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April 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – 2nd update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Aripiprazole 10mg tablets 28 £3.05 Bicalutamide 150mg tablets 28 £16.94 Co-codamol 30mg/500mg capsules 100 £4.50 Glimepiride 1mg tablets 30 £2.22 Irbesartan 150mg tablets 28 £5.12 Irbesartan 75mg tablets 28 £2.40 Mirtazapine 15mg orodispersible tablets...

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Health & Care Review

Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and...

2 hours ago

Valproate licence change: important information for pharmacy teams

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has changed the licence for valproate medicines (Epilim, Depakote and generic brands) so it must no longer be prescribed to women or girls of childbearing potential unless they are on the Pregnancy Prevention Programme (PPP). This is because valproate is associated with a significant risk of birth...

8 hours ago

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 for 12 months from Monday 14th May 2018 until Monday 13th May 2019 and can be offered to patients with inhaled medication for asthma and / or COPD.

 

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

 

Service Specification

Asthma Control Test (ACT) Form

CAT COPD Form

CAT User Guide

 

Additional Resources

 

CPPE Modules

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

 

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/