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Quality Payments: How to avoid common mistakes

PSNC has examined the April Quality Payments declaration data from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) to identify the most common reasons for contractors not initially passing the gateway criteria. There were nearly 800 contractors who appeared to have failed the gateway criteria for the Quality Payments Scheme at the first review point in...

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Quality Payments: updating NHS Choices profiles – have you done it correctly?

Thousands of contractors have already updated their pharmacy’s profile on NHS Choices, in readiness for the November Review Point of the Quality Payments Scheme. However, this week’s data from NHS Choices shows that hundreds of contractors who have already edited their profile in the last few weeks, are not currently meeting the requirements of the...

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Manufacturer & Wholesaler Christmas Opening Hours 2017

At this busy time of year manufacturers are working closely with wholesalers to ensure that sufficient stock is available at wholesalers for the Christmas period. A summary of customer service desk opening hours and order cut off /delivery schedules can be found below. Please note these times may vary according to staffing levels and are...

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South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee

The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee (SWYAPC) coordinates issues of prescribing across the member organisations listed below. It pulls together guidelines that are produced to provide seamless care.


Improving communication about medicines between primary and secondary care

If you have a query regarding the medicines for a patient who has been under the care of Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Please email;  medicinesinformation@nhs.net or call 0113 206 4344 / Fax 0113 206 5210

 

If your patient has been or is in the care of Leeds & York Partnership FT

Please email: Pharmacyleedspft.lypft@nhs.net  or call 0113 855 6319 / Fax 0113 855 6322

 

Medicines Information Websites

Below are a few websites commonly used in practice by medicines information services that are free to access and may be of use when dealing with enquiries within community pharmacy

Electronic Medicines Compendiumhttps://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/ - For information on the SPC of individual products

UKTIShttp://www.uktis.org/html/exposures_abc.html - information on exposure of various medicines during pregnancy.

BUMPShttp://www.medicinesinpregnancy.org/ - useful summaries for patients and their carers about various medicines used in pregnancy.

UKMi Drugs in Lactation – http://www.midlandsmedicines.nhs.uk/content.asp?section=6&subsection=17&pageIdx=1 – West Midlands Medicines Information service database on use of various medicines during breastfeeding.

LactMed – http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/lactmed.htm - American resource for drugs used in breastfeeding.

Palliative Care Guidelines Plushttp://book.pallcare.info/ - information on medicines management issues commonly encountered in palliative care.

Green Book Online – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation-against-infectious-disease-the-green-book -  Information on vaccines/schedules from DoH, useful for vaccine related enquiries.

Paediatric Formulary http://www.evelinalondon.nhs.uk/our-services/hospital/pharmacy/formulary.aspx

and http://cms.ubqo.com/public/d2595446-ce3c-47ff-9dcc-63167d9f4b80

Information on any aspect of drug therapy can be obtained from the Regional Medicines Information Centre in Newcastle 0191 2824631.  This and other useful medicines information numbers can be find in the front cover of the BNF.