On this page you will find SLAs, formularies, PharmOutcomes manuals & frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to the Minor Ailments Schemes in Blackpool & Lancashire (where commissioned).
Lancashire North CCG Minor Ailments scheme – Opening Doors pilot involving five selected GP practices ceased on 31st August 2016. This is the date that the Service Level Agreement with participating pharmacies for this particular scheme expired. See below for the full letter outlining the cessation of the service and an information leaflet for patients.
For all pharmacies who currently supply a NHS Minor Ailment Service all transactions from 1st April 2014 must be claimed using Pharmoutcomes. This replaces the current PCSS system (formerly LASCA)
There is no requirement to notify GPs. GP surgeries can request a copy of the pharmacy consultation form. The original guidance document sent by PharmOutomes did imply that a copy should be sent to the GP Surgery. This was an error.
When recording onto PharmOutcomes, contractors need to select the product as indicated on the formulary eg Zovirax for aciclovir or optrex infected eyes for chloramphenicol etc. However contractors are free to supply the appropriate OTC product they stock.
BLACKPOOL CCG AREA
Formulary update – Head Lice – 11th July 2016
On Monday 11 July 2016, the treatment options under the Community Pharmacy Minor Ailment Scheme for the treatment of Head Lice will change.
Blackpool CCG is removing the proprietary, over-the-counter Head Lice preparations from the Community Pharmacy Minor Ailment Scheme.
NICE Guidance advocates the use of wet combing as the most effective method of treatment for Head Lice. The plastic combs for this wet combing method will still be available to patients. The Minor Ailment Scheme formulary has also been updated to reflect this change.
CHORLEY & SOUTH RIBBLE, GREATER PRESTON CCG AREAS
EAST LANCS CCG AREA
Please be advised that East Lancashire CCG have stopped the Minor Ailment Scheme effective from 30th September 2017. Contractors affected by this are advised to take down any show material relating to the scheme and to make sure they have claimed for any activity up to and including the 30th September, anything after this you will not be paid for.
FYLDE & WYRE CCG AREA (Pharmacy+ Clinic Service)
LANCASHIRE NORTH CCG AREA – Opening Doors Pilot
The Minor Ailments scheme pilot involving five selected GP practices ceased on 31st August 2016. The letter & leaflet below have been sent to participating pharmacies and the five GP surgeries. They describe the reasons why the pilot has stopped, and the appropriate messages to share with patients and service users about the withdrawal of the minor ailment scheme.
Claims for payment should be processed on PharmOutcomes. The last day available to make claims is the 30 September 2016 and only for activity/consultations undertaken up to and including 31 August 2016.
Any queries relating to the letter please email email@example.com
Contractors wishing to have back copies of the documentation relating to this service, may apply to the CPL office: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST LANCS CCG AREA
The Minor Ailments Scheme in West Lancs CCG area was decommissioned in December 2017
DARWEN AREA – Minor Illness Service (Prime Ministers Challenge Fund (PMCF) pilot.)
- This letter has been circulated to Darwen contractors at the request of Blackburn with Darwen (BwD) CCG (Local Primary Care are the GP federation in BwD and should not be confused with Lancashire Local Pharmaceutical Committee as both use the acronym “LPC”)
- Lancashire Local Pharmaceutical Committee are part of the discussions with BwD CCG and are working to gain an understanding of what the service specification requirements will be, including what the expectations of the service will be on community pharmacy teams. These details and payments for the service are yet to be determined
- If you decide to send your informal expression of interest to BwD CCG for this service please also let us know including who the contact is at your pharmacy via (email@example.com) as this will enable us to support and advise you in the future
FAQs (updated 9th April 2014)
- Why can’t I see senna on the drop down menu?
LPC Answer – All OTC medicines are linked to items on the directory of medicines and medical devices. In this case, it is linked to “Senokot”. If you type “sen” you will see “Senokot”, if you type “senna”, you won’t.
- Do I have to give the brand indicated on PharmOutcomes?
LPC Answer – No, this is to ensure a fair price on the OTC product. This is to avoid the “default” product to a “POM” product eg chloramphenicol eye drops, which is much cheaper than the “OTC” product.
- What are the record keeping requirements for the Minor Ailments Scheme?
LPC Answer – A record of any medication supplied through the minor ailment scheme should be documented in PharmOutcomes (or you won’t get paid!) and the Patients Medication Record (PMR) on the pharmacy IT system.
- Do I need to send any paperwork to GP surgeries?
LPC Answer – No, not as a matter of routine. GP surgeries can request a copy of the pharmacy consultation form. The original guidance document sent by PharmOutomes did imply that a copy should be sent to the GP Surgery this was in error.
- My question is not answered here ?
LPC Answer – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will endeavour to respond asap if urgent please ensure you include your name and a telephone number.