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Weekly news

21st November 2018

Last chance to book onto FMD, Quality Payments & Data Security event: Thu 22nd November

Come along to our Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) event tomorrow night Thursday 22nd November (6.30pm-9pm, AJ Bell Stadium in Eccles) to find out what FMD means for your pharmacy, and have all your questions answered. Our guest speaker is Raj Patel, Chair of the UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy.
 
The event is free to attend and also includes briefings on February 2019’s Quality Payments and the new NHS Data Security & Protection Toolkit that all contractors need to complete by 31st March 2019. Book your place(s) now.

 

Quality Payments: NSAID audit now available

The Specialist Pharmacy Service has now published the NSAID audit that community pharmacies are being incentivised to complete via February 2019’s Quality Payments scheme. There are 20 Quality Payments points available with associated income of £640-£1,280 (depending on the final value of a point) for pharmacies that complete the audit, notify the patient’s GP where professional concerns are identified, share their anonymised data with NHS England, and incorporate learning from the audit into their practice.
 
All patients aged 65 years or over who collect a prescription for any oral NSAID or cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX2) selective inhibitor (excluding patients prescribed aspirin) should be included in the audit. Data must be collected for two weeks with a minimum of 10 patients participating in the audit. Pharmacies that have difficulty finding 10 patients to participate should extend the audit to four weeks, after which contractors can submit the data for the number of patients they have, even if it’s less than 10.
 
PSNC is recommending that contractors use the NSAID module on PharmOutcomes to submit their audit data – the NSAID module is free for all contractors to use via PSNC’s licence – although you can also use the NHS BSA snap survey.
 
The audit is intended as a ‘safety net’ to check any patients aged 65 or over prescribed NSAIDs/COX2s have gastro-protection in place and has been built from a previous clinical audit of NSAID safety. The audit links directly to the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge ‘Medication Without Harm’. The goal of the WHO Challenge on Medication Safety is to reduce the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over five years.

 

Healthy Living Pharmacy compliance visits underway

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is conducting compliance visits of pharmacies that have achieved Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1. The visits are part of RSPH’s quality assurance process for HLP Level 1 and include checking certification and looking at the pharmacy’s health promotion activities e.g. campaigns and displays. Pharmacies are chosen at random for the visits and RSPH has provided this guidance on what’s involved. Our website has more information to help you make sure you’re compliant. Find out more.
 
How to evidence your health promotion activities: PharmOutcomes
The Greater Manchester health campaigns module on PharmOutcomes is a fantastic way of evidencing your pharmacy’s activities – and it’s not too late to enter your Stoptober activity on there. We would strongly encourage all pharmacies to use the PharmOutcomes module (listed under Greater Manchester Health Campaigns) to evidence your health promotion work. See how to access it here.

 

Flu vaccine orders for 2019/20: Guidance published

National guidance for community pharmacies and GPs who will be ordering flu vaccines for 2019/20 has just been published in a joint letter from Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health & Social Care. Once licences have been granted, NHS England will write out to pharmacies and GP practices with full guidance for ordering 2019/20 supplies.

 

Quality Payments: Bite-sized guides & asthma briefing

PSNC has published a briefing to help pharmacies achieve the asthma review Quality Payment in February 2019. It includes details of PharmOutcomes support available to all contractors.
 
At GMLPC, we’re producing bite-sized guides to help you achieve your maximum potential Quality Payments points and have published four so far. Look out for more guides in coming weeks and updates, where needed, when the full NHS England guidance is published.

GM Healthcare Academy: Training & events in 2019/20

You can now view/download our 2019/20 programme of GM Healthcare Academy events for community pharmacies in Greater Manchester. GM Healthcare Academy is the vehicle that GMLPC has established in partnership with Bolton LPC, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP), the Pharmacy Local Professional Network, and CHL (CPGM Healthcare Ltd) to coordinate and deliver community pharmacy training.
 
We have a vast range of events for 2019/20 to help pharmacies boost services and income, deliver health campaigns, enhance working processes, and meet their contractual requirements.

Oldham & Rochdale pharmacies providing supervised consumption / needle exchange

Pharmacies in Oldham and Rochdale that provide supervised consumption and/or needle exchange will no longer be able to claim payment via NEO360 from 1st December 2018 unless they have returned a signed SLA to Paul Rickards at Turning Point and completed the compliance statement in NEO360. Scroll down to the Locality news section of this newsletter for full details.
 

Gluten-free prescribing restrictions on the way

We are aware that commissioners across Greater Manchester are likely to change their prescribing policies around gluten-free products and low-value medicines, and subsequently on treatments that can be bought over the counter. (Trafford has already stopped prescribing gluten-free products – see the Locality section of this email for more details.)
 
Although commissioners are looking at a Greater Manchester-wide approach on this topic, it is likely that some areas will move ahead more quickly. We will keep pharmacies informed via this newsletter but we would also advise monitoring your CCG emails and publications for any developments so you can manage stocks accordingly. 
 

Free training to become HLP Health Champions

We’re providing free training on 6th & 7th December to help pharmacies increase the number of HLP Health Champions, ahead of February 2019’s Quality Payments review date. The two-day training course is for pharmacy staff in Greater Manchester who are NOT already Health Champions.
 
Attendees who successfully complete the two-day course and assessment will receive the nationally-recognised Royal Society for Public Health ‘Understanding Health Improvement’ qualification required to be a Health Champion.
Find out more & book place(s).
 

Last chance to access North West Mary Seacole Leadership Programme

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have just a few weeks left to apply for the last North West-based cohort in the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme for Community Pharmacy. The programme is fully funded and it’s a fantastic opportunity for registered professionals who are keen to move into leadership/management roles in the future. The deadline for applications is 27th November 2018. The programme starts on 8th January 2019 and runs online over six months, with three face-to-face workshops in Liverpool over that time. Find out more and apply.   
 

Key dates for your pharmacy: Training & events

Make sure you read the Training & Events section further down in this newsletter for details of our next events, including:
  • Integrated ways of working with GP practices (28th Nov)

EPS Phase 4 pilot starting in our area

All dispensers need to be aware that they could soon receive an EPS Phase 4 token from a patient. Two GP practices in Greater Manchester will soon be able to use EPS for patients without a nomination, with patients receiving a Phase 4 token with a scannable barcode instead of a signed FP10. The first GP practices – including one in Greater Manchester – go live on 27th November 2018. A second Greater Manchester GP practice will go live in December.
 
Although the pilot sites are in specific areas, patients can choose to take their token to any pharmacy in England. If you receive a Phase 4 token, you should scan the barcode and dispense it as you would any other electronic prescription. As with all EPS prescriptions, dispense notifications and endorsements need to be added to the electronic prescription using your pharmacy system. Endorsements written or printed onto any type of EPS token will not be processed by the NHS Business Services Authority.
 
Following a successful pilot, EPS Phase 4 will be made available to all GP practices.
Read more about what EPS Phase 4 means for dispensers on the NHS Digital website
 

GMLPC survey: Tell us what you think

If you work in community pharmacy in Greater Manchester, then please complete our short survey telling us what you think of GMLPC, the support/resources we provide, and what you think our priorities should be for the next year.

The survey is for pharmacy contractors and pharmacy staff working in Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside & Glossop, Trafford, and Wigan. Your responses will help us shape the services & support we provide to pharmacies, as well as our priorities for 2019. 

Additional price concession for October

The price concession for Risperidone 2mg has been increased to £20 for a pack of 60 tablets for October 2018 only. You can view the full list of October price concessions here
 

Praise for pharmacy flu jabs

Pharmacy teams might be interested in this column by Guardian journalist Eva Wiseman, which features high praise for community pharmacies and the flu vaccination programme.
 

Free accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) training

CPPE is running a series of fully-funded accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) courses from 1st November. There will be five cohorts, with 20 places on each month’s cohort. The course enables pharmacy technicians to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide the final accuracy check of dispensed medicines that have been clinically screened or approved by a pharmacist, and assembled and labelled by another team member. Find out more and apply.
Locality news: what's happening in your area

Bury: EPS Phase 4 pilot

A Bury GP practice will be one of the first four nationally to go live with the EPS Phase 4 pilot from 27th November. All dispensers need to be aware that they could soon receive an EPS Phase 4 token from a patient. If you receive a Phase 4 token, you should scan the barcode and dispense it as you would any other electronic prescription. Visit www.digital.nhs.uk/services/electronic-prescription-service/phase-4 for more information.
 

Oldham: Important information for pharmacies claiming for supervised consumption/needle exchange

Pharmacies that provide supervised consumption and/or needle exchange services in Oldham will NO LONGER BE ABLE TO CLAIM payment after 1st December 2018 using NEO360 unless they have returned their signed SLA to Paul Rickards at Turning Point and completed the compliance statement on NEO360.
 
Turning Point have advised that they have contacted pharmacies several times since April 2018 to ask them to return the signed SLA if they wished to continue providing the service. If you have any questions then please contact Paul Rickards at paul.rickards@turning-point.co.uk. Signed SLAs should be returned to:
Paul Rickards
Turning Point
11-14 St Chads Court
Rochdale
OL16 1QU
 

Rochdale: Important information for pharmacies claiming for supervised consumption/needle exchange

Pharmacies that provide supervised consumption and/or needle exchange services in Oldham will NO LONGER BE ABLE TO CLAIM payment after 1st December 2018 using NEO360 unless they have returned their signed SLA to Paul Rickards at Turning Point and completed the compliance statement on NEO360.
 
Turning Point have advised that they have contacted pharmacies several times since April 2018 to ask them to return the signed SLA if they wished to continue providing the service. If you have any questions then please contact Paul Rickards at paul.rickards@turning-point.co.uk. Signed SLAs should be returned to:
Paul Rickards
Turning Point
11-14 St Chads Court
Rochdale
OL16 1QU
 

Salford: Update on care navigation

Rollout of Salford’s new care navigation programme – which is likely to mean increased visits to community pharmacies – began on 5th November. Staff in GP practices across Salford have been trained as ‘care navigators’ who can signpost people to other forms of care including pharmacies, where this is more appropriate than a GP appointment. This update explains more about what’s happened to date, what happens next and what it all means for community pharmacies.

 

Stockport: ‘Active signposting’ training dates for pharmacies


Stockport is introducing ‘active signposting’ to community pharmacies and other services early next year, and all pharmacies are being advised to book a pharmacist onto training, including how to record/refer patients who are signposted to your pharmacy, the referral pathways, and how to help patients get the right care without impacting on your workflow.
 
The training is on Tuesday 8th January, 6.30-9.30pm, Bredbury Hall Hotel, Osborne Street, Bredbury, SK6 2DH. Food will be provided at 6.30pm. To book your place or for any queries, email stoccg.learningdevelopment@nhs.net. You can also call 07393 798115 with any queries.
 
 
What is active signposting?
Staff in GP practices across Stockport will be trained as ‘active signposters’ who can signpost people to other forms of care including pharmacies where this is more appropriate than a GP appointment. You can read more about what’s involved, when it’s happening, and what it means for Stockport pharmacies.
 

Sockport: Prescribing/formulary changes


GMLPC committee member Peter Marks attends the Stockport Medicines Management Group (STAMP) who have advised that:
  • From December 2018 GPs will be advised that bath emollients for adults and children will no longer be expected to be prescribed.
  • There are also changes to the GF formulary within the drug tariff from December where only GF bread and flour are expected to appear – contractors should prepare and manage stock levels accordingly.
 

Stockport: Active signposting to increase pharmacy footfall

Stockport is introducing ‘active signposting’ to community pharmacies and other services early next year. Staff in GP practices across Stockport will be trained as ‘active signposters’ who can signpost people to other forms of care including pharmacies where this is more appropriate than a GP appointment. You can read more about what’s involved, when it’s happening, and what it means for Stockport pharmacies.
 

Trafford: New policies on gluten-free products

Earlier this year Trafford CCG decided to restrict prescribing of gluten-free products and other items considered to be of low clinical value. The CCG has now published a revised commissioning policy and do-not-prescribe policy, along with information that pharmacies can provide to patients. Find out more & access the documents
 

Trafford: Age UK free winter warmth event

Trafford Age UK is running a free ‘winter warmth’ event from 11am on Monday 26th November at The Hub, Pownall Road, Altrincham, WA14 2SZ offering advice on keeping warm this winter for people living in the borough. Booking is essential via 0161 746 9754. Pharmacies may like to display this poster and mention the event where relevant for patients/customers. 

 

Training and Events

GMLPC, GM Healthcare Academy & CHL training and events:

 

Book now! Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) event on 22nd Nov
FMD, Quality Payments & IG: Everything you need to know

This is a unique opportunity to learn, understand and prepare your action plan to comply with FMD. The event is open to all Greater Manchester community pharmacy contractors and is designed to simplify all the noise and bring you the essential information.
 
The event will also include an update on Quality Payments and a briefing on the new NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit, which has replaced the IG Toolkit and which has to be completed by 31st March 2019. Book your place now!
 
  • ‘FMD, Quality Payments & IG: Everything you need to know’. Thursday 22nd November at the AJ Bell Stadium, 1 Stadium Way, Barton-upon-Irwell, M30 7EY (sat navs M30 7LJ). Registration & refreshments 6.30pm; training 7pm. Don’t miss out! Book now!
 

Integrated Working with GPs: 28th November
Book your free place now!

The next Quality Payments review date is 15th February 2019 and there are some big changes since last time. Working more closely with GP practices can help you maximise your compliance with the new Quality Payments criteria, give great care to your patients and maximise the quality points (and income) you can earn.
 
This interactive workshop will also help you understand how you can drive business to your pharmacy and enhance patient care by closer working with your local GPs, practice pharmacists and other practice staff.
 
It includes sessions on:
  • Why we need to work with our primary care colleagues
  • An example of a joint project
  • What GPs want from community pharmacists
  • What practice pharmacists want from community pharmacists
  • What community pharmacists want from primary care colleagues
  • How we can work together to maximise the benefits from the new Quality Payments
  • Futureproofing
Book your free place(s) now! Registration & light buffet: 6.30pm. Training: 7pm-9.30pm
Wed 28th Nov: AJ Bell Stadium (near Trafford Centre)

 

External training & events:

 

Free accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) training

CPPE is running a series of fully-funded accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) courses from 1st November. There will be five cohorts, with 20 places on each month’s cohort. The course enables pharmacy technicians to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide the final accuracy check of dispensed medicines that have been clinically screened or approved by a pharmacist, and assembled and labelled by another team member. Find out more and apply.
 

Last chance to access North West Mary Seacole Leadership Programme

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have just a few weeks left to apply for the last North West-based cohort in the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme for Community Pharmacy. The programme is fully funded and it’s a fantastic opportunity for registered professionals who are keen to move into leadership/management roles in the future. The deadline for applications is 27th November 2018. The programme starts on 8th January 2019 and runs online over six months, with three face-to-face workshops in Liverpool over that time. Find out more and apply.   

 
CPPE: Greater Manchester events

Read full details of all CPPE’s upcoming training events in the Greater Manchester area:
CPPE training: September 2018 to March 2019
Useful links
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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