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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.



Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) Events

We are pleased to invite you to attend our next Development Academy events which will be on the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). 

As you will be aware new legislation comes into force on 9th February 2019 and community pharmacies must be aware of their obligations. This is clearly an important subject for the coming months and we will be working to ensure that the latest information will be shared with you at the events.  

We are pleased to have David Broome presenting at the session. David is a member of the UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy and our PSNC local representative.  David works as an independent pharmacist locally and is a Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire committee member. 

David will be able to update you on the latest national information.  We hope this event will help you understand the background to the legislation but will also help you to start and think about how you will be able to implement FMD in your pharmacy. We will cover what to do next and what to plan for.  We will also allow time for discussion with colleagues and to help attendees consider what actions they will need to undertake after the event. 

More information about FMD will be disseminated through PSNC. We think FMD information will be updated regularly so please go to https://psnc.org.uk/contract-it/pharmacy-regulation/falsified-medicines-directive/ or www.fmdsource.co.uk for the latest information. 

The events are open to all members of the pharmacy team.  Please share this invite with all of your colleagues in the pharmacy even if you are unable to attend. We are repeating the events twice across the West Yorkshire area, so you need select only one date.  Events are being held on:

  • Tuesday 20th November 2018 – Cedar Court, Bradford
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018 – Village Hotel, Leeds South

Events begin at 7.15pm and end by 8.45pm.  Food will be available from 6.30pm. You are able to attend any of these events if you work within the Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire area. 

Please complete a registration form which can be found below and return as soon as possible to secure your place(s).  Registrations must be received 7 days prior to your selected date.  If, after registering for our events, you are unable to attend please let us know.  Many of our events become fully booked and if you do not let us know we are unable to free up places for others.

FMD Event Registration Form (to email)

FMD 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. 



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.


Antimicrobial Stewardship

The overall aim of this programme is to support you to develop your skills to engage with patients and the public about antimicrobial stewardship and develop your knowledge and skills to optimise the prescribing of antimicrobials. 


  • Wednesday 14th November 2018 - 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


Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

The aim of this learning resource is to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to deal professionally with safeguarding issues. 


  • Wednesday 21st November 2018 - 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