The Big Debate

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Jun 14, 2022

The Big Debate #9: Do online outlets pose a threat to community pharmacy’s reputation?

Welcome to C+D's ninth Big Debate.  Tonight’s discussion will focus on the question: “Do online outlets pose a threat to community pharmacy’s reputation?” Some online pharmacy businesses are flourishing, with the pandemic further priming the field for distance-selling outlets. However, the General Pharmaceutical Council last month revealed it had  187 open fitness-to-practise cases linked to 83 online pharmacies and, last year, it said it was considering “differentiated fees options to cover the increased regulation needed for online pharmacies”. So, should community pharmacies embrace the digital model and can these different models coexist? What safety improvements should online pharmacies implement?  Could community pharmacies learn something from online outlets? We’ve got three speakers lined up to share their views tonight, but you can also let us know your thoughts by commenting and asking questions. The “live” part of the debate will close at 8pm, but feel free to continue to exchange views for as long as you like. C+D has introduced a streamlined functionality that allows users to mention each other in a comment. Simply use ‘@’ and type in the person’s name. This debate will start at 7pm.
Feb 16, 2022

The Big Debate #7: Is getting an independent prescribing qualification worth it?

Welcome to C+D’s seventh Big Debate. Tonight’s discussion will focus on this question: “Is getting an independent prescribing qualification worth it?” Changes to the initial education and training standards for pharmacists are making prescribing a fundamental part of pharmacists’ training. But government and pharmacy bodies across Great Britain have also expressed a clear intention to upskill the existing pharmacist fleet with prescribing competencies. So, is it worth completing an IP course and getting the qualification? Are there enough chances for community pharmacists to use these skills in their daily practice? We’ve lined up five speakers who are going to share their views tonight, but you can also let us know your thoughts by commenting and asking questions. The “live” part of the debate will close at 8pm, but feel free to continue to exchange views for as long as you like. C+D has introduced a streamlined functionality that allows users to mention each other in a comment. Simply use ‘@’ and type in the person’s name. This debate will start at 7pm.
Feb 02, 2022

Future pharmacists

I’m applying for pharmacy, but as mentioned in other posts the rates have decreased drastically and some say that pharmacy is not a viable career anymore, especially with the introduction of Amazon pharmacy soon to come. What are your thoughts on this? Is pharmacy still as good a career choice as it was 20 years ago? And Is community pharmacy?
Dec 15, 2021

The Big Debate #6: Is there a shortage of community pharmacists?

The live element of this debate – which asks: is there a shortage of community pharmacists? – will start at 7pm and last until 8pm, but two of the panellists who are unable to join the live element have preprepared statements. Please find them posted below to read before the live discussion. For planned topics of conversation in this debate, see here. See you online from 7pm. Ps. C+D has introduced a streamlined functionality that allows users to mention each other in a comment. Simply use ‘@’ and type in the person’s name.
Nov 16, 2021

The Big Debate #5: How can pharmacy supervision be modernised without compromising patient safety?

Good evening everyone, welcome to our fifth Big Debate. Pharmacy supervision has been at times defined as an emotive topic, and for good reasons. But no matter on which side of the argument pharmacy professionals stand it is agreed by all that patient safety should not be compromised. A formal Community Pharmacy Supervision Practice Group – which includes members from the Association of Independent Multiple pharmacies (AIMp), the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), and the Pharmacists’ Defence Union (PDA) – first met on September 28 after sector bodies announced earlier this year that talks on pharmacy supervision had resumed. Tonight, we’ll be holding a less formal debate – although please note that we expect our participants to abide by the C+D community principles – on the following question: how can pharmacy supervision be modernised without compromising patient safety? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below. The “live” part of the debate will close at 8pm, but feel free to continue to exchange views for as long as you like. C+D has introduced a streamlined functionality that allows users to mention each other in a comment. Simply use ‘@’ and type in the person’s name.This debate will start at 7pm.
Apr 29, 2021

Big Debate #4 – Could a hub-and-spoke model ever truly work for independent pharmacies?

Good evening everyone and welcome to our fourth Big Debate. Tonight we’ll be asking whether independent pharmacies can ever truly benefit from a hub-and-spoke dispensing model. It’s been the subject of years of intense debate within the sector, but with the Medicines and Medical Devices bill receiving royal assent in early February – potentially paving the way for all community pharmacies to operate a hub-and-spoke dispensing model, regardless of whether they are part of a chain or an independent – hub-and-spoke looks set towards being rolled out across the sector. So, what is the current legal framework? What can we learn from pharmacies already utilising hub-and-spoke? And how do we ensure that patient safety is at the forefront of any model adopted sector-wide? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below. The debate will formally close at 8pm, but feel free to continue the debate for as long as you like.
Nov 19, 2020

The Big Debate #2

Good evening everyone and welcome to our second Big Debate. Tonight we'll be debating whether provisionally-registered pharmacists should still have to take the registration exam.2020 has been a difficult year for pharmacy teams in general - but spare a thought for this year's pre-reg cohort, who've had to endure a particularly intense year in practice as well as months of uncertainty over when the postponed 2020 registration exam will be held. Earlier this year, the GPhC announced it would allow pre-regs who met "certain criteria" temporarily join the register to help out with pharmacy's COVID-19 efforts. However, these "prov-regs" will still have to take the registration exam when it is expected to be sat sometime early next year - despite having been practising for several months.So, should prov-regs still have to sit the registration exam? Do you think it's only fair, given all other recent cohorts have had to sit the exam, or have prov-regs already proven their competency to stay on the register? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below. The debate will formally be closing at 8pm, but feel free to continue the debate for as long as you like.
Nov 03, 2020

So the answer is YES......SOME locums were right to increase their rates just like the cab driver who increases their rates on public holidays or night time etc
Nov 03, 2020

The Big Debate #1: Were some locums right to raise their rates during the first wave of COVID-19 in the Spring?

Good evening everyone, and welcome to our very first Big Debate! This week, we're debating locum rates during the first wave of COVID-19 in the Spring. Some contractors have complained of some locum contacts vastly raising their rates in response to the pandemic, while locums have reported some employers trying to drive down hourly rates. Even the GPhC waded into the argument by warning that locums groups who tried to collude between themselves to raise rates could find themselves in hot water.So, what's your view? Let us know by posting below and debate among your peers. The formal debate will close at 8pm, but the conversation will remain open for the foreseeable future.

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Join the Big Debate! Throughout the year, the C+D Community will open up a discussion on some of the biggest and most controversial subjects in pharmacy - whether that’s the products you stock in your pharmacy, the future of services or hot topics like remote supervision and hub-and-spoke dispensing, we'd love to hear what you think. 

Join us as we hear opposing opinions from experts and open up the floor to questions from our community members and the chance to debate some of the biggest issues in UK pharmacy today.