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Weekly news

15th November 2017

Quality Payments:
NHS BSA claims portal now open

The NHS BSA portal for submitting claims for November’s Quality Payments has now opened. It will remain open until 23.59 on Friday 8th December. You can start working on your claim now and save drafts until you are ready to submit.

Remember you can only submit your claim once, though. Once you hit ‘Submit’ you can’t make any amendments or corrections so make sure you are 100 per cent happy with it before you submit it. This PSNC briefing explains more.

Our Quality Payments tip guides explain how to meet the criteria. Don’t forget to hit the gateway criteria as well: Pharmacy able to send and receive NHSmail; ongoing use of EPR; all three sections of your NHS Choices entry checked and validated since 11th September; providing at least one of these advanced services – MUR, NMS or NUMSAS.

Read our tip guides:

 

Pharmacy public health campaigns 2018 for Greater Manchester

Commissioners have published the public health campaigns that they expect Greater Manchester pharmacies to participate in during 2018 as part of their contractual duties. The campaigns will be supported by free resources to help you promote key messages in your pharmacies. Most of these resources will be available from Public Health England (PHE) so we would strongly advise pharmacies to register with the PHE Campaigns Resource Centre if you haven't done so already.

If you need a hard copy of these documents, and haven't requested them already, contact Sarah Ward on sarah.ward22@nhs.net or 0113 825 5148.

 

Providing schools with emergency supplies of salbutamol/spacers and AAIs

Schools can purchase salbutamol and spacers and keep them in stock for emergency use by students.  Schools can also purchase adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs), e.g. EpiPens, and keep them in stock for emergency use by students. 

This dispensing guidance explains how schools can obtain these supplies from a pharmacy. Please keep it where it can be accessed by the pharmacy team – and please make sure that all pharmacy staff are aware schools can purchase these items in line with the guidance. It could save a child or young person’s life.

Quality payments: Don’t miss out by leaving it too late…


Don’t miss out on your Quality Payments by forgetting, or leaving it too late, to take some key steps.

SCR usage calculator: Don’t just assume that you have increased your usage of Summary Care Record (SCR), or that you used it at least 100 times in both periods. Many pharmacies have actually used SCR less this period as things stand. The SCR usage calculator tells you instantly how you stand currently (based on data to 9th Nov). This tip guide explains more. (Read this one if you still need to register for SCR access.)

DoS Updater: Lots of pharmacies haven’t checked/updated their entries in the NHS 111 Directory of Services (DoS). Make sure you check all your profiles as each pharmacy may have up to three profiles, depending on the services you provide. This tip guide explains more.

NHSmail: If you’ve not activated your NHSmail account yet, do it now! This PSNC briefing explains more.

NHS Choices: Don’t forget to check and validate all three sections of your pharmacy’s entry on NHS Choices, if you haven’t already done it since 11th September. This tip guide explains more on all the gateway criteria including NHS Choices.

Government consultation on classification of gabapentin and pregabalin

The Home Office is consulting on proposals to bring gabapentin and pregabalin under the remit of the Misuse of Drugs Act Regulations 2001 and schedule them as Class C drugs in line with recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). The consultation runs until 11.45pm on 22nd January. Find out more and respond to the consultation.


Can you help a student?

A fourth-year pharmacy student from the University of Birmingham is doing a project on community pharmacy awareness of image-enhancing / performance-enhancing drugs, and how pharmacies may be able to support users. If you would like to take part, you can complete this online survey. The student says all responses will be anonymised. If you have any queries, contact the student Rishabh Jolly on RXJ351@student.bham.ac.uk.  
 

November’s Community Pharmacy News out now

You can read the November issue of PSNC’s monthly news magazine here.

Locality news: what's happening in your area

Bury: Consultation on PNA

Bury commissioners have now launched a 60-day consultation on their draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for the borough. It is really important that pharmacists and pharmacy staff contribute your views on the draft PNA, as it will guide pharmacy commissioning in Bury from 2018-21. Your patients/customers and local community may also have important views to contribute.
 
The consultation launched on 19th October and runs until 18th December. You can access the draft PNA and respond to the consultation here.

 

Oldham: Consultation on PNA 

Oldham commissioners have now launched a 60-day consultation on their draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for the borough. It is really important that pharmacists and pharmacy staff contribute your views on the draft PNA, as it will guide pharmacy commissioning in Oldham from 2018-21. Your patients/customers and local community may also have important views to contribute.
 
The consultation launched on 16th October and runs until 15th December. You can access the draft PNA and complete the consultation survey here. If you have any queries about the development of the PNA or its contents, please contact Anna Tebay, Public Health Specialist, on 0161 770 3078 or anna.tebay@oldham.gov.uk.
 

Rochdale: Consultation on PNA

Rochdale commissioners have launched a 60-day consultation on their draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for the borough. It is really important that pharmacists and pharmacy staff contribute your views on the draft PNA, as it will guide pharmacy commissioning in Rochdale from 2018-21. Your patients/customers and local community may also have important views to contribute.
 
The consultation launched on 2nd October and runs until 1st December. You can access the draft PNA and complete the consultation survey via the links in this letter.
 

Tameside: Consultation on draft PNA

Tameside commissioners have launched a 60-day consultation on their draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for the borough. It is really important that pharmacists and pharmacy staff contribute your views on the draft PNA, as it will guide pharmacy commissioning in Rochdale from 2018-21. Your patients/customers and local community may also have important views to contribute.
 
The consultation runs until 5th January. You can access the draft PNA and complete the consultation survey via the links in this letter. To respond, complete the online survey or complete the Word version and email it to PublicHealth.enquiries@tameside.gov.uk or post it to Tameside PNA Consultation, PNA Project Lead, Public Health, Tameside MBC, Dukinfield Town Hall, Kings Street, Dukinfield, SK16 4LA to arrive by 5th January. If you have any queries or need a hard copy of the draft PNA, email PublicHealth.enquiries@tameside.gov.uk or phone 07813 871010.

 

Wigan: Consultation on draft PNA

Wigan commissioners are consulting on their draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for the borough for 2018-21. It’s really important that Wigan pharmacies review the PNA and submit any comments/concerns via the consultation, as the document will guide local service commissioning over the next few years.
 
The consultation launched on 17th October and runs until 31st December. You can access the draft PNA and complete the consultation survey via the link in this letter.
 

Wigan: Briefing events on smoking cessation changes for Wigan pharmacies 

Wigan pharmacies are invited to attend events updating you on City Health Partnership and Healthy Routes, following recent changes to your smoking cessation SLA. The evening events are an opportunity to discuss the changes, sign up to level one, and to meet Greater Manchester LPC and your locality lead. You can attend any of the four events:
 
The Ellesmere Suite, Leigh Masonic Hall, Ellesmere Street, Leigh WN7 4LQ
Tuesday, 21st November 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Monday, 27th November 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm
 
Wigan Warriors Foundation, Central Park, Montrose Avenue, Wigan WN5 9XL
Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Wednesday, 29th November 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm
 
To attend, contact Lilian Garrity on lgarrity@nhs.net or 01942 836965 stating which date/venue and your contact details. For more information, read this invitation.
Training and Events

Early Cancer Detection & Community-Based Lifestyle Change

Community pharmacies are invited to this interactive seminar at the University of Manchester from 1pm-4pm on Tuesday 13th December. The seminar will enable you to find out more and try out a new online cancer risk assessment tool. The tool has been developed by Professor Ken Muir from the University of Manchester as part of a national cancer project and Greater Manchester’s cancer strategy. You will learn more about how the tool was developed, and be able to test it and give your feedback.
 
Professor Kenneth Muir, Professor Alistair Burns, Professor Neil Pendleton and Dr Rona Daniels will present their work on Tuesday the 19th December from 13:00-16:00 in G306B, The Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester, M13 9PL. Book your place here.
 

Bowel cancer screening: especially relevant for Healthy Living Pharmacy

Pharmacy teams are invited to take part in free training to increase the very low take-up of bowel cancer screening in Greater Manchester. It is relevant to all pharmacies but may be of particular interest to Healthy Living Pharmacies. The training is:
Monday 20th November (12noon-2pm): Book your place  
Tuesday 5th December (10am-12noon): Book your place
 
Participants will:
  • Hear up-to-date information about bowel screening and early presentation of cancer work
  • Learn how this fits into your work, and simple ways you can make a difference
  • Find out more about the Bowel Screening Toolkit resource
  • Finish the session by making a short plan to use your learning
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
Bespoke training sessions can also be arranged for statutory, voluntary of community organisations by emailing info@gmmovment.co.uk.
 

CPPE: Emergency Hormonal Contraception (29th Nov)

CPPE are running a training session on Emergency Hormonal Contraception on the evening of Wednesday 29th November in Rochdale. It includes guest speaker Dr Carol Cornmell, a GP who specialises in women’s health. The session is tailored to community pharmacists who want to learn more about EHC or refresh their knowledge. Book at www.cppe.ac.uk/events or call 0161 778 4000 and quote reference number: ID 46850.
 
Date: Wednesday 29th November
Registration and buffet: 7pm
Training: 7.30pm-9.30pm
 
Venue
Norton Grange Hotel,
Manchester Road,
Rochdale
OL11 2XZ 
Useful links
CCA / Multiples: Contractors from large or small multiples should always check with their line manager or head office before acting on advice or booking training.
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