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Weekly Bulletin
Issue: 16
Date: 25th January 2017
This week's topics:
  • Our vision and values in supporting you
  • New HLP Champions training dates (Quality Payments)
  • Quality payments newsletter: Issue 2
  • NHSmail deadline (Quality Payments)
  • Be Clear on Cancer posters
  • Pharmacy health promotion campaigns 2017
  • School Contacts?
  • Service Specifications & website resources
  • Pennine Care formulary changes
  • Next steps for Community Pharmacy Forward View
  • Oldham - Talk cancer free training
  • Manchester (North) – EPS  repeat dispensing pilot and training
  • Wigan– Praise for Community Pharmacy
Our vision and values in supporting you

Thanks to everyone who completed our contractor survey in November and December, asking what you wanted from your new Greater Manchester LPC (GM LPC). Based on your comments, we’ve now finalised our vision and values and they were agreed by the GM LPC committee last week:

Our vision: To enable Community Pharmacy to improve health now and in the future
Our values: Innovative, Collaborative, Integrity, Excellent, Supportive

Health Champions training dates
(Quality Payments) 

Secure your HLP Quality Payments points: Two-day Health Champions training on 27th-28th March 2017
To qualify for HLP Level 1 Quality Payments, pharmacies must have a Health Champion. We’ve arranged a two-day Health Champions training course on 27th-28th March 2017. 
Health Champions can be any suitable member of the team e.g. a dispensing assistant, healthcare assistant or technician. The course covers how to promote health and wellbeing, how to help patients, customers make healthy lifestyle changes, reasons behind health inequalities and ways of addressing them.
Participants will gain the national Level 2 ‘Understanding Health Improvement’ qualification recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health. There is a multiple choice test at the end of the second day.
The course is 9am-5pm on Monday 27th- Tuesday 28th March 2017 at Fred Perry House, Stockport.  You must attend both days. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Spaces are limited to one per pharmacy. To book, visit
Quality Payments: Issue 2
This weeks issue focuses on HLP Level 1 
here now 

 If your not receiving this additional resource and want to sign up, contact
 NHSmail deadline approaching fast (1st Feb)

If your pharmacy isn’t already registered for or set up with NHSmail (, then you need to act now. If you don’t register for it by 1st February, then you won’t be able to claim any Quality Payments at all in April 2017. Having NHSmail is part of the gateway (i.e. minimum) criteria for claiming Quality Payments.


Luckily, it couldn’t be easier to register and you just need to demonstrate you emailed the following details to by 1st February 2017. If you have multiple pharmacies, you can send all the details in one email:

  • Trading name of your pharmacy;
  • Owner’s name;
  • Address, including postcode, for the premises that NHSmail address will apply to;
  • Pharmacy ODS code (F code);
  • Pharmacy telephone number; and
  • Current pharmacy email address

Pharmacy Health Promotion:     Be Clear On Cancer posters

Posters to support Be Clear on Cancer new bowel cancer screening campaign are now available. This is part of the ‘New Year, New You’ public health promotion campaign that Greater Manchester commissioners have asked pharmacies to take part in from January to March 2017.
Poster of man:
Poster of woman:

Pharmacy health promotion campaigns

Greater Manchester commissioners have now announced the six local health improvement campaigns for pharmacies in 2017. The camapigns are aligned to the Healthy Living Pharmacy domains and you can choose the topics and resources most relevant for your local community. Get the full details, including a campaign schedule and letter from commissioners, on our website. This year's campaigns are:

  • New Year, New You (Jan-Mar 2017)
  • Long-term conditions (Feb-Mar 2017)
  • Living well / Healthier lifestyle (Apr-May 2017)
  • Physical activity / Nutrition (Jun-Aug 2017)
  • Self-care (Sep-Oct 2017)
  • Keep well / Lifestyle practice (Nov-Dec 2017)

Have you got schools contacts? (Child asthma)

Pharmacists are working with schools across Greater Manchester on an inhaler-technique pilot helping children with asthma and their parents. Lots of schools are already involved but we’re looking for a few more in some areas, so if you’ve got contacts or connections – e.g. if you’re a school governor or know teachers, education leaders or parents who would be keen to support this initiative – we want to hear from you.
We’re interested in primary schools in Salford and Oldham. We’re also interested in secondary schools in Bury, Bolton, Oldham, Stockport and Tameside.

PSNC/NPA judicial review

The judicial review hearing on the process that led to the new pharmacy contract will now begin on 21st March. The PSNC and NPA cases are being heard together. Read the latest PSNC update.

RA Team Contacts
If you need help regarding EPs / Smartcards please see here for a list of contacts.
PSNC resources

PSNC has added new information about achieving, and registering for, HLP Level 1 status on its website. Find out more here.

Useful Links
GMLPC Website


Pharmacy Voice



Public Health England

Devolution Manchester


EPS tracker guide

Specialist Pharmacy services

Service specifications & resources on our website

Our website now features loads of information about service opportunities and how you can apply for them.
It covers services provided across Greater Manchester and the enhanced services that are specific to each local area / borough. The information includes service summaries, SLAs, details of how to apply if you’d like to provide a service, and other resources available. We’re still developing it and adding new information as we receive it from commissioners, so any information that is missing will be added as soon as we get it.

We’ve also added loads more to our website including a new Localities section with information specific to your area, including local service opportunities. You can also access information about the GM LPC committee, including minutes and agendas for our meetings. We’re continuing to improve the site all the time and would welcome your suggestions on how we can make it even better and more useful for you.

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust formulary change

We’ve been notified by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust that they have changed their wound formulary and deleted the following items. They are advising that pharmacies no longer need to stock: 

  • Aquacel and Aquacel Ag
  • Allevyn foam range
  • Biatain foam range
  • Mepilex foam (from specialist)
  • Askina Heel dressings
  • Clinipore tape
  • Actifast tubular bandage
This change applies to Bury; Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale; Oldham; Tameside & Glossop; Trafford; and Stockport pharmacies.


Next steps for Community Pharmacy Forward View

Pharmacy Voice and PSNC, with the support of the RPS, have launched the next phase of the Community Pharmacy Forward View (CPFV) with a new website and report outlining how the ideas in the original document could be implemented. They are keen for feedback from community pharmacies, pharmacy leaders and their local partners.

In the new ‘Making it Happen’ report and website, the national pharmacy organisations take the next step toward turning both the Community Pharmacy Forward View vision and the Murray Review recommendations into reality, by setting out pathways for the policy change, professional development and partnership working required to enable community pharmacy to play its full role within an integrated health and care system.

The Community Pharmacy Forward View was published in August 2016 by the national community pharmacy bodies.

Visit the new Making it Happen website

Read the Making it Happen report

Locality news: what's happening in individual areas
Oldham: Talk Cancer free training

We're working with Cancer Research UK to help pharmacies in Oldham increase their knowledge, skills and confidence supporting people with cancer. The training is FREE and open to ALL pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists, dispensers and counter staff who work in Oldham.
It's on 16th March 2017 at Oldham Civic Centre. (For sat navs, use OL1 1NL.)  There will be a hot buffet served from 6.30pm. The training will start promptly at 7pm.
For full details and booking, go to:

Manchester (North): EPS repeat dispensing training & pilot

The 52 community pharmacies in the North Manchester CCG area are encouraged to take part in training and a pilot aimed at boosting electronic repeat dispensing. There are two training sessions to choose from. Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided:

  • Wed 15th Feb, 6.30-8.30pm, The New Moston Club, M40 3RQ
  • Wed 22nd Feb, 6.30-8.30pm, The New Moston Club, M40 3RQ 

Pharmacies will then be asked to identify 10 suitable patients. You can book your place and get more information here.  

Wigan: Praise for community pharmacists tackling flu outbreak

On-call pharmacists in Wigan have been praised for their role in tackling a flu outbreak at care homes. Dr Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health for Wigan Council, expressed her thanks to on-call community pharmacists community pharmacists working with Wigan Council’s Health Protection and Civil Contingencies team and other NHS partners to support clinical assessment, antiviral treatment and prophylaxis, and virology sampling for residents and staff of four care homes over the weekend.
She said it was “no mean feat over a weekend and demonstrates the excellence of the system collaboration and professional relationships across the borough”.
Wigan is the only area in Greater Manchester that has commissioned an on-call pharmacy service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Linda Scott, Associate Director – Clinical Services at Wigan CCG, said: “This is a perfect example of why we commissioned this pharmacy service within the borough and will continue to do so. It is also the reason why we hold a stock pile of antiviral treatment within the pharmacy.”
Commissioners in Wigan have also thanked community pharmacists who provided services over the Christmas and New Year period. Due to the volume of patients seen, the CCG plans to keep a 9am-10pm pharmacy service in place in Wigan for all bank holidays.
Things you may have missed
The most recent Pharmacy Voice Newsletter can be viewed here:
The most recent Primary Care Talk can be viewed here:

The most recent Community Pharmacy News can be viewed here:

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