GMLPC Newsletter - Highlighting the latest news, training and alerts for Pharmacy Contractors across Greater Manchester
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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 13
Date: 4th January 2017
This week's topics:
  • Summary Care Records training events
  • GMHSCP Meeting - Strong Role for CP
  • Wigan CCG potential GP practice closures
  • Independent contractors survey
  • EPS Continuity briefing
  • Tell us your news
  • New details on QP gateway criteria
  • QP - NHSmail accounts
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Campaign
  • Stockport HWB Strategy
  • Trafford contractors - CCG Update
  • Salford News

Has your pharmacy been represented at a mandatory SCR Community Pharmacy Face to Face briefing event?

Join the SCR Community Pharmacy team at one of the sessions being held throughout January and February across the Midlands, East, Lancashire and Yorkshire regions. Training for Privacy Officers will also be provided.

Please ensure you have completed your CPPE SCR eLearning and Acceptable User Agreement form prior to attendance.
See links at

The local sessions are in the following areas :

Lancashire (Oldham) Tickets, Wed, 25 Jan 2017 at 18:30
Lancashire (Chorlton) Tickets Tue 7 Feb 2017 at 18:30 –

Please complete the registration form for the event you would like to attend by clicking on the link provided. One representative per pharmacy may attend.

For more information on SCR visit our website.

Good outcome from GMHSCP meeting: Strong role for community pharmacy

We had a very positive meeting with key leaders at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) before Christmas. GM LPC Chief Executive Adam Irvine, Chair Aneet Kapoor and Vice-Chair Ifti Khan met with Jon Rouse, Chief Officer at GMHSCP (and former senior Department of Health official), and Warren Heppolette, Executive Lead for Strategic & Systems Development at GMHSCP.
They were extremely supportive of community pharmacy and we continue to be involved as an equal partner with other professions in discussions about service development and future commissioning. GM LPC will be representing community pharmacy in key forums including the Medicines Strategy Board and the Workforce Board. Jon and Warren were interested in point-of-care testing and how pharmacy can support people with long-term conditions.
We also discussed options with them to improve equity of access to innovative pharmacy services across Greater Manchester, regardless of where patients live. We will be working in partnership with the team at GMHSCP to write a paper on how pharmacy can better support the Taking Charge plan.
The meeting was very positive and timely. We’re in a good position in Greater Manchester, especially given the recent national clinical services review noted community pharmacy is often left out of the room when commissioners are planning future services. It’s great that pharmacy’s contribution is recognised by the senior team at GMHSCP, and that we do have a seat at the right tables where we can represent you

Potential closure of 7 GP practices in Wigan

Wigan Borough CCG has launched a consultation regarding seven GP practice contracts that are coming to an end. The contracts are held by three different providers and covers 12 branch sites.

The consultation is considering for each site whether the CCG should ‘end the contract’; ‘renew with updated contract’; ‘merge with updated contract’; or, ‘renew with additional requirements… to offer more services for more patients’.

For full details please see here.

Independent Contractors - Services Information Survey

We are currently collating contractor services throughout Greater Manchester and we would appreciate your help in doing this. Please could all independent contractors spare a couple of minutes to complete this survey.

Thank you for your participation!

Click here to start the survey.

How GP practice teams and pharmacy teams can work together on EPS business continuity

This PSNC Briefing provides community pharmacy contractors and LPCs with suggestions to support joint working between GP practice teams and pharmacy teams in the event of an outage with the Electronic Prescription Service Release 2 (EPS R2). The briefing can be used by GP practice teams and pharmacy teams to consider the impact of any business continuity actions they adopt, on each other and their patients.

Please see here for the full briefing.

We want to hear your good news & achievements

If you or your team have some good news, achievements or are involved in some interesting work, then we’d love to hear from you. We’re keen to recognise and celebrate the great work that community pharmacy teams are doing across Greater Manchester, whether it’s achieving HLP Level 1 status, great feedback from a patient, a pilot you’re involved with, some interesting research/audit you’ve completed, staff qualifications/achievements, etc.
Let us know and we’ll be happy to share your news (with your permission) to spread the word on how community pharmacy is making a real difference and improving patient care.

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
RA Team Contacts
If you need help regarding EPs / Smartcards please see here for a list of contacts.

New details on Quality Payments gateway criteria

NHS England has published new details on the minimum gateway criteria that pharmacies must meet in order to be eligible for any points under the Quality Payments scheme.

It includes confirmation of the advanced services that will be eligible: you must provide MUR or NMS services, or be registered for the new national NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) pilot. Other advanced services do not count towards the gateway criteria.

Contractors that do not meet the gateway criteria will not be eligible for any Quality Payments.

Download full details of the NHS England guidance:

Quality Payments – Requesting an NHSmail account for your pharmacy

Community pharmacy contractors that wish to take part in the Quality Payments Scheme must:

  • have an NHSmail account for their pharmacy by the review points (28th April 2017 and 24th November 2017) at which they wish to make a Quality Payments Scheme claim; or
  • for the purposes of the 28th April 2017 review point, have evidence that they have applied for an NHSmail account by 1st February 2017.

NHS England and NHS Digital have announced that contractors that wish to apply for an NHSmail account for their pharmacy, to meet the requirement in point 2 above, can do so by emailing the following information to (by 1st February 2017):

  • Trading name of pharmacy;
  • Owner’s name;
  • Address, including postcode (for the premises the NHSmail address will apply to);
  • Pharmacy ODS code (F code);
  • Pharmacy telephone number; and
  • Current pharmacy email address.

Contractors with multiple pharmacies may submit this information via one email, providing details for each pharmacy premises. For this reason, pharmacy teams working within multiple pharmacy groups may want to check with their head office before requesting an NHSmail address for their pharmacy.

For more information see here.

Register now to help beat antimicrobial resistance!
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest global health threats and the Granada region has been chosen to pilot a new publicity campaign aimed at educating people about the dangers of misusing antibiotics. The campaign launches in February and pharmacies can get involved by displaying posters, leaflets and briefing sheets that will help your patients and customers understand more about antibiotics, when/how to use them, and what not to do. It aims to change people's behaviour and expectations. There will also be digital resources and a social media campaign.
This is such an important health message that we know pharmacies across Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan will be keen to do all you can to support it and help spread the word.
You have just over a week left to order FREE resources from Public Health England before the campaign launches in February. Just click here and use the password AMRPILOT. The order form closes on Thursday 12th January.
Please note all campaign assets are strictly embargoed until the official campaign launch and restricted only for use in the Granada TV pilot area. For more information about the campaign; how you can support,  key aims, key facts and details of how Public Health England plans to support existing AMR initiatives please visit the PHE Campaign Resource Centre.

Stockport: New Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy

The refreshed Stockport Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2017-20 is now available.

This strategy pools the collective work of the Stockport Health and Wellbeing Board and partners, so that the range of activity is more clearly understood, so gaps can be identified and so that the Board and local organisations can be held to account for delivery.

This document sets out the priorities and current plans for the three years 2017-2020, but will be refreshed each year to update plans and report outcomes, ensuring that the strategy remains relevant and reflects the developing programmes.

This strategy has been produced jointly by Stockport Council, NHS Stockport CCG, Stockport Healthwatch and many other contributors from partners, other professionals and voluntary and community sector representatives.

If you have any feedback or comments please contact

Trafford Contractors - CCG Update
 Please click here for the latest edition of Trafford CCG Updates. 

Salford news & alerts - One You public health campaign

Salford City Council is asking pharmacies to promote the One You public health campaign, which encourages people to make lifestyle changes that will help them live longer, healthier lives. It is the first pharmacy health promotion campaign of 2017 for the Salford area and participation helps fulfil your terms of service and the requirement to deliver specified public health campaigns each year. You can order resources by calling 0300 123 1019 from 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday. Download this flyer for more information.

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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