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MHRA company-led drug alert – Melatonin 10mg capsules (IPS Specials)

CLDA number: CLDA (18)A/04 Date issued: 17th July 2018 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a company-led drug recall for certain batches of: Melatonin 10mg capsules (IPS Specials) MDR number: MDR 022-07/18 IPS Specials is carrying out a company-led recall of two batches at pharmacy and wholesaler level as they have been labelled...

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July edition of CPN magazine now available

The July 2018 edition of PSNC’s Community Pharmacy News (CPN) is now available. This month’s CPN features: Endorsement guidance; Flu Vaccination Service webinar; Opening hours factsheet; and CEO’s diary. View our CPN magazine online via the flipbook reader below or download the PDF copy. Please note, the colour PDF can be printed out in black-and-white...

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Dispensing & Supply monthly update (July 2018)

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 July’s CPN. PSNC Briefing 037/18: Dispensing & Supply monthly update (July 2018)...

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News Digest - 5th July 2018



Information for Pharmacies across West Yorkshire



Quality Payments Scheme Evaluation – Please Share Your Views 

NHS England is evaluating the implementation of the Quality Payments Scheme (QPS) and how this has been received by community pharmacy contractors. They are particularly keen to hear from pharmacists and pharmacy teams working in community pharmacies and from independent pharmacy owners.  The feedback will involve a 15-20 minute telephone interview, or the evaluation team can facilitate a set of questions to be emailed out that can be completed electronically if preferred. 

If you wish to get involved, please express an interest by emailing: England.phifevaluation@nhs.net.



Quality Payments Submission Deadline is Friday 13th July 2018! 

The submission deadline for the Quality Payments’ declaration is Friday 13th July 2018.  The final submission must be made before the closure of the declaration form at 11:59pm on 13th July 2018.  If a declaration is not submitted, you will not be paid for Quality Payments. 

To claim for a Quality Payment, contractors must complete a declaration via the NHSBSA website or by following the link: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152820684279

Payment for the June 2018 review point will be made to contractors at the end of August or the start of September as part of the full payment for the July 2018 submission to the Pricing Authority.

Further information can be found at http://psnc.org.uk/our-news/quality-payments-nhs-bsa-online-declaration-portal-now-open/.



Consultation on Draft Qualification Units for Pharmacy Technicians 

In October 2017, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) published revised Initial Education and Training Standards for Pharmacy Technicians (IET). These Standards will ensure that pharmacy technicians have the right knowledge and skills for current and future workforce requirements at point of registration with the GPhC. Health Education England (HEE) has commissioned Skills for Health to facilitate the collaborative development of a new qualification to meet the IET Standards for pharmacy technicians. Skills for Health has worked with Awarding Organisations and subject matter experts to develop the qualification which will be made available in England and Wales by Awarding Organisations in 2019. 

The draft qualification units are now available for consultation until 12pm noon on Monday 30th July 2018.

To access the online survey, please click here:  https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4380586/Qualification-for-Pharmacy-Technicians

For any queries about the survey, please contact qualifications@skillsforhealth.org.uk.



Sun Smart Displays 

Well done to Nadia from Westcliffe Pharmacy in Shipley for this great example of how to engage people with an important message at this time of year which can be viewed here (Westcliffe Pharmacy - Be Sun Smart Display).  This creative eye-catching display is being used with free Public Health England patient information leaflets to have sun smart conversations. More information on Public Health England Campaigns and resources can be found on our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/public-health.shtml

For more ideas and information, please look at the free e-learning module on Virtual Outcomes. The topic for the month of July is Get Ready for Summer! More information on this topic and how to access the online training can be found on our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/e-learning.shtml.



Strategic Update - Moving from STP to ICS 

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (our Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)) has been named as one of four new areas in England that will be given additional freedom and flexibility to manage the delivery of local NHS services.  The Partnership will join the Integrated Care System (ICS) programme, putting the area at the forefront of nationwide action to provide better co-ordinated and more joined up care for 2.6 million people.  Read more at: https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/blog/another-step-forward-west-yorkshire-and-harrogate-health-and-care-partnership

Further information on STPs and ICS are available from PSNC here: https://psnc.org.uk/the-healthcare-landscape/sustainability-and-transformation-plans/

PSNC also produce a helpful monthly update on the Healthcare Landscape available here: https://psnc.org.uk/the-healthcare-landscape/psnc-briefings-the-healthcare-landscape/.



Direct Supply and Patient Identifiable Information 

Typically, when a wholesaler’s quota has been exceeded, pharmacies need to obtain products directly from the manufacturer or through alternative contingency arrangements. 

When ordering stock pharmacy contractors may be asked evidence that they have a prescription for the product. When sharing this evidence with the manufacturer / alternative supplier any information shared must be totally anonymised - patient details must not be shared. 

Please be aware that prescription bar code and prescription GUID number (unique identifier for each electronic prescription) are patient identifiable.  Copies of prescriptions must not be shared without first obliterating any patient details such as name, address, date of birth, prescription barcode and GUID number. 

PSNC has some useful pages on Branded Medicines Shortages: http://psnc.org.uk/dispensing-supply/supply-chain/branded-shortages/

And when Out of Pocket Expenses can be claimed: https://psnc.org.uk/dispensing-supply/endorsement/fees-allowances/oop/.



Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19 Information 

Our latest flu bulletin is available to view on our website at: http://www.cpwy.org/doc/1917.pdf



Gluten-Free (GF) Foods on NHS Prescriptions 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have announced that following the consultation on the availability of gluten free (GF) foods that are prescribed on NHS prescriptions that the Minister’s preferred option is to retain a limited range of gluten-free bread and mix products on prescription. This means that GF foods from the following categories will no longer be available for prescribing; biscuits, cereals, cooking aids, grains/flours and pasta. DHSC has said that they will commence work on amending the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs etc.) Regulations 2004, Schedule 1, and then removing these products from the Drug Tariff. The date for changes to the black list for GF foods is not yet known. 

CCGs across West Yorkshire have historically taken different stances on the supply of GF on FP10 and are taking differing approaches following the DHSC consultation.  We felt it would be helpful to update our contractors on what we believe to be the CCG current guidance on prescribing GF foods in each of the CCG areas. 

Pharmacy contractors may want to review their stock holding policy on products which will in future not be prescribable.


Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven (AWC)

AWC CCG continue in their stance that GPs no longer prescribe gluten-free products.  See the CCG website: http://www.airedalewharfedalecravenccg.nhs.uk/about-us-/publication-scheme/policies-and-procedures-/gluten-free-prescribing/.


Bradford CCG

Bradford CCGs continue in their stance that GPs no longer prescribe gluten-free products.  See the CCG website: http://www.bradforddistrictsccg.nhs.uk/news/decision-on-future-prescribing-of-gluten-free-food-in-bradford/.


Calderdale CCG

At the June 18 governing body the CCG endorsed the DH recommendations regarding GF prescribing and advise GP practices to supply only bread loaves and mixes to patients with diagnosed Coeliac disease only. It should be noted that this recommendation does not apply to patients with PKU who will still need to receive low protein GF products.


Leeds CCG

Leeds CCG are awaiting for the products to be blacklisted. i.e. the CCG is not issuing guidance to GP practices to change GF food prescribing although individual practices may decide to amend prescribing.


North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield CCGs

The CCGs continue their stance that they don’t routinely commission the use of ANY GF products but will consider it in exceptional circumstances (via Individual Funding Requests).

Information on CCG website: https://www.northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk/news/local-nhs-agrees-service-changes/.


Wakefield CCG

Wakefield CCG continue in their stance that gluten-free food products are not routinely available on prescription in Wakefield. This position has not changed following the national consultation.

See the CCG website: https://www.wakefieldccg.nhs.uk/home/patient-in-wakefield/what-we-do/medicines-optimisation/

The DHSC consultation report is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/availability-of-gluten-free-foods-on-nhs-prescription.



“Red bag” scheme implemented for older people across West Yorkshire 

Please see information from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. 

People need joined up care more than ever before and some of the simplest changes can make the biggest difference. New health and care initiatives are being designed to make hospitals and care homes more proactive across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. 

One of these initiatives is the ‘Red Bag’ scheme which gives reassurance to patients that they have everything they need with them when they are admitted to hospital. This simple idea, which started three years ago in Sutton, is now being rolled out across the country, including across all West Yorkshire areas (Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield). 

The scheme is designed to improve patient care and help care home residents admitted to hospital be discharged quicker. Red bags containing key paperwork, medication and personal items like glasses, slippers and dentures, are handed to ambulance crews by carers and travel with patients to hospital where they are then handed to the hospital staff on admission. 

The bags also provide hospital staff with up-to-date information about an individual’s health, including any health concerns, and any medication that the patient is taking. Having all these things to hand means that hospital staff won’t need to contact care home staff to ask questions which can be time consuming and could potentially delay treatment. It also means people have their essential items when they go to hospital, which is reassuring for them at what can be a distressing time. 

It also means that patients are discharged back to the home with key information regarding treatment they have received, saving calls to the hospital for much needed information. 

Dr Adam Sheppard, Chair of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Urgent and Emergency Care Programme said: 

“It is great news that all our local areas across West Yorkshire have implemented this straightforward, but important scheme. The scheme makes a huge difference to the care people receive. Having a person’s health information readily available saves time at each stage of the patient’s care, speeding up their treatment and potentially reducing the length of time they need to stay in hospital unless needed”. 

Rob Webster, CEO Partnership Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership said: “One of the reasons we came together as a Partnership is to implement good practice quickly across West Yorkshire & Harrogate. This is a great example of the difference we can make when we work together. It is also evidence that some of the simplest ideas have the biggest impact”.



Chiesi Ltd Sponsored Educational Meeting - Leeds 

Chiesi Ltd are hosting a meeting entitled “Improving outcomes in COPD”.  This is open to pharmacies in the Leeds area.  Please see flyer for further details. 

Improving Outcomes in COPD Flyer


Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) Programme 

The CPPE ACPT programme is now open for applications to pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy across the whole of England. Places on the programme are funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund via Health Education England. 

The course can last for up to 12 months, consisting of eight hours of online study (which can be broken down into smaller blocks) and collation of checking logs in the workplace. The online and workplace based nature of the programme is designed to ensure minimal disruption to day-to-day activities in the workplace. 

Please see the flyer below for further details. The opportunity to access this free training has been extended to all of England to test the demand for the training. Therefore please ignore the sentence in the flyer that relates to working in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) Programme

Information on how to apply can be found here: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/acpt.  Spaces on this programme are limited.



Training and Development



Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Events

The following Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire events are still open to bookings!  Please follow the links below for more information on the events and to access booking forms. 

Registration forms must be returned to us as soon as possible to secure your place(s).



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 topic for the month of July is Get Ready for Summer!  For more information, please visit our website: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/e-learning.shtml

Previous training topics like Type 2 Diabetes, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Mental Health 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. 



CPPE Events

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



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Previous News Digests

News Digest - 5th July 2018

News Digest - 28th June 2018 

News Digest - 21st June 2018

News Digest - 14th June 2018

News Digest - 7th June 2018

News Digest - 31st May 2018

News Digest - 24th May 2018

News Digest - 17th May 2018

News Digest - 10th May 2018

News Digest - 3rd May 2018

News Digest - 26th April 2018

News Digest - 19th April 2018

News Digest - 12th April 2018

News Digest - 5th April 2018

News Digest - 29th March 2018

News Digest - 22nd March 2018

News Digest - 15th March 2018

News Digest - 8th March 2018

News Digest - 1st March 2018

News Digest - 22nd February 2018

News Digest - 15th February 2018

News Digest - 8th February 2018

News Digest - 1st February 2018

News Digest - December 2017 / January 2018

News Digest - November 2017

News Digest - October 2017

News Digest - September 2017

News Digest - July 2017