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Ramadan – coronavirus resources for pharmacy teams

Community pharmacy contractors may receive a higher number of queries about the use of the coronavirus vaccine or coronavirus tests from patients who are Muslim during the month of Ramadan, which starts this week.* During Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, and consuming medicines is also not...

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Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Organised Events   

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Due to COVID-19 and Government guidance, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire will not be holding any face to face Development Academy Events until further notice.  We will keep you updated in due course on this matter.  However, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire will be holding regular online Zoom meetings.  More information on our online meetings, and the topic and day/time they are held can be found below. 



CPWY Connect Event - Online Event

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire will be hosting online meetings for all West Yorkshire community pharmacy contractors and their teams. We will be using Zoom to provide you with the latest information. 

There is still such a lot going on at the moment, with much information to absorb and digest.  The CPWY Connect Events are an informal way for you to catch up with the current issues and to ask those questions that you haven't got around to finding the answers for! The update is informal and offers a platform where community pharmacy teams can hear from others facing the same challenges alongside a brief update from our CEO, Ruth Buchan.  The CPWY Connect events are also an opportunity for you to share your current issues and the reality on the ground with us.  
Our next event, CPWY Connect Event: Reset, Recover, Reform, will be held on the evening of Tuesday 18th May 2021.  Details to follow.
The meeting will be held on the Zoom platform.  Details of how to use Zoom are available here.
Using Zoom is easier if you have the Zoom app installed. You can download the PC application from https://zoom.us/support/download. When logging into the meeting on a PC using the meeting link, you will see the option to use the full Zoom application, instead of the more restricted web browser alternative. If you use a smart device (smartphone or mobile tablet) you can download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android). Both applications will provide you with more functionality than simply dialling in or using the web browser app.  


If you have any questions or topics that you would like to be covered in the update please email these in advance to info@cpwy.org.


Reset and Recover Programme: A Comprehensive and Free Developmental Programme to Reset Your Pharmacy

The Reset and Recover Programme is for Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire contractors, designed and delivered by pharmacy training specialists, Pharmacy Complete.  The programme focuses on why we have to change what we do and how we can work differently, as we reintroduce services in a COVID context. 

More information on the programme is included in this video from Deborah Evans at Pharmacy Complete: https://vimeo.com/447545205/e2fc2f060b.  A list of the modules and what they cover can be found in the document below. 

Reset and Recover Programme: Modules


All modules are now available on demand and can be accessed by clicking on the relevant link below and entering the password.  Registration is required to view the modules via these links to ensure we have visibility of who is accessing them.


Module 1 on demand recording (of live event)


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Module 2 on demand recording


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 Don't delay in accessing this programme as it is only available for a fixed time.




Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire are working with Virtual Outcomes to deliver a series of online training events throughout the year.  See more information on our e-learning page here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/e-learning.shtml.




External Events

These are events which are not organised by Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire but may be of interest to pharmacy teams in our area. 



'Lets Communicate Cancer Series' by British Oncology Pharmacy Association e-Learning

 Let’s Communicate Cancer is free and easily accessible e-learning where you can learn about cancer from basics to detail. It is presented as bite-sized videos, animation, quizzes and slide shows. The e-Learning will give you confidence and knowledge to help your cancer patients – from early diagnosis through treatment. 

Lets Communicate Cancer is aimed at ALL staff working in the pharmacy and beyond. Go to www.bopa.org.uk and click on the logo or access via the courses section. You can join these courses as a free BOPA member. 




CPCS CPD Sessions 

The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) requires pharmacists to use their core skills to provide consultations for patients with minor illnesses. 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is running free CPD sessions in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners, to prepare the profession for the increase in CPCS referrals.   

During the CPD session you’ll be shown exactly how to manage referrals and practice how to handle referrals in real-life situations with GPs and other healthcare professionals.

NHS CPCS is coming, and you need to be ready. 

This training is open to all community pharmacists, not just RPS members.  Register for the training here: https://www.rpharms.com/events/cpcs-events/cpcs-information.



Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) Webinar - Recording 

eRD is here to stay and pharmacy contractors will be seeing an increase in the uptake and use of eRD throughout West Yorkshire. The purpose of this webinar is to help you get the most out of this opportunity; an opportunity to work smarter, to create more effective processes in your pharmacy, and to make your lives just that little bit easier. Increasing efficiency within the pharmacy can help you better manage your increasing workload. These benefits will only happen if you engage with eRD. The webinar explains how to do just that. 

The webinar is accessed via Microsoft Teams App or by clicking to play through the web version of Microsoft Teams.   

Access the Webinar Here 

The recording lasts just over 40 minutes. It can be paused and you can use the bar at the bottom to navigate back or forward through the webinar.



COVID-19 External Training


Buttercups: Free Pandemic Training for Pharmacies

Buttercups Training have recently launched two free short training courses to assist them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic Training for Additional Staff to Support Pharmacy Services is available for all pharmacies who may need to temporarily use additional staff to support the delivery of pharmacy services.

Additional Delivery Driver to Support Pharmacy Services will be of benefit to those pharmacies who are using volunteer drivers to meet the increased demand for medication supply and delivery during the pandemic.

Both courses are now available to download on their website.  Course details are available here: https://www.buttercupstraining.co.uk/news/pandemic-training-additional-staff-support-pharmacy-services 


COVID-19 Quick Start Training for Volunteers  

Pharmacy training provider Mediapharm has produced free 'COVID-19 Quick Start Training for Volunteers'. This certificated course is for pharmacy contractors who are taking on volunteers during the COVID-19 emergency and who need to be trained and ready to work from day one. The course is accessible from the Mediapharm website.




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.



Dementia Friends Information Sessions

Dementia Friendly Leeds is a campaign to raise awareness about dementia, support businesses, groups and organisations in Leeds to become more dementia-friendly and empower people living with dementia to influence services and policy.

This is a programme by the Alzheimer’s Society. They work with health care providers to offer 'Dementia Awareness information session' or Dementia Friends sessions. These sessions will provide staff in the pharmacy with basic understanding of dementia and the way it might affect people living with this condition. It will also encourage attendees to commit to an action that will make the lives of people living with dementia a little bit better. 

This is a campaign running in Leeds, however, sessions across West Yorkshire can be found on the Dementia Friends website.

For more information, or to book a place, visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBSession#.WwggGkgvyM-.





All CPPE events are open to pharmacists, pre-reg pharmacists and technicians registered with CPPE.  

The next set of online workshops running from March to May 2021 are now live for booking.  See the document below for further details.


CPPE Workshops and Learning Resources - March to May 2021


If you would like any additional information or have any queries, the CPPE regional tutor can be contacted via email: Deborah.needham@cppe.ac.uk



CPPE: Provisionally Registered Pharmacists 

Any provisionally registered pharmacists who do not have access to a foundation learning programme with their employer should access the CPPE foundation practice programme Foundation pharmacist programme 2020-21 (cppe.ac.uk) or email the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Tutor who will support the application process (deborah.needham@cppe.ac.uk). 


CPPE: Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 

CPPE has updated their Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) pages. See the website here: www.cppe.ac.uk/services/pharmacy-quality-scheme


CPPE Support for New Pharmacy Services 

CPPE has new pages to support new and pilot services being provided in some areas by going to www.cppe.ac.uk/services/services. This includes the Hepatitis C antibody testing, hypertension case finding pilot and smoking cessation pilot.


CPPE  New e-Learning Programme

CPPE has released a new e-Learning programme: “Quality Improvement – an introduction for pharmacy professionals” which can be accessed on the website here www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/quality-e-01 and aims to demystify quality improvement and how to initiate, progress and sustain change.



External Training Providers



The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is funded by Health Education England to provide continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians providing NHS services in England. https://www.cppe.ac.uk/



The Learning Pharmacy

This online learning environment offers interactive learning for community pharmacy that is fun, free and easy to access.  It is produced by CPPE but can be accessed by all the pharmacy team.  Learning topics include cancer, diabetes, child health, consultation skills and sexual health. http://www.thelearningpharmacy.com/

School of Medicines Optimisation

The new multi-professional School will work together with stakeholders on medicines education and training with a wide range of staff across all workforce groups in health and social care, to support patients to improve outcomes from medicines use.  The website has dedicated pages for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the non-registered workforce and includes links to training opportunities including Medicines Optimisation Training, Accuracy Checking Medicines and work based learning modules.  https://hee.nhs.uk/hee-your-area/yorkshire-humber/education-training/school-medicines-optimisation

The webinar will:

  • Explain what Oriel is so community pharmacies understand why students might choose to find a placement through it
  • Explain how it differs from recruiting trainees independently – pros and cons for pharmacies
  • Explain how pharmacies register to recruit pre-reg trainees via Oriel
  • Explain how to write a strong submission so your pharmacy is attractive to trainees & any other tips on marketing
  • Explain the preference/ranking system & how pre-reg trainees are matched to their placements
  • Cover any risks / potential downsides for pharmacies, compared with direct recruitment – and how to mitigate against them (e.g. what happens if no trainees select your pharmacy)
  • Explain where pharmacies can get more information
  • Questions & answers 

Learning objectives / outcomes 

  • Pharmacy contractors/employers will understand the areas covered in the webinar
  • Pharmacy contractors/employers will be able to make an informed choice about whether to recruit via Oriel
  • Those pharmacy contactors/employers that want to recruit via Oriel understand the application process and deadlines and know how to prepare a strong submission so their pharmacy is attractive to trainees



Last Updated: 12th April 2021