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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
July 2020. Update Statement from CPPE
All face to face workshops planned up to October have been cancelled,
CPPE decided in March 2020 to postpone all face to face events. They are now offering workshops online via the zoom platform. The online workshops offer the same range of activities, group discussion, small group learning & networking as the face to face workshops but in the comfort of your own space.
Click here for a list of the CPPE online workshops that are available for booking. Some of the new programmes have been developed for other sectors but may still be of interest.
Currently available subjects are:-
• COPD focal point
• Asthma focal point
• Mental capacity 2005 & covert administration of medicines
• Consultation skills
• Emergency contraception
• Supporting patients living with dementia
• Medicines optimisation in care homes essential skills
As these workshops are online, pharmacy professionals can choose from a wide range of dates therefore the dates are not included on the document, but can be found via the links. The online workshops are proving popular and some dates have become fully booked, however, more dates are being released in the next few weeks covering the period October to March 2021 so keep checking the CPPE website: www.cppe.ac.uk .
Community Pharmacist consultation service
CPPE has developed a range of learning resources for pharmacists to provide the CPCS, including a self-assessment framework which helps you to identify gaps in your knowledge.
They have now introduced the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service: essential skills programme.
The aim of the programme is to support pharmacists to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to undertake effective consultations, communications and clinical assessments in order to provide the NHS CPCS.
The programme includes an e-course of approximately 10-12 hours learning and a half day workshop.
Workshops are available for booking with dates from October 2020 to March 2021.
More information and booking details are available on the CPPE website. You can also follow this link https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/cpcs
Foundation pharmacists programme 2020/2021
Health Education England (HEE) has provided funding for CPPE to deliver the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists.
This 12 month programme, mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Pharmacist Framework 2019, the programme is designed to support learners to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, behaviours, abilities, values, attitudes, beliefs and experience to deliver excellent patient care. The programme offers support from a CPPE education supervisor and on completion of the programme the pharmacy professional will be issued with a Statement of Assessment and Progression.
Provisionally registered pharmacists (PRPs) who work in community pharmacy are eligible for the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 unless their employer provides a foundation training programme.
For more information and to apply for a place visit the CPPE website via this link https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/fpp20-21/foundation-pharmacist-programme
Supporting pre-registration pharmacists
CPPE materials are available for free to all GPhC registered pharmacy professionals. This includes pharmacy technicians and pre-registration pharmacists.
Visit the CPPE website https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/pre-regs#navTop for more information
CPPE has resources to support with influenza vaccinations including the Immunisation gateway page that has links to CPPE programmes and well as links to government & NHS resources https://www.cppe.ac.uk/gateway/imms
For more information specifically about influenza there is an e-learning https://www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/influenza-e-01
Pharmacy Quality Scheme
A new and updated Pharmacy Quality Scheme page has been launched on the CPPE website.
The page includes links to essential learning on
• Weight management
• Risk Management
Links to documents to support other domains are also included on this page.
Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing Service
As the exciting new service Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing Service is launched, CPPE have created a resources page to support pharmacy professionals to start their service with confidence. The page includes the mandatory Training video and links to essential documents.
For more information about the service and to access the video, visit the CPPE website via this link https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/hep-c
Covid-19 learning and resource hub
The covid-19 resource hub is a one stop shop for information, support and links to other organisations. You may also find this hub useful if you have been re-deployed or are upskilling at this time. https://www.cppe.ac.uk/covid-19/default
There is also a covid-19 gateway page for even quicker links to the covid-19 resources you may need. https://www.cppe.ac.uk/gateway/covid-19
The last six months have been challenging and these challenges will continue as we travel through the autumn & winter. Support is available for pharmacy professionals on the CPPE website for both personal and professional life. This can be found in the supporting you section of the CPPE website https://www.cppe.ac.uk/support/support
For more information or queries contact the CPPE head office team on: firstname.lastname@example.org or use the live chat service on the CPPE website, available from 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday
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Previous meetings & Events
Community Pharmacy Lancashire AGM 2020
The 2020 Community Pharmacy Lancashire AGM was held on Tuesday 8th September 2020 via Zoom
A copy of the audited accounts 2019/20 can be downloaded here
The AGM was followed by a presentation on the 2020 CPL Flu Campaign. You can view a video of the presentation on the flu hub page, see why and how it was developed and the planned activity
Previous Community Pharmacy Lancashire AGM meetings
Older copies of audited accounts and Chairman statements can be requested from the CPL office. Email email@example.com
PCN Pharmacy Leads training. February 2020
Training was held at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club to support the newly appointed PCN leads.
PCN Formation Events. January 2020
Five hosted PCN Formation Events were held across the five key geographies during the first two weeks of January. The events enabled those involved to come together for final, face to face discussions and confirm their PCN group, lead, complete the relevant documentation and register with CPL.
In addition there was a CPD session from Lynette Roberts about transitioning from working as competitors to collaborators
For more information on PCN formation and details of PCN leads visit our PCN Hub page
PCN Formation and CPCS Update Meeting. December 2019
A PCN Formation meeting attended by over 200 pharmacy professionals from across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn and Darwen was held at which updates to relevant documentation were given. Face to face group discussions were facilitated, PCN group communication platforms were shared and assistance given with queries.
In addition there was a review session on the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS) supporting implementation of the new service to help maximise patient care and service revenues.
Primary Care Networks (PCN) Roadshow. October 2019
This PCN roadshow was held for contractors in Blackburn with Darwen area
Social media training. July 2019
Two sessions of Social media training for pharmacist/pharmacy team members were held in Preston
Primary Care Networks (PCN) Roadshow. July 2019
This PCN roadshow was held for contractors in East Lancs CCG area
GP DMIRs. July 2019
Three training sessions for the GP DMIRs service were held for Fleetwood & Darwen contractors
Flu Training. July 2019
Two sessions of flu training were held in Preston
GPhC Inspections – Inspect the uninspected. July 2019
This evening meeting held at Blackburn Rovers Football Club was designed to help pharmacy teams to be ready for surprise GPhC inspections?
Travel Health Training. June 2019
This training held over two days in Garstang was open to all contractors in the CPL footprint
Health Coach training. May 2019
Two day fully funded PCN level Health Coach training was held in both Pennine Lancs & Blackpool. The training was also open to Skelmersdale, Barrow PCNs
Behaviour Change Training. April 2019
Behaviour Change Training (Smoking related) was held for Blackburn with Darwen Contractors
Multidisciplinary educational session. February 2019
A Multidisciplinary educational session on liver disease was held in Blackpool
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:
Minor Illness training. November 2018
This event was held to support contractors in Darwen
Maximising your MUR and NMS Services. November 2018
These two evening events in Accrington & Preston were delivered by the NPA and aimed to help pharmacy teams to be more effective in delivering Medicines Use Reviews(MURS) and the New Medicines Service (NMS). The event also covered an update on the new Quality Payments Scheme and Patient Safety.
LCFT (Lancashire Care Foundation Trust) Mental Health Awareness. October 2018
An event was held in Preston with Lancashire Care Foundation Trust which included suicide prevention training
An evening with GPhC inspector Craig Whitelock-Wainwright – Sept 2018
On Thursday 27th September Community Pharmacy Lancashire held their Annual General Meeting which was followed by an informative presentation from GPhC inspector Craig Whitelock-Wainwright.
CGL Stakeholder Events – North & Central Lancashire Drug and Alcohol Services. Sept 2018
CGL Stakeholder Events for the North & Central Lancashire Drug and Alcohol Services were held on two evenings in September
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