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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 20
Date: 22nd February 2017
This week's topics:
  • How to achieve asthma referral Quality Payments
  • Important SCR information
  • Briefing on NUMSAS & other service updates
  • Tips on carrying out MURs
  • IG toolkit deadline
  • Dementia awareness concert
  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults workshop
  • GAS infections increase
  • Rochdale: Locality lead
  • Manchester CCG mergers
  • Trafford - CCG poster for display
  • Manchester - Pharmacy patient feedback
  • Oldham - Cancer Awareness Training
  • Talking About Cancer - Online training course

How to achieve asthma referral Quality Payments

Referring asthma patients dispensed more than six short-acting bronchodilator inhalers (without corticosteroid inhalers) in the last six months for review by an appropriate healthcare professional could see you gaining 20 Quality Payments points (£1,280). There are 10 points available in April and another 10 in November.

This week’s Quality Payments tip guide explains what you need to do to achieve these points and payments. It also includes links to useful templates including GP letters and briefings and a data collection form for recording the referrals you make.

IMPORTANT: Register for SCR by 28th Feb or miss out on £200 
Only 6 days left to register 

If you’re not already registered for and using the Summary Care Record (SCR), you need to submit your smartcard registration (following this Next Steps guide) by 28th February at the latest to benefit from the £200 payment.
If you submit your registration after that date, then the Registration Authority cannot guarantee it will be processed in time for you to qualify for the £200 payment for pharmacies that start using SCR before 31st March 2017.
Smartcard registration usually takes two weeks to process. Once smartcards for your pharmacy have been updated you will receive confirmation of this. You will then need to access SCR before the deadline of 31st March 2017 to trigger the live status for your pharmacy. This Next Steps guide explains what you need to do.

Briefing on NUMSAS & other service updates

Monday 6th March 2017 at The Chairman’s Club, Manchester City FC, Etihad Stadium, M11 3FF
Buffet: 6.15pm
Briefing event: 6.45pm-9.15pm

Greater Manchester (NHS England) commissioners, supported by Greater Manchester LPC and Bolton LPC, have arranged this event focusing on changes affecting community pharmacy – including the new NUMSAS service (NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service), Quality Payments, and the new procurement for clinical waste in Greater Manchester.
The update will also cover changes to MUR/NMS reporting, outcomes from recent Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) visits, and Post Payment Verification (PPV). We hope to have a question and answer session toward the end of the evening. If you have questions you would like to raise in advance, you can email them to and they will try and ensure your questions are answered at the meeting
Numbers are limited and you can book your place via the link below:

Tips on carrying out MURs

Salford pharmacist and GMLPC project implementation lead, Dipesh Raghwani, shares his tips on carrying out MURs in this short film. MURs are one of the advanced services that count towards the gateway criteria for Quality Payments, and the film features Dipesh chatting about what he’s found helpful in identifying suitable patients, asking them about having a MUR, and helping the patient get the best out of MURs when he does them. Remember, 70% of MURs need to be with patients in the national target groups, which vary depending on the number of medications a patient is taking. This visual guide on MUR target groups from PSNC is a really handy tool for checking. Last week’s Quality Payments tip guide on MURs may be helpful too.
Youtube link is

IG toolkit: deadline 31st March

If you’ve not completed your 2016/17 Information Governance toolkit submission, then you’ve got just over a month to do it. The deadline is 31st March. Click here for more information and guidance.

Dementia awareness concert

A unique concert involving people with dementia, their families and professional musicians will take place at Manchester Cathedral from 7pm-8pm on 6th April. The Adages event aims to raise awareness of the positive role music can play in supporting people with dementia. Parts of the concert will be broadcast on Radio 4. Find out and book tickets.

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.
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adult Workshops

14/03/2017 - Cottons Hotel and Spa, Manchester Rd, Knutsford. 7.30pm to 9.30pm  OR
23/03/2017 -  Novotel Manchester West, Worsley. 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Are you confident you would recognise the signs and signals that might indicate potential abuse?
This event will raise your awareness of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and support you in dealing with situations involving suspected abuse or neglect to ensure you are confident in taking the right course of action. The workshop has recently been updated and now includes issues such as child sexual exploitation (CSE) and female genital mutilation (FGM).
The benefits of attending a face to face event include meeting a local expert safeguarding speaker who will explain local policies and procedures, and you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues to increase your confidence in this area.
Attending this meeting will help you pass the CPPE safeguarding e-assessment.  The Level 2 assessment allows you to prove your competence of level 2 safeguarding status as required by the patient safety criteria of the quality payments scheme as part of the 2017/2018 contractual framework, and Declaration of Competence for sexual health services. 

More detailed objectives can be found on the CPPE website:
There is no charge for the event and refreshments will be provided from 7pm.
The event is open to registered pharmacists, registered technicians and pre-registration trainees.
Book on to the event via the CPPE website:  or by phoning 0161 778 4000

Increase in GAS infections in Greater Manchester

Public Health England are advising health professionals there has been an increase in Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infections in injecting drug users in Greater Manchester. This letter from Public Health England and poster explain more about signs and symptoms, risk reduction, and advice for patients/customers.

Locality news: what's happening in individual areas

         Rochdale: Locality Lead - Mohammed Anwar 

Name: Mohammed Anwar
Role: Locality Lead for Rochdale
Qualified: MPharm (Hons), University of Bradford, 2011
Represents: Independent
Contact:; 07957 217670 

About Mohammed:

Mohammed has worked in community pharmacy for more than five years as a manager for a small independent chain. He has worked in different shops, helping them gain their maximum potential before moving on. Mohammed was also a member of Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee for just under two years before it merged with five others to become Greater Manchester LPC.

Areas of special interest / expertise:

  • Service development
  • Emergency Hormonal Contraception
  • Minor Ailments Service
  • Supervised consumption
  • Pre-registration pharmacy development

Other relevant roles:

  • System Transformation Committee (Rochdale)
  • Primary Care Performance Quality Sub-committee (Rochdale)
  • Primary Care Innovation and Transformation Sub-committee (Rochdale)

Manchester: CCG mergers agreed

NHS England has approved the merger of the three Manchester CCGs to create a single NHS commissioner for the city. North, Central and South Manchester CCGs are expected to become one organisation in April 2017.

Trafford: CCG poster for display

NHS Trafford CCG has asked us to forward this poster to all pharmacies in Trafford. They would be grateful if you could display it where patients and customers will be able to see it. If you have any queries about it, please contact

Manchester: Pharmacy patient feedback on Healthwatch site

Healthwatch Manchester has launched a feedback service on its website where people can post comments on the care they have received in pharmacies and other health settings.
People can comment on any pharmacy in Manchester. Comments appear on the Healthwatch Manchester website so others can see them.
Community pharmacies in Manchester may like to publicise this service to patients and customers, and to keep an eye on any comments. Pharmacies can reply to comments.
Healthwatch Manchester say they will contact pharmacies in the event of any contentious or concerning comments.
The Healthwatch Manchester website is at and the list of pharmacies is at


Oldham: Cancer Awareness Training -      
which will link with Healthy Living Pharmacy in Oldham

DATE:     Thursday 16th March 2017
VENUE:  The Lees Suite, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UG. 
                  For Sat Navs use OL1 1NL for Civic Centre car park (free after 6pm – must still display ticket)
TIME:      7.00pm – 9.30pm (hot buffet from 6.30pm)
COST:     Free (funded by Oldham Public Health)
Delivered by Cancer Research UK trainers with a nursing background
Pharmacists, Pre-registration Pharmacists, Dispensers and Counter Staff who work in Oldham
Talk Cancer workshops equip and empower you to raise cancer awareness in your community by:
  • Increasing your knowledge of key messages around cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis
  • Building your confidence to talk to the public about cancer
  • Helping you to encourage people to make lifestyle changes, access local services and visit their GP promptly with any concerns.
The workshop will be followed by a presentation from CRUK and the GM Bowel Cancer Screening Programme on the role pharmacy staff can play in improving bowel cancer screening uptake
To book your place – Please register by clicking the link below:
Talking About Cancer - Online Course

1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. Want to feel more confident talking about prevention and spotting cancer early in your pharmacy? A free online course Talking About Cancer has proved to be a huge success in building health professionals’ confidence and “know-how” to explore people’s cancer awareness, attitudes and barriers and help them feel able to take positive action for their health. Join over 4000 people worldwide and gain practical skills and resources for having conversations that could help save lives. Watch the course trailer to find out more.


Talking About Cancer is led by expert trainers Gwen Kaplan and Gill Kilgour, drawing on their years of experience as nurses. You’ll learn through quizzes, articles, interactive discussion and video scenarios demonstrating conversational dos and don’ts.


Runs from Monday 27 February
Takes 3 hours, at your own pace, and is mobile-friendly
Things you may have missed
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Contact Information
Phone: 0161 228 6163
Address: Suite 9-10, Barlow House, Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3DZ
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