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May 2019 Price Concessions – 1st update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Amiloride 5mg tablets 28 £9.49 Betahistine 8mg tablets 84 £2.61 Candesartan 8mg tablets 28 £2.50 Candesartan 32mg tablets 28 £2.49 Carvedilol 3.125mg tablets 28 £1.16 Carvedilol 12.5mg tablets 28 £2.20 Carvedilol 25mg tablets...

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Diamorphine 5mg injections, Microgynon 30 and Ovranette tablets – Supply update

Supply Update Diamorphine 5mg injections Accord and Wockhardt have notified the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England (NHSE) that they are experiencing issues with the manufacture and availability of Diamorphine 5mg injections. There is an anticipated out of stock period between 27th May 2019 and w/c 5th August 2019. It is...

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Supporting the development of primary care networks: NHS England webinars

In order to support the ongoing development of Primary Care Networks (PCNs), NHS England will be hosting two webinars on the role of pharmacy within PCNs as part of a webinar series. The webinars are aimed at those working within primary care and the wider NHS and will include examples of work already in progress...

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Deadline Tracker May 2019

Please see our May 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 - May 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 can be found below: 

Services Checklist



News Digest - 23rd May 2019   



Information for Pharmacies across West Yorkshire


Amended Late May 2019 Bank Holidays Pharmacy Opening Times 

These are the amended Late May 2019 Bank Holidays pharmacy opening times which we have received from NHS England. 

May Day and Late May 2019 Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Times 

NHS England have asked that pharmacies display the Bank Holiday Opening Times poster in the window, or somewhere that it can be viewed, to signpost patients / public to the nearest open pharmacy during the Bank Holiday periods. 

For the most up to date information please see the NHS Choices website.



Late May 2019 Bank Holiday Leaflet for Patients on Methadone and Subutex 

A leaflet has been produced which you may wish to use to help inform patients who pick up regular instalments for methadone and Subutex of your opening hours over the Late May 2019 Bank Holiday. 

Methadone Collection Over Holiday Periods - Late May 2019



CPAF Screening Process to Start in June 

The 2019/20 Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) screening questionnaire will soon be available for completion from Monday 3rd June 2019 until Sunday 30th June 2019. 

The process asks all NHS community pharmacy contractors to complete a short screening questionnaire consisting of 10 active questions which should be answered; NHS England will then select a small number of pharmacies for a monitoring visit and/or to complete the full CPAF questionnaire.  Last year’s CPAF screening process was positive with 98.2% of contractors responding to the CPAF screening questionnaire. 

Community pharmacies are able to view the questionnaire here in advance. Please note this is in PDF format and cannot be submitted. Community pharmacies should receive information and instructions on how to complete the screening questionnaire either via email from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) or from their own Head Office. Contractors are advised to contact NHSBSA by emailing nhsbsa.cpaf@nhs.net if they have not received details of the questionnaire by week commencing 27th May 2019, or if they have any problems or queries completing the questionnaire.



Future of Pharmacy Animation Survey 

As you have hopefully already seen PSNC recently launched a Future of Pharmacy animation explaining how community pharmacies are likely to fit into the NHS of the future. 

PSNC have requested feedback on the future of pharmacy animation and have asked for feedback via this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCPPZ9T.  It is a short survey and responses can be provided anonymously.



Health Education England (HEE) North - Quality Champions Network 

HEE North has created a network of Quality Champions, who are experienced pharmacists with an understanding of pre-registration training, to support pre-registration tutors who have recruited their pre-registration pharmacist trainee via the Oriel Scheme. 

The Quality Champion role has been created to provide support to pre-registration pharmacist tutors throughout the region to:

  • Act as a link between the local pre-registration tutors, the local HEE quality team and the HEE North pharmacy team.
  • Provide local support to pre-registration tutors and employers to work within the HEE quality framework for Oriel recruited pre-registration pharmacists through face to face visits, teleconferences and other methods where appropriate.
  • Support local pre-registration tutors to self-assess against the HEE quality framework for Oriel recruited pre-registration pharmacists. 

One of the conditions of accessing the Oriel recruitment system is to agree to implement a series of Quality Standards: https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/quality.  Bushra Effendi and Kim Whitehouse will spend 17 days each acting as the Quality Champion for Community Pharmacy Pre-Registration Training for the West Yorkshire and Humber area between now and September 2019. 

Both are keen to engage with local community pharmacy-based pre-registration pharmacist tutors to support the implementation of the Oriel Quality Standards and raise awareness of the HEE Quality framework.  They will contact pre-registration pharmacist tutors through face to face visits and phone calls.  If you have any queries about the Pre-Registration Quality Standards or the Oriel recruitment scheme, details of how to contact them can be found in the briefing below. 

Health Education England North - Quality Champion Briefing 



New Gluten-Free Order Form in Use in Calderdale - Information for Calderdale Pharmacies

A new gluten-free order form is now in use by GP practices in Calderdale and can be found below. 

Gluten Free Order Form - May 2019 

Although it is unlikely community pharmacies will see this ordering form (patients should complete and hand in to the practice) it might be helpful for you to be aware of it in case of any queries.  To discuss any issues with this form please email Nicola Booth at: medicinesmanagement@calderdaleccg.nhs.uk.



A message on behalf of Neil Trainis, editor of Independent Community Pharmacist 

The Independent Pharmacy Awards rewards the best in UK independent pharmacy, and requires entrants to submit their information online on our dedicated pages, the link for which is here: https://www.independentpharmacist.co.uk/ipa-enter

There are a number of different categories to enter, and no limit to the categories that one pharmacist or members of a pharmacy team can go for.  The main proviso is that all entrants must be connected with an independent pharmacy, to reflect the readership of the associated magazine Independent Community Pharmacist. 

The judging procedure culminates with finalists being invited to attend a lunchtime event at the House of Commons on 18th October 2019. 

Independent Pharmacy Awards Flyer 2019



Services Information 

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 can be found on our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/doc/2168.pdf.



Public Health Information 

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


Children’s Oral Health Campaign Now Active – Contractual Requirement 

Community pharmacy contractors are required to participate in the NHS England community pharmacy oral health campaign, which is running between 13th May 2019 - 13th June 2019. This campaign, which coincides with National Smile Month, is one of six agreed campaigns and therefore participation in this campaign is mandatory. 

A Virtual Outcomes Children's Dental Health training module is available on the Virtual Outcomes website here: https://www.virtualoutcomes.co.uk/

NHS England with Health Education England have produced a local briefing which can be found below, to link to further resources, information and training. 

NHS England Briefing - Implementation Advice and Support 

Contractors should now have received the promotional materials from Colgate-Palmolive. The campaign pack includes a range of supporting materials.  If you haven’t yet received the promotional materials, please email: england.communitypharmacy@nhs.net (please include your ODS code and pharmacy address in the email). 

If contractors do not wish to use the Colgate-Palmolive branded materials, they can alternatively, use Public Health England’s (PHE) ‘Top 3 interventions for preventing tooth decay’ as a poster or a prompt to discuss children’s oral health with people visiting the pharmacy.


Training and Development



Two New CPWY Development Academy Workshops


1. Maximising Dispensing Income Workshops

The Maximising Dispensing Income workshop will focus on maximising profitability by avoiding losses, product choice and improving efficiency.  More information about these workshops can be found on our website here:  http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/events.shtml#MDI.  The workshops will be held on: 

    • Tuesday 4th June 2019 – Bradford
    • Wednesday 5th June 2019 – Brighouse



2. Planning for Growth Workshop

The Planning for Growth workshop will provide an introduction into Planning for Growth, helping you consider where to invest your resources and energy and know how to respond to a more service-orientated future.  More information about these workshops can be found on our website here:  http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/events.shtml#PFG.  These workshops are limited to 2 places per pharmacy and will be held on:  

    • Tuesday 11th June 2019 – Leeds
    • Wednesday 12th June 2019 – Wakefield 


Registration forms for both events can be found below. If you are interested in attending one, or both of these workshops, please complete a registration form and specify which, or both, workshops you wish to attend. 

Maximising Dispensing & Planning for Growth Workshops Registration Form (to email)

Maximising Dispensing & Planning for Growth Workshops Registration Form (to post or fax) 

The Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Development Academy is proud to deliver educational events with financial support from Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited.



Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire (CPWY) Connect Events 

CPWY Connect events will be informal, interactive and informative and will be useful for all the pharmacy team.  CPWY Connect events will be drop-in evening events and you are welcome to attend for some or all of the evening.  You will be able to meet the Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire team, network with other pharmacy teams and listen to short updates about key topics.  You can arrive anytime between 6:30pm to 8:00pm and the event will finish at 8:45pm.  All the pharmacy team are welcome to attend. 

The next events are being held on: 

  • Tuesday 18th June 2019 – Bradford
  • Tuesday 9th July 2019 – Wakefield

If you are interested in attending one of these events, please complete a registration form which can be found below. More information can be found on our website: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/events.shtml#Connect

CPWY Connect Events - Registration Form (to email)

CPWY Connect Events - Registration Form (to post/fax)



West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts Event – Wakefield Event 

How Wakefield pharmacies can lead the way in supporting people with hypertension. 

West Yorkshire and Harrogate's Healthy Hearts initiative aims to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease and saves lives in our region by helping to prevent people from having heart attacks or strokes. 

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire are working together with the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN), Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), British Heart Foundation and Public Health England on several programmes designed to give us all healthier hearts.  This event will help pharmacy teams understand prescription changes and how you can be part of the healthy hearts initiative.  The event is being held on: 

Thursday 27th June 2019

Room: Walker Studio Centre for Creativity, The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE 

More information including directions for the venue, will be included in the confirmation email after booking.  More information about the healthy hearts initiative can be found on our website here.  

The event begins at 7.15pm.  Registration and light refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.

Please complete a registration form that can be found below and return as soon as possible to secure your place.  For more information about the event, please see our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/events.shtml#WYHH

Wakefield Healthy Hearts Event Registration Form (to email)

Wakefield Healthy Hearts Event Registration Form (to post/fax)



Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire e-Learning 

As you are aware Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire is working with Virtual Outcomes to deliver a series of online training events throughout the year which are now available to all community pharmacies in West Yorkshire. 

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



New!  Stroke Training Now Live 

You can help to raise awareness of Stroke and the impact it has on sufferers and their friends and families.  This training will help you to educate the general public on reducing their likelihood of having a stroke as well as increasing their awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and the actions they should take.

Course Objectives:

  • To understand the key facts about strokes.
  • To understand the main risk factors for strokes and how these can be reduced.
  • To give ideas of campaigns you can run and the resources available to help build displays. 

Stroke Training Flyer

Video: https://vimeo.com/334707107



Some of the recent e-Learning modules that are available are listed below:

  • Children’s Dental Health Training
  • Asthma Training
  • Data Security and Protection Toolkit
  • Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)


If you are interested or would like some more information, please visit our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/e-learning.shtml.



External Events 

More information around external events can be found on on the Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire website here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/events.shtml.



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



PSNC Communications 

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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.   Just follow the link below to join and you will be directed to download the app.  https://t.me/joinchat/EhzBmw4XmrS1d8OD_0WLFQ.

CPWY Connect provides a quick and easy way for you to communicate with committee members and colleagues across our region and develop a peer support network.  Working in community pharmacy can sometimes feel a little isolating and we think it is important for us all to forge stronger links to make the pharmacy network in West Yorkshire a strong and supportive one.



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