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July 17, 2020 Newsletter

West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and West Midlands Local Pharmaceutical Committees are partnering with West of England and South West AHSNs to support Community Pharmacy with electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD).

Join the webinar on Thursday July 23rd from 19:00-20:00

The aim of the webinar is to raise awareness of eRD, highlight implementation resources and share learning across our systems.

As part of resilience efforts around COVID-19, NHS England have encouraged practices to optimise the benefits of Electronic Prescription Services (EPS) in two key ways:

• Switching patients still receiving paper prescriptions to EPS.
• Utilising electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) for suitable patients.

This webinar is particularly aimed at Community Pharmacy to support Community Pharmacists refresh their knowledge and to get the best from the increase in eRD anticipated due to this and other current initiatives.

Find out more HERE.

Register HERE.

Further eRD resources can be found on the LPC website HERE.


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July 16, 2020 Newsletter

A new Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for the first part of 2020/21 has been announced. The focus of the scheme is ensuring community pharmacy contractors and their teams have put in place all reasonable measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting both themselves and the people using their services.

This scheme and the second part of PQS in 2020/21, which is being developed for the second half of the year, replace the original 2020/21 scheme that PSNC had agreed with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), and which, prior to the start of the pandemic, had been due to commence in April 2020.

There are a number of resources available for Pharmacy Contractors below:

NHS PQS 2020/21 Part 1 Essential Criteria Checklist

PSNC Briefing 024/20: Part 1 2020/21 Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Essential Criteria Checklist for COVID-19 – Evidence checklist

PSNC 10-minute Digital Guide

PQS 2020/21 FAQs

PSNC PQS Staff briefing record sheet

All these resources have been added to the LPC website as well on this new PAGE under the New Contract tab. 

New resources will be added to this page as they become available.

 

 

 

 


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March 19, 2020 Newsletter

PSNC have issued a comprehensive update for community pharmacies about the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. You can find details on the following LINK.

An updated preparedness letter has also been published for pharmacies. You can find it HERE.

There are new PHE display resources available – please replace any previous versions of poster and banners.

You can download the print-friendly A4 and A3 posters directly from the following links: (the PHE link above contains further options in a large zip file, suitable for professional printing)

A4 Poster: NHS Facilities Poster Print Friendly A4 17Mar20

A3 Poster: NHS Facilities Poster Print Friendly A3 17Mar20

The LPC website has been updated with this new information and we will bring you further updates as they emerge. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our pharmacies for their hard work and dedication as the whole country faces unprecedented challenges with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.


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March 12, 2020 Newsletter

March 19th update: Following a change in the case definition, to remove the link to travel history or contact with confirmed cases, community pharmacies are now advised to display anew Public Health England (PHE) poster. The new poster is available from the PHE campaign resources hub. The posters below will now have to be replaced. 

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the posters for display have been updated. Community pharmacies are now advised to display the following TWO PHE posters so they are visible to people seeking to enter the premises:

These posters can be downloaded from the PHE campaign resources hub. The previously displayed entry posters should be removed.

NHSE&I have stated that their aim is for all future update letters to the professions will be published on a Friday from now onwards. They will be published on the NHSE&I COVID-19 primary care page, which provides links to all the key documents and resources for primary care teams.

As previously highlighted, free of charge packs of PPE will be distributed direct to pharmacies from the PHE stockpile later this week or earlier next week; the packs will contain 50 masks, 200 aprons and 100 pairs of gloves. The PPE is only for use in the pharmacy as advised in the NHSE&I SOP – PPE only needs to be used if you are entering a room in an emergency, where an infected/possibly infected patient is isolated and when decontaminating a room where such a patient has been present (in this case the PPE is to protect the worker from the cleaning products being used).

As a consequence of this, the need for community pharmacies to have to use PPE, at this time, is low; the guidance on PPE use will be kept under review as the pandemic progresses.

Wherever possible, a patient presenting in the pharmacy with possible COVID-19 infection should be immediately told to return home and then access NHS 111 online or call NHS 111 (calling being a secondary option to online access) in order that the pharmacy does not have the increased risk of dealing with an isolated patient in the consultation room and the subsequent need for decontamination.

All these resources and information are also available to access from the LPC’s dedicated COVID-19 page HERE.


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August 27, 2019 Newsletter0

Mental Health Matters (MHM) launched the Warwickshire Safe Haven Service on 1st July.  The service provides out of hours support for Warwickshire residents experiencing mental distress and can be accessed in person in Leamington and Nuneaton or via telephone or email between 6pm and 11pm.

MHM are welcoming professionals from across Warwickshire to two open days to find out more about the service:

Leamington Spa – Tuesday 10th September 6pm – 8pm
4&6 Clemens Street, Leamington Spa- CV31 2DL

Nuneaton – Thursday 12th September 6pm – 8pm
The Newtown Centre, Newtown Rd, Nuneaton CV11 4HG

Please do promote this to colleagues and other professionals that you think would benefit from attending the open evenings.

For further information please see the attached documents:

You can find the service brochures in our previous news article HERE.

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March 5, 2019 Newsletter0

Public Health England (PHE), with the support of NHS England, launched a new national campaign to encourage all eligible women to not ignore their cervical screening invite or if they have missed their last cervical screening, to book an appointment with their GP practice.

This national campaign runs from 5th March – 28th April. It’s been suggested by public health departments that in Coventry and Warwickshire the campaign is focused on the week commencing 8th April for maximum coordinated impact, but of course, pharmacies are free to choose when they wish to participate.

This is NOT a mandated campaign but an important one nevertheless, which can save many lives, so we urge pharmacies to promote the initiative.

Resource materials can be ordered from PHE on the following links:

All Resources

Pharmacy Packs 

Although the Pharmacy Packs seem to be out of stock at the moment, you can still order the individual materials and some digital resources are also available to download.

Here’s a direct link to the Pharmacy Briefing Sheet, which you might find useful. 

Links to these campaign resources are also available on our WEBSITE.

We hope you will be able to support this important health campaign.


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October 8, 2018 Newsletter0

A new module for our online Community Pharmacy training course has been published by Virtual Outcomes.

The theme for October is ‘Addiction and Drug Misuse’.

Please find attached the PDF flyer for this course.

You can listen to the podcast HERE. (please note that the podcast is meant to be a taster for the module and does not cover the entire content.)

There is also a short video trailer available to view HERE.

Don’t forget that you can access all courses from January 2018 from the Virtual Outcomes website. You can find all the necessary information on our Virtual Outcomes page HERE.


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