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January edition of CPN magazine now available

The January 2019 edition of PSNC’s Community Pharmacy News (CPN) is now available. This month’s CPN features: NHS ten-year plan published; IG support materials; Quality Payments declaration; and Price concession flow chart. View our CPN magazine online via the flipbook reader below or download the PDF copy. Please note, the colour PDF can be printed...

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#checkbeforeyoutick – how can you help?

The NHS Business Services Authority’s ‘Check Before You Tick’ campaign aimed to help patients understand their eligibility for free NHS prescriptions, and to highlight the possible consequences of making an incorrect claim. We spoke to Tori Hutchinson who worked on the campaign to find out more. Hi I’m Tori and I’m a Lead Digital Delivery Manager at...

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January 2019 Price Concessions/NCSO – 1st update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Allopurinol 100mg tablets 28 £1.70 Allopurinol 300mg tablets 28 £3.68 Co-careldopa 25mg/100mg tablets 100 £10.69 Diamorphine 10mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.56 Diamorphine 30mg powder for solution for injection ampoules...

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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.



Quality Payments Drop-In Session

In September 2018, a new Quality Payments Scheme was announced for the remainder of the 2018/19 financial year.  The new scheme has funding of £37.5 million and a review point on 15th February 2019.  To support our contractors with the changes to the second Quality Payment Scheme for 2018/19, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire would like to invite you to a Quality Payment drop-in session.


Event Details 

The drop-in session will provide one-to-one support to help and guide you on how your pharmacy meet the Quality Payment criteria, answer any specific questions regarding Quality Payments and to help you maximise your Quality Payment income.  A short presentation with a brief overview of the Quality Payments Scheme will occur regularly throughout the day. 

Although this drop-in session is in January, pharmacy contractors are urged to start now with working through the actions needed to be complaint with the gateway and quality criteria.  Full details about the scheme are available on the PSNC website: https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-services/quality-payments/

The drop-in session is open to all members of the pharmacy team that are involved with the Quality Payment Scheme.  We hope that a full day session provides some flexibility to contractors to drop in at a time that is convenient for them.  If several team members wish to attend the drop-in, they can attend either together or at different times of the day. 


The session will take place on Wednesday 9th January 2018 at the Village Hotel (Leeds South), Capitol Boulevard, Tingley, LS27 0TS.  

If you are interested in attending, please use the form below to indicate which time slot you are interested in attending and if so, how many people.  This gives Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire an indication of how many people will be attending.

Quality Payments Drop-In Session Form (to email)

Quality Payments Drop-In Session Form (to post/fax) 


If you have not taken part in any previous Quality Payment schemes, please do not be hesitant in engaging with this fourth review point.  Do not miss out on potentially earning money. 

If you or any members of your team have any specific questions about the Quality Payments scheme, please send these to bushra@cpwy.org.



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. 

RPS Symposium - Pharmacy Stepping up to the Challenge

The RPS West Yorkshire are inviting you to join them on Sunday 3rd March 2019 for an informative day to learn about future direction of pharmacy, to strengthen your knowledge and share best practice.  The day will include plenty of opportunities to put your questions to our expert speakers and network with like-minded colleagues.  The event is free of charge for RPS members and £15 for non-members. Catering will be provided throughout the day. 

Event Location: Holiday Inn, Clifton Village, Brighouse, HD6 4HW

Event Date/Time: Sunday 3rd March 2019, 9:30am   


See the flyers below for further information.  Book your place here:  https://www.rpharms.com/events?details=3670/Pharmacy%20Stepping%20up%20to%20the%20Challenge

RPS Symposium Event Flyer

Pharmacy Stepping up to the Challenge Flyer 



Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) Programme

The CPPE online accuracy checking for pharmacy technician course can now take applications from staff working in community pharmacy across England.  There will be 20 places per month for community pharmacy technicians across England with delivery starting from 1st November 2018.  

Further details about the course and how to apply can be found on the CPPE website at: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/acpt



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-.



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.


Asthma – Focal Point (PILOT) 


  • Tuesday 15th January 2019 – Wakefield

Confidence in Consultation Skills (Full Day Event)

This workshop will support you in developing the key consultation skills needed to ensure you are confident in delivering high-quality person-centred consultations.  This full-day workshop has been developed to support pharmacy professionals working in all sectors. 


  • Tuesday 12th February 2019 - Leeds

Mental Health and Wellbeing

This study day focuses on common mental health conditions seen in primary care. It will enable you to support patients with a mental health condition to optimise their medicines. 


  • Thursday 28th March 2019 – Leeds


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 16th January 2019 - Brighouse

Falls Prevention

The aim of this workshop is to increase your understanding of falls, how the pharmacy team can help prevent and support those who have had a fall. 


  • Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – Brighouse
  • Wednesday 27th February 2019 - Wakefield


Substance Use and Misuse

This programme is designed to support pharmacy professionals currently delivering, or planning to deliver, pharmacy services for substance misusers in the community. It focuses on how to communicate effectively with clients and how to provide a service that meets local needs. 


  • Wednesday 30th January 2019 – Leeds

What’s new in the BNF 76?  An event for pre-registration pharmacies

Do you want to know about the new recommendations and information in the BNF? The aim of this event is to enable pre-registration pharmacists to identify how new recommendations and information in the BNF will affect clinical practice. During the event you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues in hospital and community practice on a series of case studies and to start to build your professional network. 


  • Thursday 7th February 2019 - Bradford



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