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April 18, 2019 News0

All pharmacies are cordially invited to attend a pharmacist meeting courtesy of gsk.

Respiratory Update: Too many Inhalers? Simplify the Confusion

Date: Friday, 26th April 2019
Time: 12:30 to 16:15
Venue: St Andrews Town Hotel, St Andrews Drive, Droitwich Spa WR9 8BS

Please see the Flyer for details:
Respiratory update


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April 16, 2019 Newsletter0

The on-demand version of the West Midlands Blood Pressure Training Webinar for Pharmacists and Pharmacy teams is now available to view. If were unable to attend the live sessions, you can still  register, watch the training and complete the assessment on the following link:

https://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=6261317770773676 

A copy of the webinar flyer is attached below:


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April 16, 2019 News0

There has been a change of venue for the Herefordshire Pharmacy Update event on May 8th. This event will be held at:

KINDLE CENTRE, ASDA, BELMONT ROAD, HEREFORD HR2 7JE 

If you haven’t booked your place yet, please do so following this link:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/herefordshire-pharmacy-team-update-services-and-dispensing-tickets-59220424885

The updated flyer can be downloaded here:
http://www.hwlpc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Flyer-for-8th-May-Herefordshire-Pharmacy-Update.pdf

This event includes important updates about services affecting Herefordshire and each pharmacy is encouraged to send at least one delegate.


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April 11, 2019 News0

Most pharmacies will have gone beyond the two year accreditation period for HLP. As you may be aware, RSPH are no longer accrediting as of 31st March 2019.

Reaccreditation is not currently a necessity as you can see from the PSNC guidance (HLP Level 1 Register):

“The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) was commissioned by Public Health England to create and maintain a Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) register, as well as provide a quality assurance process to assure the public, commissioners, and other healthcare professionals that the HLP quality criteria were met consistently across the country. The funding for this finished on 31st March 2019, therefore, the RSPH will no longer be accepting new assessments of compliance.

The Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) register will still be available on the RSPH website. The public-facing register lists those community pharmacies that have successfully completed the HLP profession-led self-assessment process.*

The register allows the user to search for an HLP by region and will be updated during the last week of each month.

Pharmacies who are currently listed on the register, will remain on the register for the time being. However, to maintain HLP status, contractors must assess their pharmacy against the HLP quality criteria every two years. Contractors will need to meet the requirements of an HLP Level 1 as defined by PHE (if accredited locally) or ensure they still meet the requirements if accredited via the profession led self-assessment route.

Once contractors have met the requirements or ensured they still meet the requirements, a pharmacy professional will need to complete an assessment of compliance and retain this in the pharmacy.

*Please note, the register currently only includes community pharmacies who have agreed to have their details included on the online register and those not previously locally accredited as an HLP; pharmacies who had previously been accredited locally as an HLP, are not required to register with RSPH as part of the process to meet the HLP quality criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme” 

If you require, the LPC can arrange an updated certificate through local accreditation.  If you would like an updated certificate, please confirm that you meet the requirements in this checklist and email it to the LPC on ahwlpc@gmail.com along with the name of the Leader and Health Champion for your pharmacy.


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April 2, 2019 News0

National Smile Month is the UK’s biggest and longest running oral health campaign which takes place  annually between 13 May and 13 June. It is also one of the mandated NHS campaigns this year for HLP pharmacies.

Not only does excessive sugar intake affect dental health but it also relates to obesity in children. To find out how you can help, watch the FREE online training by Virtual Outcomes.

To access the course visit: https://www.virtualoutcomes.co.uk/pharmacy-training/

A blog post about this topic can accessed HERE and the flyer is attached below.

 


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April 1, 2019 News0

Community pharmacy teams are reminded that from 1st April 2019 Pregabalin and Gabapentin have been reclassified as Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs (CDs). PSNC has developed a briefing to explain what this means for the dispensing of prescriptions.

You can download the PSNC Briefing HERE.

From 1st April 2019, all Gabapentin and Pregabalin prescriptions are subject to the following prescription writing requirements for Schedule 3 CDs and it will be illegal to supply these drugs through repeat dispensing. However, Pregabalin and Gabapentin will be included in the list of “exempted drugs” in the safe custody regulations which means that they will not be required to be kept in the CD cabinet.

Whilst Schedule 3 CDs are generally not yet prescribable via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), some GP practices are piloting EPS CDs and so pharmacy teams should be aware that they may receive and dispense a mix of EPS/paper prescriptions for Gabapentin and Pregabalin.  https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/emis-to-join-national-roll-out-of-eps-cds/

A few points to note:

  • System 1 previously did not treat Pregabalin and Gabapentin as Controlled drugs, therefore any previous scripts that are not compliant with CD regulations (without dose, words figures etc) will not be valid from 1st April 2019, despite being correct at the time of being written.
  • Community pharmacists that have any Pregabalin or Gabapentin as Repeat dispensing will have to make patients aware that future  RD scripts will not be valid – we are not sure if GP systems will stop issuing automatically.
  • Community Pharmacies will be unable to make emergency supplies of these items if a patient has run out
  • Some scripts for Pregabalin are for 56 days and the current good practice guidance advocates 28 days – this is more prevalent in surgeries that adopt 56 day prescribing.
  • Scripts awaiting collection at the pharmacy that were dispensed and but not yet collected prior to 1st April 2019 will no longer be valid.

If you have any questions regarding the reclassification of these drugs, please contact the LPC for advice.

 


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March 28, 2019 News0

April 15th Update: Please note new venue for this event!

Please join us for an Information Evening about important updates affecting pharmacy services in Herefordshire.

Description:

Key updates will be provided from:
• Public Health
• CCG
• Solutions4Health
• CPPE

We will also give you an overview of the NHS Landscape and
Primary Care Networks in particular. Opportunity to obtain updated
HLP Certificates and start a Peer Review discussion.

DATE AND TIME:  Wednesday, May 8th 2019, 18:30-21:30

LOCATION: KINDLE CENTRE, ASDA, BELMONT ROAD, HEREFORD HR2 7JE (http://www.kindlecentre.org.uk/find-and-contact)

All Herefordshire pharmacies should aim to send at least one member of staff to participate.

REGISTER AT: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/herefordshire-pharmacy-team-update-services-and-dispensing-tickets-59220424885

Download the updated flyer HERE.


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March 28, 2019 News0

FAO ALL PHARMACISTS WORKING AT LEAST 15 HOURS A WEEK IN COMMUNITY PHARMACY INCLUDING LOCUMS

Take advantage of this fully funded NHS training to grow your career and your practice.  Pharmacy is changing, with integration into the wider NHS healthcare team opening new opportunities for community pharmacists to provide more patient-centered care. 



What does this study programme involve?

  • You will identify an activity or service in your pharmacy that you wish to improve. Then apply the quality tools and skills that you have learnt to bring about an improvement
  • Attendance at 2 face-to-face sessions in Coventry at the Citrus Hotel on Sunday 19th May and Sunday 23rd June followed up by celebration evening events in September locally and / or at DMU
  • The remaining training is all online, with full access to DMU resources, Blackboard and tutors.

If you have any questions, please contact Fiona on 07792970382  or email the office at ahwlpc@gmail.com (Tel: 01386 897529)

Application deadline: April 12th. (Extended until April 26th) 

Please see the attached FLYER for further information on how to apply and watch DMU’s promotional video below.

You can also find some information about quality improvement in this document: Health Foundation_Quality Improvement Made Simple


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March 26, 2019 News0

**Free Blood Pressure Training **

Interactive WEBINAR from the comfort of your home or pharmacy

For pharmacists and members of their teams in the Midlands

You and a pharmacy team member are invited to attend one of five live webinars to develop your blood pressure risk awareness and measurement technique. Whether you are learning for the first time, validating what you do already or checking you are doing it correctly, this training will ensure you are up-to-date in your practise and consistently measuring your patient’s blood pressure appropriately. In addition the training will support knowledge development on the lifestyle behaviours that may cause high blood pressure and risks of having high blood pressure.

Attend this 60-minute webinar to:

  • Understand:
    • the scale of the blood pressure problem and risks to health
    • lifestyle changes that can reduce blood pressure
    • how to have a healthy conversation to support individuals to change their behaviours and reduce their risks
    • how to run an effective health campaign on high blood pressure
  • Learn best practice for measuring blood pressure with a validated automated machine covering:
    • familiarisation with equipment, including cuff sizing
    • infection control
    • patient preparation
    • procedural instructions
    • post-procedure instruction
  • Understand when to refer at risk individuals
  • Engage through an interactive question and answer session
  • Complete an assessment and certification

    Choose just one session at a time convenient for you:
  • Wednesday 27th March 2019 @ 2pm
  • Wednesday 27th March 2019 @ 8pm
  • Thursday 28th March 2019 @ 2pm
  • Thursday 28th March 2019 @ 8pm
  • Saturday 30th March 2019 @ 2pm

To register for one of these webinars click HERE.

A flyer is available to download HERE.


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