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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 18
Date: 8th February 2017
This week's topics:
  • Important SCR information
  • Correction to our SCR mailing
  • Antimicrobial resistance update
  • Pharmacy Access scheme review closing soon
  • Pharmacy voice to disband.
  • Flu fighter awards 2017
  • LPC info on Facebook
  • Quality Payments
  • PV statement on pharmacist independent prescribers
  • Bury : Locality lead
  • Manchester - Manchester Homeless Healthcare Standards 
  • Salford - Be Clear on Cancer
  • Manchester (South) – Public meetings on Dementia
  • Oldham - Talk cancer free training
IMPORTANT: Register for SCR by 28th Feb or miss out on £200

If you’re not already registered for and using the Summary Care Record (SCR), you need to submit your smartcard registration (following this Next Steps guide) by 28th February at the latest to benefit from the £200 payment.
If you submit your registration after that date, then the Registration Authority cannot guarantee it will be processed in time for you to qualify for the £200 payment for pharmacies that start using SCR before 31st March 2017.
Smartcard registration usually takes two weeks to process. Once smartcards for your pharmacy have been updated you will receive confirmation of this. You will then need to access SCR before the deadline of 31st March 2017 to trigger the live status for your pharmacy. This Next Steps guide explains what you need to do.

CORRECTION: SCR registration email address

We apologise for an error in last week’s Quality Payments guide to the Summary Care Record. The correct email address for submitting your Registration Authority registration form with details of all staff who will need access to SCR, along with copies of their CPPE e-learning certificates, is The corrected tip guide is available here.

Important update on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) - pharmacy health promotion

Public Health England are sending you free campaign resources to support the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) pilot in the Granada TV region.
They should arrive in your pharmacy this week (w/c 6th February), in time for the campaign which starts next week (13th Feb).
This is a major public health campaign on a vitally important topic and we would strongly encourage you to do all you can to promote and support it actively in your pharmacy.
Doing so will mean you have taken part in one of your six health promotion campaigns for­ 2017, as Greater Manchester commissioners have identified AMR as one of this year’s campaigns.

Pharmacy Access Scheme review process to close soon

Time is running out to apply for a review of your pharmacy’s eligibility for payments under the Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS).

As part of the two-year final funding package imposed on community pharmacies in England, the Department of Health (DH) introduced PhAS with the stated aim of ensuring that a baseline level of patient access to NHS community pharmacy services is protected. Community pharmacies who qualify for PhAS will receive an additional monthly payment, meaning those pharmacies will be protected from the full effects of the reduction in funding.
Find out more here

Pharmacy Voice to disband following
NPA departure

On 2 February 2017, Pharmacy Voice said that its constitution means that it cannot continue with the remaining two members alone. These members comprise the Company Chemists’ Association, which represents large pharmacy chains, such as Boots and Lloydspharmacy; and the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, which represents smaller pharmacy chains. 

A spokesperson for Pharmacy Voice says: “The constitution of Pharmacy Voice requires that if one member association gives notice to leave, the organisation cannot continue. It is therefore not possible for PV to continue with the remaining member associations.” They added that the NPA has given the 12 months’ notice required and that the association’s work would continue until then. 

See here for the full story

Flu fighter awards 2017: nominations now open

Nominations for the flu fighter awards 2017 are now open. The flu fighter awards celebrate the successes of flu teams and organisations in promoting local flu fighter campaigns – which in the main focus on the promotion of flu vaccination to health and care staff.

For full details please see here 

          LPC info on Facebook 

You can keep in the loop with all our news and events via social media:

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.

Quality Payments : website guidance updated

We’ve reorganised our website to make it easier for you to find guidance on how to meet the Quality Payments criteria. There is now a Quality Payments link in the top tabs on our homepage. We’ve also created pages for each area of Quality Payments with links to all the key documents and resources.
Our weekly tip guides and YouTube films are on there as well. We hope you like the changes. If you have any comments on how we can make our website better for you, just let us know at

Our website is at

The new Quality Payments section is at Follow the links on the left of that page for information about each area of Quality Payments.

Pharmacy Voice releases statement on pharmacist independent prescibers

In November 2016, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) launched a discussion paper to gather views on proposals to change the supervision requirements of pharmacist independent prescribers (PIPs) in training.

Pharmacy Voice welcomes the GPhC’s proposed changes to the supervision requirements of PIPs in training and has issued a response to the GPhC survey.  More widespread independent prescribing by community pharmacists will be required for the sector to work in the ways described in the CPFV, which sees community pharmacy playing a significantly enhanced role in the delivery of integrated, personalised care, support and well-being services.

Pharmacy Voice has also released a statement on independent prescribing in community pharmacy to support our response to the discussion paper.

Please click here to read the statement.

Locality news: what's happening in individual areas

          Bury : Locality Lead  - Mohamed Patel 

 Mohamed Patel
Role: Locality Lead for Bury
Qualified: BSc (Hons) Pharmacy, Liverpool John Moores University, 1997. MRPharmS
Represents: Independent
Contact:; 07958 428754

About Mohamed:

Over the last 15 years, Mohamed has established a chain of pharmacies with over 100 employees. His experience over the last 15 years has enabled him to develop and refine skills in all aspects of business management and effective leadership, which has allowed him to succeed in a highly competitive and dynamic industry. In the five years prior to the creation of Greater Manchester LPC, Mohamed was an LPC member for Bolton, Wigan, Manchester and Bury.

Areas of special interest / expertise:

  • Project management
  • Risk management process and analysis
  • Financial projection and management

Other relevant roles

  • Bolton LPC
  • AAH Customer Advisory Boards
  • Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Manchester: 'Manchester Homeless Healthcare Standards'

Why have these standards been developed?

As the main provider of healthcare for homeless people in the city for over 20 years and in line with research in the area, we know that many homeless people live with a physical health problem, a mental health problem and a substance misuse problem at the same time, meaning homeless people are often sicker than then rest of the general population, and yet have poor access to primary healthcare, often ending up in a health crisis in A&E or an unplanned admission.

Our work has shown that we can improve outcomes for homeless people in this area, and we want to disseminate our learning about how to support homeless people to navigate the health systems to all colleagues as a way of improving access to healthcare and improving health outcomes for homeless people across the city.

The sessions are open everyone from all statutory and voluntary agencies working with homeless people in the city, please feel free to forward this onto any colleagues you think may benefit from attending.

Staff can book a place by emailing or by calling 0161 272 5652 stating their name, role, agency, and contact details 
Training is on Monday, 6th March 2017 10am to 11:30am at Ancoats Primary Care Centre 
To find out more please see here

Salford: Be Clear on Cancer

Salford commissioners have asked local pharmacies to support the Be Clear on Cancer campaign on bowel cancer in February and March as part of their health promotion activities this year. Resources are available at
Please promote the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) campaign as well, as this has also been agreed as a major priority with Greater Manchester commissioners and Public Health England and you will be receiving free materials direct to your pharmacy.


South Manchester: CHWR Dementia Action Group

The Chorlton and Whalley Range Dementia Action Group will be hosting a series of 3 public meetings about different aspects of Dementia in March.
Details are available here


Oldham: Cancer Awareness Training -      
a few places left.


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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