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Contractor Update: Final November price concessions list

The Department of Health (DH) has issued its final list of concession prices for the November dispensing month. These can be found on PSNC’s website here and have been issued in time to be considered alongside November’s payment in the usual way. Sue Sharpe, PSNC Chief Executive, said: “The delay by the Department of Health (DH)...

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Dispensing & Supply monthly update (December 2017)

This briefing is part of a series issued regularly by PSNC to inform pharmacy contractors and pharmacy teams on monthly Drug Tariff changes, commonly asked questions and articles regarding dispensing and supply. This briefing can also be found in the Dispensing & Supply section of December’s CPN. PSNC Briefing 089/17: Monthly Dispensing & Supply update (December 2017)...

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Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group: share your views to improve national incident reporting systems

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group, made up of community pharmacy Medication Safety Officers from across the sector, provides a forum for community pharmacy organisations to openly share and learn from each other in order to collectively improve patient care, drive incident reporting and learning, and reduce harm. The Group is helping to test and...

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News Digest - November 2017 


Information for Pharmacies across West Yorkshire 


Bradford Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 

Bradford Council's draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is out for consultation until the 6th of January 2018

The information below contains links to the consultation documents, accompanying maps and to the Internet Feedback Survey where you can have your say about the Assessment. 

The pharmaceutical needs assessment, including the consultation, can be accessed online at: https://jsna.bradford.gov.uk. Hard copies are available upon request from a.hussain@bradford.gov.uk. 

It is important that all pharmacy contractors read and respond to the draft PNAs. 


Calderdale Repeat Prescription Ordering Service 

NHS Calderdale CCG are currently consulting on 'Changing the way we prescribe in Calderdale'.  The consultation includes proposals to stop routinely prescribing certain items including gluten-free products, items of low value (which includes many over-the-counter medicines) and baby milks.  The CCG are asking the public if they agree with stopping the routine prescribing of a number of medicines and products and have defined if any exceptions would apply. 

The consultation document and survey can be found below.  You can also access and complete the survey online by visiting: https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/changing-the-way-we-prescribe/

Calderdale Consultation Document

Calderdale Consultation Survey


The closing date for the consultation is 4th December 2017. 

We would encourage you to raise awareness of this consultation with your patients.  You are also able to respond to this consultation as a pharmacy.  Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire will also be submitting a response to this consultation. 


Quality Payments: don’t forget to submit your declaration! 

The Quality Payments online declaration portal NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website opened on Monday 13th November 2017 and will remain open until Friday 8th December 2017 at 11.59pm for contractors to complete their declarations.  

Contractors must remember to re-enter the portal and submit the declaration before Friday 8th December, if they have not already done so, otherwise they will not be entitled to a Quality Payment. 

Once the declaration has been submitted the contractor will receive an email from NHS BSA confirming that the declaration has been successfully submitted and confirming the details that have been declared. This email should be retained by the pharmacy as proof that the declaration was submitted and the date of submission. The email will show how contractors have responded to each of the gateway and quality criteria. 

PSNC Briefing 078/17: Quality Payments – Completing the NHS BSA Quality Payments declaration provides information on making the declaration and the questions which will be asked. 

For more information and FAQs on claiming Quality Payments, please visit Quality Payments – FAQs page of the PSNC website.



Better in Kirklees Social Prescribing Service (BiK) 

Look out for a pack of information in the post from Better in Kirklees. 

Better in Kirklees Social Prescribing Service (BiK) is the local social prescribing service.  It is commissioned by Kirklees Council, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups. 

Social Prescribing (SP) is an approach that connects individuals into community support to reduce sole reliance on mainstream health and care services.  Social prescribing centres on prevention and early intervention and supports individuals with social, emotional and practical needs. 

Better in Kirklees would welcome referrals from pharmacies in Kirklees.  This can be via their referral form or by the patients self-referring to them.  Further information can be found on the Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire website: http://www.cpwy.org/pharmacy-contracts-services/essential-services/signposting.shtml. 



West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) 

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP is called the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.  They have recently launched a new website on which you can find out more information about the STP including the STP plans, Local Plans and key priority areas. 

More details on STPs can be found on the PSNC website: http://psnc.org.uk/the-healthcare-landscape/sustainability-and-transformation-plans/.



Supporting those with Learning Disabilities 

The Public Health England Learning Disability Observatory's pharmacy report has been published. 

This guide offers practical suggestions and examples to support pharmacists and their teams in making reasonable adjustments to their practice.  It is a very useful tool that complements the CPPE e-learning learning disability materials.  The guide also aims to inform people with learning disabilities, family carers and support staff about getting the best from their pharmacy teams.  The common ‘high impact’ theme from both perspectives is around communication: 

  • for pharmacy teams to feel confident about engaging with people with learning disabilities, family carers and support staff
  • for people with learning disabilities and their supporters to see pharmacy teams as people they can talk to about medicines and other health matters 

To access the report please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/621685/pharmacy_and_people_with_learning_disabilities.pdf

The link to the gov.uk page on reasonable adjustments is: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reasonable-adjustments-for-people-with-learning-disabilities

This report acknowledges the Making Time work undertaken in West Yorkshire which was led by Nigel Hughes.


Training and Development 

Look out for communications before Christmas about Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Development Academy events in the New Year.



CPPE Events

Details of other events being held by CPPE in the West Yorkshire area are on our website, click here.  The next CPPE events will take place in January 2018. 




News Digest - October 2017


Information for Pharmacies Across West Yorkshire


Kirklees Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) Consultation

Kirklees Council Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Consultation is out for a 60 day consultation period starting Monday 2nd October and finishing on 1st December 2017.  The information below contains links to the Consultation documents, accompanying maps and to the Internet Feedback Survey where you can have your say about the Assessment. 

It is important that contractors read and respond on the draft PNA. 

You are invited to give your feedback via the internet survey page which can be found along with the draft Kirklees PNA Consultation documents at: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/pna

Alternatively send your consultation responses in writing via PHI@kirklees.gov.uk

Hard copies of the PNA consultation documents and/or the Survey questions may be requested via PHI@kirklees.gov.uk. 


The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee (SWYAPC) Website

The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee (SWYAPC) coordinates issues of prescribing across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees (Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees) and Wakefield.  This includes developing prescribing guidelines for use across these areas and RAG (Red, Amber, Green) classification of drugs that may be used in primary and secondary care. 

RAG classification defines where the responsibility for prescribing between primary and secondary care lies and is intended to encourage appropriate shifts in prescribing between hospital clinicians and GPs. For example, drugs which have been classified as RED are hospital only and should not be prescribed in primary care. 

The SWYAPC website (www.swyapc.org) may be a useful resource for pharmacy teams, particularly if dispensing a drug not commonly seen in primary care.  The website also hosts local prescribing guidelines, such as the local antibiotic formulary and wound management formulary, and is a good reference point for our local pharmacy teams.  There are some great resources on here, including respiratory resources (inhaler technique videos, inhaler leaflets for patients) and a wide array of antimicrobial resources.



Community Pharmacy Oral Anticoagulant Safety Audit

A new audit on oral anticoagulants has been created by the NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service and added to PharmOutcomes to help community pharmacy contractors comply with the clinical audit requirement of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework. 

The audit may be of particular use to any pharmacy team who has not yet undertaken a clinical audit during 2017/18. Find out more at: ow.ly/4dU730fGWyr.



Stay Well This Winter

All pharmacies should have now received their campaign packs for Stay Well This Winter.  If you have not yet received this pack, please contact partnerships@phe.gov.uk.



Antibiotic Campaign – Keep Antibiotics Working

The Keep Antibiotics Working Campaign was launched by Public Health England this month (October 2017) and will run for 8 weeks.  This is a national campaign designed to support the government’s efforts to reduce inappropriate prescriptions for antibiotics by raising awareness of the issues of antibiotic resistance and thereby reducing demand for these medicines from the public. 

Research has shown that inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics is, in part, due to patients expecting or demanding antibiotics, without understanding that they may not be effective for their illness. The focus of the Keep Antibiotics Working campaign is to tackle this lack of understanding and thereby help to reduce patient pressure for antibiotics. 

Please help support this important campaign by:

  • Displaying the “Keep Antibiotics Working” resources in a patient-facing area of your pharmacy (you should have received a poster with your “Stay Well this Winter” campaign pack).
  • You can order additional campaign resources which have been designed for pharmacy use.  This includes a campaign leaflet and checklist poster (images below).  These can be ordered free of charge from the Public Health England campaign resource centre here.
  • Discussing with patients’ key messages about antibiotics not being required for viral infections, the usual cause of most coughs, colds, earache, sinusitis, flu and sore throats. 


Additionally, if your pharmacy has an information screen / TV monitor in the waiting area, Public Health England has produced the Keep Antibiotics Working TV adverts which are available in both subtitled and sound versions and are in an MP4 format.  These can be viewed via the links below.  If you would like to download the videos, please click here.

Public Health England Keep Antibiotics Working Screen Animation

Public Health England Keep Antibiotics Working TV Ad


Other Antibiotic Resources

The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee (www.swyapc.org) has developed an antimicrobial campaign pack which contains some links to some great resources which pharmacy teams may find useful.  This is available below. 

Antimicrobial Campaign Pack


To link in with European Antibiotic Awareness Day (information below) Department of Health have produced a number of MP4 format videos for GP practice/pharmacy screens.  These can be viewed via the links below. 

Don't get prickly if your doctor won't prescribe you antibiotics

Feel like a lame duck?

Looking for a purrfect remedy for your cough

Sick as a parrot?

When you’re ill you’ll do anything to feel better

PHE will you be an Antibiotic Guardian?


National and International Antibiotic Campaigns

The dates for these awareness campaigns in 2017 are:

  • European Antibiotic Awareness Day: 18th November 2017
  • WHO World Antibiotic Awareness Week: 13th – 19th November 2017



Working with your GP Surgery – ‘Walk in my Shoes’

Community pharmacy teams need to work closely with colleagues in general practices in order to provide the best possible care for patients.  A ‘Walk in my Shoes’ project has shown that effective collaborative working is helped by GP and pharmacy teams understanding how their colleagues work on a day to day basis. 

‘Walk in my Shoes’ gives GP teams and pharmacy teams the opportunity to experience life in primary care from a different perspective:

  • Learn with and from each other to build relationships
  • Improve systems
  • Identify solutions to local problems together. 

PSNC have developed a toolkit based on this project and further links to help guide both teams to work together:

Melissa at Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire is looking for enthusiastic pharmacy teams that want to build stronger relationships with their GP practice.  If you would like to learn more about ‘Walk in my Shoes’ or would like help to engage with your local surgery, then please contact melissa@cpwy.org or tel: 07730030961 to discuss this further.



Medicines Optimisation Service in Calderdale

From 1st November 2017, the medicines optimisation service currently provided to GP practices in Calderdale by Prescribing Support Services, will be provided by the North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS).  Any queries about this change please contact Helen Foster, Medicines Management Lead, Calderdale CCG on 01422 307474.



Leeds Smoking Cessation Service

Please remember that the Smoking Cessation Service in Leeds ended on 30th September 2017.  Nicotine Replacement Voucher Scheme should have been returned by 15th October 2017

Smoking Cessation returns: **The last date for clients to quit was 30th September 2017, the last date for Q2 returns (July, August and September) is 24th November 2017**. 

Information on claims up to this period have been sent to you by Paul Lambert from Leeds City Council.  If you have not received this information or have any queries, then please contact him directly on 07712 214855 or paul.lambert@leeds.gov.uk. 

The letter that was sent out to pharmacies can be found below.

Leeds Smoking Cessation Service Letter



Wakefield Medicines Optimisation Autumn Bulletin 2017

Wakefield CCG have published their Autumn edition of their Medicines Optimisation Bulletin. The bulletin can be found below.  You can also access the bulletin on Skyline via: http://skyline.wakefieldccg.nhs.uk/Interact/Pages/Content/Document.aspx?id=5413

Wakefield Medicines Optimisation Bulletin



Prescribing Switches in Wakefield - Message for Wakefield Community Pharmacies

We have been informed by NHS Wakefield CCG that practices in Wakefield are going to be asked to work on three prescribing switches over the next couple of months.  These are:

  • Metformin MR 500mg and 1g to the branded-generic ‘Sukkarto’
  • Paracetamol 500mg to Mandanol
  • Co-dydramol 10/500 to Eroset 

The CCG has advised that the respective manufacturers have confirmed that stock is widely available. 

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire DOES NOT support these switches, however we want our teams in Wakefield to be aware of this work so that you can manage your stocks accordingly.

If you have any queries or concerns about these switches please contact Carly Day, Medicines Optimisation Lead, NHS Wakefield CCG on 01924 317519.



Training and Development


Health Education England (HEE) Quality Review of Pharmacy Education

Health Education England (HEE) are carrying out a Quality Review of Pharmacy Education, to assess the effectiveness of training and development for the pharmacy workforce across all sectors.  The review is based on the new HEE Quality Framework and will be carried out as collaboration between the School of Medicines Optimisation and HEE Yorkshire and the Humber Quality team. 

Please see letter and invitation below: 

HEE Quality Review of Pharmacy Education Invite Letter

HEE Quality Review of Pharmacy Education Invitation Flyer


HEE have stated that back fill may be available for community pharmacy staff who attend this event.  You must request and receive confirmation from HEE that they will fund back fill and the amount that will be funded on booking. 

Linda Garner, Quality Manager, will be managing the planning of this review, if you have any questions please feel free to contact her on linda.garner@hee.nhs.uk.  

You can book a place at one of these review days via Eventbrite:


Health Education England Community Pharmacy Tutor Training Events

The School of Medicines Optimisation and Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds, have developed a new event which is primarily for community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians supporting pre-registration trainees, however it will be useful to tutors of all pharmacy trainees. 

The day comprises of presentations and workshops designed to enable people to share ideas and experiences.  The aims of the day are to familiarise pre-registration pharmacist tutors and trainers with the programme and their role and to provide a forum for tutors and trainers to share experiences, expertise and clarify issues relating to the programme. 

For more information, please see event flyer below.  If you have any questions or queries, please contact Chris Bonsell (chris.bonsell@hee.nhs.uk), or Helen Bradbury (h.m.bradbury@leeds.ac.uk

HEE Community Pharmacy Tutor Training Events Flyer



CPPE Events

Details of other events being held by CPPE in the West Yorkshire area are on our website, click here

Events over the next month include: 

  • Antibacterials – Focal Point – 14th November 2017 in Leeds



News Digest - September 2017


Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire News


Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Fundraising – Three Peaks!

On Saturday 12th August 2017, the team at Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire (with the help of some of our friends) completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Nigel Hughes, who passed away unexpectedly on January 5ththis year.   


With over £2600 donated at the time of his death and over £2800 donated in support of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, the total donations so far in memory of Nigel stand at almost £5500!  We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated. 


There is still a chance to donate by clicking on the link below.  Any donations will be gratefully received. 




Information for Pharmacies Across West Yorkshire 


Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Leadership Event – Places still available!

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire still have a small number of places available on the following event: 


HLP Leadership training

Thursday 12th October 2017 in Bradford 


All Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire HLP Champions event have now run. 

For more information or if you are interested in booking on to our final HLP Leadership event, please visit: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/events.shtml#hlp.  There are only a small number of places left, so please book on as soon as possible. 

Details of alternative training providers and other useful information about HLP can be found on the PSNC at:http://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/locally-commissioned-services/healthy-living-pharmacies/.


Christmas and New Year Bank Holiday Opening 2017

We would like to remind contractors that Bank Holiday opening hours for the Christmas and New Year period, need to be sent to NHS England by Friday 29th September 2017.  The form that must be returned, along with the original letter you should have received can be found below.


Bank Holiday Opening Hours - Letter

Bank Holiday Opening Hours - Form


If you have any queries around this matter, please contact Kasey Hargreaves via: kasey.hargreaves@nhs.net.

Quality Payments: Action Required if you haven't got an NHSmail Account!

Having an NHSmail account for your pharmacy is a gateway criterion for the Quality Payments Scheme and it is also necessary for any community pharmacy contractor that wishes to provide the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS)

If you have applied for a shared NHSmail account, but have not yet had one allocated to your pharmacy, it is important that you act now. 

You should have received an email from NHS Digital in the last few weeks, which explains how to get your account set up.  The email asks contractors to complete the process for setting up a shared NHSmail account by providing some information on the NHSmail registration portal. This will include the creation of up to three personal accounts which will be used to access the shared account. Once you have completed your registration using the portal, you will be sent login details for the accounts so that you can activate them. 

The portal can also be used by contractors who have not previously applied for an account. 

Some multiple pharmacy groups are centrally managing the rollout of NHSmail to their pharmacies in partnership with NHS Digital. If your pharmacy is part of a multiple group, you should check with head office before you use the portal to complete setup of an NHSmail account.


What to do next

Once you are ready to set up a shared NHSmail account for your pharmacy and up to three personal accounts, follow the process explained in PSNC Briefing 058.17 How to complete the NHSmail registration process

During the registration process, if you are unable to locate your pharmacy within the portal, please contact pharmacyadmin@nhs.net and they will support you through the process. Further information and FAQs about NHSmail can be found on the PSNC NHSmail webpage

If you have any queries about Quality Payments, please contact Bushra on 07793 218060 or by email bushra@cpwy.org



Pre-registration Grants

We would like to remind all contractors that pre-registrations training grant claims need to be sent to the NHS England Local Area Team for authorisation (contact details can be found below).  Once authorised, the Local Area Team will instruct Primary Care Support England to pay claims via standardised monthly schedules. 

Email: england.wyat-phes@nhs.net

Telephone: 0113 825 2700


NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Webinars

The NHSBSA have held a number of webinars during September and are still holding webinars throughout October to assist community pharmacy contractors with the prescription item report, prescription switching, endorsing, pharmacy account submission, FP10MDA and flu vaccines.  The webinars would be useful for anyone in the pharmacy who deals with month end and/or endorsing.   The content will be as follows:

  1. Prescription Item Report- providing guidance in reconciling the Schedule of Payments with the Prescription Item Report.
  2. Prescription Switching - giving insight and guidance on why prescriptions are switched from exempt to chargeable or from chargeable to exempt.
  3. Endorsing - providing help and guidance on how and when to endorse prescriptions to ensure you receive accurate reimbursements for products you dispense and correct remuneration for the services you provide.
  4. Pharmacy account submission (pharmacy contractors only) - completing your submission document and shows you how to correctly prepare, sort and submit your account at the end of each month.
  5. FP10MDA forms - providing guidance and advice on completing and submitting your FP10MDA form.
  6. Flu vaccines - providing help and guidance on the 2017/2018 Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service, including how to register or deregister to provide this service, and also how to correctly submit claims for payment.

The dates and times of the webinars can be found at  http://psnc.org.uk/our-news/nhs-prescription-services-webinars/

Contractors will need to register to join a webinar at least two business days in advance of the date they wish to attend and places are limited so contractors are encouraged to register early. 

Details on how to register are provided on the NHS BSA website: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pharmacies-gp-practices-and-appliance-contractors/hints-and-tips-open-days-and-webinars


National Approach to MUR PPV to start in October

From next month, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) will start undertaking post-payment verification (PPV) of payments to community pharmacy contractors for provision of the Medicines Use Review (MUR) service. This will involve requesting evidence from a sample of contractors to support payment claims they have submitted for MURs over a specified period.  For more information, please visit: http://psnc.org.uk/our-news/national-approach-to-mur-ppv-to-start-in-october/. 


Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven (AWC) – Changes to Gluten-Free Prescribing

We have been advised by AWC CCG that from September 2017 onwards they are supporting GP practices to stop prescribing gluten-free (GF) foods for patients of all ages.  You should have received a letter from the CCG advising you of this, copy below.  You may wish to adjust your stock levels as a result of this change.  Further information on this decision can be found on the CCG website at: http://www.airedalewharfedalecravenccg.nhs.uk/decision-on-future-prescribing-of-gluten-free-food-in-airedale-wharfedale-and-craven/

Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven (AWC) - Gluten Free Letter 



Calderdale Directory of Services

Calderdale have launched an online Directory of Services for local voluntary sector organisations to promote the work they do in Calderdale.  http://cvac.org.uk/directory/ 

The directory includes up to date information about voluntary sector organisations in Calderdale and the services they offer.  The directory allows pharmacy teams to search for groups by postcode or keyword (eg carer, dementia, asthma).  The directory is a useful tool which will allow pharmacy teams to signpost patients to groups and services in Calderdale that can provide them with additional support.



Calderdale - Staying Well

The Staying Well team works with people to access the hundreds of social and physical activities available in the community as a way to address loneliness and isolation.   People with active social lives tend to be happier and healthier and may even see health improvements. 

Any adult in Calderdale can benefit from the service which is client-led.  The Staying Well worker will spend time with a client to identify the support they need and help them to navigate a range of services.  Support can range between providing information about local activities and organisations to accompanying a client to an activity to help them to settle in. The Staying Well service also works with community groups to develop social activities and interventions that meet the needs of the clients including volunteering opportunities. 

Pharmacy teams can refer directly to the service or encourage the client to self-refer to the Staying Well service. More information about the service can be found here: stayingwellhub.com including how to make a referral. 

Calderdale Staying Well Poster

Calderdale Staying Well Leaflet

Calderdale Staying Well Referral Form



Co-proxamol - Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees

Please be aware that the GP practices in Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees are actively reviewing patients prescribed co-proxamol.  Patients are being invited into the GP practice for a review and discussion around stopping co-proxamol.  

Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees - Co-proxomol Letter



Training and Development 

Health Education England (HEE) Me and My Medicines Launch Event - Leeds

Over the last couple of years a project has been developed in collaboration with Leeds CCGs and patient participation groups to bring about improvements in patient relationships with their medicines and receiving the right help, at the right time, and from the right place.  This project is called Me and My Medicines. 


It is expected this project will have far reaching benefits for patients and professionals alike such as improving medication-taking, reducing costs of medicines and waste, improve patient confidence in managing their own medicines and their conditions, and reduction in unnecessary GP appointments or hospital admissions. 


Health Education England (HEE) would like to take the opportunity to invite you to the Me and My Medicines launch event. 


Places are limited and given on a first come first served basis.  For more information and to book your place, please visit www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/9722/me-and-my-medicines.



CPPE Events

Details of other events being held by CPPE in the West Yorkshire area are on our website, click here

Events over the next month include: 

  • Antibacterials – Focal Point – 14th November 2017 in Leeds
  • What’s new in the BNF (British National Formulary)an event for pre-registration students – 1st November 2017 in Brighouse


News Digest - July 2017


Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire News


Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Fundraising - Three Peaks!

There is less than a week left to go until the team at Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire (with the help of some of our friends) take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 12th August to raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Nigel Hughes, who passed away unexpectedly on January 5th this year.  

Nigel was well-loved, admired and respected by all who knew him and his death is a massive loss to us all. 

Any donations will be gratefully received.  



Information for Pharmacies Across West Yorkshire


National Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey

Community pharmacy contractors* across England will shortly receive an email from NHS England asking them to participate in the first ever national community pharmacy workforce survey. 

The online questionnaire about the pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, medicines counter and dispensary workforce in each pharmacy is being conducted for Health Education England (HEE).  The survey is designed to inform the commissioning of future education and development programmes for community pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the wider team. 

Contractors will receive by email a unique, secure log-in to access to survey and will have until 31st September 2017 to complete the survey.  If you would like more information or if you have any queries, please visit https://hee.nhs.uk/pharmacy_workforce_survey or email england.cpws@nhs.net

*Asda, Boots, Lloyds, Morrisons, Rowlands, Superdrug, Tesco, and Well have already completed the survey centrally, so pharmacies within those companies will not receive a request to complete the survey.


New Psychoactive Substances – Briefing for Professionals

We have added a briefing to our website discussing Spice.  Spice is a nickname for a herbal mixture containing one or more of a group of drugs called synthetic cannabinoids.  The briefing includes details on what Spice is, the effects of Spice, dealing with Spice overdose and the potential medicines interactions. To access the briefing, please visit:



Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Leadership and Champions Events

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire are pleased to announce that we are holding additional Healthy Living Pharmacy training events. 

We have sufficient funding remaining from Health Education England, Yorkshire and the Humber (HEE) which is allowing us to offer this additional training free of charge.  Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Pharmacies require only one leader, and at this time, we can only accept one person per pharmacy on the Champions training.  Your HLP Champion should cover full-time equivalent hours (35 hours per week) and be customer facing.  Please bear this in mind when selecting your attendee. 

Contractors (ie pharmacy owners) are required to read and acknowledge the agreement which can be found on our website, when registering staff for places on these training events. 

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please click here

If you are successful in securing a place on this training, you will receive a confirmation email advising you of the details. 

If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend please let us know as soon as possible.  It is important to note that the pharmacy will be invoiced £120 for non-attendance unless 48 hours’ notice of cancellation is given.


Closure of Green Road Surgery in Meanwood

Pharmacies in the area of Green Road Surgery in Meanwood should have received a letter from the surgery detailing their intention to close this branch surgery.  However, before any decision is made the practice is undertaking a 12-week consultation open to all registered patients as well as any other stakeholders with an interest in local services.  The consultation runs from Monday 10th July 2017 to 2nd October 2017.  Please see the links below of a copy of the letter and patient leaflet which have been sent to all the surgery’s registered patients. 

The Avenue Surgery Letter

The Avenue Surgery Leaflet


Leeds CCGs Prescribing Consultation

Leeds CCGs have expressed thanks to pharmacies across Leeds for their engagement with this consultation, which has now closed.  Please remove any posters regarding the consultation and dispose of any remaining surveys.


Are you on PSNC’s mailing list?

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), which represents NHS community pharmacy contractors and supports their teams, sends regular emails aimed at contractors and their teams.  These include a weekly round-up of news and resources, as well as alerts when updates are made to the price concessions/NCSO list, or urgent news is announced. 

The newsletters cover a range of topics including changes to contractual requirements, service announcements, Drug Tariff updates and funding arrangements. 

The emails also highlight PSNC's Community Pharmacy News digital magazine, which is a monthly guide to the most important pharmacy news.  An online magazine reader can be used to browse on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, or a downloadable PDF version can be printed.  To access the latest Community Pharmacy News, click here

Whether you own, manage or work in a community pharmacy, PSNC's emails are likely to contain relevant and important information for you, so please sign up at: psnc.org.uk/enews


Training and Development


Community Pharmacy Forward View Events

The Community Pharmacy Forward View events will provide you with an opportunity to hear more about the Community Pharmacy Forward View and discuss the integration and contribution of community pharmacy to the NHS Forward View, GP Forward View and Sustainability and Transformation Plans in West Yorkshire.  Speakers will provide an overview of the strategic direction including the work being undertaken locally. 

Events are being held on: 

  • Tuesday 5th September 2017 - Leeds
  • Wednesday 20th September 2017 - Bradford 

Events begin at 7.15pm and end by 8.45pm.  Food will be available from 6.30pm.  The events are open to the whole pharmacy team.  You are able to attend either of these events if you work within the Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire area.

If you are interested in attending one of these events, or would like some more information, please click here.


CPPE Events

Details of events being held by CPPE in the West Yorkshire area are on our website, click here

Events over the next month include: 

  • Dementia – Focal Point – 13th September 2017 in Brighouse
  • Emergency Contraception – 25th September 2017 in Wakefield
  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults – 6th September 2017 in Bradford
  • Type 2 Diabetes – Focal Point – 27th September 2017 in Leeds