Herefordshire and Worcestershire LPC



February 11, 2019 News0

Please find below a recent communication from HEE:

Health Education England are committed to long term planning regarding the sustainability of the pharmacy workforce. We wish to expose pharmacy trainees to a reflective range of working environments prior to their registration and beyond. This will support students and trainees to make correct career choices and to have some basic skills and knowledge about the various sectors of practice and enable a more robust inter-professional network across primary care.

We are therefore delighted to announce that we are now in a position to receive expressions of interest from GP practices and pharmacies to participate in our split pre-registration pharmacist programme for trainees due to start in the summer of 2020. This is a continuation of our existing programme for trainees currently in development for 2019. We would welcome expressions of interest from partnerships of pharmacies and GP practices that are both new to the programme and current participants.

Further information about this scheme is available on the following LINK.


February 11, 2019 News0

Pharmacy teams are reminded to double check their fax numbers following last week’s revelation that sensitive patient data had inadvertently been received by a hotel group. It appears that some GP practices and community pharmacies across the country sent faxes to two wrong fax numbers: 08444119 012 and 01564 793 558. These two numbers may appear similar to fax numbers used in the healthcare system.  Any data breach incidents will have to be reported.

Pharmacy teams are also reminded that fax communication should only be used when no other form of communication is available as it is the least secure.

Please note that the use of fax machines within the NHS (and supposedly community pharmacies) will be banned by April 2020 following an announcement by the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, back in December. This incident highlights the dangers of using this archaic form communication to transfer sensitive patient information.

You can find further guidance about this issue on the PSNC website HERE.


February 8, 2019 News0

Following the advice from the advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) about the harm associated with Pregabalin and Gabapentin these drugs will, from April 2019, be placed in schedule 3 under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.

This means that Gabapentin and Pregabalin cannot be supplied via repeat dispensing and prescriptions will only be valid for 28 days of the appropriate prescription date. In addition they will not be available to supply via the Electronic Prescription service (EPS) (until full rollout of controlled drug prescribing via EPS) and they will require the full prescription writing requirements in line with Schedule 2 and 3 drugs.

Although these changes are coming into effect from April 2019, Emis is making the necessary changes in MKB release version 147, which is being rolled out to practices over the following eight weeks to ensure the changes are in place in time for the regulatory changes.

Contractors who have patients regularly taking Gabapentin and Pregabalin formulations will need to be alert to these items disappearing off EPS tokens and the production of an FP10 at the surgery.

Please check the scripts have been received before the patient runs out.

More information about this change can be found in this BRIEFING NOTE.


February 8, 2019 News0

Pharmacy Complete are running a workshop in Birmingham on 5 March 2019. It is targeted at independent contractors to help them plan and build a more sustainable future for their pharmacy.

This event is FREE to registered delegates. Please note that spaces are limited to one per contractor and to a maximum of 20 to optimise the outcomes for delegates. Booking is on a first come basis. You can book your place through this LINK.

A flyer is available to download HERE

Feedback from workshops they have already run has been outstanding.


February 7, 2019 News0

Pharmacy Forward is the must-attend one-day national event for community pharmacy owners and their teams. The event is free and open to anyone involved in community pharmacy.

In association with industry magazine, The Pharmacist, the team behind Pharmacy Forward are dedicated to delivering an event that gives community pharmacists a voice, the answers and a clear pathway in this turbulent time. Pharmacy Forward is returning to Birmingham in 2019 on May 12th.

You can find out more about this event HERE.

To register, please follow this LINK.


February 5, 2019 News0

Information Governance training for GP leads, Caldicott Guardians, practice managers and staff with responsibility for Information Governance on a day to day basis.

The training will give an overview of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit and what it means for your organisation in ‘real life’ and an overview of Information Governance training (as mandated by the toolkit).

The sessions are interactive and allow time for discussion and questions, which provides for a much more beneficial experience for those that attend. We have always received positive feedback from these sessions, and continue to use all feedback we receive to improve our training presentations and techniques.

Various dates and venues are available to book. Webex sessions are also available.

Please book through the following link by selecting a suitable date/venue:

The password for booking onto the West Midlands sessions is westmidlands

Please note that if the minimum number of delegates is not achieved for these sessions, they will need to be cancelled and a cost will be incurred by NHS England.

These events are organised by:

The IG Team, MLCSU
Telephone: 01782 872648


February 1, 2019 News0

Virtual Outcomes Help Us Help You training for February has just been released.

The Hep Us Help You national campaign kicks off on Monday 4th February. It is one of the six NHS mandated health campaigns this year for pharmacies. This training module is designed to help you create an effective campaign in  your pharmacy.

Please encourage your team to participate in this short, informative training module online. You can access the training materials on this link by signing in with your pharmacy’s F code:

If you need help with registering or signing in, please visit our Virtual Outcomes page, where you can also find information about previous and upcoming campaigns:

Please find below a downloadable flyer for this training module:


January 31, 2019 News0

The NHS England Pharmacy Team has issued the following message regarding severe weather warnings:

Dear Pharmacy Colleagues,

As the severe weather warnings predict heavy snowfall over the next few days, we would like to recommend you carry out a review of your business continuity plans. During the last severe weather we received reports of patients being unable to collect their much needed medicines. Please consider what you and your team can do to support patients in this scenario. This advice is important for pharmacies located in rural areas, where access during severe weather can become more challenging for your teams and your patients..

Please see a list of example actions you may want to consider, this list is not exhaustive.

  • Identify your high risk patients and engage with them
  • Ensure you have up-to-date contact details for your service users, so that you can contact them if your opening hours change
  • Engage with your local GP practices and drug teams to establish a communication pathway and alternative solutions
  • Work with other local community pharmacies near to you to develop greater resilience
  • Consider key holders for your business, you may wish to make local staff members temporary key holders
  • All staff are aware how to access the CD safe key
  • Contact details for all staff members is available to key staff

Please refer to advice on the PSNC website:

Kind Regards,

The Pharmacy Team
NHS England (West Midlands)


January 28, 2019 News0

Please be aware that, for security reasons, NHSBSA will send the details of the fifth gateway criterion (compliance with the NHS Digital Warranted Environment Specification) to each pharmacy contractor’s shared NHSmail account.

Contractors have now been informed via their NHSmail shared premises account as to whether or not they’ve complied with the WES or not yet accessed SCR.

If you have an active shared premises account and have not received details of your compliance then please contact the provider assurance team on

Contractors will get regular updates of this assessment sent to their shared NHSmail account until the end of the declaration window (1st March 2019). The schedule for sending these emails is detailed below:

W/C 14th January 2019

W/C 28th January 2019

W/C 11th February 2019

W/C 25th February 2019

More information on the data sets can be found on page 9 of the Quality Payments: Guidance for the February 2019 Review Point from NHS England.


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