their Good practice in remote prescribing to ensure that it allows patient access to medicines without compromising safety. GMC deadline 18/02/2020

RPS ref 4627 Ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people The Scottish Government is seeking views on whether there is a need to take mandatory action to ban the sale of energy drinks to children and young people. This is to help reduce the overconsumption of these drinks and the health harms associated with that. Scottish Government deadline 04/02/2020

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.