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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 11
Date: 21st December 2016
 
This week's topics:
  • National Framework Agreement for Clinical Waste Services
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Campaign
  • Withington Hospital Pharmacy closure
  • QP Payments Scheme support from Pharmoutcomes
  • Flu 16/17 - Use of Antivirals
  • Pharmacy referrals to GM Fire Service 'keep warm'
  • Fourth Patient Safety Briefing
  • Dementia Friends
  • Wigan Sexual Health Consultation
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.)

Withington Hospital rheumatology patients – methotrexate and return of sharps bins

The pharmacy in Withington Hospital has now closed. Rheumatology patients on methotrexate injections can choose to have their prescription dispensed via FP10 at a community pharmacy. Patients have been given the attached letter, which explains that they need to bring full sharps bins to Rowlands Pharmacy in Wythenshawe Hospital or to their next appointment at the Rheumatology clinic for disposal.
 
Community pharmacists are not expected to dispose of sharps bins.

Full details here

Quality Payments Scheme support from PharmOutcomes

Community pharmacy 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 tool on PharmOutcomes.

Influenza Season 2016/17: Use of Antiviral Medicines 

With surveillance data indicating an increase in influenza cases in the community.  GPs and other prescribers working in primary care may now prescribe antiviral medicines for  the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza at NHS expense. 

Please see here for the full CAS Alert information.

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.

Fourth Patient Safety Bulletin launches safeguarding briefing

In its second year of action, Pharmacy Voice’s sector-wide and sector-led approach to enhancing patient safety across the community pharmacy network has come a long way, and we are using our fourth Patient Safety Bulletin to share an update on this progress.

One of the key priorities for our Patient Safety Group throughout 2016 has been to better understand and clarify the role of community pharmacists and their teams in safeguarding children and adults at risk. 
The Group has developed a briefing which set outs what should and shouldn’t be expected of community pharmacists and their teams and also suggests a series of agreed practice principles to help ensure the role they play in safeguarding is as standardised and consistent across the sector as possible.

The Bulletin also promotes the use of our Report, Learn, Share, Act, Review (RLSAR) wheel, which is freely available from the Pharmacy Voice website and can be used on any safety communications and resources.

Please click here to read the Bulletin.

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.
Dementia Friends
- A quality payment requirement

"On the day of the review, 80% of all pharmacy staff working in patient-facing roles are trained Dementia Friends"

There are two routes by which people can become a Dementia Friend:

Contractors seeking to achieve this criterion should aim to ensure that all staff who work in roles where they deal with patients (e.g. pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, dispensary staff, counter assistants and delivery drivers) become Dementia Friends. In this way, you can ensure all staff have an understanding of dementia and what can be done to support people living with the condition.

The QP requirement is that at least 80% of pharmacy staff in patient facing roles are Dementia Friends on the day of the review; this includes locums, so contractors should encourage temporary staff, such as locum pharmacists, to become Dementia Friends.

A record sheet is available on the PSNC website which will allow contractors to keep a record of their staff members and temporary staff, such as locums, that have become Dementia Friends. Contractors should keep a copy of any certificates/letters that staff receive once they become a Dementia Friend as evidence of compliance with this QP criterion.

Wigan Borough Sexual Health Services Consultation

The proposal

Councils have a responsibility to make sure that there are open access sexual health services for everyone in their area, this includes things like; contraception, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and supporting people to let their sexual partners know of any infections.

We recognise that there are some challenges for us in the current system. Sexual ill health affects some of our communities more than others, with rates of newly diagnosed sexually transmitted infections being higher in some communities. We want to support young people in the Borough to make the best choices in relation to sexual health, this is evidenced by rates of sexually transmitted infections in young people and how they access contraception. We think there are a number of opportunities to be working differently with places like GP practices, community pharmacies and schools to improve sexual health in the borough. In addition, the Council needs to make £60million of savings by 2018 and the grant we receive to fund public health services is reducing, therefore we need to design future services for sexual health which are sustainable.

We are keen to build sexual health services with those providing and using them, offering people ways to voice their needs and wishes, and to influence plans, proposals and decisions. 

Consultation

We are at the stage where we would like to set out our strategy and direction of travel and get your views on the key concepts underpinning the work and what type of services you would like to access and where you would like to access them.

Things you may have missed
 
The most recent Pharmacy Voice Newsletter can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2h9kfv0
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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