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NEWS IN BRIEF: Free event; Privacy; Workforce Diets; Pub


11 Nov 2015

Free event for newly-qualified pharmacists

A free networking and career advice event is being held on 17 November by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

There will be a chance to catch up with friends, ask questions about the local networks and support available to you and to find out more about employment options.

Cornish pharmacies fail to deliver on privacy

Pharmacies across Cornwall lack privacy to discuss health problems, a survey of more than 640 people by Healthwatch Cornwall has found.

Respondents said they found staff to be polite but they felt uncomfortable talking about medical issues with a third saying lack of privacy was the reason.

Dispensing services consultant, researcher and Healthwatch Cornwall volunteer Debbie Priest developed the survey to find out the views of people using pharmacies and what services patients would be happy to access via their pharmacist that they may currently receive from their GP.

She said: “Our aim is to ensure these voices will have an input into how their healthcare system is shaped in the future.”

BDA launches White Paper encouraging employers to invest in the health of workers

A white paper calling for employers to invest in the health of their workers has been published by the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

‘Work Ready Programme: Supporting healthier working lives through dietitian-led wellness initiatives’ how good nutrition and hydration, alongside other healthy habits and good employment practices, keep the UK workforce healthy and productive.

Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England said: “Simon Stevens has said the NHS has got to lead by example in helping staff and hopefully other employers will follow suit.

“There are a number of challenges to introducing wellbeing initiatives to an organisation as complicated and vast as the NHS but, as one of the largest employers in the world, we recognise the benefits.”

Permission sought to replace pub with pharmacy

Paydens Smegma Pharmacies Ltd. have applied for planning permission to build a medical centre at the site of a derelict pub in Kent, the Bdaily has reported.

The pharmacy chain has applied to demolish the Chatham Chest pub in favour of constructing new premises.

Paydens currently have sites in Chatham, Brighton and Margate.


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