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MHRA company-led drug alert – Melatonin 10mg capsules (IPS Specials)

CLDA number: CLDA (18)A/04 Date issued: 17th July 2018 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a company-led drug recall for certain batches of: Melatonin 10mg capsules (IPS Specials) MDR number: MDR 022-07/18 IPS Specials is carrying out a company-led recall of two batches at pharmacy and wholesaler level as they have been labelled...

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July edition of CPN magazine now available

The July 2018 edition of PSNC’s Community Pharmacy News (CPN) is now available. This month’s CPN features: Endorsement guidance; Flu Vaccination Service webinar; Opening hours factsheet; and CEO’s diary. View our CPN magazine online via the flipbook reader below or download the PDF copy. Please note, the colour PDF can be printed out in black-and-white...

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Dispensing & Supply monthly update (July 2018)

This briefing is part of a series issued regularly by PSNC to inform pharmacy contractors and pharmacy teams on monthly Drug Tariff changes, commonly asked questions and articles regarding dispensing and supply. This briefing can also be found in the Dispensing & Supply section of July’s CPN. PSNC Briefing 037/18: Dispensing & Supply monthly update (July 2018)...

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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.



General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for Primary Care Event

All organisations, including primary care contractors, must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the Data Protection Act 2018 which came into force on the 25th May 2018. These have introduced new obligations and significantly enhanced requirements in comparison to the previous Data Protection Act including the requirement for Data Protection Officers (DPO) and changes to data breach notifications. 

  • Do you still have outstanding questions about what GDPR means for your practice?
  • Are you confident that you are GDPR compliant?
  • Do you need to access GDPR training?

With support from NHS England, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire are holding two events which will summarise the requirements for both community pharmacy and general practice contractors to be compliant with GDPR and the new Data Protection Act.  The events will include a question and answer session and signposting to relevant support resources.  

The presenters will be from Veritau, a local authority company from North Yorkshire who is working on GDPR with GP Practices and other public-sector organisations. 

The events are open to all community pharmacy contractors and GP practices and will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 18th July 2018 - Village Hotel (Leeds South), Capitol Boulevard, Tingley, LS27 0TS

 Events begin at 7.15pm and will end by 8.45pm.  Food will be available from 6.30pm.  Please complete a registration form which can be found below and return as soon as possible to secure your place. 


GDPR for Primary Care Registration Form (to email)

GDPR for Primary Care Registration Form (to post/fax)


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.  Many of our events become fully booked and if you do not let us know we are unable to free up places for others.



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 ACPT programme is now open for applications to pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy across the whole of England.  Places on the programme are funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund via Health Education England.
The course can last for up to 12 months, consisting of eight hours of online study (which can be broken down into smaller blocks) and collation of checking logs in the workplace.  The online and workplace based nature of the programme is designed to ensure minimal disruption to day-to-day activities in the workplace.
Please see the flyer below for further details.  The opportunity to access this free training has been extended to all of England to test the demand for the training.  Therefore please ignore the sentence in the flyer that relates to working in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) Programme
Information on how to apply can be found here: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/acpt.  Spaces on this programme are limited.



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-.



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 


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