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Weekly news

22nd November 2017

Quality Payments: Two days to go…

It’s just two days until the second Quality Payments review date on Friday 24th November.  Although you have until 8th December to submit your Quality Payments claims, you must ensure you meet the four gateway criteria and those for the payments you want to claim by 23.59 this Friday (24th November).  You can find the full guidance from NHS England here and links to our tip guides at the end of this message.
 
Gateway criteria:
 
There are no points for these but you cannot claim any Quality Payments unless you meet these gateway criteria.
 
NHSmail
  • Pharmacy staff in the pharmacy on Friday must be able to send and receive NHSmail. Make sure their account(s) are fully activated. We’d advise making sure you have at least one staff member in the pharmacy on Friday with an active NHSmail account linked to the pharmacy.
  • Make sure the account(s) are fully activated – many pharmacies haven’t fully completed this. Ask people to log into NHSmail now and send and receive a test email to keep as proof.
  • If you have any queries or need help making sure NHSmail accounts are active, contact the helpdesk on 0333 200 1133 or pharmacyadmin@:nhs.net. Don’t leave it until Friday!
NHS Choices
  • Make sure you have checked, corrected if necessary, and validated all three sections of your pharmacy’s NHS Choices profile between 00.00 on 11th September and 23.59 on 24th November, if you are a bricks-and-mortar pharmacy. You also need to make sure that NMS / MUR are listed in your entry if you are using these to meet the gateway criteria for providing an advanced service. (NUMSAS should not be listed.)
  • Distance-selling pharmacies need to complete the online survey by 23.59 on Friday – you should have received the link from NHS Choices.
Advanced services and EPS
  • The other gateway criteria are provision of at least one of the following advanced services (MUR, NMS, NUMSAS) and ongoing use of EPS in your pharmacy.
 Tip guide on gateway criteria
 
Quality Payments criteria:
 
Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (£320: you can only claim if you did NOT receive this in April)
  • A report with your most recent Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) results must have been published on your pharmacy’s NHS Choices entry by 23.59 on 24th November if you are a bricks-and-mortar pharmacy.
  • Distance-selling pharmacies must have sent the report to the NHS Choices team by 23.59 on 24th November.
  • There are very strict requirements for publishing the survey or emailing it to NHS Choices. You must follow the instructions exactly and use the exact wording provided in the guidance. Our tip guide explains more. Read the NHS England guidance. NHS Choices will produce a report – your pharmacy won’t appear in it if you have not followed the process properly.
Summary Care Record (£320: you can claim even if you received it in April)
  • The SCR review period doesn’t end until 23.59 on Sunday 26th November, i.e. you have two extra days where SCR usage will count towards this payment. You must have used SCR more between 1st May 2017 – 26th Nov 2017 than during 3rd Oct 2016 to 30th Apr 2017, or have used it at least 100 times in both periods.
  • Use Internet Explorer to access the SCR portal, as it isn’t compatible with Google Chrome.
  • NHS Digital keep a record of all access so will know your usage. You can check it yourself using the usage calculator (updated weekly).
  • Tip guide
NHS 111 Directory of Service (£160: you can claim even if you received it in April)
  • Your NHS 111 DoS profiles must be fully up-to-date by 23.59 on Friday 24th November. You can log in and do this yourself using the DoS Profile Updater.
  • Make sure you check and validate ALL your profiles – each pharmacy branch can have up to THREE profiles, depending on the services you provide.
  • Tip guide
Asthma referrals (£640: you can claim even if you received it in April)
  • You can claim even if you haven’t had any patients suitable for review, as long as you have systems in place to identify patients and refer them. (It applies to patients dispensed six or more short-acting bronchodilators in a six-month period without a corticosteroid.)
  • Keep evidence in the pharmacy of any referrals and process for identifying patients.
  • Tip guide
Written patient safety report (£1,280: you can only claim if you did NOT receive this in April)
  • You need to have your written patient safety report available for inspection in the pharmacy on Friday.
  • Tip guide
Dementia Friends (£320: you can claim even if you received this in April)
  • 80% of patient-facing staff in the pharmacy on Friday must be Dementia Friends – the 80% refers to headcount, not whole-time equivalents. It includes locums and delivery drivers.
  • Tip guide
Safeguarding training (£320: you can claim even if you received this in April)
  • 80% of registered pharmacy staff in the pharmacy on Friday must have completed Level 2 safeguarding training for children and vulnerable adults within the last two years (i.e. between 25th Nov 2015 and 24th Nov 2017).
  • Tip guide
Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1 (£1,280: you can only claim if you did NOT receive this in April)
  • You must have achieved HLP Level 1 accreditation by 23.59 on 24th November. The requirements vary depending on when and how you achieved HLP Level 1. Pharmacies that have recently achieved HLP Level 1 must be on the Royal Society for Public Health’s HLP register by 23.59 on Friday.
  • Previous newsletters emails explained you should register with them by 10th November if possible to make sure you appear on the list by next Friday, as the process can take at least 10 working days.)
  • Our tip guide explains more.

Vaccination of social care workers can commence

NHS England has published an amended service specification and Patient Group Direction (PGD) for the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service, which adds care home and domiciliary care workers (referred to as social care workers) within the service’s target groups. Therefore, community pharmacy contractors are now able to vaccinate this cohort as part of the service in accordance with the updated service specification and PGD.
 
For more information, including new PSNC resources and FAQs, please visit:  psnc.org.uk/flucareworkers
 

Pharmacy public health campaigns 2018 for Greater Manchester – Revised

Calendar Following feedback GMHSC have published a revised calendar of the public health campaigns that they expect Greater Manchester pharmacies to participate in during 2018 as part of their contractual duties. For more information see below:

Claiming your Quality Payments via NHS BSA

The NHS BSA claims portal is now open. You have until 23.59 on Friday 8th December to submit your claim. You can enter information and save drafts before then. 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.
 

Quality Payments tip guides: bite-sized steps to help you qualify 

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.

 
Oldham: Carers Rights Day Event

There is a Carers Rights Day Carers Rights Day Event between 11:00am and 2:00pm at The Link Centre, Union Street, Oldham, on Friday 24th November 2017. Carer’s can find out about available information, advice and support and meet other carers and staff. Please share this poster.
 

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.

 

Manchester: Invitation for Community Pharmacy to express an interest in delivering the national Healthy Start vitamin scheme.

All pharmacies who currently hold a contract with Manchester City Council are invited to express an interest in becoming a distributing pharmacy for the exchange of the Healthy Start vitamin scheme. Patients who are eligible for the free vitamins will receive a voucher every eight weeks that can be exchanged for their free vitamins.

Pharmacies who are invited to participate will receive £100 at commencement of the service and will be reimbursed for the full price of vitamins dispensed to eligible beneficiaries and £1 (plus VAT) consultation payment. Pharmacies will also receive free Healthy Start publicity and promotional materials and will be listed on NHS Choices.

For full information on the scheme, please read the covering letter and service specification. If you have any questions please contact Viola Robinson by email, v.robinson@manchester.gov.uk.

 

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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