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Contractor Notice: Havrix Adult Monodose and Junior Monodose suspension for injection in a vial to be discontinued

Following long term stock issues with Havrix Junior Monodose and Adult Monodose vaccine suspension for injection in a vial GSK has announced that both products will be discontinued in the UK from 29th November 2019. GSK say ‘This decision has not been taken due to safety concerns.’ Pack Name List price EAN number Pip Code...

19 hours ago

Identifying carers and care workers eligible for a flu vaccination

Carers and employed care workers who are aged 18 years or over are included in the group of patients eligible for an NHS flu vaccination under the national Flu Vaccination service. It is really important for carers and care workers to get vaccinated as if they were to catch flu and become ill, the welfare...

21 hours ago

CPCS: CPD opportunities

As announced in the 5-year CPCF agreement, NHS England & NHS Improvement and Health Education England (HEE) will use funding from the Pharmacy Integration Fund to commission continuing professional development sessions for pharmacists related to the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS). This training will build on the CPD already delivered in some of the DMIRS...

23 hours ago

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Deadline Tracker November 2019

Please see our November 2019 Deadline Tracker below.  We would welcome feedback so we can make improvements in future editions. Please send any comments or suggestions to info@cpwy.org.   

Deadline Tracker - November 2019


Services Checklist 2019 

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire have created a Services Checklist to help contractors with the different services offered, where to claim and when to claim by.  The Services Checklist has been updated in August 2019 and can be found below: 

Services Checklist - Updated August 2019



News Digest - 7th November 2019   



Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS)



NEW! Virtual Outcomes Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) e-Learning Modules 

Do you know what the four Gateway Criteria are for the PQS?  Do you understand all the Quality Criteria Bundles?  You can now access different PQS modules on Virtual Outcomes! The five modules are: 

  • Overview and Gateway
  • Risk Management
  • Medicines Safety and Quality
  • Prevention
  • Asthma, PCNs and Digital Enablers 

More information on the PQS e-Learning modules can be found on our website here.



PSNC Information for Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 

PSNC recently sent out two checklists which both include information around the PQS.  Checklist 25 is around contractors starting to work on their new patient safety report.  Checklist 25 focuses on contractors planning to start their valproate audit.  Both checklists can be found below. 

A list of the previous checklists that also include PQS information can be found here.



Information for Pharmacies across West Yorkshire



CPWY Connect… With your Committee: Blog 2 

Please find below our new ‘CPWY Connect… With your Committee’ Blog.  

CPWY Connect... With your Committee: Blog 2

This month’s blog has been written by the Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Committee Member, Ashley Cohen.



Deadline Tracker – November 2019 

Please see our November 2019 Deadline Tracker below.  We would welcome feedback so we can make improvements in future editions. Please send any comments or suggestions to info@cpwy.org.  

Deadline Tracker - November 2019



Primary Care Networks (PCN)– Contractor Update November 2019 

In this month’s PCN update, please find the latest information and guidance for Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) and where to find information about your PCN and your PCN Community Pharmacy Representative: http://www.cpwy.org/doc/2451.pdf.




Please be aware of reports about a possible way for service users to divert Espranor (buprenorphine wafer that dissolves on the tongue) which has been shared with us by West Yorkshire Police. Click here for more information on Espranor. 

“Third party information received from a service user that some other service users who are prescribed supervised Espranor wafers are wrapping cling film on their tongues and then diverting to sell illicitly when they leave the pharmacy.”



Drug Shortage - Phenelzine 

There is a current drug shortage of the antidepressant medication - phenelzine which is due to last until at least March 2020.  More information can be found in the letter below.

Drug Shortage Letter - Phenelzine



Leeds GP Merger Consultation

Two GP practices in the Chapeltown locality have commenced an engagement exercise with a view to merging the two practices from 1st April 2020.  Further details can be found in this stakeholder briefing below.

Leeds GP Merger Consultation



Leeds Health Pathways 

The Leeds Health Pathways (LHP) system is the online database for Leeds city-wide clinical pathways (formerly hosted on Map of Medicine), primary care antimicrobial guidelines, LTHT clinical guidelines (including antimicrobial guidelines), and appropriate LCH and LYPFT guidelines. LHP provides a valuable link between primary and secondary care by signposting how to manage patients, to find available services and how to prescribe and refer. 

You can now access Leeds Health Pathways (LHP) content on www without being connected to the N3 network and the web address for LHP is http://www.lhp.leedsth.nhs.uk/.  The content on the www application is being increased month by month: it currently includes all the clinical pathways, primary care and LTHT antimicrobial guidelines, and 75% of other LTHT guidelines: those from other organisations will follow.



Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician Integrated Training Pilot 

Health Education England (HEE) are looking to work with employers to develop and run the Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician integrated training pilot for 48 Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians (PTPTs), commencing in February 2020.

They are looking for tri-partnerships that will support 48 PTPTs being trained in three of the following healthcare settings: 

  • Secondary care
  • Community mental health
  • Community pharmacy
  • General practice
  • Care homes 

More information is available in the guidance document here to support employers’ expressions of interest. This also includes a link to the expression of interest form here.  The guidance should answer most of your questions about the pilot, but please address any further queries to the team at HEE.PHIF@hee.nhs.uk, stating ‘PTPT Integrated Training Pilot’ in the email subject header. 

The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is 15th November 2019.



Key News and Guidance: The Latest Updates from PSNC 

PSNC have put together a summary of the key news and guidance which has been shared last week with contractors.  Key points to note from this document are: 

  • CPCF Services: Important Dates and Checklist
  • Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) Full Questionnaire Arrangements 

Please find below the latest PSNC Key News and Guidance document. 


Keys News and Guidance: The Latest Updates from PSNC - 1st November 2019 


Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire recommends that pharmacy contractors follow the regular advice being issued by PSNC to ensure that you keep up to date with new information and important actions that may need to be taken.  Sign up to the mailing list here.



Services Information 

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has a Services Checklist to help contractors with the different services offered, where to claim and when to claim by.  The Services Checklist can be found on our website here.



Flu Vaccination (Advanced) Service - NHS Flu Jabs for Eligible Care / Nursing Home, Hospice and Domiciliary Care Workers 

We have received a handful of reports of eligible care home and nursing home staff being refused an NHS flu vaccination from local community pharmacies. Therefore, just a quick reminder that health and social care workers (e.g. workers employed by a registered care/nursing home OR registered domiciliary care provider OR a voluntary managed hospice provider who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable clients) are included in the group of patients eligible for an NHS flu vaccination under the national flu service and are therefore eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination. Please see here for a full list of flu vaccination eligible groups.



Public Health Information 

Further information around Public Health can be found on our website via the links below: 



Training and Development



CPWY Development Academy 

Our upcoming events are listed below.  Click on the links for more information or to book your place! 



CPWY e-Learning 

 Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire is working with Virtual Outcomes to deliver a series of online training events throughout the year. 

An introduction video for Virtual Outcomes can be found here: https://vimeo.com/316124447

More information about the different Virtual Outcomes modules that are available can be found on our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/e-learning.shtml.



External Events 

More information about external events can be found on our website here.  Some of the upcoming external events can be found below: 

  • Mary Seacole Leadership Programme - 2 New West Yorkshire Cohorts
  • Novo Nordisk Event: Successful Management of Insulin Therapy in Older Adults
  • FREE Educational Opportunity - Bringing Local Pathways to Life – Women's Health



CPPE Events 

A list of upcoming CPPE Events is available on our website.  More information can be found here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/events.shtml#cppe.



Other Information


CPWY Connect 

CPWY Connect has been set up on the social media site Telegram with the aim of connecting pharmacy teams across West Yorkshire and we’d love you to join by clicking here.




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