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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 12
Date: 28th December 2016
 
This week's topics:
  • Summary Care Records training events
  • Trafford MP visits local pharmacy
  • Salford Lung Study project update
  • Independent contractors survey
  • Pharmacy referrals to GM Fire Service 'keep warm'
  • National Framework Agreement for Clinical Waste Services
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Campaign
  • Stockport contractors - CCG Update

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 https://digital.nhs.uk/summary-care-record/community-pharmacy/implementation

The local sessions are in the following areas :

Lancashire (Oldham) Tickets, Wed, 25 Jan 2017 at 18:30 http://bit.ly/2gJp22Z
Lancashire (Chorlton) Tickets Tue 7 Feb 2017 at 18:30 – http://bit.ly/2i6Oss8

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.


Trafford MP visits local pharmacy

Graham Brady MP (Con, Altrincham & Sale West) popped into Broomwood Pharmacy in Timperley, Trafford in early December to find out more about the services community pharmacy provides.

Mr Brady met pharmacist Edward Teggart and the team in Broomwood, who told him about the minor ailments scheme and other advanced and enhanced services they provide, as well as working closely with GP colleagues to support people with long-term conditions.  Helen Smith, the GM LPC Locality Lead for Trafford, also met Mr Brady and chatted about how community pharmacy could have an even more important role in the NHS in future.

Edward Teggart said: “We really appreciated Mr Brady coming to find out more about community pharmacy and how we can relieve pressure from other health services by being the first port of call for help with minor illnesses and health queries.”

The visit was the latest in the series of MP visits we have arranged so politicians can find out more and show their support for local pharmacies.

Picture shows Graham Brady MP (left), Edward Teggart of Broomwood Pharmacy, and Helen Smith, GM LPC Locality Lead for Trafford

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.

Salford Lung Study project update

The asthma study portion of the Salford Lung Study project is nearing completion.  It is anticipated that all patients will be finalised in December. The data cleaning phase will then commence to answer any remaining queries.  It is hoped to complete this by February 2017 and the target is for the database to be frozen on 21st February 2017.

Very preliminary findings should be available in March 2017.

The organisers of the study have expressed their sincere thanks and gratitude for the co-operation received from and professionalism displayed by all the pharmacies involved in the study.

Pharmacy referrals to GM Fire Service ‘keep warm’

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service is offering free advice and home visits on how people can keep warm this winter without increasing their risk of house fires. The Fire Service is also offering free ‘winter warm’ packs to people in need.

Community pharmacists can refer people to the scheme.

Health Campaign Dates
December
DECEMBEARD 
1st - 31st December

January
Dry January
1st - 31st January

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
22nd - 28th January
Useful Links
GMLPC Website

PSNC

Pharmacy Voice

RPS

NPA

Public Health England

Devolution Manchester

Twitter

EPS tracker guide
RA Team Contacts
If you need help regarding EPs / Smartcards please see here for a list of contacts.
National Framework Agreement for Clinical Waste Services for Pharmacies
 

NHS England has launched a new national framework agreement for the collection and disposal of unwanted medicines from pharmacies.

So what does this mean for you?
You’ll be aware that NHS England is responsible for funding the collection and disposal of clinical waste from your pharmacy on your behalf. Therefore, when it’s time for a new contract to be awarded in your area for the collection and disposal of clinical waste, NHS England will be inviting only suppliers who are on this new national framework to bid for that contract.

This new approach will deliver a number of benefits including improved quality standards, consistency, better management of contracts and value for money. You can read more about this Framework Agreement on our website www.england.nhs.uk/clinicalwaste

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) pilot Granada region campaign
Register now for free resources to support a major public health pilot and advertising campaign across the Granada TV region in February.

The campaign aims to prevent antimicrobial resistance by raising public awareness about inappropriate use of antibiotics, and changing their expectations and behaviour.

Public Health England is providing free campaign resources (e.g. leaflets and posters) to community pharmacists and other health professionals involved in prescribing and dispensing antibiotics.

You can register and pre-order materials now at: 
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/58 

Resources will be sent out in January - Please note the order form will close on Thursday 12th January
2017. Use of the resources are strictly embargoed until the campaign begins in February. (Please note the pilot is only running in the Granada region and the resources must not be used anywhere else.)
Stockport Contractors - CCG Update
Please click here for issue 89 of Stockport CCG Updates, Prescribing edition. 
Things you may have missed
 
The most recent Pharmacy Voice Newsletter can be viewed here: http://eepurl.com/csA19f
The most recent Primary Care Talk can be viewed here: https://www.sps.nhs.uk/articles/primary-care-talk-october-2016/

The most recent Community Pharmacy News can be viewed here:  ow.ly/yeV2307fAco

Latest CSfPP newsletter -  Read the newsletter at: ow.ly/aHbD304nFM4
Contact Information
Email: enquiries@gmlpc.org.uk
Phone: 0161 228 6163
Website http://psnc.org.uk/greater-manchester-lpc
Address: Suite 9-10, Barlow House, Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3DZ
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