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Weekly news

10th January 2018

Drug shortages / GP liaison

We wrote to all CCGs, LMCs and GP practices in our area with a briefing explaining the current shortages and supply issues. We would really encourage pharmacies to liaise closely with their local GP practices and to be as proactive as possible in alerting them to shortages or supply issues.  The final price concessions for December are available on our website.

NUMSAS update

The next wave of Greater Manchester NUMSAS providers are going live with the service on 11th January. If you’d like to sign up to provide NUMSAS (NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service), you can do so via the NHS BSA website. Our recorded webinar explains more about the process of registering for and providing NUMSAS, and you can watch it any time. The pilot has been extended to 30th September 2018.

Making your pharmacy dementia-friendly

You can find loads of information and resources on our website to help your pharmacy become more dementia-friendly and support patients with dementia and their carers. Our dementia section includes details of the Greater Manchester Dementia-Friendly Pharmacy Framework, advice on making premises more dementia-friendly, tips and guides, and useful signposting links.

MUR/NMS submission reminder

Remember the latest quarterly MUR/NMS submissions deadline is 10 working days after 31st December (12th Jan). Find out more.

Don’t forget to complete clinical governance actions by 31st March

The deadlines for some key clinical governance actions will be here before you know it, so it’s well worth starting work on them now if you’ve not already. 

By 31st March 2018, all contractors need to have:

  • Completed the annual Information Governance Toolkit for 2017/18
  • Conducted an annual Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) and published the results
  • Conducted clinical audit

As soon as possible after 31st March, you need to:

This PSNC briefing explains more.

Key information about your area

You can find key information about your local area – including details of locally-commissioned pharmacy services, public health profiles, and joint strategic needs assessments – in the Locality section of our website.

Ban on credit/debit card charges

From 13th January, community pharmacies will not be allowed to charge customers a fee for using a specific payment method such as a credit/debit card as the Payment Services Regulations 2017 come into effect.
Find out more on the PSNC website.
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 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. 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).  

Salford: ‘Swap to Stop’ EoI deadline extended

The deadline for pharmacies to submit expressions of interest in the ‘Swap to Stop’ pilot has been extended to 1pm on Friday (12th Jan). Selected pharmacies will be provided with information about vaping and how to support people in making the switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes. Participating pharmacies will support the public health LES by:
  • Redeeming voucher postcards from current smokers, and encouraging them to switch to an e-cigarette;
  • Conducting a CO test to interested participants to confirm they are a current smoker, and at regular intervals throughout the pilot project;
  • Being a distribution point for participants to redeem their free e-cig ‘starter kit’ (chosen e-cig and 2-week supply of vape liquid), providing advice and guidance around choice of e-cig and vape liquid and strength; and
  • Offering additional stop smoking advice if required.
Successful pharmacies will be contacted by close of play next Monday (15th Jan). Training will take place on the evening of Wednesday 17th January.
If your pharmacy would like to take part, complete the expression of interest form, and email it to by 1pm on Friday 12th January:
Note: This is a time-limited pilot funded by GMHSCP and at present there are no plans to roll out the project to other areas or to extend the project beyond the three-month timeframe.

Stockport: Stockport Together consultation responses

An independent analysis has now been published of the Stockport Together public consultation that took place last year on proposals to transform health and social care in the borough. The proposals included integrated community-based health and social care teams and reducing the number of hospital beds. Stockport CCG and Stockport Council are reviewing the report and will publish a response explaining what happens next with the proposals.

Stockport: Locality event postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone the education and briefing event for Stockport pharmacies that was due to take place on 10th January at Bredbury Hall Hotel. The event will be rescheduled for late January or early February. We have contacted everyone who had booked. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Trafford: Novation of substance misuse services

Pharmacies that provide needle exchange and supervised consumption in Trafford will have were sent a personalised deed of novation letter last Friday. (As mentioned in previous newsletters, the council is novating these contracts to the new lead provider, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT.)
Pharmacies have been given a deadline of this Friday (12th January) to sign and return three hard copies of the letter (i.e. confirming you accept the novation and are happy to continue providing the service) by post to:
Deborah Gent
Specialist Commissioner – Public Health Children, Families and Wellbeing Directorate
Trafford Council
1st Floor
Trafford Town Hall
Talbot Road
M32 0TH

Wigan: Public health annual report 2017

Wigan Council has published its annual report for 2017. They have done it in the form of a film which can be viewed here.
Training and Events

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.)

Sore throat ‘test & treat’ service: Special offer

Greater Manchester pharmacies are being offered a special package on a private Sore Throat Test & Treat Service that you can offer your patients this winter. CHL, Connect2Pharma and Sonar Informatics have worked together to offer a package including a PGD, test resources, training slides, an online training module, and materials to support service delivery such as SOP, consent form template, a poster etc.

Find out more and/or buy the package at the special discounted rate of £70-£75 (+P&P) instead of £82.50. If you have any queries, contact
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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