GMLPC newsletter, highlighting the latest news, training & alerts for pharmacy contractors across Greater Manchester.
View this email in your browser

Weekly news

24th January 2018

NHS staff urged to get flu jab

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has urged all NHS staff to get the flu vaccination. Community pharmacies should be aware and consider ensuring your own staff are vaccinated. Pharmacies providing the NHS advanced flu service are also reminded that eligibility has now been extended to care-home and domiciliary care-workers. You may receive enquiries from staff in these sectors.

Addition for 2018/19 pharmacy flu service

Pharmacy Minister Steve Brine has confirmed in an answer to a parliamentary question that the community pharmacy seasonal flu vaccination service will be recommissioned again for 2018/19. He also said that next year it would include adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine for use with the relevant patient cohort. You can find out more about the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine in this letter from NHS England to GPs and local teams.
PSNC is in discussions with the Department of Health about next year’s flu service but it seems likely that adjuvant trivalent vaccine will be prioritised for patients aged 75 and over. Community pharmacies may wish to bear this in mind when ordering next year’s vaccines.

GMLPC response to Home Office pregabalin/gabapentin consultation

We have now responded to the current Home Office consultation on proposals to schedule pregabalin and gabapentin under Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. Thank you so much to all those of you who responded to our survey asking for your views. We incorporated your comments into our response to the consultation, which closed on Monday. You can read our response here.

Dispensing & Supply Factsheet: Information on medicines supply for patients (January 2018)

When community pharmacy teams struggle to source medicines, this can lead to queries from patients as to why there are delays. PSNC has therefore created this factsheet which provides some lines that could be used to explain the situation to patients.
PSNC Briefing 004/18: Dispensing & Supply Factsheet – Information on medicines supply for patients


National Preregistration Pharmacist Recruitment for England and Wales 2018 (2019 intake)

Please see this letter from Health Education England that contains information for pharmacy contractors who are interested in recruiting Pre-Registration Pharmacists for 2019 intake through the National Oriel Recruitment System. The deadline for submissions is Friday 16th March 2018.

If there are any questions please contact Sue Hamshaw-Thomas,

Are you registered with the Information Commissoner's Officer (ICO)?

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are due to come into force at the end of May. The first step towards compliance with both existing and future data protection law is to make sure you are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
This costs £35 per year for most businesses at the moment, but the fees and banding criteria will change slightly from May. It’s a quick and easy process to register. Just visit the ICO website and follow the steps. All community pharmacies are data controllers (and processors), so keeping your registration up to date is a legal requirement under the Data Protection Act.
PSNC will be providing further guidance on GDPR in coming months.

GMLPC meetings to be held in localities

The GMLPC committee will be holding its 2018 meetings in venues across Greater Manchester to make it easier for contractors to attend. The next meeting will be from 9.30am-5pm on Wednesday 21st March at the Helle Hansen Watersports Centre, 15 The Quays, Salford, M50 3SQ.  Committee meetings are held in public to enable contractors to attend and observe the meeting.  Some meetings include closed discussions and non-committee members will be asked to leave the room at these points.  Agenda items indicate in advance where an item involves a closed discussion. 

January CPN now available

You can now read the January issue of PSNC’s Community Pharmacy News magazine online.
Locality news: what's happening in your area

Bury: Helping Yourself To Wellbeing free course 

Bury pharmacies may wish to signpost people to a free seven-week course helping them adopt healthier lifestyles, and set achievable goals for themselves. The Helping Yourself To Wellbeing course is open to anyone registered with a Bury GP and covers topics including self-esteem, behaviour change and dealing with stress. The next courses start in Radcliffe on 18th January, Prestwich & Whitefield on 19th January, and Bury on 24th January. Find out more, including referral forms (expand the dropdowns on the page for full details).

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 at the Longfield Suite in Prestwich to outline their vision for a ‘Friendly Bury’, i.e. a town that is age-friendly, dementia-friendly, autism-friendly, etc. You can view the agenda here. They will be consulting on Bury’s age-friendly plan, Bury’s dementia improvement plan and Bury’s plan for people with autism. If you would like to attend, you must contact with your name and which condition(s) you are particularly interested in (e.g. dementia, ageing well or autism).  

Bury: Funding available from Ambition for Aging

Ambition for Ageing in Bury is delivered by Groundwork BBOR and works in the wards of Moorside, Radcliffe North and St Mary’s until March 2020 with the aim of creating Age Friendly communities.

Individuals, groups of friends or neighbours, community groups, registered charities, social enterprises or businesses can apply for up to £2,000 funding. Further information is available in this flyer

For an application form or for more information please email and/or

Manchester: Disabled Living's 1950's Tea Dance

Disabled Living have organised a 1950's themed tea dance for people with dementia and their carers on Tuesday 27th February 2018, 12.30pm - 4.00pm, at Redbank House, Manchester. You may wish to display this flyer in your pharmacy. For more information or to book contact Natasha on 0161 214 5959 or

Oldham: Dementia Action Alliance Open Morning

Oldham Dementia Action Alliance invite all carers and people living with dementia to come along to an Information Open Morning at Trinity House, Godson Street, Coldhurst, Oldham, OL1 2XL (upstairs lounge) on Wednesday 31st January 2018 – 11.00am to 12.30 noon. View the flyer for more information. 

Stockport: Consultation on draft PNA 2018-21

Stockport commissioners have launched a public consultation on their draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for 2018-21. The PNA sets out what pharmacy services and currently provided, what will be needed over the next three years, and any gaps. It is an important document as it influences the pharmacy services that will be commissioned in Stockport for the next three years.

We would strongly encourage Stockport pharmacies to read the draft PNA and submit any comments or concerns by responding to the consultation by the deadline of 12th March 2018.

View the draft PNA and respond to the consultation (scroll down the page to see the 2018-21 document).

Wigan: Summary version of public health report

Wigan Council have now produced a five-minute summary of their public health annual report, which has been produced as a film this year. You can watch the short film here.
Training and Events

Tide Dementia Training

Free Tide (together in dementia everyday) training courses are taking place in Manchester:
  • Maze Runner – an introduction to the ‘maze’ of current legislation, health and social care structures (20th February)
  • Presenting to Influence – develop the essential skills to present your caring experience and message with impact and empowering you to effectively communicate with and influence ‘professionals’ (21st and 28th February)
For more information contact or 0151 2372669, visit eventbrite or view the flyer

NPA webinar: Revalidation & changes to CPD

The NPA is running a webinar at 7.30pm on 31st January about the introduction of pharmacy revalidation from the end of March 2018 and what it means for CPD requirements. NPA members can book onto the webinar. (The GPhC will contact all registrants with personalised information about revalidation in February. GMLPC will also provide information.)

Understanding Health Improvement Course

The RSPH is running a one day course at Bury Adult Learning Centre, 9am - 5pm, on 6th February 2018 and 16th May 2018. The Understanding Health Improvement course is a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification. It introduces participants to factors influencing health and wellbeing and how to help people make lifestyle changes which improve their health. The cost is £50 per head for employees of Bury Council or £75 per head for external candidates from partner agencies. 

For more information contact Cath Coward on 0161 253 6899 or visit the RSPH website.

To book a place call 0161 253 7999 or email


CQC  - Community Pharmacy Engagement Day 23rd April 2018

On the 23rd April the Medicines Optimisation team at CQC will be hosting an engagement day for community pharmacies that provide services to care homes on 23rd April 2018, 11am - 3pm at CQC London office, 151 Buckingham Palace Road. For more information view the flyer or register here

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.
Copyright © 2018 Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee, All rights reserved.

Office Telephone Number: 0161 228 6163
Office Mobile Number: 07762304285


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list