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A further November update from your LPC...
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Wishing all of our contractors, pharmacists and support staff a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...
Don't forget, please don't keep the information to yourself - freely share the LPC newsletter with your whole pharmacy team (please remember your pharmacist locums too) - they can SIGN UP HERE so they their own copy in the future!
FREE Online Health Champion Training and Assessment
Having problems with CPCS referrals? Let us - and NHSE - know!
Who's your PCN Lead?
Illicit Pregabalin - reports of "bad batches" in Staffs & Stoke-on-Trent
Extraordinary Contractor Meeting 8th January 2020 - vote to reduce the number of LPC members
CPPE Update for December 2019 - Don't forget to check out the CPCS Clinical Assessment Skills workshops...
Two further training days for new Extended Care pharmacists in January and April 2020
Want to know which pharmacies are going to be open over the Christmas & New year holidays? 
A View from the Chair...
It is hard to believe that we are at the end of another year. Where did 2019 go?! With FMD, clawback, end of clawback, Pharmacy Quality Scheme (previously Quality Payments), IG, the new pharmacy contract, CPCS, flu and stock shortages – to name a few, it is no wonder that the year has flown by.
2019 has been a challenging year. Alongside all the above, many contractors have also felt cash flow pressures as well as workforce issues too. Hopefully most of you will have felt an ease on cashflow over the last couple of months. Finally, we seem to not owe the government any money!! Whilst this is a relief there are still a lot of unknowns, even with the new 5-year deal for the pharmacy contract being announced in July.
At our LPC executive meeting last week we cemented our plans on the support we will be offering to contractors and our new PCN leads over 2020, particularly during the first few months of the new year. Keep your eyes peeled! Hopefully 2020 will be a more settled year than the rollercoaster of 2019.
I hope you all get some time to rest and relax over the festive period once the Christmas rush is over.
With best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Lucy
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Christmas and New Year bank holiday openings
NHS England & NHS Improvement locally have just published their list of pharmacies open over the coming Christmas and New Year bank holidays, which you can download below:

Staffordshire Pharmacies Christmas and New Year Bank Bank Holiday 2019/20
When you come to display a copy ahead of your Christmas closure, we would always advise using the latest available version accessed via the NHSE&I website at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-midlands-work/bank-holiday-pharmacy-opening-times/
Via this link you can also access the documents for bordering areas too.

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Primary Care Networks - time to get involved!
We now have a Community Pharmacy Primary Care Network (PCN) Lead for each of our 13 PCNs - and with the Pharmacy Quality Scheme review period only a few weeks away, those of you who will be claiming in the Primary Care Networks Domain will be pleased to hear that your PCN Lead will be contacting you very soon to start the engagement process, and thus enable you to make a valid claim. If you haven't yet checked out who your local PCN Lead is, you can find this information on the LPC website at:
https://www.southstaffslpc.co.uk/our-news/primary-care-networks-community-pharmacy-lead-update-16th-december-2019/
All communications from your PCN lead will go to your shared nhs.net mailbox, so keep an eye on that - and don't forget to save a copy of your response to ensure you evidence to support your PQS PCN Domain claim.
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EXTRAORDINARY CONTRACTOR MEETING - WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY 2020

At its meeting on Wednesday 12th November, South Staffordshire LPC voted unanimously to hold an Extraordinary Contractor Meeting to consider and vote on a proposal to reduce the number of members forming the committee from 14 (fourteen) to 11 (eleven). This can be done without a contractor vote at the point of preparing for the LPC elections, however with the next one not due until January 2022 the committee also voted to seek contractor approval to make the reduction now.
The rationale for this change is outlined below:
At the September LPC meeting, there had been a feeling expressed by members that LPC meeting business was more effectively managed with a smaller number of committee members, (there had been a number of apologies that month). Additionally, the LPC would be demonstrating to its contractors that it was considering the financial impact on contractors of the CPCF and looking at ways to improve efficiency and therefore value for the contractor levy. 
 The procedure for reduction, if agreed, would either be to make the change prior to the next LPC election (which was due in 2022), or could be managed by calling a Special Meeting of contractors to approve the reduction prior to that time – realistically this would be from April 2020. In practice, the reduction to 11 appeared the most likely option – SSLPC currently has one of the largest committees for its contractor numbers. This would see a reduction in one member for each contractor group – with CCA having five members, AIM two members and independent contractors four members.  The impact on finance would potentially be a small reduction in LPC expenses of around £4500-£5000 per annum.
This Extraordinary Contractor Meeting will take place at 10.00am on Wednesday 8th January 2020 in the Training Room, Tesco Store, Victoria Shopping Park, Hednesford WS12 1BT.
The agenda will be:

  • 10.00am: Welcome & apologies
  • 10.05am: Presentation of proposal
  • 10.15am: Vote on proposal

All contractors are welcome to attend in person, however due to the size of the venue you MUST advise us if you wish to do so no later than Friday 3rd January 2020; in these circumstances, the committee may also have to use a different venue for the meeting.
A postal vote form has been sent to all contractors to be used if they do not intend to be present at the meeting, which must be returned to the LPC Office address to arrive NO LATER THAN close of business on Tuesday 7th January 2020. Votes may also be cast by email to andrea@southstaffslpc.co.uk .
ALL CCA member companies have been sent the relevant voting form by email to the central email address given by them to PSNC; only Independent and AIMp member pharmacies will receive letters and accompanying voting forms at individual pharmacies.
If you have questions about the proposal, then the LPC suggest emailing peter@southstaffslpc.co.uk with any queries and we will answer these as soon as we can; any questions and relevant responses will be posted on the LPC website.
Finally, in order for this proposal to be adopted there needs to be a two-thirds majority of contractors voting in favour.

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From funding already available to the LPC, we are able to offer one FREE Health Champion Course from Virtual Outcomes to each of our contractors!

This will include:

  • Online training - 6 modules, covering all the necessary information you will need for the RSPH assessment
  • Access to the RSPH assement
  • There's no time limit on when you can access this, however if you're getting accredited as a Level 1 HLP for the first time, or need to re-accredit, then you need to act fast!
  • If you already have your Health Champion(s) in place, you're welcome to use your FREE course for another member of your team, at any time now or in the future
  • Want to train more than one member of your team? Further courses can be accessed via your LPC at a special discounted price - email us for details.

To register for this please email peter@southstaffslpc.co.uk and you'll receive your instructions.

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Reported Illicit Pregabalin
There has been a disclosure from a  drug and alcohol service user that there was a “bad batch” of illicit Pregabalin in circulation. 
They have stated that the dealer bought them from Manchester and there are no distinguishing marks on the tablets, except that they look like genuine Pregabalin.
These tablets may have been linked to incidents in the Meir area of Stoke-on-Trent which has not been confirmed. 
Our advice is to make your clients aware of this issue to prevent any further harm.
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CPCS Update...
Whilst most of our contractors have already registered to provide the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS), the few who have yet to do so can still claim your £600 Transistion Payment supplement by registering through the Manage Your Service (MYS) Portal before 15th January 2020 - full details on the service can be found at:
https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/community-pharmacist-consultation-service/

A number of contractors have been contacting the LPC with details of problems they have encountered with some of the referrals from NHS111, including:
  • Referrals being sent when the pharmacy is closed
  • Referrals being attempted or made by inappropriate means eg verbal or fax
  • Referrals being made within the last 30 minutes of a pharmacy's opening hours
Whilst we have heard many of these examples before, PSNC advice is still to raise the issues firstly with the NHS England & NHS Improvement local team (as per your Annex C) and if these are unresolved then please email services.team@psnc.org.uk.  Alternatively use the form on the LPC website at https://www.southstaffslpc.co.uk/our-news/had-a-problem-with-cpcs-let-us-know/ and we'll follow up.
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Calling all Extended Care Pharmacies
We have recently announced two further training days in 2020 to allow pharmacists from Extended Care Pharmacies to send extra / new pharmacists on the training to deliver this service.
As before the training lasts a full day, 8.30am until approx 6.15pm and both the days will be held in Stafford at the Beacon Centre.
The plan is to offer an event each quarter so no alternative dates or venues will be available although we anticipate there will be one training in July and one in October.
Pharmacist Details:
Please email to let us know the name and GPhC No of any pharmacist you wish to attend from your pharmacy and also which is their preferred date
a) 15th January 2020
b) 21st April 2020
If you have recently done the training and not yet signed the SLA but have other pharmacists who need training they will be able to come on this training, the only condition being that you intend to offer the Pharmacy First Extended Care Service soon.
Only pharmacists who work in Extended Care Pharmacies are able to attend this training.
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The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education

Dementia Focal point:
This learning event will help you develop your role in the early identification of dementia and to recognise signs and symptoms of its different types, while helping you to deliver improved outcomes and signposting.
  • Keele 25th March 2020
Depression Optimise
Reflect on your confidence to engage in discussion with people with depression and your ability to listen to their concerns and respond to their needs. Use this programme to improve your consultation skills, encourage people with depression to seek your support and achieve better health outcomes.
  • Telford 22nd January 2020
  • Lichfield 12th February 2020
As ever, booking is via the CPPE website.

Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS): Getting Started.

CPPE have a page dedicated to helping you with aspects of the PQS, follow this link for information on Risk Management, Sepsis Training, Look Alike Sound Alike (LASA) training and find out what your next steps should be.
Pharmacy professionals are encouraged to make a start on completing the learning and e-assessments as the next step for participating in PQS.

Further information is also available in this news story on the PSNC website.

Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS) - Clinical Assessment Skills
CPPE have also been commissioned to deliver some learning events focusing on the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service.  These are not compulsory but may be of interest to contractors - planned dates locally are:
Newcastle-under-Lyme (Holiday Inn J16) 26th January 2020 (currentlY FULL)
Stafford (Beacon Conference Centre) 29th February 2020 (limited places)

Download the CPCS Workshop flyer HERE.
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