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Keep an eye out here for news and booking details of training courses and events being held near you.
Virtual Outcomes provides an on-line training solution to support you and your teams as part of our on-going programme of training. This is fully funded by CPL, so access is available to ALL our pharmacies.
The modules are aimed at Counter Staff and Health Champions, but may be enjoyed by the whole team, to ensure the best outcomes for your Patients.
There will be a different module released into the training library on the 1st of each month; all modules will remain in the library for you to access. These modules can be accessed at work or at home via a PC, tablet or mobile devices, for your convenience. All your teams need to access the training is your Pharmacies F Code.
Each module takes 15-20 minutes, with a test at the end to check your knowledge, and the facility to download a Certificate of Completion – great for your Healthy Living Pharmacy Portfolio and/or GPhC file as evidence of continued staff training.
The new course library is accessed by following the instructions in the Easy Guide. This can be found in the FAQ section of Virtual Outcomes website: www.virtualoutcomes.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions
Virtual Outcomes Calendar 2020 – click here
VirtualOutcomes Online Support to Implement the New Pharmacy Contact
Following the announcement about the new five year community pharmacy contract, VirtualOutcomes has produced an overview of the support they will offer pharmacy to deliver the various different aspects of it.
Click here for an overview of the courses being released in the coming months to support contractors.
CPPE – NorthWest
CPPE events in Lancashire & Cumbria: April 2020 – September 2020 – click here
CPPE children’s oral health training assessment.
Below is a reproduction of an article published in LDC (Local Dental Committee) newsletter entitled Children’s Oral Health Training in Community Pharmacies. Feb 2019
“Children’s oral health and reducing tooth decay in children is a Public Health England priority; and to this end the NHS contractual framework for community pharmacies has included in its Quality Payments Scheme for Feb 2019 a section on children’s oral health training.The Quality Payments Scheme is designed to reward community pharmacies for delivering quality criteria in all three of the quality dimensions: Clinical Effectiveness, Patient Safety and Patient Experience.
Run by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) the children’s oral health training has been introduced to support National Smile Month that will take place during May 2019, along with a community pharmacy public health campaign on this topic, that will run concurrently.
The qualifying criteria for the Quality Payments Scheme is that on the 15.02.19 80% of staff working at the pharmacy that provide healthcare advice to the public have successfully completed the CPPE children’s oral health training assessment.
The training consists of a 16-minute training video covering a significant quantity of important and necessary detail about oral health, the process of tooth decay and how this can be prevented, which the whole pharmacy team will need to be aware of to give appropriate advice on this topic.
This is followed by an online assessment that the staff have to pass in order to meet the quality payment criteria & is designed to ensure the public health information is understood.
Mary Seacole Leadership Programme
The Mary Seacole Leadership programme will allow you to maximise your clinical leadership skills and help you to recognize your own personal value to healthcare. NHS England is working with the NHS Leadership Academy to offer the Mary Seacole Leadership programme to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy and pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the Health in Justice Workforce. Places on the programme are funded via the Pharmacy Integration Fund.
This NHS-led flagship programme is designed to develop your leadership and management skills to enable you to drive quality services in pharmacy and really make a difference to the health of the patients you see.
The NHS leadership Academy have made more cohorts of the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme available to those working in community pharmacy. These places are still funded via the pharmacy integration fund. One of the cohorts available has the workshops based in Manchester.
Cohort 88 – Manchester
Applications open: 27 August 2019
Application closing date: 10 December 2019
Start date: 14 January 2020
Workshop 1: 11 February 2020
Workshop 2: 7 April 2020
Workshop 3: 2 June 2020
More details about the programme including how to apply are available on the CPPE website https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/leadership-community . Anyone wanting further information can also email: email@example.com
Full details of the Mary Seacole Programme can be found here: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/leadership-community
PCN Formation and CPCS Update Meeting. Tues 3rd Dec. 6.30 for 7.30pm
We are holding a PCN Formation meeting as per the details below at which we will provide updates to relevant documentation, facilitate face to face group discussions, share PCN group communication platforms and assist with queries. The more proactive may be ready to register your PCN group and lead with us at this point.
In addition, we will benefit from an update on the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS). We hope that this session will support your implementation of the new service and help you to maximise patient care and service revenues.
Venue: Samlesbury Hotel Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
Date: 3rd December 2019
Finger buffet: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Meeting: 3rd December – 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Book your place now!
You can book your place at the meeting here: https://pcn191203.eventzilla.net/
For details of CPL meetings click here
Previous meetings & Events
Community Pharmacy Lancashire AGM 2019
The 2019 Community Pharmacy Lancashire AGM was held on Thursday 10th September 2019
A copy of the audited accounts 2018/19 can be downloaded here
Previous Community Pharmacy Lancashire AGM meetings
Older copies of audited accounts and Chairman statements can be requested from the CPL office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) and Quality Payments. Dec 2018
On Monday 3rd December, Community Pharmacy Lancashire held a training event for contractors and pharmacy team members which focused on FMD and Quality Payments. Thank you to everyone who attended and to Alastair Buxton from PSNC for delivering the presentations.
Alastair’s slides can be downloaded below:
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Revalidation, & the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). April 2018
On Thursday 12th April, Community Pharmacy Lancashire held a training event for contractors and pharmacy team members which focused on GDPR, Revalidation and FMD. Thank you to everyone who attended and to Leyla Hannbeck from the NPA for delivering the presentation.
Leyla’s slides can be downloaded below:
EGM – Formation of a Company Limited by Guarantee. September 2015
Community Pharmacy Lancashire held a special meeting of contractors Wednesday 2nd September 2015 to propose the formation of a company limited by guarantee.
The healthcare purchasing (commissioning) climate has changed enormously in the last few years. More organisations could use pharmacies to provide services but there is now competition for what we have historically regarded as “community pharmacy only services”. Services are being put out to tender, by CCGs and Local Authorities, rather than being directly commissioned from community pharmacy, e.g. historically by a PCT. Community Pharmacy Lancashire being a representative committee is not permitted to bid for these. The new Company would be able to bid for tenders and services to ensure that community pharmacies do not lose out on the potential to deliver existing and new services.
In consultation with PSNC, Community Pharmacy Lancashire support the setting up of a Company Limited by Guarantee to act on behalf of all Pharmacy Contractors in the Lancashire Area. A company limited by guarantee is often used for establishing charities, clubs, societies, community projects and other such organisations. One of the reasons to opt for establishing a Company Limited by Guarantee is that it protects those running the company from personal liability, for example the company’s debts. Funding for the company may be initially generated by having a joining fee and in due course from any tender that it is successful in bidding for.
Memoranda of Articles are available to view here
Prior to the meeting, 46 postal votes accepting the changes had been received. There were no postal votes rejecting the changes. A further 167 votes in favour were recorded at the meeting with no votes rejecting the proposals and no abstentions. The proposal was therefore carried.
Anticholinergic evening – May 2015
Please find below the information & links from the educational meeting “Anticholinergic Burden & The Importance of MURs in Identifying Issues for the LPC and/or LPF pharmacists in Lancashire”
We are grateful to Astellas for sponsoring this meeting.
EGM – Amending the LPC Constitution. February 2015
Community Pharmacy Lancashire held a special meeting of contractors Thursday 5th February 2015 to consider proposals for changes to the LPC constitution and vote on these changes.
Prior to the meeting, 114 postal votes accepting the changes had been received. There were no postal votes rejecting the changes. A further 49 votes in favour were recorded at the meeting with no votes rejecting the proposals. Therefore, in accordance with clause 19.5 of the constitution (Any amendment to the constitution must be carried by a two-thirds majority of the total votes cast), the amended constitution was formally adopted. It can be viewed in the governance section of the website – click here
Meet the Inspector. September 2014
Community Pharmacy Lancashire welcomed Stan Branwood to the Annual General Meeting. over one hundred pharmacists and their staff listened to a very informative presentation which can be viewed here
Prescription Pricing What Really Happens? May 2014
Eighty pharmacists and their staff listened to members of NHS Prescription Services (Prescription Pricing Team) explain the process and pitfalls of prescription pricing.
There was also a presentation from Harpreet Chana Head of Pricing at PSNC giving the latest update. Her presentation can be viewed here