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PSNC Appeal in the Judicial Review case: contractor summary

Over the last two days, 22nd and 23rd May 2018, PSNC has been in the Royal Courts of Justice appealing Mr Justice Collin's Judgment in the Judicial Review case relating to the funding reductions and changes imposed on community pharmacies. The Appeal was heard by three Court of Appeal Judges – Lord Justice Irwin, Lord...

6 hours ago

MHRA Drug Safety Update – May 2018

Date Issued: 24th May 2018 A new Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Drug Safety Update (Vol 11, Issue 10, March 2018) has been published and includes articles on: Valproate medicines (Epilim▼, Depakote▼): Pregnancy Prevention Programme materials online ; Braltus (tiotropium): risk of inhalation of capsule if placed in the mouthpiece of the inhaler;...

7 hours ago

GDPR update: Notifying the ICO about DPOs

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into effect tomorrow (25th May 2018), but PSNC has received reports that community pharmacy contractors have been finding it difficult to get through to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via its helpline and that the ICO website is also unavailable. As stated in the Community Pharmacy...

10 hours ago

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Organised Events   

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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.


Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Events 

We are pleased to be able to offer you the chance to develop your skills and find out about Making Every Contact Count (MECC) in your area.  We have worked with all local authorities in West Yorkshire to offer you a bespoke session for pharmacy teams. 

These sessions are open to the whole pharmacy team and will offer practical advice on how to carry out opportunistic chats, signposting to other services and support people to make positive steps towards making a lifestyle change.  These MECC sessions will build on and enhance the great work pharmacy teams do already in the delivery of services. 

If you are a Health Living Pharmacy (HLP) or looking to work towards accreditation, then these events will be extremely helpful to you. 

We hope participation in these sessions will demonstrate to our Local Authority colleagues how community pharmacies can continue to support people by being local health and wellbeing hubs delivering effective services. It is recognised that all community pharmacies are ideally placed in communities to use MECC approaches to support people with lifestyle changes and signposting. 

MECC enables the opportunistic delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health with a variety of health professionals including pharmacy staff. 

Please note that these sessions will be delivered by each Local Authority in their area. Whilst all sessions will give you a helpful understanding of MECC and MECC Link (www.mecclink.co.uk), you will find it most useful to attend the session in the Local Authority area in which you work. Each Local Authority will give you relevant resources that you can use in your pharmacy.


The events begin at 7.15pm and end by 8.45pm.  Food will be available from 6.30pm.  If you are unable to attend the event specific to your area, you can attend one of the other events, but you should note that the resources and signposting will be relevant to the area you are attending in and not to your pharmacy location. Registration forms can be found below.



The MECC event in Bradford will take place on Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at the Cedar Court Hotel.

Bradford MECC Event Registration Form (to email)

Bradford MECC Event Registration Form (to post/fax)


The MECC event in Calderdale will take place on Wednesday 27th June 2018 at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.

Calderdale MECC Event Registration Form (to email)

Calderdale MECC Event Registration Form (to post/fax)


The MECC event in Kirklees will take place on Thursday 5th July 2018 at the Briar Court Hotel, Huddersfield.

Kirklees MECC Event Registration Form (to email)

Kirklees MECC Event Registration Form (to post/fax)


The MECC event in Leeds will take place on Tuesday 19th June 2018 at the Village Hotel, Leeds North.

Leeds MECC Event Registration Form (to email)

Leeds MECC Event Registration Form (to post/fax)



The MECC event in Wakefield will take place on Thursday 28th June 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Ossett.

Wakefield MECC Event Registration Form (to email)

Wakefield MECC Event Registration Form (to post/fax)




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. 


Consultant Pharmacist Half Day Sharing Event 

The Consultant Pharmacist Sharing Event will be taking place on Tuesday 17th July 2018, at the University of Leeds.  The event will start at 1pm and end at 5pm. 

Attendees will get to hear about the exciting work being delivered by Consultant Pharmacists and their teams locally and nationally.  Topics will include Anticoagulation and Thrombosis, Antimicrobials, Cancer Services, Cardiology, Nutrition and Older People.  Please find the event flyer below. 

Consultant Pharmacist Half Day Sharing Event Flyer 

If you wish to book a place, please email Bernadette.Irish@nhs.net.  Places are limited.  



Mary Seacole Leadership Programme Funded for Community Pharmacy Professionals 

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is working in collaboration with the NHS Leadership Academy to offer the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy.  The programme is designed to develop clinical leadership and management skills to enable pharmacy professionals to drive quality services in community pharmacy and really make a difference to the health of the patients they see.  Funded via the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF), the programme offers learners a great opportunity to take the next step in building on previous Leadership training they may have done through the Healthy Living Pharmacy initiative. It is suitable for all; those in the early years of their careers through to those who qualified many years ago who may be skilled in clinical and managerial skills and want to develop clinical leadership skills. 
Why should community pharmacy professionals apply for the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme?

The profession of pharmacy is going through change, with a vision for community pharmacy to become more integrated into the wider healthcare team with a key role in medicines optimisation. The idea of ‘something has changed; and what does this mean?’ runs throughout, and the programme will actively encourage pharmacy professionals to consider what that change means for them and how they can navigate through the change to emerge as key leaders in the workplace. 
Mary Seacole Leadership Programme - Applicant Guide
Mary Seacole Leadership Programme - Information
Further details are available on the CPPE website: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/leadership-community#navTop
The cohorts in our region are Manchester (August 2018), Sheffield (Oct 2018) and Leeds (Feb 2019).  



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.


Emergency Contraception

This resource will help pharmacy professionals acquire the knowledge, develop the skills and demonstrate the attitudes necessary to offer an emergency contraception service.


  • Wednesday 12th September 2018 – Leeds
  • Wednesday 19th September 2018 – Wakefield 


Patient Safety – An anticoagulant case study

The aim of this programme is to provide you with background knowledge relating to patient safety and risk management, and to give you the opportunity to apply this to practice. It is also intended to help you effectively respond to, and manage, patient safety incidents.


  • Wednesday 9th May 2018 – Brighouse
  • Wednesday 13th June 2018 – Bradford
  • Wednesday 20th June 2018 – Leeds 


Polypharmacy – Focal Point

This programme will help pharmacy teams to develop the confidence, competence and communication skills to work in partnership with patients and other healthcare professionals to enable patients to get the most from their multiple medicines.


  • Wednesday 26th September 2018 - 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