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Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) webinar now on-demand

Community pharmacy contractors can now access an online recording of PSNC a recent Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) webinar. Over 600 people registered for yesterday's webinar presented by Gordon Hockey (PSNC Director of Operations and Support) and Suraj Shah (PSNC Drug Tariff and Reimbursement Manager). During the webinar, Gordon explained what an SSP is, clarified situations...

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July 2019 Price Concessions – 2nd update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Alverine 60mg capsules 100 £9.80 Bumetanide 1mg tablets 28 £1.65 Cefalexin 250mg/5ml oral suspension 100ml £1.95 Celecoxib 200mg capsules 30 £9.43 Diamorphine 10mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.56 Diamorphine 30mg powder...

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Supply Issue Notice: Sanofi Experience Distribution Disruptions

Sanofi are currently experiencing difficulties ensuring sufficient product availability for normal supply to pharmacies. Sanofi say ‘The problem was caused by a change in our UK logistics provider and an unexpected technical issue with one of their IT systems.’ Sanofi expect product availability will be back to normal within two weeks and ask that pharmacy teams...

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Deadline Tracker July 2019

Please see our July 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 - July 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 - 18th July 2019   



Information for Pharmacies across West Yorkshire



Book Now for PSNC Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) Webinar This Evening! 

PSNC are holding a webinar about the new legislation for Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) on Thursday 18th July at 7.30pm.  PSNC Director of Operations and Support, Gordon Hockey, will be hosting this webinar to help community pharmacy contractors to understand SSPs and what they mean for pharmacies. Book your place here: https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/book-now-for-our-serious-shortage-protocols-ssps-webinar/

During the 60-minute webinar Gordon will explain what an SSP is, clarify situations when they may be used, describe what they may involve, and talk you through the decisions you may need to make when one is in place. PSNC Drug Tariff and Reimbursement Manager, Suraj Shah, will also be on hand to explain the endorsement and claiming process.  To make the most of this session, we would advise reading PSNC Briefing 023/19: Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) – A guide for community pharmacy teams (June 2019) in advance. Once registered for the webinar, you can also submit questions before the event. 

This webinar provides a useful opportunity for pharmacy teams to get to grips with the legislation before it is used.  Unable to attend the webinar?  Don’t worry, you will be able to watch a recording on the PSNC website a few days after the event.



GPhC Survey About Education and Training of Pharmacy Support Staff 

The GPhC is seeking views on its draft education and training requirements for pharmacy support staff. The survey is open until 24th July 2019.  This can be accessed here:

https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/news/gphc-launches-survey-about-education-and-training-pharmacy-support-staff.  This will affect future Support Staff in all areas of pharmacy.



Proposal to Create One CCG for Bradford District and Craven- Update 

Last month, Councils of Members and Council of Representatives of Bradford City, Bradford District and AWC clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) voted by a majority decision to apply to NHS England to create one CCG for Bradford district and Craven with effect from 1st April 2020 and to dissolve the three existing CCGs: NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, NHS Bradford City CCG and NHS Bradford Districts CCG.  Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire do not anticipate that this has any impact for community pharmacy contractors within these CCG areas.



Hayfever Advice 

North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield CCGs have issued guidance that patients should speak to their community pharmacist for advice about their hayfever and to access medications such as antihistamines.  More information can be found on the links below:



World Cycling Championships 21st to 29th September 2019 

Some of the routes come into West Yorkshire.  Pharmacies should check if they are on the route and plan services and staff access to work accordingly.  Event/race maps can be accessed here: https://worlds.yorkshire.com/map/.  Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire have been informed that the road closures are likely to be for longer than for the Tour de Yorkshire (which operated a rolling roadblock).  NHS England have issued a 2019 Road World Championship NHS Primary Care Services checklist which can be accessed below:

2019 Road World Championship NHS Primary Care Services Checklist



Medicines Supply Issues 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) produce a Primary Care Supply update which is uploaded to the SPS website. It provides an update on medicines with known supply actions, relevant information and advice from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Medicine Supply team. Any individual with an NHSmail account can register with SPS to gain access to the document.



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.



Flu Advanced Service Update 2019/20 

Although the service specification for 2019/20 has not yet been published, pharmacists who are planning to provide the service may want to start thinking about what training they need to ensure they are up-to-date and ready for the start of the service in September.  We’ve included an update around the training requirements on our website here:  http://www.cpwy.org/pharmacy-contracts-services/advanced-services.shtml#FTR.



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 future Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Development Academy events will be listed below and on our website in due course.



CPWY 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

The latest training module is Dementia!  Click here for more information and to access the training. 

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 


CHART Kirklees Pharmacy Training Event – 30th July 2019 

The theme of the pharmacy training will be ‘Storage and Dispensing of Controlled Drugs’.  The training is taking place on Tuesday 30th July 2019 at CHART Kirklees, 3 Wellington Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1LY.  The session will be from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  Light refreshments will be served from 6pm. More information can be found in the flyer below.  To confirm your attendance, or to discuss any queries, please contact Andrew Craig on 01484 353333 or 07776 597518 or email andrew.craig@cgl.org.uk

CGL Pharmacy Training Event Flyer 



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



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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