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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 23
Date:15th March 2017
This week's topics:
  • MUR/NMS quarterly submission
  • Contractor Briefing:  PSNC Judicial Review Special Supplementary Levy
  • GMLPC webinar - 27th March 2017
  • NUMSAS slides now available
  • NHS England – Quality Payments guide
  • Pharmacy First Bury and HMR
  • Rochdale EPS Go Live Date
  • Clinical governance deadline
  • Pharmacy technicians: your chance to shine in APTUK awards!
  • Trafford : Locality lead
  • Salford opportunity: extension to public health services
  • Manchester: Chair appointed for new city-wide CCG
  • Trafford Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment - Consultation
  • Wigan: Have your say on new sexual health proposals
  • Oldham: Cancer Awareness Training
Medicines Use Review (MUR)/New Medicine Service (NMS) quarterly submission

NHS England is notifying contractors of the change to the way in which this data is to be submitted. The NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) will be managing the submission process for pharmacies in Greater Manchester effective of Jan 2017. Therefore your quarterly reports should no longer be submitted to

Pharmacies will have two electronic options for submitting the data, this new process will start with the third quarter (October – December) which you are expected to submit in January.   The NHS BSA will be contacting your pharmacy via email in the coming days/weeks to provide you with further details on the process.

Currently there is information on the changes and report templates on the BSA website. The link below contains all of the user guidance needed to submit the MUR/NMS information.

NHS England suggests that Contractors regularly access their emails for the information so that the specified deadlines are not missed.

Please note submission of the MUR/NMS activity data on a quarterly basis is an ongoing requirement of your Terms of Service (ToS).

SCR calculator to help with Quality Payments
NHS Digital has published the Summary Care Record (SCR) usage calculator tool, as referenced in NHS England's quality criteria guidance.
The SCR calculator has been created to assist community pharmacy contractors in monitoring and increasing their SCR usage to meet the SCR quality criterion, which requires contractors to be able to demonstrate on the day of the review, a total increase in access to SCR from period 1 (Monday 27th June 2016 to Sunday 27th November 2016) to period 2 (Monday 28th November 2016 to Sunday 30th April 2017). The calculator will show the number of times a pharmacy has viewed the SCR in period 1 and period 2.
Learn more about the calculator and how you can access it at:
GMLPC webinar: 27th March 2017
7.30pm-8.30pm : The Ultimate Guide to Quality Payments

Fin Mc Caul, our Contractor Engagement Lead, will cover all you need to know to secure and claim your Quality Payments in April, as well as answering any questions you have. The webinar has been organised by Greater Manchester LPC, with support from NPA.

Please follow the link to sign up for the webinar: .

NUMSAS Slides now available

The slides from the contractor briefing: NUMSAS & other service updates, which was held on Monday 6 March are now available on the GMLPC website.
NHS England – Quality Payments guide

NHS England has replaced the Quality Payments guide on its website with a new version due to an error in the original version. If you downloaded a copy of the original version, then you need to replace it with the new version so you have the correct information on how to upload the Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire to NHS Choices.
How prepared do you feel for claiming the first Quality Payments on 28th April? Have you got the information & resources you need from Greater Manchester LPC and other sources (e.g. PSNC, NPA, CCA, AIMp)? Please complete this short survey to help us help you by highlighting any gaps or issues that you want us to focus on in resources for you.

Following the event held 6th March 2017 at The Chairman's Club, Manchester City FC, Etihad Stadium, by Greater Manchester (NHS England) commissioners, supported by Greater Manchester LPC and Bolton LPC, this event focused on changes affecting community pharmacy - including the new NUMSAS service (NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service), Quality Payments, and the new procurement for clinical waste in Greater Manchester.  For more information from the event Click Here

Please also find the link to PSNC website for information regarding Regulation 26a 

Quality Payments tips: Patient Safety Report

This week’s tip guide focuses on written safety reports available for inspection on the premises.  The report should be based on an ongoing incident log and needs to analyse incidents, highlight any patterns, show evidence you have shared learning from incidents (locally and nationally), and describe what action you have taken in response to national safety alerts.

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


Rochdale EPS Go live dates

Please note that the Dawes Family Practice, 83 Spotland Road, Rochdale, OL12  6RX is planning to go live with EPS on 28th June 2017. 

If you require any further information please contact Rash Murphy, Project Manager,  Tel: 0161 212 6810 - Email:
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

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.

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

Locality news: what's happening in individual areas

      Trafford : Locality Lead - Helen Smith 

Name: Helen Smith
Role: Locality Lead for Trafford
Qualified: MPharm (Hons), University of Manchester, 1985
Represents: CCA
Contact:; 07725 064230

About Helen:
Helen spent 20 years with Boots the Chemist before moving to Tesco. She has worked at Tesco for the past 10 years in various store management and regional roles, specialising in change management and people-leadership.

Areas of special interest / expertise:

  • People leadership
  • Commercial management
  • Daily contact with front-facing pharmacy
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
Trafford Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment - correct dates

Trafford Council has clarified the dates for its consultation on the draft PNA. The consultation runs from 3rd March to 4th April. The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed slightly different dates in the draft PNA and consultation survey but the correct ones are 3rd March to 4th April.

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.

Oldham: Cancer Awareness Training -      
which will link with Healthy Living Pharmacy in Oldham

DATE:     Thursday 16th March 2017
VENUE:  The Lees Suite, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UG. 
                  For Sat Navs use OL1 1NL for Civic Centre car park (free after 6pm – must still display ticket)
TIME:      7.00pm – 9.30pm (hot buffet from 6.30pm)
COST:     Free (funded by Oldham Public Health)
Delivered by Cancer Research UK trainers with a nursing background
Pharmacists, Pre-registration Pharmacists, Dispensers and Counter Staff who work in Oldham
Talk Cancer workshops equip and empower you to raise cancer awareness in your community by:
  • Increasing your knowledge of key messages around cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis
  • Building your confidence to talk to the public about cancer
  • Helping you to encourage people to make lifestyle changes, access local services and visit their GP promptly with any concerns.
The workshop will be followed by a presentation from CRUK and the GM Bowel Cancer Screening Programme on the role pharmacy staff can play in improving bowel cancer screening uptake
To book your place – Please register by clicking the link below: 
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:

Read the latest CPPE newsletter at 
Contact Information
Phone: 0161 228 6163
Address: Suite 9-10, Barlow House, Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3DZ
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