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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 21
Date: 1st March 2017
This week's topics:
  • How to achieve the Quality Payments Criteria & Do you Feel Ready
  • HLP Champion Training: more dates on the way
  • GMLPC webinar
  • Briefing on NUMSAS & other service updates
  • Pharmacy Voice Press Release "Tackling High Blood Pressure the Community Pharmacy"
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Update
  • Dementia awareness concert
  • Greater Manchester agrees deal with pharmaceutical industry
  • Helping You make Every Contact Count
  • Stockport : Locality lead
  • Manchester CCG mergers
  • HMR CCG’s Long Term Conditions Test Bed initiative
  • Trafford Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Consultation
  • Oldham - Cancer Awareness Training

How to achieve the Quality Payments Criteria

NEW: Full guidance on Quality Payments

NHS England has now published full guidance on achieving the Quality Payments criteria. All contractors are advised to read it carefully and use it as their in-depth guide to achieving Quality Payments. It includes updates and information not previously available e.g. guidance on adding Community Pharmacy Patient Survey results to NHS Choices, and NMHS Choices guidance for distance-selling pharmacies.

A similar guide to achieving the gateway criteria was published in December 2016.

Contractors are now able to access support on PharmOutcomes for the Quality Payments Scheme.

This support is available to all contractors as PSNC has agreed to use their licence to provide access to the Quality Payments Scheme framework and asthma referrals service on PharmOutcomes.

Contractors who own multiple pharmacies can view the progress that each of their pharmacies are making to achieving the gateway and quality criteria by using their PharmOutcomes head office/administrator viewer login.

LPCs are able to view the progress contractors are making on to achieving the gateway and quality criteria, which may help identify additional support that contractors require by using their LPC viewer login.

Quality Payments: Do you feel ready?

How prepared do you feel for claiming the first Quality Payments on 28th April? Have you got the information & resources you need from Greater Manchester LPC and other sources (e.g. PSNC, NPA, CCA, AIMp)? Please complete this short survey to help us help you by highlighting any gaps or issues that you want us to focus on in resources for you. Take the survey at


HLP Champions training: more dates on the way

Earlier this week, we announced new HLP Champions training dates in Salford on 4th-5th April.
The places were snapped up almost immediately so those dates are now full, but we have arranged another training session for later in April. We aim to announce those dates early next week (w/c 6th March), so keep your eyes out for emails from us.
If you’ve signed up to our What’sApp mailings, you will also get them that way. You can be added to that list by putting our GMLPC News mobile (07762 304285) in your What’sApp contacts and messaging us with your name and pharmacy details and a request to be added to the list.

GMLPC webinar: The ultimate guide to securing Quality Payments

7.30pm-8.30pm, Monday 20th March

This webinar is your ultimate guide to the new Quality Payments scheme so put it in your diary now.
Fin Mc Caul, our Contractor Engagement Lead, will cover all you need to know to secure and claim your Quality Payments in April, as well as answering any questions you have. The webinar has been organised by Greater Manchester LPC, with support from NPA.

Details of how to join the webinar will be shared in the newsletter nearer the time. If you’d like us to email you as well, contact

Briefing on NUMSAS & other service updates

Monday 6th March 2017 at The Chairman’s Club, Manchester City FC, Etihad Stadium, M11 3FF
Buffet: 6.15pm
Briefing event: 6.45pm-9.15pm

Greater Manchester (NHS England) commissioners, supported by Greater Manchester LPC and Bolton LPC, have arranged this event focusing on changes affecting community pharmacy – including the new NUMSAS service (NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service), Quality Payments, and the new procurement for clinical waste in Greater Manchester.
The update will also cover changes to MUR/NMS reporting, outcomes from recent Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) visits, and Post Payment Verification (PPV). We hope to have a question and answer session toward the end of the evening. If you have questions you would like to raise in advance, you can email them to and they will try and ensure your questions are answered at the meeting
Numbers are limited and you can book your place via the link below:

Pharmacy Voice PRESS RELEASE: ‘Tackling High Blood Pressure through Community Pharmacy’: new report published

Pharmacy Voice, with the support of Public Health England (PHE), has today released ‘Tackling High Blood Pressure through Community Pharmacy’, a new report on how the community pharmacy sector can expand and enhance its contribution to the national agenda around preventing, detecting and managing hypertension.

The official launch took place during the 2017 Pharmacy Voice Forum on Community Pharmacy: the neighbourhood health and wellbeing hub, an event that prompted lively discussion on the central role of community pharmacy in public health promotion among thought leaders within community pharmacy, local government, the NHS, patient groups, academia and beyond. Professor Kevin Fenton, PHE National Director for Health and Wellbeing welcomed the report’s recommendations in his keynote address, while Associate Professor Jamie Waterall, PHE National Lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Chair of the Blood Pressure System Leadership Board, outlined how this work will contribute to the national action plan for tackling high blood pressure.

The report highlights existing best practice in tackling high blood pressure through community pharmacy that readers could adopt within their organisations or communities to improve the health and wellbeing of the population. It makes twelve recommendations for maximising the community pharmacy contribution to preventing, detecting and managing hypertension.


Click here to read the full press statement.


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) update

Public Health England are keen for case studies and social media activity linked to the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) campaign. You can send your case studies to them via the links here. You can also email them with details of your social media activity and statistics at There are updated campaign resources including social media tools here.


Dementia awareness concert

A unique concert involving people with dementia, their families and professional musicians will take place at Manchester Cathedral from 7pm-8pm on 6th April. The Adages event aims to raise awareness of the positive role music can play in supporting people with dementia. Parts of the concert will be broadcast on Radio 4. Find out and book tickets.

Greater Manchester agrees deal with pharmaceutical industry

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has signed a memorandum of understanding with key pharmaceutical companies to create a new partnership group aimed at improving safety and effectiveness, attracting more trials of new treatments, and potentially opening the possibility of payments based on patient outcomes and medicine efficacy.

The MOU to create Greater Manchester and Pharmaceutical Industry Partnership Group was signed last Friday (24th Feb).

The Pharmaceutical Journal’s coverage of the deal  

GMHSCP paper proposing the MOU

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.

Out of Stock Reporting Tool
If you have any out of stock please report via this link

Helping you Make Every Contact Count

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
It supports the opportunistic delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health at scale across organisations and populations.

Resources available!
The website provides resources and information to support people and organisations implementing this approach. Developed with multi-agency input at local, regional and national level, it is a ‘one stop shop’ library of national and local resources that can be used to support the development, implementation and evaluation of MECC programmes across local communities. 

For full details please see


Locality news: what's happening in individual areas

       Stockport : Locality Lead - Peter Marks 

Name: Peter Marks 
Role: Locality Lead for Stockport
Qualified: BSc (Hons) Pharmacy, Liverpool Polytechnic, 1979
Represents: AIMp

About Peter:

Peter was chairman of Stockport LPC until its recent merger into the Greater Manchester LPC. He was also a founder member and former Chair of Community Pharmacy Greater Manchester. Peter is involved with several boards/groups of Stockport CCG and is currently working on high-level system redesign initiatives connected with Stockport’s vanguard status and NHS England.

Peter has been involved with the corporate delivery of healthcare for many years, starting as a non-executive director of Stockport Health Authority. He was a member of the professional executive committee of Stockport PCT from its inception.

Since selling the four community pharmacies he owned in Greater Manchester, Peter continues to work for two days a week in Peak Pharmacy, Heald Green.

Areas of special interest / expertise:

  • Leadership
  • System redesign
  • Diabetes
  • Inhaler technique improvement

Other relevant roles:

  • Greater Manchester EPS representative
  • Chair of the LPN* Seamless Care/Medicines Optimisation sub-group (*local professional network for pharmacy)
  • Member of the LPN Steering Group
  • Lead on the Greater Manchester adult inhaler initiative
  • Lead on a pilot to improve the asthma of children in schools across Greater Manchester

Manchester: CCG mergers agreed

NHS England has approved the merger of the three Manchester CCGs to create a single NHS commissioner for the city. North, Central and South Manchester CCGs are expected to become one organisation in April 2017.
Long Term Conditions Test Bed initiative
HMR CCG would like to invite HMR Local Pharmacies to an important briefing session for local pharmacists about NHS HMR CCG’s Long Term Conditions Test Bed initiative.
You will discover how the Test Bed aims to improve care for people who have, or may develop, long term ill-health. Working with our project partners, we are developing and testing innovative approaches to predictive data analysis to enable earlier identification of those patients at greatest risk of long term health conditions.  Initially, we are focusing on three conditions: COPD, heart failure, and diabetes.
The event will focus on:
  • How the Test Bed programme is aiming to assist local GP practices with their prescribing incentives
  • The wider support the Test Bed Team is aiming to provide pharmacists
  • Open discussion – we welcome your views
  • A learning opportunity for you in relation to your Continuous Professional Development credits
Further information about the national Test Bed programme is available at the NHS England website:   
To register for the event or if you have any further queries please contact  


Trafford: Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Consultation

For the attention of Trafford locality pharmacy contractors.

Trafford’s Health and Wellbeing Board has a legal duty to hold a consultation on its Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (presented to the Board in January 2017) and Trafford Council is managing this consultation on behalf of the Board.

The LPC will be providing comment on the draft PNA linked below, but as a contactor you too can submit your feedback by accessing the survey monkey link:

The consultation will run from 3rd March 2017 until 4th April 2017 and the documents can be found here:

Oldham: Cancer Awareness Training -      
which will link with Healthy Living Pharmacy in Oldham

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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