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January edition of CPN magazine now available

The January 2019 edition of PSNC’s Community Pharmacy News (CPN) is now available. This month’s CPN features: NHS ten-year plan published; IG support materials; Quality Payments declaration; and Price concession flow chart. View our CPN magazine online via the flipbook reader below or download the PDF copy. Please note, the colour PDF can be printed...

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#checkbeforeyoutick – how can you help?

The NHS Business Services Authority’s ‘Check Before You Tick’ campaign aimed to help patients understand their eligibility for free NHS prescriptions, and to highlight the possible consequences of making an incorrect claim. We spoke to Tori Hutchinson who worked on the campaign to find out more. Hi I’m Tori and I’m a Lead Digital Delivery Manager at...

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January 2019 Price Concessions/NCSO – 1st update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Allopurinol 100mg tablets 28 £1.70 Allopurinol 300mg tablets 28 £3.68 Co-careldopa 25mg/100mg tablets 100 £10.69 Diamorphine 10mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.56 Diamorphine 30mg powder for solution for injection ampoules...

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Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire News Digests

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News Digest - 17th January 2019   


Information for Pharmacies across West Yorkshire



Important Update to Bricanyl Turbohaler: 

The inhaler device for Bricanyl 500 microgram Turbohaler has changed in the UK from a Mark 2, to a Mark 3 Turbohaler device. Healthcare Professionals should be aware of the differences between these two versions of Turbohaler: 

  • The new Bricanyl Mark 3 Turbohaler has a lower airflow resistance than the Mark 2 Turbohaler (which means that people need to inhale fasterto achieve the same lung deposition).
    • If checking inspiratory flow, healthcare professionals should use the ‘Turbohaler S (Symbicort)’ setting on an In-Check DIAL G16 Inspiratory Flow Meter rather than the ‘Turbohaler (Pulmicort)’ setting
  • Changes to the physical appearance of the new Bricanyl Mark 3 Turbohaler are:
    • It now has a dose counter rather than a cog wheel dose indicator
    • It contains 120 doses rather than 100 doses in the Mark 2 Turbohaler 

This change in Bricanyl Turbohaler aligns it with the design and airflow resistance of Symbicort Turbohaler.



NHSmail - Accounts Automatically De-Activated 

All users of NHSmail (both premises accounts and personal NHSmail accounts) are reminded that NHSmail accounts that are not utilised for 90 days, will be de-activated and will be permanently deleted after a further 90 days. 

Password will also need to be changed at least every 90 days and you will receive several email reminders to do so before your password expires. You will need to ensure your account remains active by changing your password at least every 90 days otherwise it may be de-activated or removed from the service. 

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire recommend that each contractor logs into pharmacy premises NHSmail as an essential daily task to get vital contractual communications from NHS England, NHS Business Services Authority and Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire.  This will enable the pharmacy to keep up to date with communications and will also prevent the pharmacy NHSmail account from being deactivated. 

Further information on NHSmail can be found on the PSNC website here: https://psnc.org.uk/contract-it/pharmacy-it/nhs-mail/.



Scholarship opportunity for MSc/PG Dip Clinical Pharmacy (Community) 

The University of Bradford, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences is pleased to offer one scholarship for the MSc/PGDip Clinical Pharmacy (Community) Programme. The scholarship is £1400 applied as a fee discount in year 1 of the programme, and £1400 in year 2 of the programme, subject to satisfactory academic progress. 

Applications are open to pharmacists assessed as home, UK students, registered with the GPhC and working as a pharmacist in a patient facing capacity in the UK.  The closing date for scholarship applications is the 21st January 2019. 

Further information about the programme can be found on the following link: https://www.bradford.ac.uk/courses/pg/clinical-pharmacy-community/

Completion of the Scholarship application form can be achieved by clicking on the ‘scholarships’ link which is further down the programme information page under the heading ‘Fees, finance and scholarships’.  The date of entry year is 2018/19 and the programme is MSc/PG Dip Clinical Pharmacy (Community) to enable completion of the application form.



Suicide Prevention e-Learning 

Health Education England / Public Health England have produced an e-Learning resource for the health, social care and voluntary sector workforce.  The purpose of the programme is to support the ambition of reducing the stigma associated with suicide, to help everyone see that simply asking someone how they are and talking about suicide can really help. The briefing below includes further information. 

Suicide Prevention Briefing 

The learning can be accessed here:  www.nwyhelearning.nhs.uk/elearning/HEE/SuicidePrevention/index.html.



Quality Payments Information



Quality Payments Scheme-Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) 

To meet this quality criterion contractors must meet two requirements:

1.      On the day of the review, the pharmacy is a Healthy Living Pharmacy level 1 (self-assessment). 

Contractors are reminded that if their pharmacy was accredited as an HLP Level 1 locally or through the profession led self-assessment process this accreditation is only valid for two years. Therefore, if contractors were accredited before 16th February 2017, the will need to formally re-accredit their pharmacy through the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) as an HLP to meet the quality criterion on the day of the review (15th February 2019). 

 2.      On the day of the review 80% of staff working at the pharmacy (including pharmacy professionals) that provide healthcare advice to the public have successfully completed the CPPE children’s oral health training assessment. 

The CPPE Children’s oral health video and e-assessment can be accessed on the pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme page on the CPPE website.  https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/quality-payments 

Further information about the HLP Quality Criterion can be found at https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-services/quality-payments-healthy-living-pharmacy-hlp-self-assessment/.



Quality Payments Scheme- NSAID Audit 

For contractors to meet this quality criterion they must assess all patients aged 65 years or over who present a prescription for any oral NSAID or cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX2) selective inhibitor (this does not include patients prescribed aspirin) and check if they have been prescribed gastro-protection, if this is not the case then these patients should be referred to a prescriber for a review. 

Contractors must collect data for two weeks with a minimum of ten patients participating in the audit. In cases where there is difficulty in finding 10 patients to participate, the audit should be extended to four weeks after which contractors can submit the data with the number of patients they have if less than ten. 

Where a contractor is unable to complete the NSAID audit due to the fact that they have not identified any eligible patients during the audit period the contractor should send an email to the NHSBSA Provider Assurance Team following the process outlined by PSNC accessed here: https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-services/quality-payments/quality-payments-nsaids-audit/

Further information about the audit and how to submit the data please see: https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-services/quality-payments/quality-payments-nsaids-audit/.



Quality Payments Scheme- Risk Management 

The risk management quality criterion states that, on the day of the review 80% of registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy have satisfactorily completed the CPPE Risk Management training.  This quality criterion applies to all registered pharmacy professionals including pharmacy technicians and locums working at the pharmacy. 

The CPPE risk management guide and e-assessment can be accessed on the pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme on the CPPE website: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/quality-payments

The pharmacy MUST ALSO have available for inspection at the review point, 15th February 2019, at premises level, an example of a risk review that the pharmacy team at the premises have drawn up for a risk in that pharmacy that has been identified and prioritised with identified risk minimisation actions that the pharmacy team is taking. 

Further information and templates to complete the risk management can be found at https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-services/quality-payments/quality




Further information about the Quality Payments Scheme can be found in the NHS guidance here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/primarycare/pharmacy/framework/pqp/ and the PSNC website: https://psnc.org.uk/servicescommissioning/essential-services/quality-payments/. 

If you have any questions about Quality Payments or would like any specific support around any of the criteria, please contact Bushra Effendi by email bushra@cpwy.org or by telephone on 07793 218 060.



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. 

The latest e-Learning module is on Cervical Cancer Screening! 


Course Objectives:

  • To increase understanding of the symptoms of cervical cancer.
  • To recognise the warning signs of cervical cancer.
  • To understand the importance of screening and the role the pharmacy team can play.
  • To understand what resources are available and how you can make an impactful display.

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



Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) Training

Course Objectives:

  • To understand why the Falsified Medicines Directive has been introduced
  • To recognise what actions, you and the team will need to take from 9th February 2019
  • To understand the whole FMD process in your pharmacy
  • To understand what resources are available to help you and the team implement FMD

FMD Training Flyer

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


Previous training topics like Alcohol Consumption, Quality Payments Scheme, Pharmacy Professional Revalidation, NHS Flu Vaccination Engagement Training, Blood in Pee and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are still available to access.

External Events 

The following external events are still open to bookings!  Please follow the links below for more information on the events and to how to book a place.



Fully Funded Training for Community Pharmacy 

If you are a community pharmacy professional working in a community pharmacy setting, take advantage of fully funded NHS training to grow your career and your practice: 


  • Fully Funded Postgraduate Courses for Pharmacists:

Whether you’re an early career or more experienced pharmacist, employer or employee, working in an independent, multiple or as a locum, this training will help you learn and grow – or simply refresh your skills. 

You can choose to take a single or a range of modules. The right combination will lead to a postgraduate education award, such as a Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy. 

Courses start regularly and allow you to study online, with minimal or no face to face time. They are delivered and accredited through universities.


  • Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) Programme:

Further information available here: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/acpt


  • Mary Seacole Leadership Programme for Community Pharmacy:

Further information available here: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/leadership-community



Bradford University - Post-Graduate Course for Community Pharmacists 

The PGDip/MSc Clinical Pharmacy (Community) is a course aimed at community pharmacists wanting optional pathways to meet a range of service needs (including prescribing). The programme maps to the RPS Foundation Framework.  Bradford University are currently recruiting to this programme and the next intake for this will start on the 7th February 2019.  Detailed information can be found on the University of Bradford website here: https://www.bradford.ac.uk/courses/pg/clinical-pharmacy-community/.



Gain Recognition for your Pharmacy Services by Studying for a Postgraduate Qualification via the Pharmacy Integration Fund 

The University of Manchester is offering fully-funded places on its Masters CPD module in Communication and Consultation (usual module fee £1100).  This is a 12-week online extended skills module with a single study day in Manchester. It covers both essential and advanced consultation skills, conducting consultations with different patient groups (e.g. dementia, mental health) and the principles of conducting ethical and patient-centred consultations (e.g. consent, confidentiality and safeguarding).

This module is useful for all pharmacists in patient-facing roles who wish to gain further confidence in their consultation skills. It is particularly valued by pharmacists who provide PGD, MUR or NMS services. 

Find out more and apply:  https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/12221/msc-advanced-community-pharmacy-practice/application-and-selection/#course-profile 

Email: pgtaught.pharmacy@manchester.ac.uk or Telephone: 0161 306 0604.



CPPE Events 

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



Other Information



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CPWY Connect 

A new group, 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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