Herefordshire and Worcestershire LPC



September 19, 2019 News

Launching on 19 September, Stoptober is back for its eighth year to help smokers split up from their relationship with smoking. To help you support the campaign, and in addition to the printed resources you’ve already received, PHE have created a suite of digital and social resources which are now available to download from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre.

This year there’s also have a new Stoptober Support Group on Facebook. This page encourages smokers to swap tips, stay engaged and motivated with likeminded quitters and previous successful quitters.

These are some of the digital resources available:
* Partner toolkit and activation guide
* Graphics for download
* Social media posts
* Digital banners and screens

Pharmacies are reminded that Stoptober is one of six NHS mandated health campaigns this year. To find out more, please visit this LPC webpage.


September 9, 2019 News

PSNC will be holding a webinar about the new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) on Monday 16th September at 7.00pm, in collaboration with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I).

On the night Alastair Buxton, PSNC’s Director of NHS Services, and colleagues from NHSE&I will explain how the service will operate and help you to prepare for the launch on 29th October.

As well as outlining the requirements that community pharmacy contractors will need to meet prior to offering the service, the webinar will also highlight the information, guidance and resources available and where to find them.

During the 60-minute webinar there will also be an opportunity for viewers to ask questions.

With registration for the service now open, this webinar will provide contractors and their teams with a clearer insight into this important new service.

A recorded version will be available later, but it still requires sign-up on the following link:


September 5, 2019 News0

As you may be aware, the new Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) specification has been published and registration is now open!

  • The NHS CPCS will commence on 29th October 2019
  • Pharmacy contractors can now register to provide the service and claim the Transition payment supplement (£900 if claimed by 1st December 2019)
  • The draft service specification has been published and a draft toolkit for pharmacy teams will follow shortly

The launch date for the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) has been set as 29th October 2019.

This date has been agreed by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and PSNC as part of the ongoing work to implement the first phase of the service, which will see NHS 111 call advisers referring suitable patients to community pharmacy.

To help pharmacy contractors and their teams to prepare to provide the service, which will connect patients who have a minor illness or need an urgent supply of a medicine with a community pharmacy, the draft service specification has been published on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website;  the final version will be published by NHSE&I once it has completed its journey through their internal governance process.

We have set up a new CPCS web page on the LPC  website, where you can find further information and useful links about this service. This page will be kept up-to-date as new information becomes available.


September 2, 2019 News0

Pharmacies are reminded that they need to check their NHS email accounts regularly, as our local NHSE  area team ( will only communicate with pharmacies through their secure NHS emails from September 1st onwards.

The LPC will continue to use both pharmacy emails and NHS emails until November, at which point we will also switch entirely to NHS emails to send our communications.

Please make sure your NHS email accounts are regularly monitored and accessible to all relevant staff.

You can find out more about NHSmail on the NHS website HERE

We also have a dedicated NHSmail resource page on our website  HERE

In case of technical queries, please contact



August 30, 2019 News0

The PSNC CPCF Roadshow is now well under way, coming near you in September! The nearest location for pharmacies in the West-Midlands is the Walsall event.

Date: 29 September 2019
Time: 10:00-12:00

Venue: Village Hotel Walsall, Tempus Drive, Walsall, WS2 8TJ

The Roadshow events are being held to help community pharmacy contractors and anyone working in community pharmacies to understand the new five-year deal on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF). Members of PSNC’s Negotiating Team will explain the context of the deal and what it means for pharmacies, and there will be lots of opportunity to share views and ask questions of the team.

You can book your place for the PSNC Roadshow event in Walsall on the following LINK.

If you can’t attend the Roadshow in Walsall, you can catch it at other locations around the country or at the Pharmacy Show in Birmingham on October 6th.


The roadshow event will be followed by the NPA Member Forum in association with the LPC at the same location for your convenience, starting at 12:30 following the PSNC event. This is a members-only NPA event and requires a separate sign-up on the following LINK.

We are delighted to be joined by Fiona Lowe, Chief Offier Cov, Warks, Hereford & Worcs LPC, who will be talking through the local challenges and solutions. Gareth Jones, NPA Head of Corporate Affairs, and Michael Lennox, NPA Local Integration Lead will provide you with actions needed right now and next steps


12.30 Registration and buffet
13.30 Gareth Jones, NPA – current contract framework and future NPA objectives
13.50 Fiona Lowe – contract service specifications & local hot topics
14.10 Michael Lennox, NPA –  actions for right now and next; a month by month action plan

We hope many of you will be able to attend either or both of these events!

Check out all the upcoming events on our WEBSITE!

We have also prepared a printable PDF SUMMARY of all the upcoming events in September and October for your reference.


August 27, 2019 News0

The LPC is organising a joint training event for Worcestershire pharmacies focusing on the new Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework & Primary Care Networks. Emails have been sent previously, but if you missed it, here are the details:

Date: 20th October 2019
Time: 10:00 – 16:00 (lunch provided) (9:30 registration)
Venue: Worcester Racecourse | Grand Stand road | Worcester WR1 3EJ

Come and find out all about the different aspects of the new framework and what you need to do and when. We will provide training and tick off some of the activities and help you get actions plans to meet all the requirements to achieve the maximum number of points that you can.

We will also help you get ready for the new ways of working in the NHS – introduce you to your primary care network leads and colleagues. LPC members and exhibitors will be available to offer one to one help and advice as needed. E.g. if new to HLP – come along and find out how to get

• 10:00 Introductions and overview for the day
• 10:10 The new contractual framework
• 10:30 Pharmacy Quality Scheme
• Gateway & the 5 Bundles – Digital, Asthma, PCNs, Prevention, Medicines Safety, Risk Management
• 12:15 Training options – CPPE & VO and enablers
• 12:30 CPCS
• 13:00 Action Plan and timeline
• 13:30 Lunch
• 14:30 Primary Care Networks Training Session
• 15:30 Primary Care Networks
• 16:00 Closing Remarks

Booking through Eventbrite

Download the FLYER

Check out our website for more EVENTS.


August 27, 2019 News0

The LPC is organising a training event for Herefordshire pharmacies focusing on the new Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework & Primary Care Networks. Emails have been sent previously, but if you missed it, here are the details:

(Please note that the first email we sent, contained a flyer with the wrong time, showing it as an all-day event. Please disregards that information.)

Date: 16th October, 2019
Time: 19:00 – 21:30 (18:30 registration & buffet)
Venue: Kindle Centre, ASDA, Hereford HR2 7JE

Come and find out all about the different aspects of the new framework and what you need to do and when. We will provide training and tick off some of the activities and help you get actions plans to meet all the requirements to achieve the maximum number of points that you can.

We’ll also help you get ready for the new ways of working in the NHS – introduce you to your primary care network leads and colleagues.  LPC members will be available to offer one to one help and advice as needed. E.g. if new to HLP – come along and find out how to get started.

• The new contractual framework
• Pharmacy Quality Scheme
• Gateway & the 5 Bundles – Digital, Asthma, PCNs,
Prevention, Medicines Safety, Risk Management
• Training options, action plans and timelines
• Action Plan and timeline
• Primary Care Networks Session
• Closing Remarks

Please book your place through Eventbrite.

You can download the flyer HERE.

Check out our website for more EVENTS.


August 21, 2019 News0

The PHE has teamed up with the national AMR/HCAI Division to deliver an AMR webinar for all pharmacy staff. The webinar is being delivered alongside the national ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign for pharmacies which contractors are required to participate in from 1 Sept. to 30 Sept. The webinar is directed at all pharmacy staff and will cover:

  • What AMR is and why it is important;
  • What pharmacy staff can do to help stop the spread of AMR;
  • How to recognise when a client may have a self-limiting infection;
  • Guidance on giving advice to clients about self-care and when antibiotics may not be appropriate; and
  • Preparing pharmacy staff to make the most of the AMR campaign.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, 29 August from 19:30-20:15 and will include a Q&A session after the presentation with Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Lead Pharmacist in the PHE HCAI/AMR Division.

For more information, please see the attached FLYER or the Antibiotic Guardian website:

Although the webinar was originally developed for pharmacies in the East of England, the content is applicable to all regions and we encourage pharmacies in other areas to take part.

You can register on the following LINK.

Please feel free to cascade/share this with any colleagues who may be interested.



August 20, 2019 News0

Public Health England (PHE) resources for the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) campaign and Stoptober campaign, which community pharmacy contractors are required to participate in, have been sent out to pharmacies by courier. The resources for both campaigns, including activation guides, are delivered together in the same clearly marked envelope.

Contractors are required to participate in the AMR campaign from 1st September-30th September 2019 and the Stoptober campaign from 1st October-31st October 2019. The campaigns are two of six campaigns, which have been agreed between PSNC and NHS England and NHS Improvement, as part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework; therefore, all contractors must participate in both of these campaigns.

Social media and digital resources for the campaigns will also be available on PHE’s Campaign Resource Centre closer to the start date of the campaigns; contractors are encouraged to use these resources if possible.

Some pharmacies will have already received the campaign materials. If you have not received your packs by 27th August 2019, please email: stating the pharmacy name, address and name of the campaign(s) they have not received materials for.

The digital resources and any relevant training materials will also be available on the LPC website on the following PAGE:

The Virtual outcomes AMR training is already available. You can find the flyer and course link HERE.



August 15, 2019 News0



***Don’t miss this opportunity to share experiences, build your network and start joint working!***

Date: September 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm – 9pm
Venue: St Chads, Hagley Rd, Birmingham, B16 9RG


  • 18:30 Registration, buffet and networking
  • 19:00 Welcome, introductions and context
  • 19:15 Where are we now?
  • 19:45 Pharmacists in different sectors
    • Secondary Care; Primary Care; GP Practice; Community Pharmacy
  • 20:10 Working together
    • TCAM – Transfer of care and advice around medicines
    • CPCS – Community Pharmacy Consultation Service
    • PCN – Primary Care Networks
  • 20:40 The future
    • Lifelong learning, postgraduate training options
    • Moving between sectors and portfolio careers
  • 21:00 Q&A with panel
  • 21:15 Closing remarks

Download the FLYER.

Please book before 18th September through Eventbrite to attend:



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