There seems to be an established pattern at Rushport now. December is quiet for new instructions but busy finishing off work we are already engaged on. Then January is a time for New Year resolutions when people take some time to think about what they want to achieve over the next year or longer. Then February arrives and everything gets very busy indeed.

This year has been no exception. Nearly 30 new client instructions that cover everything from new high street pharmacy applications, new developer projects working to secure pharmacy tenants for new medical centres that have received planning consent, several instructions for non-NHS pharmacy openings (which everyone refers to as "private" pharmacy for some reason), our first client from Australia (those Zoom meetings have been fun to arrange), a project to set up a pharmacy to dispense medical cannabis, several relocations of NHS pharmacies to improved trading locations and a significant number of NHS distance selling applications that show the trend for online pharmacy is continuing.

Alongside this the Department of Health is finally consulting on proposed changes to Hub and Spoke rules (we don't have any current Hub and Spoke rules but that's another matter) and seem to be wondering if  these new hubs should be allowed to send medication directly to patients, but without proposing and changes to the Regulations that would permit this to happen for NHS prescriptions.

2022 is set to be a busy year.