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Weekly news

14th August 2019

Primary Care Networks (PCN)
Bite Size Updates

Our PCN Bite size update was sent out on Friday. This has been uploaded onto our PCN page on our website here.

GMLPC’s Primary Care Network Locality Events

Primary Care Networks are a key component of the revised Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme. To support contractors, we are arranging locality events later this year. Registration and light buffet available from 6.30pm. Training 7pm – 9pm.

Book your place below:
Important Notifications

PSNC CPCF Roadshow event

Following the announcement of a five-year deal for community pharmacy, PSNC will be holding a series of Sunday roadshow events for community pharmacists across England.
GMLPC are extremely pleased that we have been able to collaborate with PSNC to arrange for the Greater Manchester roadshow event to be held at the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel on 29th September 2019, alongside our AGM. Places are limited so we urge you to book your place as soon as possible. You can book a place here.  

Manage Your Service (MYS)

Contractors are advised as their first step to participating in the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) to register for the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) application.
MYS will be the only way to claim a PQS Aspiration Payment and make a PQS declaration. The system will also be the route for claiming for the flu vaccination service for the 19/20 season and notifying readiness for the new Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS)


HRT supply Issues

In response to the recent reports of HRT shortages, the British Menopause Society has produced an update on the current availability of HRT products. This provides guidance clinicians and patients who may be experiencing difficulties in obtaining HRT supplies.


Survey of pharmacy professionals 2019  

Please remember to respond to the GPhC survey of pharmacy professionals 2019.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and your answers will be anonymised. It will really help the regulator understand more about the workforce and help to improve the way it regulates.

You get to answer questions on your roles, responsibilities, work settings, future work plans and levels of job satisfaction and work-life balance. This is an opportunity to contribute to important research that will be used by the regulator, and those involved in workforce planning.

Please complete the survey through the link sent to your email or through the open link here:


Recruitment to the NICE advisory committee for Community pharmacy
(QS 2020)

NICE are looking for experts to join our quality standards advisory committee (QSAC) to develop the Community pharmacy (QS 2020). They need people with a professional or practitioner background in the topic in the following roles

  • a community pharmacist/community pharmacy technician
  • a senior pharmacist working in a GP practice

Information on the posts is available on the NICE website, please follow this link for details. The deadline for applications is Thursday 15 August 2019 at 17.00. If you have any queries please contact

July edition of CPN magazine now available

The July 2019 edition of PSNC’s Community Pharmacy News (CPN) is now available. This month’s CPN features:
  • Five-year funding settlement;
  • PSNC reflects on negotiations;
  • EPS Phase 4 update; and
  • Number of items factsheet.
View the CPN magazine online or download the PDF copy.

Gabitril (tiagabine) (Teva) out of stock to end of September 2019

Teva have advised Gabitril (tiagabine) will be unavailable till the end of September 2019.

This is due to factors outside of Teva’s control, and is a Europe wide issue.

Pharmacy teams should refer patients back to their prescriber if stock is unavailable.

The Teva customer service team can be reached on 0800 590502.



CPPE Prescribing gateway page

CPPE is pleased to announce that its new Prescribing gateway page is now live. This extensive resource is mapped to the ten prescribing competencies and covers all areas of prescribing, including how to use the Prescribing Competency Framework, prescribing safely, overcoming barriers and return to prescribing.
See here for further information.

CPPE Foundation Pharmacist Training Pathway

CPPE has announced that applications are now open for the newest intake of pharmacists on the Foundation pharmacist training pathway. This 12-month, fully funded programme is divided into six modules that are designed to help early career pharmacists meet a range of competencies during the first stage of their foundation training. Find out more and apply here.

Sinemet – Updated supply notice

Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited (MSD) are still experiencing intermittent supply issues which are expected to continue until September 2019 with the following products:
  • Sinemet  10mg/100mg 10×10 tablets.
  • Sinemet Plus 25mg/100mg 10×10 tablets.
MSD have confirmed the following Sinemet products should now be available:
  • Sinemet Half CR 25mg/100mg 6×10 tablets.
  • Sinemet 25mg/250mg 10×10 tablets.
  • Sinemet 12.5mg/50mg 9×10 tablets.
  • Sinemet CR 50mg/200mg 6×10 tablets.
For more information and news on Sinemet visit the Parkinson’s UK website.
Please visit the MSD supply page for the latest updates here or contact MSD UK customer services on 01992 452094 (during public holidays contact MSD UK switchboard on 01992 467272).


Locality news: what's happening in your area


Bury: Malnutrition awareness week 2019 and Invitation to Nutrition and Hydration Conference

Malnutrition awareness week is 14th to the 20th of October and pharmacies are encouraged to take part. Age UK have resources available here which you can order from
GM Nutrition and Hydration are also hosting a conference in the Elizabethan Suite at Bury Town Hall on 14th October 2019, 9:30 am – 4pm. Book your place here.


Manchester: Blood glucose meters

If a patient wishes to purchase a blood glucose meter, please can you advise them that there is no guarantee that their GP will prescribe test strips. The CCG and GPs will probably only prescribe test strips for these meters.  Patients should therefore be prepared to buy test strips for meters they have bought themselves.

Salford and Trafford

We have been made aware by Achieve that there is currently a shortage of methadone tablets. It has been decided to convert all clients to methadone mixture standard or sugar free . If medical confirmation is provided that a client cannot tolerate methadone mixture a consideration will be given to prescribe methadone capsules. There will be no plan to switch clients back to methadone tablets once the shortage is resolved.

Please be reminded  to contact the service if 3 or more days dispense is missed in a row.

Should you have any queries regarding the above please contact  Ann McKernan at Achieve Tel:01204 483090  Email:

Trafford: Old Trafford Medical Practice

This week, the CCG have agreed with Firsway Health Centre in Sale to provide caretaking arrangements at Old Trafford Medical Practice from Monday 12 August 2019. Firsway was selected as the practice was able to demonstrate a level of resilience.
Dr Masud Prodhan, who runs the practice, has been placed under suspension by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a routine inspection which took place on Tuesday 22 July. This means he is unable to undertake any clinical activity at Old Trafford Medical Practice for a period of three months (up to 31 October 2019) subject to right of appeal.

The CQC has also inspected Gloucester House Medical Centre on Wednesday (7 August). As you may be aware, Dr Prodhan is a partner in this practice. We are awaiting feedback from CQC with regards to the outcomes of the inspection.


Upcoming Events 

Health Champion Training – 10th & 11th October 2019

The recently announced Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for 2019/20 to 2023/34 specifies that being HLP level 1 is an essential requirement for all pharmacies in England from April 2020. This two-day course enables pharmacy staff to become qualified Health Champions for Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1. Attendees who successfully complete both days and the short assessment at the end will receive a nationally-recognised Royal Society for Public Health Level 2 qualification in Understanding Health Improvement. It’s taking Place on 10th and 11th October at The Studio, Lever Street, Manchester. Find out more & book.

External Training, Events and Information

CPPE: Greater Manchester events from April to September 2019

GMLPC actively supports and promotes CPPE’s events, please find details below. CPPE has published its events calendar for April to September 2019 so you can see what learning & development opportunities they are offering this year.


Community pharmacists:Postgraduate courses

Take advantage of fully funded postgraduate courses
PSNC have published a news story to highlight opportunities for pharmacy teams to access a number of funded postgraduate courses: Please view here.
Useful links

GMLPC understands the immense challenges contractors face, our role is to represent and support you. We would like to remind all contractors that we are here to offer guidance, act as a sounding board and intercede whenever possible. 

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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