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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 22
Date: 8th March 2017
This week's topics:
  • NHS England – corrections to Quality Payments guide
  • HLP Champion Training
  • GMLPC webinar - Note date change to 27th March
  • New Greater Manchester Pharmacy Handbook
  • Pharmacy First Bury and HMR
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Update
  • Clinical governance deadline
  • Pharmacy technicians: your chance to shine in APTUK awards!
  • Tameside : Locality lead
  • Salford opportunity: extension to public health services
  • Manchester: Chair appointed for new city-wide CCG
  • Trafford Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment - correct dates
  • Wigan: Have your say on new sexual health proposals
  • Oldham: Cancer Awareness Training
NHS England – corrections to 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. Take the survey at


Quality Payments tips: Patient survey & NHS Choices

This week’s tip guide focuses on uploading your patient survey to NHS Choices – or your website if you’re a distance-selling pharmacy. It’s based on the corrected guidance from NHS England.

HLP Champion training: more dates announced

New HLP Champions training dates in Bury on 27th- 28th April.

This training has been arranged by both Bolton and GMLPC on behalf of Community Pharmacy contractors across Greater Manchester.

The quality criteria outlines what is required for achieving Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Level 1 status.

One requirement of HLP is that each pharmacy has one member of staff who has completed the RSPH Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement course.

The course aims to enable participants to gain a better understanding and appreciation of how inequalities in health may develop and the current policies for addressing these. It will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the principles of promoting health and well-being and equip you to support your customers in trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

There are limited places available.

To book please click here

GMLPC webinar: NOTE DATE CHANGE to 27th March

7.30pm-8.30pm, Monday 27th March: 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.

Details of how to join the webinar will be shared in the newsletter nearer the time. If you’d like us to email you as well, contact Please note the date change: this webinar will now be on 27th March, not 20th March.

NEW Greater Manchester Pharmacy Handbook 2017

Greater Manchester commissioners have now published an updated Pharmacy Handbook for 2017, including appendices with contact details for local signposting, safeguarding, EPS and NHSmail queries, and so on.
You can access the handbook on our website. If you downloaded or printed information from the old 2014 handbook and/or its appendices, you should now replace them with this new version.
Pharmacy Handbook 2017:

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


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) update

Public Health England are keen for case studies and social media activity linked to the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) campaign. You can send your case studies to them via the links here. You can also email them with details of your social media activity and statistics at There are updated campaign resources including social media tools here.


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

      Tameside : Locality Lead - Gill Stone 

Name: Gill Stone 
Role: Locality Lead for Tameside & Glossop
Qualified: MPharm (Hons); MRPharmS
Represents: CCA
Contact:; 07801100216

About Gill:

Having been qualified for almost 30 years, Gill has had experience across a number of sectors including industry, hospital (NHS and private) and community pharmacy. She has worked as part of the Superintendent’s Team at Well and most recently has been managing the Operational Support Centre which triages and answers all queries from the stores within the estate and schedules employee and locum pharmacists for stores.

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
Manchester: Chair appointed for new city-wide CCG
Manchester GP Dr Philip Burns has been appointed Chair of the new city-wide NHS Manchester CCG, which will be created on 1st April 2017 by the merger of the three existing CCGs. Dr Burns has chaired South Manchester CCG since 2016 and has practised as a GP in Manchester for the last 14 years. In his new role, he will also be Chair designate for Manchester Heath and Care Commissioning, a partnership between the CCG and Manchester City Council that will oversee health, social care and public health commissioning in Manchester.

Trafford PNA – 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 CSfPP newsletter at:
Contact Information
Phone: 0161 228 6163
Address: Suite 9-10, Barlow House, Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3DZ
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