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Drug Tariff Watch: April 2019 changes

The Preface lists additions, deletions and alterations to the Drug Tariff. Below is a quick summary of the changes due to take place from 1st April 2019. Part VIIIA additions Category A: Ketoconazole 200mg tablets (60) Category C: Baricitinib 2mg tablets (28) – Olumiant Baricitinib 4mg tablets (28) – Olumiant Budesonide 200micrograms/dose dry powder inhalation cartridge...

5 hours ago

March 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 Concession Price Alverine 60mg capsules 100 £2.82 Brimonidine 0.2% eye drops 5ml £3.20 Bumetanide 1mg tablets 28 £1.94 Candesartan 4mg tablets 7 £0.76 Carvedilol 6.25mg tablets 28 £0.83 Carvedilol 25mg tablets 28 £3.87 Co-careldopa 25/100mg...

22 hours ago

Quality Payments: Updated gateway criteria report now available

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has updated its weekly gateway criteria report, allowing community pharmacy contractors to check whether they have been assessed, using national datasets, as meeting four of the five gateway criteria (Advanced Services, NHS website, Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) and NHSmail) – due to cyber security reasons, the report does not...

2 days ago

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Deadline Tracker March 2019 

Please see our March 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 - March 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 - 21st March 2019   


Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Vacancies 


Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire is delighted to announce two opportunities to join our team.    Both roles are permanent, the first is a full-time role as our Contractor Support Lead and the second is a part-time role as our Contractor Liaison.  

Further details and job descriptions for both roles can be found below and on website here: http://www.cpwy.org/vacancies.shtml


Contractor Support Lead Job Description 

Contractor Liaison Job Description



Information for Pharmacies across West Yorkshire



National roll out of Schedule 2 & 3 Controlled Drugs (CDs) in EPS 

The national roll out of controlled drugs (CDs) in EPS for EMIS Web users will take place between 25th March 2019 and 8th April 2019.  The roll out to SystmOne and Vision completed on 11th March 2019 and all GP practices using these systems are now live with CDs functionality. 

The number of CD prescriptions you receive via EPS will continue to increase as more GP practices have the functionality switched on.  It is important that all staff working in your pharmacy, including locums, are aware of the roll out and are prepared to dispense an electronic prescription for a controlled drug. 

If you receive a prescription for a Schedule 2 or 3 CD via EPS, you should dispense it as you would any other electronic prescription. Processing Schedule 2 & 3 CDs electronically using EPS will make the process safer and more secure.  You may find it useful to check when the GP practices local to you are going live by checking the roll out schedule

As patients can nominate any EPS Release 2 enabled pharmacy in England, you could receive an electronic CD prescription at any time, even if there are no GP practices close to you with CD functionality enabled. GP practices taking part in the EPS Phase 4 pilot will prescribe CDs electronically both for patients with nominations and for those without (on Phase 4 tokens). 

For more information and best practice guidance, visit the NHS Digital website


Video Produced on Young Adult Carers and Pharmacy Support 

A video has been produced to highlight how community pharmacies can help identify and support young adult carers with the medicines they collect and help administer.  It features two young adult carers, one caring for her mum with mental health problems and the other for her brother with Down's syndrome. There is also input from a community pharmacist about what pharmacy teams can do to help carers like these manage medicines more effectively. 

Watch the video 

For more information on how community pharmacy teams can help carers in their work, please visit PSNC’s Support for Carers webpage.



Interim Funding Announcement - Impact on MURs 

PSNC announced earlier this month the interim funding arrangements for community pharmacy.  During the interim period, contractors will be paid for a maximum of 200 Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) from 1st April to 30th September 2019.  This is because further discussions about the service will form part of the wider negotiations. 

Please ensure that your pharmacy does not exceed 200 MURs within the 6-month period as you will not be paid for any MURs delivered over and above the agreed 200.  Please note that this is not a reduction in the number of MURs a pharmacy can deliver pro-rate but ensures there is not over-delivery within the next 6 months. 

Full details can be accessed here: https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/community-pharmacy-funding-announcement-interim-arrangements/.



'Looking out for our Neighbours' Campaign 

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (the ICS) launched the 'Looking out for our Neighbours' campaign on the 15th March 2019.  Pharmacies can take part by pledging to look out for your neighbours, click here, and showing your support for the campaign by taking a picture and adding onto social media using #OurNeighbours. 

The printable photo prop and instructions can be accessed below.  Its quick to do and demonstrates community pharmacies ongoing commitment to support you community. 

Printable Photo Prop and Instructions



Measles Update 

Bradford CCG have provided the following update.  Although specific to Bradford the information and advice is relevant to all areas.  Following the measles outbreak in Bradford, Public Health England have reported: 

  • There were 77 confirmed cases in Bradford.
  • 90% of patients vaccination status was known.
  • 93% of cases with known vaccination status had no record of an MMR vaccination.
  • 16 cases were in children aged under 13 months, who are too young to receive any measles containing vaccine.
  • Herd immunity by high vaccine uptake is the most effective prevention- 95% of the population is required for this. 


  • Suggest patients do not attend the pharmacy premises if measles is suspected, only 15 minutes contact is required to contract measles.
  • Suggest all staff in community pharmacy are fully vaccinated.
  • Promote Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination.
  • Be vigilant it is likely that another case of measles may present. 

If you suspect a patient has measles, the advice is for them to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice.  If they present to the pharmacy and measles is suspected, ask patient to go home and telephone their GP practice.  Patients with suspected measles should be asked to STAY AWAY from GP surgeries and A&E departments as they could spread the illness to others. 

Public information on measles, including pictures of the rash, can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/.  Public Health England are trying to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of measles and encourage those not vaccinated to seek MMR vaccination. The “Measles – Don’t Let Your Child Catch It” poster may be useful: Measles - Don't let your child catch it!



Public Health Information


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


Diabetes Prevention Week – 1st – 7th April 2019 

Diabetes Prevention Week runs from 1st - 7 April 2019 and is a joint campaign from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK. It aims to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes, at-risk groups, complications and importantly; how to prevent it. 

The Diabetes Prevention Week toolkit includes everything a GP Practice, pharmacy or any other local NHS, council or community organisation needs to run their own Type 2 diabetes prevention event during the week; including posters, leaflets, ‘how do you measure up?’ waist tape measures and more. Like last year, there are two toolkits available; one that includes Type 2 diabetes prevention messaging and points to a local Healthier You service, and another that just includes generic Type 2 diabetes prevention messaging. 

Free Diabetes Prevention Week toolkits are now available to pre-order from the Campaign Resource Centre



Training and Development



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.


Data Security and Protection Toolkit Pharmacy Training 

Need help and support to make sure your staff are accredited for Level 1 Data Security before the 31st March deadline?  Want to brief the team, but not sure where to start?  Then this FREE online training is for you.  For more information, please see this short clip about the course and the flyer below: https://vimeo.com/320564090.  If you are interested in this module, please see our website: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/e-learning.shtml#DSP

Data Security and Protection Toolkit Training Flyer



Preventing Falls Training Just Announced! 

Course Objectives: 

  • To understand the main risk factors that cause falls.
  • To ensure pharmacy teams know which medicines can increase the chance of people falling.
  • To understand the importance of looking after your body as you get older to prevent falls.
  • To make pharmacy teams aware of the questions in the self-assessment tool so that they can share it with customers. 

For more information please see the video and flyer below: 

Video: https://vimeo.com/322081204

Flyer: Preventing Falls Training Flyer



Recent e-Learning modules that are available are listed below: 

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 


Upcoming events / training still available are listed below: 

  • Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Free Training
  • Fully Funded Postgraduate Courses for Pharmacists
  • Gain Recognition for your Pharmacy Services by Studying for a Postgraduate Qualification via the Pharmacy Integration Fund
  • Dementia Friends Sessions 

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



CPPE Events 

Some of the upcoming CPPE events can be found below: 

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – Thursday 28th March 2019 

More information can be found on our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/events.shtml#cppe.



Other Information



PSNC Communications 

Sign up to the PSNC Mailing List to ensure you receive the weekly newsletters, alerts and updates here: http://psnc.org.uk/latest-news/email-sign-up/.



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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