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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 15
Date: 18th January 2017
This week's topics:
  • New HLP Champions training dates (Quality Payments)
  • HLP Leadership Training (Quality Payments)
  • Pharmacy health promotion campaigns 2017
  • NHSmail deadline (Quality Payments)
  • Discussion forum for Greater Manchester pharmacies
  • Safeguarding training (Quality Payments)
  • Health checks for people with learning disabilities
  • Manchester (North) – EPS  repeat dispensing pilot and training
  • Manchester – reduced prescribing changes
  • Oldham – mental health support
  • PSNC/NPA judicial review hearing set for March 

Health Champions training dates (Quality Payments) 

Secure your HLP Quality Payments points: Two-day Health Champions training on 9th-10th February
To qualify for HLP Level 1 Quality Payments, pharmacies must have a Health Champion. We’ve arranged a two-day Health Champions training course on 9th-10th February 2017 in partnership with Bolton LPC.
Health Champions can be any suitable member of the team e.g. a dispensing assistant, healthcare assistant or technician. The course covers how to promote health and wellbeing, how to help patients, customers make healthy lifestyle changes, reasons behind health inequalities and ways of addressing them.
Participants will gain the national Level 2 ‘Understanding Health Improvement’ qualification recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health. There is a multiple choice test at the end of the second day.
The course is 9am-5pm on Thursday 9th February and Friday 10th February at Crompton Health Centre, 501 Crompton Way, Bolton, BL1 8UP. You must attend both days. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Spaces are limited to one per pharmacy. To book, visit Only from United Kingdom
REMINDER: Healthy Living Pharmacy Leadership training
There are just a few spots left on the HLP Leadership Training we announced last week, so you’ll need to be quick to get your place. Click here for full details.

Pharmacy health promotion campaigns

Greater Manchester commissioners have now announced the six local health improvement campaigns for pharmacies in 2017. The camapigns are aligned to the Healthy Living Pharmacy domains and you can choose the topics and resources most relevant for your local community. Get the full details, including a campaign schedule and letter from commissioners, on our website. This year's campaigns are:

  • New Year, New You (Jan-Mar 2017)
  • Long-term conditions (Feb-Mar 2017)
  • Living well / Healthier lifestyle (Apr-May 2017)
  • Physical activity / Nutrition (Jun-Aug 2017)
  • Self-care (Sep-Oct 2017)
  • Keep well / Lifestyle practice (Nov-Dec 2017)
NHSmail deadline approaching fast (1st Feb)

If your pharmacy isn’t already registered for or set up with NHSmail (, then you need to act now. If you don’t register for it by 1st February, then you won’t be able to claim any Quality Payments at all in April 2017. Having NHSmail is part of the gateway (i.e. minimum) criteria for claiming Quality Payments.


Luckily, it couldn’t be easier to register and you just need to demonstrate you emailed the following details to by 1st February 2017. If you have multiple pharmacies, you can send all the details in one email:

  • Trading name of your pharmacy;
  • Owner’s name;
  • Address, including postcode, for the premises that NHSmail address will apply to;
  • Pharmacy ODS code (F code);
  • Pharmacy telephone number; and
  • Current pharmacy email address
We’ve launched a weekly tip guide to help you qualify for Quality Payments. Issue 1 covered NHSmail and you can download it here. We’ll email it each Tuesday. If you didn’t receive Issue 1 and want to sign up, contact
Discussion forum for Greater Manchester pharmacies

We’ve set up an online community using a tool called Slack where Greater Manchester pharmacies can share tips and good practice, discuss issues, ask and answer questions, and connect with each other.


There is a channel on Quality Payments and another for other pharmacy topics. We can add more in future, e.g. for different local areas, if there is demand. These are your forums and it’s a great way to share knowledge, expertise, worries etc and to support each other as a pharmacy community. That’s never been more important so we’d really encourage you to use it and answer each other’s queries.


We will moderate the forums. Usual codes of conduct apply, including respecting others and their opinions. Anyone who posts content that is non-pharmacy-related, commercially-sensitive, breaches data protection or copyright, or could be considered offensive or abusive, may be removed from the group.


Invitations to join the discussion forum are being emailed out to all pharmacy contractors in the GM LPC area this week. Look out for an email from

  1. Check your inbox for an invitation to join a Slack team.
  2. Click the Join button.
  3. On the sign-up page, enter your first and last name and choose a username.
  4. When you’re ready, click Next.
  5. Choose a password, then click Join team.

 If you don’t receive an invitation and want to join, contact

Safeguarding training (Quality Payments)

You can get 5 Quality Payments points (£320) in April 2017 if 80% of registered pharmacy staff have completed Level 2 safeguarding training. (You lose out on those 5 points if you’ve not achieved 80% in April.)

To help you qualify, we’ve got details of the CPPE’s new safeguarding e-learning. It’s open access and free so anyone can register and complete it at

CPPE has developed two assessments linked to this programme:
  • A new Level 2 assessment 2017 (live now) so pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have evidence of their Level 2 competence for the Quality Payments Scheme.
  • A new Level 1 assessment (launching in February 2017) which will allow other team members to prove their competence at Level 1.

CPPE also offer a Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults workshop linked to the e-learning. Attendance isn’t a requirement to meet Level 2, but it is encouraged as it involves face-to-face contact and discussion with an expert.

If you have already completed safeguarding e-learning, CPPE would advise taking the new assessment. If you don’t pass, then you may wish to complete the new e-learning and retake the assessment.

Health checks for people with learning disabilities

There will be a new campaign this spring aimed at increasing take-up by people with learning disabilities (LDs) of annual health checks with their GP. It aims to reduce health inequalities in people with LDs by picking up unidentified health issues. The checks involve blood tests so can’t be carried out in community pharmacies, but pharmacists can raise awareness of health checks among people with LDs and carers. Look out for more information when the campaign launches. ­­
Getting Serious About Prevention 2017: Improving Cardiovascular Health Together

The 2017 NHS Health Check conference in Manchester focuses on cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention programmes, and aims to support and inspire delegates in tackling the risk factors. You can register here. #NHSHealthCheck2017

PSNC/NPA judicial review

The judicial review hearing on the process that led to the new pharmacy contract will now begin on 21st March. The PSNC and NPA cases are being heard together. Read the latest PSNC update.

PSNC resources

PSNC has added new information about achieving, and registering for, HLP Level 1 status on its website. Find out more here.

Health Campaign Dates
Dry January
1st - 31st January

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
22nd - 28th January

One You Health Campaign

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.
Locality news: what's happening in individual areas

Manchester (North): EPS repeat dispensing training & pilot

The 52 community pharmacies in the North Manchester CCG area are encouraged to take part in training and a pilot aimed at boosting electronic repeat dispensing. There are two training sessions to choose from. Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided:

  • Wed 15th Feb, 6.30-8.30pm, The New Moston Club, M40 3RQ
  • Wed 22nd Feb, 6.30-8.30pm, The New Moston Club, M40 3RQ


Pharmacies will then be asked to identify 10 suitable patients. You can book your place and get more information here.  

Manchester: Agreement on prescribing changes

GM LPC has secured agreement from Manchester's Area Prescribing Committee for fewer switches in future. In addition, the medicines management team won't start switching until four weeks after changes are agreed so community pharmacies can try to reduce their stockholding.

The next drugs to be switched within Manchester are as follows. You may therefore wish to reduce your stockholding of other brands/generics over the next few weeks.

  • Procyclidine to be switched to Kemadrin
  • Buprenorphine to be switched to Butec 

Any future switches will be published in this newsletter.

Oldham: New mental health services available

Pharmacies and your patients/customers may be interested in a number of new services, including mental health & wellbeing MOT sessions, drop-in sessions, talking therapies (IAPT), active monitoring, and taster workshops and courses. They are commissioned by Oldham CCG and provided by Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind in partnership with NHS Healthy Minds Oldham. This poster has more information. Visit their website for full details.

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:

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Contact Information
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Address: Suite 9-10, Barlow House, Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3DZ
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