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Weekly news

20th December 2017

Consultation on standard GM approach to repeat prescriptions


GMMMG has just opened a consultation on proposals for a standard approach to repeat prescriptions/dispensing across Greater Manchester. The consultation runs until 5pm on Wednesday 31st January, and pharmacies are encouraged to give your views on the proposals.
 
You can find full details here on the Greater Manchester Medicines Management Group (GMMMG) website – scroll down to item 10, which is called ‘Repeat Item Request Policy for Dispensers and Suppliers of Medicines, Appliances and Nutritional Supplements’. Comments should be submitted via the ‘Feedback Form’ link on the consultation page.

 

Price concessions: please continue reporting shortages

 
The final price concessions for items dispensed in November are on our website, along with a link to the statement issued by PSNC on the ongoing shortages. The list was what not we were hoping for and we would strongly encourage contractors to continue reporting issues to PSNC via the links at the bottom right-hand corner of their website (http://psnc.org.uk).  PSNC need extensive, robust evidence of the problems this is causing pharmacies and patients for negotiations with the Department of Health.     
 
If a contractor has a particular hardship or piece of evidence to share, beyond what can be recorded by the PSNC website, please email us via this link and we will engage PSNC’s North West Regional Representative to make the case centrally.
 

Shortages: Information for patients/customers


Pharmacies may find this information sheet helpful when advising patients about medication shortages or changes due to the ongoing issues with supply. It explains why medication may look different or why pharmacies may not have been able to obtain medicines as usual. 
We are producing information for local prescribers and medicines groups.

 

CMO influenza alert re use of antiviral medicines

The Chief Medical Officer for England has issued a CMO alert saying that GPs and other community-based prescribers can now prescribe antiviral medicines for prophylaxis and treatment of influenza at NHS expense. Please read the CMO alert for further information.
 

Public health resources: Health harms


Pharmacies can now order resources for a tobacco ‘health harms’ campaign in the New Year. The campaign is not one of the six campaigns that all pharmacies in Greater Manchester are expected to take part in during 2018, but you may wish to do it in addition. You can find out more and order resources via the PHE Campaigns Resource Centre.
 

Patient Safety Incident Management System (PSIMS)

A new Patient Safety Incident Management System (PSIMS) is set to replace National Reporting Learning System (NRLS). Healthcare staff are encouraged to complete this survey which is available until the end of January 2018. Your feedback is valuable at this early stage of development to ensure pharmacy requirements are appropriately captured. Remember it’s a contractual requirement for all patient safety incidents to be reported to the NRLS or any successor organisation.

New national appointments


PSNC has announced it has appointed Simon Dukes, currently chief executive of the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, as its new Chief Executive. He will replace Sue Sharpe when she retires in January.  The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has appointed Professor Luigi Martini as its new Chief Pharmaceutical Scientist.


 

Stockport pharmacy briefing: 10th January

We have a free briefing and education evening at Bredbury Hall Hotel for Stockport pharmacies on 10th January as part of our series of locality events*. The CCG will update pharmacies on plans for the proposed ‘Stockport model’ and a refer to pharmacy scheme. There will also be sessions on electronic repeat dispensing, the Stockport Healthcare Record, communication and inter-professional working, and an update on policies around day scripts and Greater Manchester policies.
 
The evening starts at 6.30pm with a cold buffet. The briefings will run from 7pm-9pm. The evening is open to all Stockport pharmacies. Book your place.
 
*We are running locality-specific events for pharmacies in each part of Greater Manchester over the course of the year.
 
Locality news: what's happening in your area

Bury: Consultation event on dementia/age/autism-friendly town

Bury Council is running an engagement event from 9.30am-12.30pm on Tuesday 30th January to outline their vision for a ‘Friendly Bury’, i.e. a town that is age-friendly, dementia-friendly, autism-friendly, etc. They will be consulting on Bury’s age-friendly plan, Bury’s dementia improvement plan and Bury’s plan for people with autism.
 
They are also interested in people’s views on how to make Bury a better place to live, including housing, transport, services and neighbourhoods. The council is very keen for attendance from professionals working in Bury and from those who live in Bury. The venue will be announced nearer the time.
 
If you would like to attend, you must contact strategic.planning@bury.gov.uk with your name and which condition(s) you are particularly interested in (e.g. dementia, ageing well or autism).  

 

Rochdale: GPs set to switch to EPS

Two GP practices are likely to switch to EPS in February 2018. Kingsway Practice (Y02720) and Kirkholt Medical Practice (Y02721) have submitted their requests to commissioners.
 

Stockport: Book your place at our locality event

As mentioned in the main news section, we’re running a locality briefing and education event for all Stockport pharmacies in partnership with commissioners on Wednesday 10th January. It’s set to be a great evening, with topics including plans for ‘refer to pharmacy’ and proposals that could change the way health and social care services in Stockport are commissioned and provided. There will also be a session on inter-profession working and communication, including electronic repeat dispensing.
 
The evening starts with a buffet at 6.30pm, followed by briefings and education from 7pm-9pm. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to network and catch up with colleagues, commissioners and GMLPC representatives. Book your place here. The event runs from 6.30pm-9pm, Wednesday 10th January, at Bredbury Hall Hotel, SK6 2DH.

 

Tameside: Consultation on draft PNA

Tameside commissioners are consulting on their draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018-21 for the borough. It is really important that pharmacists and pharmacy staff contribute your views on the draft PNA, as it will guide pharmacy commissioning in Tameside. The consultation runs until 5th January. You can access the draft PNA and complete the consultation survey via the links in this letter. To respond, complete the online survey or email the Word version to PublicHealth.enquiries@tameside.gov.uk or post it to Tameside PNA Consultation, PNA Project Lead, Public Health, Tameside MBC, Dukinfield Town Hall, Kings Street, Dukinfield, SK16 4LA to arrive by 5th January. If you have any queries or need a hard copy of the draft PNA, email PublicHealth.enquiries@tameside.gov.uk or phone 07813 871010.
 

Trafford: Substance misuse contract novation and payment change

Contracts to provide needle exchange, supervised consumption and drugs shared care will be novated from Trafford Council to Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust from 15th January 2018. It follows the selection of GMMH earlier this year as the new ‘lead provider’ for substance misuse services in Trafford.
 
Pharmacies that provide substance misuse services in Trafford should already have received this letter explaining more. They will also receive a deed of novation from STaR Procurement for them to sign. Contracts will continue as normal but will be with GMMH rather than Trafford Council. Payment for services from 15th January 2018 will be via GMMH rather than Trafford Council. Activity reporting, notifications and payment processing will continue to be done via PharmOutcomes and Outcome4Health.

 

Wigan: Consultation on draft PNA


Wigan commissioners are consulting on their draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018-21. It’s really important that Wigan pharmacies review the PNA and submit any comments/concerns via the consultation, as the document will guide local service commissioning over the next few years. The consultation runs until 31st December. You can access the draft PNA and complete the consultation survey via the link in this letter.
 
Training and Events

Stockport: Book your place at our locality event

As mentioned above, we’re running a locality briefing and education event for all Stockport pharmacies in partnership with commissioners on Wednesday 10th January. It’s set to be a great evening, with topics including plans for ‘refer to pharmacy’ and proposals that could change the way health and social care services in Stockport are commissioned and provided. There will also be a session on inter-profession working and communication, including electronic repeat dispensing.

The evening starts with a buffet at 6.30pm, followed by briefings and education from 7pm-9pm. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to network and catch up with colleagues, commissioners and GMLPC representatives. Book your place here. The event runs from 6.30pm-9pm, Wednesday 10th January, at Bredbury Hall Hotel, SK6 2DH.

 

CPPE Mental health information for pharmacies

CPPE has produced an information brochure to support pharmacies keen to learn more about mental health. Find out more.

 

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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