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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 25
Date:29th March 2017
This week's topics:
  • Don't forget to submit your flu vaccination claims!
  • Additional NUMSAS Event
  • Leadership Academy 2017 candidates
  • Quality Payments Webinar and Tip Guide
  • Clinical governance deadline
  • Flu 2017/18
  • Judicial Review update
  • GM Pharmacy Contact Sheet
  • NHS Protect and NHSCFA
  • QP: Directory of Services checker now available
  • Pharmacy technicians: your chance to shine in APTUK awards!
  • Contractor Engagement Lead: Fin Mc Caul
  • Trafford Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment - Consultation
  • Wigan: Have your say on new sexual health proposals
  • North Manchester eRD Project - New training date
  • Salford opportunity: extension to public health services
  • Pharmacy First Bury and HMR

Don’t forget to submit your flu vaccination claims!

Final claim for the Flu Vaccination Service 2016/17

The Flu Vaccination Service 2016/17 finishes on 31st March 2017 and community pharmacy contractors need to submit payment claims for those vaccinations administered during March with their prescription bundle at the beginning of April, otherwise they will not be paid.

For more information visit the PSNC Website

Additional NUMSAS Event

Greater Manchester (NHS England) with the support of Bolton LPC and Greater Manchester LPC have arranged a second event on 30th March 2017 (18.15pm – 21.00pm) at Novatel Hotel, Worsley Brow, Worsley, Manchester  M28 2YA.  A light buffet will be provided from 18.15pm and the event will start prompt at 18.45pm and finish at 21.00pm. 


NHS England is holding this event for all Greater Manchester Community Pharmacies to advise contractors of the current changes to pharmaceutical services,, these include commissioning of a national NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service pilot (NUMSAS), the criteria and process covering Quality Payments Scheme, the new procurement for Clinical Waste in Greater Manchester. We also would like to update Community Pharmacies to the changes to MUR/NMS reporting, outcomes from recent Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) visits and Post Payment Verification (PPV). 


We hope to have a question and answer session toward the end of the evening.  This event is supported by Bolton LPC and Greater Manchester LPC.  If you have questions you would like to raise prior to the meeting please email:  and this will try to be answered at the meeting.


To register for this event you will need to book via the link below, numbers are limited:

Candidates announced for PSNC Leadership Academy 2017

We are very proud to announce that GM LPC’s Chief Executive Officer, Adam Irvine, and Project Implementation Lead, Dipesh Raghwani, have both gained a place on the PSNC Leadership Academy 2017.

Congratulations to Adam and Dipesh!

For more information visit the PSNC Website

GM LPC Quality Payments Webinar and Tip Guide

On Monday GM LPC hosted a webinar full of practical tips designed for busy contractors to help you make sure you get your Quality Payments (QP). GM LPC’s Sarah Wood and Fin Mc Caul focused on what QP means and how you can embed it into your everyday practice, including activities that will make it as smooth as possible in your pharmacy.

The content has been designed specifically for Greater Manchester pharmacies, and complements the PSNC’s recent webinar. We’ve designed it to cover key areas Greater Manchester pharmacies mentioned in our recent survey, including the difficulty of finding time for QP, asthma referrals etc.

To watch a recording of the webinar you will need to follow the link below and enter your details, you will then be taken to the webinar recording and also emailed a link to allow you to access it at a later date.

Sign up here

This week's GM LPC Quality Payments tip guide is focusing on NUMAS. It is available here.

Clinical governance deadline (31st March)

Don’t forget the 31st March is the deadline for completing the 2016/17 Information Governance Toolkit, publishing the results of the Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire, and carrying out your clinical audits. Pharmacies also need to publish a complaints report for the year as soon as possible after 31st March. Read more.

2017/18 Flu Plan confirms recommissioning of national pharmacy flu service

The publication of the annual flu letter for 2017/18 by the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England confirms that the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service will continue in 2017/18. 

The annual flu letter is published as part of the national flu immunisation programme plan for 2017 to 2018 which outlines details of the influenza vaccination programme for winter 2017/18.

The plan sets out a coordinated and evidence-based approach to planning for, and responding to, the demands of influenza across England.

Commenting on the decision to continue commissioning of the pharmacy service, Alastair Buxton, PSNC Director of NHS Services said:

“The significant growth in the number of people vaccinated by pharmacies during the 2016/17 season has demonstrated the ongoing popularity of this service with patients and the positive impact it is having for the NHS. It is therefore entirely sensible that NHS England has decided to continue commissioning the service in 2017/18, however no discussions on the contractual requirements or funding have yet taken place with PSNC.”

Flu plan: winter 2017 to 2018 (including the annual flu letter)

etween September 2016 and January 2017 Greater Manchester pharmacies administered a fantastic 41,324 vaccinations.

Judicial Review Concluded

The judicial hearing concluded 23rd March 2017 after 3 days of hearing. On the first day and to almost lunchtime on the second day PSNC put the case, as per the skeleton argument on their website and circulated earlier.  Click Here

GM Pharmacy Contact Sheet now available

GM LPC have created a GM Pharmacy contact sheet which is pre populated with GM specific contact information and has spaces for you to input your pharmacy specific information. It can be downloaded from our website:
GM Pharmacy contact sheet colour
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NHS Protect and NHS Counter Fraud Authority

The functions of NHS Protect are currently changing and NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) is in the process of being created which will be dedicated to counter fraud work. NHSCFA will exist in shadow form from 1 April 2017 and will be officially launched on 3rd July, at which point NHS Protect will cease to exist.
For further details please read this letter from the interim CEO, Sue Firth.
Quality Payments: Directory of Services checker now available

NHS England has published the Directory of Services (DoS) checker as referenced in their quality criteria guidance.

The DoS checker has been created to assist community pharmacy contractors in meeting the DoS quality criterion, which requires, on the day of the review, that a pharmacy’s NHS 111 DoS entry is up to date.

Please note the process to follow to update your DoS profile, is different to that stated in the NHS England guidance. Contractors should follow the process on the NHS England website.

Pharmacy technicians: your chance to shine in APTUK awards!

There are fantastic pharmacy technicians in Greater Manchester who really deserve awards and recognition. The APTUK/AAH awards are pharmacy techs’ chance to shine and there are four categories: Outstanding Contribution; Leadership; Innovation; and Patient Safety. The closing date is 24th April so if you’ve got stars in your pharmacy (or are a star technician yourself), don’t be shy! Get those entries in and find out more at

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.
Out of Stock Reporting Tool
If you have any out of stock please report via this link
Locality news: what's happening in individual areas

     GM LPC Contractor Engagement Lead


Name: Fin Mc Caul
Role: Contractor Engagement Lead
Qualified: Liverpool School of Pharmacy, 1986. MRPharmS, 1987. Awarded FRPharmS in 2016
Represents: Independent

About Fin:

Fin is Managing Director of Prestwich Pharmacy. His role at Greater Manchester LPC involves leading on contractor engagement. He has worked with a variety of public health groups and is currently the Long-Term Conditions Lead for NHS Bury CCG, working with GPs, other primary care providers and secondary care. Fin also speaks and delivers training at local and national events on smoking cessation, weight loss, professional development, and change management.

Fin was made a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2016 in recognition of his service to pharmacy. He was appointed to the board of PSNC in January 2017.

Areas of special interest / expertise:

  • Independent pharmacy practice
  • Long-term conditions management
  • Pharmacy service delivery
  • Communication skills
  • Change management

Other relevant roles:

  • Chairman of Independent Pharmacy Federation (2007-14)
  • NHS Bury CCG Long-Term Conditions Lead since 2012
  • Works alongside the NPA board, promoting the benefits of independent pharmacy while supporting members
  • PSNC Regional Representative North West since 2017
Trafford Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Trafford Council have extended the 2017 Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) consultation period to 2nd May 2017 to ensure it meets the required 60-day period.

Trafford’s Health and Wellbeing Board has a legal duty to hold a consultation on its PNA (presented to the Board in January 2017) and Trafford Council is managing this consultation on behalf of the Board. The LPC will be providing comment on the draft PNA but as a contactor you too can submit your feedback. Please send all comments and amendments to Vimi Jhatakia at by 2nd May.

The consultation will run from 3rd March 2017 until 2nd May 2017 and the documents can be found here:

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment and Appendices:

All findings and comments will be summarised for the final Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment document.

Eleanor Roaf, Interim Director of Public Health, would like to thank you in advance for your views.

NOTE: The correct consultation dates are 3rd March to 2nd May. Please ignore any other dates listed for the consultation (e.g. on the draft PNA or SurveyMonkey.)

Wigan: Have your say on new sexual health proposals

Wigan Council is now seeking people’s views on a new model for sexual health services in the borough, and is keen to hear what local pharmacies think. The consultation runs until 19th April.
The proposed new model has been developed following feedback from the first phase of the consultation in December and January where people gave their views on existing services and opportunities for new ones.
Read about the new model and take part in the current consultation here until 19th April. Follow the link on the right-hand side of that page to complete the consultation survey.
You can read what people said in phase one here.
If you have any queries or would like to speak to someone about the consultation, contact Charlotte Bracher on or 01942 487957.

North Manchester: Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) Project 
North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee (GM LPC) are working in collaboration to deliver an Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) Project across North Manchester.
The project proposes to support the wider health system through better use of the community pharmacy network using the Electronic Prescription Service as part of Repeat Dispensing. Increased use of electronic repeat dispensing can reduce waste; and save money and time for the CCG, GP practice and community pharmacy.
There are 36 GP practices in North Manchester which are all EPS live and they are surrounded by EPS live community pharmacies that are equipped to support the repeat prescribing process using this system. The 52 pharmacies in North Manchester are situated in high-street locations; in supermarkets; and in residential neighbourhoods that are easily accessible; many of which are open for extended hours up to seven days a week.
Two training events for community pharmacies have taken place already in February 2017 and we are putting on a final training event for
Tuesday 18th April for those pharmacies that didn't and couldn't attend the previous events. 
The project will be rolled out in the next few weeks and we highly recommend those pharmacies who couldn't make the previous  events to make every effort to attend. We will be visiting all the GP practices in North Manchester over the next few months and need your support in identifying suitable, eligible patients to be switched to eRD. We believe this will be beneficial for everyone including the patients and will allow you better control of your repeat prescriptions; more opportunity to engage with your patients; and showcase your value in the management of repeat prescriptions.
For people who are responsible for looking after more than one branch, we would also encourage you to attend and welcome your support in disseminating the information and supporting the branches you look after. 
Please click here to book your place.
Salford opportunity: Extension to Public Health Services
Salford pharmacies have an opportunity to extend their contracts to deliver public health locally commissioned services in 2017/18. You can choose to provide the same services again, provide additional services.
If you want to provide these services, you need to respond to Salford City Council by 31st March 2017 confirming that you agree. The letter below explains how to do this.
The contract process is slightly different depending on whether you provided the services in 2016/17 or not, and whether you want to provide additional services in 2017/18.
Letter on Salford public health services

Pharmacy First Bury and HMR

We would like to update you that the HMR and Bury CCG have now joined the Greater Manchester Minor Ailments Scheme known as Pharmacy First. The LPC has been engaged in this process as part of our work to bring standardisation and a consistent offer of pharmacy services across Greater Manchester.
You will receive a new service specification shortly. The LPC will also be hosting this information on our website alongside supporting material, so do keep a look out for this information.
Existing schemes that are currently in place will end on the 31st March 2017, therefore any claims relating to these service must be submitted by 1st April 2017 to receive payment, any claims after this point will not be authorised.
If you have any questions about this service and /or the process you can contact: Jill Edwards at Bury CCG on or Diane Murphy at NHS England on


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:

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Contact Information
Phone: 0161 228 6163
Address: Suite 9-10, Barlow House, Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3DZ
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