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Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Organised Events   

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Two New CPWY Development Academy Workshops

As part of our support for pharmacy contactors and their teams, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire are providing two new workshops, listed below, which will take place over four dates.  More information about the workshops can be found below.  If you are interested in attending one, or both of these workshops, please complete a registration form and specify which, or both, workshops you wish to attend.

The Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Development Academy is proud to deliver educational events with financial support from Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited. 


1. Maximising Dispensing Income Workshops

2. Planning for Growth Workshop 

1. Maximising Dispensing Income Workshops

The Maximising Dispensing Income workshop will focus on maximising profitability by avoiding losses, product choice and improving efficiency. 

This highly interactive workshop is for the whole pharmacy team, helping you to avoid making errors that will lose income and make decisions that will maximise your return.  Focusing on those areas where mistakes can easily be made, everyone attending will go away with things to implement the following day.  More information about this workshop can also be found in the flyer below. 

These workshops are being held on:

  • Tuesday 4th June 2019 - Cedar Court, Bradford, BD6 8HW
  • Wednesday 5th June 2019 - Holiday Inn, Brighouse, HD6 4HW
Maximising Dispensary Profitability Agenda

Further dates in September/October to be confirmed dependent to demand.




2. Planning for Growth Workshops: take more control in your future and proactively plan for where you can get maximum profitable growth

The Planning for Growth workshop will provide an introduction into Planning for Growth, helping you consider where to invest your resources and energy and know how to respond to a more service-orientated future. 

The workshop is aimed at pharmacy contractors and pharmacy managers.  Demand for places is expected to be high for this workshop so places will be limited to 2 per pharmacy. 


The workshop will help pharmacy contractors and managers:

  • Understand how the pharmacy landscape is changing and is likely to change in the future.
  • Know why developing a more strategic and considered approach to the business is important.
  • Understanding your pharmacy business key performance indicators is important.
  • Understand local market opportunities and threats.
  • Articulate the Key Success Factors for their business.
  • Feel more in control of their future. 

Attendees will receive a comprehensive workbook with activities which help to form a strategic business plan.  

These workshops are being held on:

  • Tuesday 11th June 2019 - Village Hotel, Leeds North, LS16 5PR
  • Wednesday 12th June 2019 - Holiday Inn, Wakefield, WF5 9BE 
Further dates in September/October to be confirmed dependent to demand.

Both workshops will begin at 7.15pm and will end by 8.45pm. Registration and food will be available from 6.30pm.  If you are interested in attending one, or both of these workshops, please complete a registration form (below) and specify which, or both, workshops you wish to attend.  Registration forms must be returned as soon as possible and 7 days prior to the workshop to secure your place(s).  If, after registering, you are unable to attend please let us know.   


Maximising Income Workshops and Planning for Growth Workshops Letter

Maximising Income Workshops & Planning for Growth Workshops Registration Form (to email)

Maximising Income Workshops & Planning for Growth Workshops Registration Form (to post or fax)


If there is a high demand for these workshops, we may repeat them later in the year.




Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire (CPWY) Connect Events 

As part of our support for pharmacy contactors and their teams, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire (CPWY) are launching a series of regular CPWY Connect events. 

CPWY Connect events will be informal, interactive and informative and will be useful for all the pharmacy team.  CPWY Connect events will be drop-in evening events and you are welcome to attend for some or all of the evening.  You can arrive anytime between 6:30pm to 8:00pm and the event will finish at 8:45pm.  All the pharmacy team are welcome to attend. 

At the CPWY Connect event you will be able to meet the Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire team, network with other pharmacy teams and listen to short updates about key topics and current issues.  The topics will vary depending on the current issues but the June/July events will include short presentations on: 

  • Primary Care Networks (PCNs)
  • Funding and contract negotiation update

The Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire team will also be available to answer your questions and provide information about services.  CPWY Connect events will be held once a month with the venue rotating around West Yorkshire.  You can attend as many of the events as you want – so you don’t just need to attend the event in your area.  

If you have any specific topics or questions that you’d like to see included within the CPWY Connect events, please add these to the registration form. 

The next events are being held on:

  • Tuesday 18th June 2019 - Cedar Court, Bradford, BD6 8HW
  • Tuesday 9th July 2019 - Holiday Inn, Wakefield, WF5 9BE 

The event begins at 6.30pm and will end by 8.45pm.  You can arrive anytime between 6:30pm to 8:00pm and are welcome to attend some or all of the evening.  

Please complete a registration form which can be found below and return as soon as possible to secure your place.  Registrations must be received 7 days prior to the event.  If, after registering for this event, you are unable to attend please let us know. 


CPWY Connect Events - Letter

CPWY Connect Events - Registration Form (to email)

CPWY Connect Events - Registration Form (to post/fax)



West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts Event

How Wakefield pharmacies can lead the way in supporting people with hypertension. 

West Yorkshire and Harrogate's Healthy Hearts initiative aims to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease and saves lives in our region by helping to prevent people from having heart attacks or strokes. 

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire are working together with the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN), Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), British Heart Foundation and Public Health England on several programmes designed to give us all healthier hearts. 

Pharmacies may notice changes in patient prescription overs the coming months, with an increase in the number of those being prescribed antihypertensives along with changes to existing prescriptions for patients being treated for hypertension.  This event will help pharmacy teams understand prescription changes and how you can be part of the healthy hearts initiative. 


What will I learn?

  • Jo Adams - Introduction, British Heart Foundation
  • Pete Waddingham - The National Hypertension picture and background to the Healthy Hearts project, YHAHSN
  • Anna Staples - The Wakefield context and local approaches to managing hypertension, Wakefield CCG
  • Dr Rani Khatib, Consultant Pharmacist in Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research - Opportunities for community pharmacies in Wakefield
  • Chris Sharp - Support resources including an information pack to take away, Public Health England 

A support pack will be given to all attendees at the event.  

To find out more about the Healthy Hearts initiative please look on our website here


The event is being held on:

Thursday 27th June 2019

Room: Walker Studio Centre for Creativity, The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE 

More information including directions for the venue, will be included in the confirmation email after booking. 

The event begins at 7.15pm.  Registration and light refreshments will be available from 6.30pm. 

Please complete a registration form that can be found below and return as soon as possible to secure your place.  Registrations must be received 7 days prior to the event.  If, after registering for this event, you are unable to attend please let us know. 


Wakefield Healthy Hearts Event Letter

Wakefield Healthy Hearts Event Registration Form (to email)

Wakefield Healthy Hearts Event Registration Form (to post/fax)





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. 




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.


Gain Recognition for your Pharmacy Services by Studying for a Postgraduate Qualification via the Pharmacy Integration Fund 

The University of Manchester is offering fully-funded places on its Masters CPD module in Communication and Consultation (usual module fee £1100).  This is a 12-week online extended skills module with a single study day in Manchester. 

It covers both essential and advanced consultation skills, conducting consultations with different patient groups (e.g. dementia, mental health) and the principles of conducting ethical and patient-centred consultations (e.g. consent, confidentiality and safeguarding). 

This module is useful for all pharmacists in patient-facing roles who wish to gain further confidence in their consultation skills. It is particularly valued by pharmacists who provide PGD, MUR or NMS services. 

Find out more and apply:  https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/12221/msc-advanced-community-pharmacy-practice/application-and-selection/#course-profile 

Email: pgtaught.pharmacy@manchester.ac.uk or Telephone: 0161 306 0604.



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. To register or book onto an event visit www.cppe.ac.uk where you can also find information for your local tutor. Alternatively you can call their offices at the University of Manchester on 0161 7784000.



Asthma – Focal Point

The aim of this learning programme is for you to consider how pharmacy professionals in all sectors can support people who have asthma. CPPE will apply your knowledge of asthma management and guidelines and explore how you can support people to manage their asthma, reduce complications and improve their quality of life.


  • Tuesday 24th September 2019 - Bradford


Emergency Contraception

The overall aim of this programme is to acquire the knowledge, develop the skills and demonstrate the behaviours needed to provide high-quality emergency contraception services as part of your pharmacy practice.


  • Tuesday 10th September 2019 - Leeds

RPS and CPPE: Peer Discussion Support, Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions 

The aim of this joint CPPE RPS workshop is to demonstrate how you can apply your knowledge and skills to support people with mental health conditions from prior learning undertaken and how this can be used to form part of your revalidation journey.


  • Wednesday 19th June 2019 - Brighouse




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: 21st May 2019