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Issue 34: 31st May 2017

Termination of ‘Improving Inhaler Technique’ service

Greater Manchester commissioners have served the required one month’s notice of termination of the current ‘Improving Inhaler Technique through Community Pharmacy Service’. The service will terminate on 30th June. Anyone providing the service must submit any final claims for payment within 5 working days from 30th June 2017.

The reason for the termination is that commissioners plan to launch a revised version of the service following a review. Greater Manchester LPC and Bolton LPC will invite expressions of interest in delivering the revised service shortly. Read the formal notice from commissioners.

If you have any queries about the termination, or about claiming for the service, contact Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s Pharmacy and Optometry team on or 0113 825 5162/5270/5139.

Local pharmacist helps Manchester bomb wounded

Special credit and recognition this week goes to pharmacist Khalid Ahmed from Gatley-based Your UK Pharmacy, who rushed to help people injured in the Manchester Arena bomb after hearing it on the news. Khalid told Chemist+Druggist that he grabbed bandages and ibuprofen from the pharmacy and drove in, spending nearly five hours helping out.

It’s a fantastic example of caring and kindness by a local pharmacist. You can read the full story in Chemist+Druggist.


Webinar: Healthy Living Pharmacy (19th June)

Our next webinar focuses on achieving and delivering HLP Level 1. With 20 Quality Payments points on offer (£1,280), as well as helping patients and customers enhance their health and wellbeing, pharmacies have a great incentive to achieve HLP Level 1.

This webinar will guide you through the process, as well as offering practical tips and advice from pharmacies that are already delivering HLP. It will help you make HLP part of your everyday pharmacy practice, and explain how to have health conversations with patients/customers.

It's on Monday 19th June, 7.30pm-8.30pm. Register here.

Are we meeting your pharmacy’s needs?

We know you get inundated with surveys and requests that eat into your time, but we’d really appreciate your responses to this one. It will help us help you, by making sure we’re delivering what you need from us. Please spare a few minutes to do this short survey. Thanks!

New Pharmacy Handbook

The 7th edition of the Greater Manchester Pharmacy Handbook is now on our website, including update guidance on DBS checks and waste providers. Pharmacies should already have received it by email from Greater Manchester commissioners. If you need a hard copy, contact

Ramadan: Top tips on fasting with diabetes

Ramadan has now started and Manchester Health and Care Commissioning have worked with a local voluntary organisation, Communities for All, to produce an information poster with top tips on fasting for people with diabetes. They have also produced information films in English, Arabic and Urdu. Pharmacy teams may find them useful for patients receiving diabetes medication during Ramadan. Access them here.

Last chance to apply for PHE Clinical Champion vacancy

There’s just a day left to apply for this part-time post as Pharmacist Clinical Champion with Public Health England. It’s a really exciting role promoting physical activity, training and educating other clinicians, and offering the successful candidate a real chance to shine. The initial appointment is for at least one day a week to 31st April 2018, with flexibility in the days. The closing date is 1st June. Find out more and apply.

PhD opportunity

Pharmacists may be interested in this PhD studentship with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (GM PSTRC). It focuses on identifying and developing non-technical skills in community pharmacies that will improve patient safety. The closing date for applications is 30th June 2017.

Correction: Royal Pharmaceutical Society

The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted a small typo in last week’s story about the RPS #hereforyou film promoting pharmacy. RPS does, of course, stand for Royal Pharmaceutical Society and not Committee. Apologies!

Check your SCR usage: updated calculator

Make sure you’re on track to claim your November Quality Payments for increased use of Summary Care Record with this updated usage calculator from NHS Digital.

Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS) update

The Department of Health has written to PhAS pharmacies to correct errors in payments made during the first three months. Those that were underpaid will be reimbursed. The DH will not seek to recoup overpayments for the first three months. Find out more.

Free health promotion resources

Sarah Ward at Greater Manchester commissioners has some free health promotion resources available on a first come, first served basis. They include Be Clear on Cancer: Respiratory Symptoms, Change4Life Top Tips for Kids leaflets, and Act FAST stroke awareness. Contact with your pharmacy name and address.

Don’t forget you can also get loads of free health promotion resources by registering with the Public Health England Campaign Resource Centre.


Locality news: what's happening in your area

Bury: Dementia-friendly communities

Bury pharmacies have been invited to take part in plans to make the borough dementia-friendly. Being dementia-friendly is a great way to serve your patients and customers. There are workshops taking place across the borough where you can find out more and get involved. Find out more.

Rochdale: Feel Good Festival pharmacy presence

We may be able to have a community pharmacy stand as part of Rochdale’s Feel Good Festival this summer (Saturday 12th August), where local pharmacists could show what kinds of services pharmacies provide, answer people’s queries, carry out health checks etc. If your pharmacy would be interested in taking part, please contact Emer on

Stockport: Knee pain workshop in June

Pharmacy teams and people with knee pain are invited to a free multidisciplinary workshop on 25th June. You may also like to display this poster in your pharmacy for patients with knee pain. The 90-minute workshop will help patients and professionals understand more about knee pain and how to manage it. It is at The Heatons Sports Club, SK4 2NF. There are two time-slots to choose from: 3pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm-8pm. Feedback on a similar event in April on knee arthritis was very positive. Book your place by calling Christine on 0161 419 4907.
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