GMLPC Newsletter - Highlighting the latest news, training and alerts for Pharmacy Contractors across Greater Manchester
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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 14
Date: 11th January 2017
This week's topics:
  • Registration for HLP Level 1 now open - plus new HLP leadership training in Greater Manchester
  • Summary Care Records training events
  • Independent contractors survey
  • Free training - supporting LGBT clients
  • Tell us your news
  • Be Clear on Cancer
  • Trafford RU Clear Kits - Deadline 15th January
  • Improving Inhaler Technique Through Pharmacy
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Campaign
  • Healthwatch Oldham
HLP Level 1 registration - all you need to know (plus new HLP Leadership training)

Qualifying pharmacies can now register as a Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1 by completing the new self-assessment process quality-assured by the Royal Society for Public Health.
Completion of this process will enable pharmacies to obtain their 20 Quality Payments points and associated payment (up to £1,280 for achieving HLP Level 1).
To complete the process in full, pharmacies will need to:
1.      work through the HLP Level 1 quality criteria
2.      complete Leadership and Health Champion Training
3.      evidence HLP activity and log interactions
4.      complete an online assessment of compliance form and submit it to the RSPH
HLP Leadership training needs to be attended by someone in a leadership capacity, usually a pharmacist. The Health Champion training can be attended by any member of your pharmacy team, including healthcare assistants and technicians. Only one person needs to attend each of these training sessions, and they do not need to be the same person.
If you have attended HLP training previously there is no need to attend further training unless you feel it would be beneficial.
GMLPC, working alongside Bolton LPC, has arranged several HLP Leadership training days for pharmacists in Greater Manchester. These training events will be facilitated by CPPE, and we currently have four training dates available. To find out more and to book your place please follow the link here.
The LPCs will also be running a number of Health Champion training dates. These are yet to be scheduled but will be announced in the coming week.
Registration to the RSPH HLP self-assessment process is currently free and you should receive confirmation and a certificate within 10 working days of completing the process.
The RSPH website has lots of useful information and FAQs on HLP Level 1 registration here. Pharmacies will need to complete self-assessment and registration every two years.
Key links
HLP Leadership Training in Greater Manchester (GM LPC / CPPE)
How to register as HLP Level 1 and FAQs (Royal Society for Public Health)
Online self-assessment of compliance form (Royal Society for Public Health)
Quality criteria: Guide to assessing your pharmacy for HLP Level 1 (Public Health England)

Dates of HLP Leadership training:

Date: Sun 29th January
Venue: Holiday Inn Express, Leigh, WN7 4JY
Time: 9.30am-4.30pm (registration & coffee from 9am)
Open to Greater Manchester pharmacists only - book using keycode 'GMHLPLeadership' (case sensitive)
Date: Mon 6th February
Venue: Mercure Norton Grange Hotel, Rochdale, OL11 2XZ 
Time: 9.30am-4.30pm (registration & coffee from 9am)
Open to Greater Manchester pharmacists only - book using keycode 'GMHLPLeadership' (case sensitive)
Date: Sun 2nd April
Venue: Britannia Country House Hotel, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2WG
Time: 9.30am-4.30pm (registration & coffee from 9am)
Open to pharmacists nationally as well as Greater Manchester (no keycode required)
Date: Wed 10th May
Venue: Honeywell Centre, Oldham, OL8 3BP
Time: 9.30am-4.30pm (registration & coffee from 9am)
Open to pharmacists nationally as well as Greater Manchester (no keycode required)

Has your pharmacy been represented at a mandatory SCR Community Pharmacy face-to-face briefing event?

Join the SCR Community Pharmacy team at one of the sessions being held throughout January and February across the Midlands, East, Lancashire and Yorkshire regions. Training for Privacy Officers will also be provided.

Please ensure you have completed your CPPE SCR eLearning and Acceptable User Agreement form prior to attendance.
See links at

The local sessions are in the following areas :

Lancashire (Oldham) Tickets, Wed, 25 Jan 2017 at 18:30
Lancashire (Chorlton) Tickets Tue 7 Feb 2017 at 18:30 –

Please complete the registration form for the event you would like to attend by clicking on the link provided. One representative per pharmacy may attend.

For more information on SCR visit our website.

Independent Contractors - Services Information Survey

We are currently collating contractor services throughout Greater Manchester and we would appreciate your help in doing this. Please could all independent contractors spare a couple of minutes to complete this survey.

Thank you for your participation!

Click here to start the survey.

Free training:
supporting LGBT clients

Greater Manchester community pharmacies can now access free training to help you feel confident meeting the needs of your LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) patients and customers. The new Pride in Practice scheme is due to a Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership contract awarded to the LGBT Foundation.

For more details click here

We want to hear your good news & achievements

If you or your team have some good news, achievements or are involved in some interesting work, then we’d love to hear from you. We’re keen to recognise and celebrate the great work that community pharmacy teams are doing across Greater Manchester, whether it’s achieving HLP Level 1 status, great feedback from a patient, a pilot you’re involved with, some interesting research/audit you’ve completed, staff qualifications/achievements, etc.
Let us know and we’ll be happy to share your news (with your permission) to spread the word on how community pharmacy is making a real difference and improving patient care.

Health Campaign Dates
Dry January
1st - 31st January

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
22nd - 28th January

One You Health Campaign

Useful Links
GMLPC Website


Pharmacy Voice



Public Health England

Devolution Manchester


EPS tracker guide

Specialist Pharmacy services
RA Team Contacts
If you need help regarding EPs / Smartcards please see here for a list of contacts.

Be Clear on Cancer: pharmacy resources

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is posting information to all pharmacies in Greater Manchester to support the new Be Clear on Cancer regional bowel cancer screening campaign, which started on Monday (9th January 2017). The mailing will include leaflets, posters (4 different types), the campaign overview briefing and cover letter.

Please see here for further details.

Trafford RU Clear Kits Expression of Interest. Deadline 15th Jan 2017

Trafford Council have recently circulated the attached letter requesting EOI for the distribution of RU Clear kits. The service is paper based and has no remuneration, although your pharmacy teams will be provided with access to free training and materials. The LPC would like to highlight that we were not consulted on this service before it was brought to contractors attention.
The LPC has contacted commissioners with feedback in regards to how this service could be improved in terms the process/ delivery of the service (electronic platform) and remuneration.
The LPC will update contractors with regards to the commissioners response via the newsletter, thus please keep an eye out for an update on this.

Improving Inhaler Technique Through Pharmacy Service Update.

The Greater Manchester Adult Inhaler technique service has been running in Community Pharmacies across Greater Manchester for a number of years.
We are now in the process of a service refresh, which should be completed shortly. 
GMLPC will notify contractors when this process is complete and will circulate an updated service specification. At that stage contractors will be asked if they wish to continue to deliver this revised service. 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all contractors for delivering the service to date. If you have any outstanding claims to make against this service, can we ask that  you ensure these are input on the Pharmoutcomes system. GMLPC will then ensure payments are brought up to date. 
Please look out for a further update on this service in the next newsletter.

Last chance to register to help beat antimicrobial resistance!

Registration closes tomorrow for FREE resources to help you promote a new campaign aimed at tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The Granada region is piloting a new publicity campaign educating people about the dangers of misusing antibiotics. It launches in February and you can get involved by displaying posters, leaflets and briefing sheets to help your patients and customers understand more about antibiotics, when/how to use them, and what not to do. There will also be digital resources and a social media campaign.

This is such an important health message that we know pharmacies across Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan will be keen to do all you can to support it and help spread the word.

You can order FREE resources until tomorrow (Thu 12th Jan). Just click here and use the password AMRPILOT.

Please note all campaign assets are strictly embargoed until the official campaign launch and restricted only for use in the Granada TV pilot area. For more information about the campaign; how you can support,  key aims, key facts and details of how Public Health England plans to support existing AMR initiatives please visit the PHE Campaign Resource Centre.

Things you may have missed
The most recent Pharmacy Voice Newsletter can be viewed here:
The most recent Primary Care Talk can be viewed here:

The most recent Community Pharmacy News can be viewed here:

Latest CSfPP newsletter -  Read the newsletter at:
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