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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 27
Date:12th April 2017
This week's topics:
  • Quality Payments: NHS BSA online declaration form now open
  • Greater Manchester pharmacies shortlisted for national awards
  • Summary Care Records - Updated guidance
  • Patient safety in pharmacy: share & learn!
  • We love your AMR & health promotion ideas!
  • Job Opportunity with Public Health England
  • Resources for Be Clear on Cancer
  • Pharmacy opening times over the Easter period & bank holidays 
  • Training & Education
    • Child dental health
    • Skin Health
    • CPPE
  • GMLPC profile: Chris Dagnall, Treasurer
  • Locality News
    • Rochdale: Locally Commissioned Services
    • Trafford: Pharmacy referrals to Trafford Coordination Centre
    • Reminder: North Manchester eRD Project Training 18th April. Book your place!

Quality Payments

Claim your payments: NHS BSA online declaration form now open

The NHS BSA online declaration form is now open so you can claim your Quality Payments for the 28th April review date. It will remain open until 11.59pm on Friday 12th May. This week’s tip guide has all you need to know.


The BSA form is at

Greater Manchester pharmacies shortlisted for national awards

A number of local pharmacists and pharmacy staff have been shortlisted for the Chemist & Druggist Awards 2017, including:

  • James Hind from New Piccadilly Superdrug in Manchester
  • Taskeel Khan from CDsmart and Jhoots Pharmacy in Whitefield
  • Shirley Redford from Prestwich Pharmacy
  • Bruce Prentice (GMLPC committee member) as part of the team working on healthy living pharmacies in Cheshire & Merseyside

Find out more here.

Summary Care Records - Updated guidance
The up to date process and information for community pharmacies and staff to go live with SCR is now available on the GMLPC website.

Patient safety in pharmacy: share & learn!

Patient safety is really important in any pharmacy and any improvements benefit you and your patients and customers.

One of the best ways to improve is by sharing experiences and learning from each other, and we’re keen to help Greater Manchester pharmacies do just that.

We’re looking for examples e.g. how you’ve learnt from an incident or from other pharmacies, where you’ve changed practice, what you’ve found useful in improving patient safety.

All information will be anonymised (unless you tell us you’re happy to be named) so you can share it in confidence.  Just email or call 0161 228 6163.

We’re also running a webinar on patient safety on 15th May – look out for more details soon!

We love your AMR & health promotion ideas!

We’re so impressed by the creative flair of your antimicrobial resistance and other health promotion displays that we’re creating a gallery on our website. These are some examples from Tims & Parker, Rowlands and Manor Pharmacy. Share your pictures by emailing  

Job Opportunity with Public Health England
Passionate about physical activity? Then this job’s for you…!


Public Health England want to appoint a pharmacist who is passionate about physical activity and can communicate that enthusiasm while training health professionals across the North West.


It’s for a new role of Pharmacist Clinical Champion for Physical Activity one day a week (0.2wte) from 1st May. The successful candidate needs to be confident presenting and speaking in public as they will be training fellow health professionals on ways of promoting the benefits of exercise and incorporating conversations into everyday clinical practice.


This draft job description explains more. It’s part of a national programme. If you’re interested, please send a CV and covering letter explaining why you’d like the role to as soon as possible.

Resources for Be Clear on Cancer

 You can now pre-order free resources including posters and leaflets from Public Health England for the Be Clear on Cancer respiratory symptoms campaign that relaunches on 18th May. Be Clear on Cancer is one of the public health campaigns that Greater Manchester commissioners have identified will help meet pharmacies’ contractual requirements to run health promotion campaigns. Order resources.

For bulk orders on behalf of a large group, contact

Pharmacy opening times over Easter and bank holidays
See the updated rota for pharmacy opening times over Easter and bank holidays by clicking here.

Greater Manchester Diabetes Partnership

Pharmacists are playing an active role in Greater Manchester Diabetes Partnership, a joint programme between the NHS Greater Manchester and Lancashire Strategic Clinical Network and the pharmaceutical industry, represented by ABPI. It aims to improve Type 2 diabetes support and outcomes - and to reduce variations in care across Greater Manchester - by developing a holistic plan and pathway, including lifestyle advice, structured education and enhancing healthcare professionals' skills.

The partnership has produced an update for community pharmacists, explaining more about its work to date, future plans and how the partnership aims to enhance support for people with Type 2 diabetes. Read it here.

Training & Education

Child dental health
Pharmacies may be interested in Public Health England’s telephone conference Q&A on child dental health. It’s on Thursday 27th April from 12.45pm-1.30pm with Prof Viv Bennet (PHE’s Chief Nurse) and Sandra White (PHE’s national lead for dental health). Register in advance to receive background information before the teleconference:

Dial-in details for the call are: Dial 0800 279 7204 (free) or 0330 336 9411 (local rates). Conference code: 7824431

Skin health
Manchester University is running a one-day practical workshop on skin health on 13th May at Salford Royal. Find out more and apply here.

CPPE: What's New in BNF 73?

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has released What’s new in BNF 73, a distance learning programme to accompany the 73rd edition of the BNF.

What’s new in BNF 73? contains ten case studies, which will allow pharmacy professionals to locate information on changes in the latest BNF, identify situations in a healthcare setting where the management of a patient is affected by these changes, and recommend appropriate courses of action. This interactive PDF is available for the whole pharmacy team, and will show how new recommendations and information in the BNF will affect clinical practice.
Visit: for further information.

Useful Links
GMLPC Website


Pharmacy Voice



Public Health England

Devolution Manchester


EPS tracker guide

Specialist Pharmacy services

RA Team Contacts
If you need help regarding EPs / Smartcards please see here for a list of contacts.
Out of Stock Reporting Tool
If you have any out of stock please report via this link
GMLPC committee profile: Chris Dagnall

More about Chris & his role at GMLPC

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Name: Chris Dagnall
Role: Treasurer
Qualified: MRPharmS
Represents: CCA

About Chris:

Chris qualified as a pharmacist in 1990 and has worked for Boots the Chemists all his professional life. He has undertaken many roles, from relief pharmacist, through several store management roles and is currently the Area Manager for West Manchester. Chris has been a CCA LPC Rep for over 10 years, initially in Sefton and then in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan where he was Chair until Greater Manchester LPC was born on 1st October 2016.

Other relevant roles:

  • Area Manager for Boots the Chemist
Locality news: what's happening in individual areas
Rochdale: Locally Commissioned Services 2017/18

Contract amendment for EHC
Rochdale Council has issued a statement advising pharmacies of a contract amendment to emergency hormonal contraception (EHC). It follows updated guidance from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health. Rochdale Council is reviewing the guidance. In the meantime, pharmacies providing EHC in Rochdale should follow these instructions from Rochdale Council.  Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC)

Pharmacy Locally Commissioned Services for 2017/2018
It is Rochdale Council's intention to issue new contracts and service specifications for their Pharmacy Locally Commissioned Services for 2017/18.   New guidance and updates have recently been issued and these have to be incorporated into the new contract and specification hence the delay in sending these to you.

Please continue to provide these Locally Commissioned Services under current arrangements until you are in receipt of the new contracts. These LCS services cover:

  • Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC)
  • Chlamydia Screening and Treatment

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Trafford: Pharmacy referrals to Trafford Coordination Centre

Pharmacists can refer suitable patients to the Trafford Coordination Centre (TCC). The sorts of patients who may be eligible are those taking multiple medications, as they may have long-term, complex or multiple health needs. Pharmacists may identify patients during a MUR, NMS, during regular dispensing.


Find out more about the TCC and how to refer or advise patients on self-referral:

Information leaflet

Referral form


See how the service has helped people


REMINDER - Don't Miss Out !
North Manchester: Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) Project 
North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee (GM LPC) are working in collaboration to deliver an Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) Project across North Manchester.

Two training events for community pharmacies have taken place already in February 2017 and we are putting on a final training event for
Tuesday 18th April for those pharmacies that didn't and couldn't attend the previous events. 
The project will be rolled out in the next few weeks and we highly recommend those pharmacies who couldn't make the previous  events to make every effort to attend. We will be visiting all the GP practices in North Manchester over the next few months and need your support in identifying suitable, eligible patients to be switched to eRD. We believe this will be beneficial for everyone including the patients and will allow you better control of your repeat prescriptions; more opportunity to engage with your patients; and showcase your value in the management of repeat prescriptions.

Please click here to book your place.
Things you may have missed

The most recent Primary Care Talk can be viewed here:

The most recent Community Pharmacy News can be viewed here:

Read the latest CPPE newsletter at 
Contact Information
Phone: 0161 228 6163
Address: Suite 9-10, Barlow House, Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3DZ
Disclaimer: 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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