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Pregabalin update

Pharmacy teams may be aware of the recent patent litigation of Lyrica. The patent is now set to expire and NHS England has released new guidance  in regards to the prescribing and dispensing of pregabalin, which comes into effect from 17th July 2017. Pharmacy teams should note that when dispensing pregabalin for the treatment of any condition,...

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Steve Brine MP to have responsibility for pharmacy in new ministerial role

Steve Brine, the MP for Winchester, is the new minister with responsibility for pharmacy. Mr Brine was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health last week by Prime Minister Theresa May, but his ministerial brief was not known at that point. Mr Brine is a long-term Conservative activist and has served as Jeremy...

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PSNC Judicial Review Appeal Update

PSNC has received permission to appeal in its Judicial Review Case against the Secretary of State. On 20th October 2016, the Secretary of State imposed funding cuts and other changes on community pharmacy. PSNC sought Judicial Review of the decision.  On 18 May 2017, Mr Justice Collins gave his judgment, finding against PSNC, but criticising the Department of Health’s (DH’s) consultation process, stating that it was...

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News Digest  31st April 2017


Payment Claims

With immediate effect, all 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


Capita PCSE Services Update

NHS England has set up an email account to handle claims from community pharmacy contractors who have incurred losses due to poor service from PCSE. 

This follows a range of issues that have arisen since Capita’s takeover of the PCSE service contract in 2015, including where statutory deadlines and time limits for market entry, set out in the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013, have not been met, or where payments such as pre-registration payments have been made late. 

Further information for contractors wishing to raise issues can be found on the PSNC website: 



New registration process for access to Summary Care Record

A new process has been established for contractors to go live with Summary Care Records (SCR).  A key difference is that staff are no longer required to attend face-to-face training. 

PSNC has updated its SCR implementation checklist to reflect the change and further information, including new online training for SCR Governance Persons (formerly Privacy Officers), is available on NHS Digital's website.


New Emergency Contraceptive Guidelines Launched

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare have recently launched new guidance, (see here), on emergency contraception following a survey which found that only 15% of women, aged 18-45, who had been offered or accessed emergency contraception said that they had been offered the copper intrauterine device (Cu-IUD).  This new guidance aims to bridge the gap in awareness and knowledge and provides clear evidence-based information for healthcare professionals and all those involved in advising and caring for women who access emergency contraception. 

In line with NICE guidance, the recommendations mark a new emphasis on advising women that the Cu-IUD, is the most effective method of emergency contraception.  All healthcare professionals who provide emergency contraception should offer women the Cu-IUD, and if they cannot provide it, refer them on to services that can. 

Other key changes include:

  • Ulipristal acetate (EllaOne®) now classed as first-line oral emergency contraceptive
  • Guidance relating to emergency contraception and earliest date of ovulation
  • Updated figures from the Office of National Statistics. 

If you are involved in advising or caring for women who may need emergency contraception, please make sure you read this updated guidance to ensure any advice you give is the most up-to-date.  CPPE have also updated their e-learning package to fit it with these changes so this may be a good opportunity for you to update your learning.


Remember to Advise Women that Oral Emergency Contraception (EC) Methods Do Not Provide Ongoing Contraception

Local Sexual Health services have reported an increased number of patients recently who have had a positive pregnancy test after taking ulipristal and patients have advised that they were unaware that they needed to use additional barrier contraception after taking. 

Providers of oral EC should advise women that oral EC methods do not provide contraceptive cover for subsequent UPSI and that they will need to use contraception or abstain from sex to avoid further risk of pregnancy. 

Additionally, for women taking hormonal contraception, the effectiveness of ulipristal can be reduced if a woman takes progestogen in the 5 days after taking ulipristal.  Women should therefore be advised to wait 5 days after ulipristal before starting their hormonal contraception and should be advised to use condoms or abstain from sex until their contraceptive method is effective.  Refer to pages 29-31 of the The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Guidance


MUR / NMS Data

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) now administers the collection of completed MUR and NMS electronic reporting templates from pharmacy contractors on behalf of NHS England.  Pharmacy contractors will no longer receive any reminder and will therefor need to remember to submit their completed quarterly MUR and NMS electronic reporting templates to the NHSBSA via the Information Services Portal

We have recently received notification from NHSBSA that there are a significant number of pharmacies which have not yet submitted / had problems submitting quarterly information for NMS and MUR interventions.  There have been a number of pharmacy contractors where no quarterly information has been received at all and some contractors which have attempted to submit via the spreadsheet but the information has not been accepted due to changes made to the format of the spreadsheet by the pharmacy. 

For more information, please see NHSBSA website: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/PrescriptionServices/5539.aspx


7-Day Prescribing Guide

Pharmacies are reminded of the 7-Day Prescribing Guide.  We have become aware that several GP practices are reviewing their policy on providing 7-day prescriptions and this guide can assist you in your discussions with GPs.

For more information on the 7 Day Prescribing Guide, click here.


Repeat Dispensing

There is a move both nationally and within West Yorkshire to increase the use of electronic repeat dispensing.  Some CCGs are encouraging practices to meet with local pharmacies to discuss the implementation of repeat dispensing and this would be a good opportunity for partnership working and to discuss the logistics of the service. 

Links to useful information / resources are included below.


NHS Digital resources 


PSNC resources 


Resources to support patients

The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee website contains a range of videos and leaflets designed to help patients use their inhalers. 

These resources can be used to support inhaler checks with patients.  The leaflets include a link to the inhaler video page on the APC’s website, so patients can watch them at home. 



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 – 25th May 2017 in Leeds
  • Primary care pharmacy study day – 9th May 2017 in Leeds
  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults* – 25th May 2017 in Brighouse

*CPPE have asked that we highlight this Safeguarding training to contractors.  Completing this workshop will give you a better understanding of safeguarding and will leave you better placed to complete the assessment afterwards to meet this Quality Payment criterion. 


PSNC – Community Pharmacy News

The Community Pharmacy News monthly magazine will no longer be posted out to pharmacies.  

To access the latest Community Pharmacy News, click here.




News Digest 28th February 2017

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Vacancies


Contractor Quality and Development Lead

We have an exciting opportunity to join Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire (CPWY) and support pharmacy contractors across West Yorkshire in achieving the Quality Payments available to them in the NHS contract. 

We are looking for an individual with knowledge of the NHS and a passion for community pharmacy, as well as great communication and people skills, and a full driving licence.  Ideally, you will have some experience of community pharmacy and you may already be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council. 

This is a 3-day week, 1 year fixed-term contract.  Salary is competitive and dependent on experience. 

Applications should be made by sending your CV and covering letter explaining why you are suitable for this role to: kathryn@cpwy.org.  If you require more information regarding the role, please email: ruth@cpwy.org

Contractor Quality and Development Lead Job Description and Person Specification 

Closing date for applications is 12noon on Monday 6th March 2017.  Interviews will be held on Monday 13th March 2017.



Public Health and Engagement Lead

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire (CPWY) is a highly respected and successful Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) representing over 560 contractors.  Recognised nationally for being a role-model LPC through its empowered workforce, stakeholder engagement, service innovation and contractor support. 

CPWY have continued to develop and deliver the public health role within community pharmacy.   We now have an exciting opportunity for a Public Health Development Manager to join our team and be the Public Health and Engagement Lead for CPWY. 

We are looking for a strategic thinker and outstanding communicator with an in-depth knowledge of Public Health and a keen interest in Community Pharmacy.  You will be responsible for the funding provision to meet and deliver the public health strategy, ensuring that contractors are well equipped to optimise all opportunities in the Health and Social Care landscape.  You will work closely with our award-winning team and report to the Chief Executive Officer. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who shares our values and motivations, to work to make a positive difference for community pharmacy contractors in West Yorkshire. 

It is a full-time position, based in Leeds, attracting a competitive salary and contributory pension scheme. 

Public Health and Engagement Lead Job Description and Person Specification 

Closing date for applications is 12noon on Monday 13th March 2017.  Interviews will be held on Monday 20th March 2017.


National No Smoking Day (8th March 2017)

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust are collating resources for campaign packs which will be distributed to NHS sites in Bradford and Airedale. 

In addition to this, Public Health England have a Health Harms / Smokefree campaign resource ordering mechanism specifically for community pharmacy.  More information and how to order resources can be found here: Public Health England - SmokeFree 2017 Poster


IG Toolkit Submission

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded that the deadline for submitting this year’s information governance (IG) toolkit is 31st March 2017.  Contractors are encouraged to complete the IG toolkit sooner rather than later and to use this as an opportunity to comprehensively review their IG processes.  Further guidance and support is available from:  psnc.org.uk/ig


A Useful Resource for Pharmacies - Infective Conjunctivitis Poster

The Royal College of General Practitioners have published a useful poster aimed at parents of children with infective conjunctivitis.  It is aimed at helping to convince parents that they don’t need antibiotic eye drops at the first sign of infection and has some useful tips on how to best manage the condition.  The poster would be a useful addition to any pharmacy waiting area and can be downloaded from: http://d1c7lpjmvlh0qr.cloudfront.net/uploads/q/y/g/RCGP-conjunctivtis-poster-2016.pdf


Patient Safety Notices

Patient Safety LogoAdvisory Note from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service – Head-lice 



There has been a recent serious incident in West Yorkshire in which a child’s hair was accidently set alight during treatment with a head-lice product.

An advisory note has been issued reminding parents and carers to always read and follow the instructions carefully when using chemical insecticide products because these treatments contain flammable elements.

Hair dryers, or any other ignition source such as matches, lighters and candles, must NOT be used near anyone during the treatment process (whilst the product is being used). 

It is important that all pharmacists and pharmacy staff make users aware of the potential risk when selling alcohol-based head lice lotions. The manufacturer’s instructions clearly state that the lotion is flammable but busy parents may not always find the time to read the instructions before application.


A Change to Branded Amoxicillin Capsules (Amoxil) in Wakefield

NHS Wakefield CCG have advised that they will shortly be promoting Amoxil® 500mg and 250mg capsules, (via the point of prescribing software ScriptSwitch®), as this currently offers the NHS value for money when prescribing amoxicillin.  This will be continuously reviewed as with all initiatives in Primary Care.  Amoxil is widely available through all major wholesalers and there should not be any problem obtaining supplies.   If there are any problems with supply or you have any questions, please contact Lyndsey Clayton Lyndsey.clayton@wakefieldccg.nhs.uk


Kirklees Stay Warm Over Winter - Leaflet


This leaflet details the of range of advice and support available to help households, which includes saving money and increasing income, home improvements and help with housing. 

Fuel poverty affects around 11.6% of people living in Kirklees.  Living in fuel poverty can have a significant impact on both physical and emotional health.  It increases the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular conditions and can also increase stress and other mental health conditions.  Fuel poverty poses a greater risk to people who are over 65, those with long term conditions, young families, disabled people, pregnant women and low income households. 

Where appropriate, it would be useful to ask if at risk patients are experiencing (or are likely to experience) difficulties keeping their home warm enough.  Living in a cold home may have a greater effect on people who have to spend longer than an average amount of time at home. This could include those with chronic health conditions (including terminal illnesses) or disabilities.  Be aware that people may not want to admit they are having difficulties paying for heating. 

The leaflet can be used for any patients who require further advice or support and can also be used by staff for signposting.  You can also access further details at



Calderdale Healthy Early Years Website - A parents’ guide from birth to 5

The Healthy Early Years website is a useful resource both for pharmacy teams to promote to families and for pharmacy teams to use to provide up-to-date messages about health to the families of children aged 0-5 years.





RPS Symposium Event

RPS West Yorkshire are holding their annual symposium: 

Sunday 19th March 2017

Holiday Inn, Brighouse

10am (registration and coffee) to 3.15pm (close) 

The event is supported by Pfizer and a range of stands including RPS and local pharmacy groups will support the networking opportunities available over lunch. 

The programme includes two key note speakers, Robbie Turner, new RPS Director for England, and Professor Liz Kay, Head of the School of Medicines Optimisation for Health Education England, who will be covering national and local priorities. 

There will also be workshops covering a range of topics of interest to pharmacists working in most areas of practice.  These will cover the RPS priorities of high pharmacy standards, working in GP surgeries and supporting patients with long term conditions. 

Book early using the RPS booking system.  Non-members can also book on this system.  

For additional information please contact Gill Hawksworth, G.Hawksworth@hud.ac.uk

RPSWY Symposium Event


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:

  • Care Homes, Medicines and Older People – 7th March 2017 in Leeds
  • Epilepsy – 23rd March 2017 in Leeds
  • Leadership School – 3rd March 2017 in Leeds
  • Palliative Care – 8th March 2017 in Brighouse
  • Polypharmacy –14th March 2017 in Leeds