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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 3 
Date: 28th October 2016
This week's topics:
  • Pharmacy cuts update
  • How will pharmacy cuts affect Greater Manchester?
  • Save the date - Contractor support event
  • Ask Your Pharmacist Week
  • Missed diluent
  • Salford PNA
  • EPS Training
  • Antibiotic Guardian
  • NICE launches Food allergy and anaphylaxis e-learning tool 
  • Pharmacy at Withington Community Hospital closure
  • HLP survey
  • Greater Manchester's new primary care strategy - and what it means for community pharmacy
  • Survey on draft PNA 2017-2020
Pharmacy cuts update

Following the announcement of the imposition for community pharmacy funding for 2016/17 and 2017/18, PSNC has been asked a number of questions both by contractors and the pharmacy press. They have therefore created a document setting out their responses to these questions.
Read and download PSNC Briefing 058/16: Frequently Asked Questions from:
PSNC have also put together a hub page which has collated all relevant information. Please see here.

On Wednesday 2nd November the Labour Party will lead in an Opposition Day debate on community pharmacy. The debate represents an important opportunity for us to once again air concerns about the Government's decision in Parliament. This will be particularly valuable if it comes from Conservative MPs. 

If you have any case studies or responses from your MP please send them to  by Monday 5pm.

Following the announcement from the Department of Health about the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) 20th October 2016 available here:, the attached provides further information about the NHS England response to the announcement and the launch of the Pharmacy Integration Fund. Please click here to view the Briefing on Integrating Pharmacy into Urgent Care and her to view the Pharmacy Integration Fund Briefing 


How will pharmacy cuts affect Greater Manchester?

Two pharmacists from Greater Manchester gave their views on how cuts to funding could affect services in the area for a news feature on That’s Manchester TV (Freeview Channel 7) this week.
Ken Agravat, from Pharmaco in Openshaw, and Fin McCaul, from Prestwich Pharmacy, who is also a GM LPC committee member, were interviewed for the piece with support from GM LPC.
You can watch it here.
If you’re approached by the media, please let us know on 0161 228 6163. We’re happy to provide you with guidance and support on dealing with the media. 

Contractor support (cuts & more) – save the date
We’re running a support event for contractors on Sunday 27th November on next steps and strategies for coping with pharmacy funding cuts.  Greater Manchester devolution and what it means for pharmacy commissioning will also be on the agenda.  Speakers will include Alastair Buxton, Director of NHS Services at PSNC, and Adam Irvine, Chief Executive Officer of Greater Manchester LPC.
The event will run from 9am-12pm on Sunday 27th November at the Worsley Marriott Hotel, so make sure you save the date.
 Further details and a full agenda will be published nearer the time.

Ask your Pharmacist week

We’re preparing some case studies and activities for Ask Your Pharmacist Week (7th-14th November), including a stand in Manchester Central Library on Tuesday 8th November. This week’s message is More Than Medicines so it’s a great opportunity to promote any other services you provide including smoking cessation, weight management, healthy living pharmacy, vaccinations, minor eye conditions service, minor ailments etc. If you’re interested in being involved, contact

Missed diluent from prescriptions

There has been some instances in Greater Manchester where the prescriber has missed the water for injections off end of life prescriptions for diamorphine. 
In some instances this has meant district nurses having to go to hospitals in the middle of the night to get water for injections, whilst the patient is in pain. 
If you receive a prescription for products that need a diluent and it hasn’t been prescribed, please follow the guidance from PSNC in the link below
Consumables and container allowance : PSNC Main site

Huge thank-you to Salford pharmacies for PNA response

We want to say an enormous thank-you to contractors in Salford for the great response rate to the Pharmacy Needs Assessment survey.  Well over 90 per cent of contractors took part, with just four not received by the deadline.  Our colleagues at the local authority were very grateful. 
The draft Pharmacy Needs Assessment document will be out for consultation by 21st November 2016.


Are you an Antibiotic Gaurdian?

Antibiotic guardians: Sign up & share!
Show your support for antibiotic awareness in just a couple of seconds by signing up to become an Antibiotics Awareness Guardian and then sharing it on social media. Antibiotics Awareness Week starts on 14th November and European Antibiotics Awareness Day is 18th November . 

It couldn’t be simpler to sign up & share. Just go to, scroll down, choose the Pharmacy Teams option under Healthcare Professionals and make your pledge. Then share on social media to let people know. If you tag us @GMLPC_ on Twitter or send us links, we will also be happy to retweet and share for you.

NICE launches Food allergy and anaphylaxis e-learning tool 
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a new online learning tool – Food allergy and anaphylaxis – that uses interactive activities and case studies to support the implementation of NICE guidance. It is part of a series of educational tools available on the NICE website.

To access the tool, go to: 
EPS training event - Last few places

This EPS training event has been commissioned for community pharmacists in Oldham, Tameside, Glossop, Bury & Rochdale and will cover:

  • EPS R2 Update: Are you using EPS properly and maximising the benefits?
  • EPS Phase 4 is here: Are you ready?

To book your place, click here.

Date and time:

Wed 9th November, 6.30pm-9.30pm


Stanley House
Manchester Road
M34 5GB

Health Campaign Dates

7th - 14th November
Ask Your Pharmacist week

14-20 November
World Antibiotic Awareness Week 

18th - 23rd November
Alcohol Awareness Week

18th - 23rd November
Self Care Week

Mouth Cancer Action Month

Pancreatic Awareness Month
Useful Links
GMLPC Website


Pharmacy Voice



Public Health England

Devolution Manchester


EPS tracker guide
Pharmacy at Withington Community Hospital is closing

The pharmacy at Withington Community Hospital is closing which will mean you will see more FP10HP in circulation.  Most of the drugs will be familiar to you, although you may see more prescriptions for DMARDs than usual. 
You will also see prescriptions for retinoids, all of which should be available from your normal wholesaler.  There are requirements for retinoids around the need to ensure that the patient is not taking them whilst pregnant and for a period of time after stopping the drug.  The responsibility for engaging the patient with this lies with the prescriber, but we would encourage you to discuss the need for adequate contraception as part of your counselling and to also ensure you are familiar with the validity of such prescriptions – 7 days from the date of the prescription. There are further details and guidance under Conception and contraception within the BNF which you must be familiar with prior to dispensing these medicines.
Patients will be encouraged to go to the same pharmacy regularly for continuity of care and will be made aware that, certainly on a first visit, that you are likely to have order the product for them.

Healthy Living Pharmacy Survey
Please could you complete the following short survey regarding HLP:

This survey is to be completed by all pharmacies across Greater Manchester: (CCA Phamacies will colate centrally)

  • Pharmacies that currently or have previously taken part in this service are asked to complete the full form.
  • Pharmacies who have not yet provided the service should complete to express interest in providing the service in future, this will help determine the amount of training required.

The results of this survey will greatly influence the formation of a new GM wide Healthy Living Pharmacy service which is due to be re-launched early in the new year.

Greater Manchester's new primary care strategy -
community pharmacy plans

Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the NHS have published a new primary care strategy for Greater Manchester. It sets out the vision for future commissioning intentions in Greater Manchester, so is of vital importance.

We’ve put together a briefing for GM LPC members summarising the key points for community pharmacy. We will also be developing a response with our vision for community pharmacy implementation of the strategy. Your input into this is vital so we would welcome your views on the strategy and the future of community pharmacy in Greater Manchester.

Community pharmacy now has a great opportunity to demonstrate its value to commissioners, so it’s crucially important to engage with the pilots in your areas as well as continuing to deliver currently-commissioned services of the highest quality.

Manchester's Health and Wellbeing Board is undertaking a consultation on the draft 2017-2020 Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

Manchester's Health and Wellbeing Board is undertaking a consultation on the draft 2017-2020 Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

The Health and Wellbeing Board has a statutory duty to assess the needs for pharmaceutical services in its area and update the PNA for Manchester

The report sets out a statement of the pharmaceutical services which are currently provided, together with when and where they are available.

They are seeking the views of statutory stakeholders and  members of the public on whether they agree with the contents of the draft PNA and whether it addresses issues that they consider relevant to the provision of local pharmaceutical services.

They would like to invite you to participate in this consultation which will runs until Friday 25th November 2016

All findings and comments will remain confidential and will be summarised to produce the final PNA.

Please find the draft PNA on the link below

and survey by following this link


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:

Latest CSfPP newsletter -  Read the newsletter at:
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