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Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) webinar now on-demand

Community pharmacy contractors can now access an online recording of PSNC a recent Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) webinar. Over 600 people registered for yesterday's webinar presented by Gordon Hockey (PSNC Director of Operations and Support) and Suraj Shah (PSNC Drug Tariff and Reimbursement Manager). During the webinar, Gordon explained what an SSP is, clarified situations...

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July 2019 Price Concessions – 2nd update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Alverine 60mg capsules 100 £9.80 Bumetanide 1mg tablets 28 £1.65 Cefalexin 250mg/5ml oral suspension 100ml £1.95 Celecoxib 200mg capsules 30 £9.43 Diamorphine 10mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.56 Diamorphine 30mg powder...

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Supply Issue Notice: Sanofi Experience Distribution Disruptions

Sanofi are currently experiencing difficulties ensuring sufficient product availability for normal supply to pharmacies. Sanofi say ‘The problem was caused by a change in our UK logistics provider and an unexpected technical issue with one of their IT systems.’ Sanofi expect product availability will be back to normal within two weeks and ask that pharmacy teams...

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Respiratory Inhaler Check-up Service

The Inhaler Check-up service is commissioned by NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This service aims to improve patients’ ability to manage their own asthma and/or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) through improving inhaler technique and ensuring that they are able to use their inhalers effectively and correctly. 

The Inhaler Check-up service is being commissioned until 31st March 2020 and can be offered to patients with inhaled medication for asthma and / or COPD.

 

Below is the list of pharmacies in Leeds who are commissioned to provide this service.

List of Pharmacies Providing Inhaler Check-up Service

 

Below you will find links to a range of documents to support service delivery in your pharmacy. 

 

Service Specification

Contract Variation Letter - May 2019

Contract Variation Agreement - May 2019

NHS Standard Contract 17/18 and 18/19 Particulars - May 2018

Asthma Control Test (ACT) Form

COPD Assessment Test (CAT) Form

COPD Assessment Test (CAT) User Guide

Inhaler Technique Consultation Form

Leeds Inhaler Device Guide Updated

Inhaler Service Consultation Guide

Inhaler Service Flowchart

Inhaler Service Resource List Updated

BLF Leaflet - MUR Guide

BLF Leaflet - Questions to ask your patients

 

Inhaler Check-up Training Presentation Updated - Presentation from the Inhaler Check-up Training Event

 

 

Additional Resources

 


Bulletins 

Leeds CCG: Winter Advice for Asthma Patients - January 2019

 

 

Training Video 

Please see the link below to the face-to-face training for the Inhaler Check-up Service that was delivered by Toby Capstick, Lead Respiratory Pharmacist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. This can be used to qualify for having completed the face-to-face training that is required to deliver the service or also as a refresher for inhaler technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oMeYAjKu-o&t=1s.

 


CPPE Modules

Various e-modules are available to support Declaration of Competence:

 
 

Improve your technique in three minutes!  - http://www.asthma.org.uk/inhalervideos

Asthma UK and the UK Inhaler Group have created a new collection of easy-to-watch videos covering all the major brands. 

These have been developed with support from the UKCPA Respiratory Group and other organisations as members of the UK Inhaler Group. 

These are a great resource to support inhaler technique training for both patients and healthcare professionals in addition to face-to-face training.

 

 

Primary Care Modules

These CPD e-modules from the Primary Care Respiratory Academy will help support Declaration of Competence. You can access them all at: http://www.respiratoryacademy.co.uk/clinical-resources/cpd-modules/  and they cover: Inhaler devices; Supported self-management in COPD; Management of comorbidities in asthma; Management of comorbidities in COPD; Smoking cessation; Spirometry; Acute exacerbations of COPD; Supported asthma self-management; Childhood wheeze; and The value of tests in respiratory disease.

 

The Primary Care Respiratory Academy has been developed and produced by Cogora, working in partnership with the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (PCRS-UK) with endorsement from the British Lung Foundation. Cogora publish Pulse, Nursing in Practice and Healthcare Leader. The initiative is supported by funding from Pfizer, on behalf of the Novartis-Pfizer Alliance, and from Napp Pharmaceuticals.

 

Asthma UK Resources - https://www.asthma.org.uk

 

Smokefree - https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree

 

Cancer Research UK - https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

 

Be Clear on Cancer - http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/early-diagnosis-activities/be-clear-on-cancer

 

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary: Asthma - http://cks.nice.org.uk/asthma

 

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary: COPD - http://cks.nice.org.uk/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease

 

BTS Guidance: Asthma - https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/standards-of-care/guidelines/btssign-british-guideline-on-the-management-of-asthma/

 

 

Last Updated 9th May 2019