This week's news items are listed below:

  1. URGENT AND IMPORTANT Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment
  2. Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS)
  3.   Free Upcoming Events
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1.    URGENT AND IMPORTANT Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) Pharmacy Questionnaire

Hertfordshire LPC would be extremely grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete the nationally suggested template by PSNC that will gather information on the services offered by pharmacies to inform discussions on PNA development with the Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board. The information in the questionnaire you provide is confidential. Please be honest with your answers so that areas can be accurately assessed where pharmacies are already performing well and areas that need improvement. The questionnaire has been developed by a steering group, led by Hertfordshire County Council and includes representation from the LPC, LMC members, the council and the public.

You can complete the questionnaire on line here:

If you would like to complete the questionnaire in paper format, please do so using the copy available here and return it to Darren Hagen - Soar Beyond, 1 Marchmont Gate, Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7BE. Soar Beyond are supporting Herts County Council develop a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for 2018.

Closing date for this questionnaire is Friday 10 March 2017. 

We recognise that this is an incredibly busy period for you however the LPC would be really grateful and strongly encourage you to take the time to complete the questionnaire as it helps to make a more robust and valuable PNA. To support you the LPC will be posting a hard copy of the questionnaire to every pharmacy and will also be making available copies at upcoming LPC events to encourage completion.

Please remember that as part of this process, the public’s views are also being sought on services and provision from community pharmacies and dispensing practices in Hertfordshire. An online survey has been developed ( which has been circulated to public groups and places. Please do also continue to promote this survey to the public. 

2.    Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS)

End of February 2017 deadline approaching

On 20th October 2016, as part of the two-year final funding package imposed upon community pharmacies in England, the Department of Health (DH) confirmed the introduction of a Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS), with the stated aim of ensuring that a baseline level of patient access to NHS community pharmacy services is protected. DH states that the PhAS will protect access in areas where there are fewer pharmacies with higher health needs, so that no area need be left without access to NHS community pharmaceutical services.

Qualifying pharmacies will receive an additional payment, meaning those pharmacies will be protected from the full effect of the reduction in funding from December 2016.

The DH guidance on PhAS  provides detailed information on the scheme.

Pharmacy contractors may be aware that a review process has been included in PhAS to allow for consideration of extenuating circumstances which may mean that access is not being protected in the way intended by the scheme.

NHS England has published the application for review documents.

Applications for reviews can be made on the grounds of inaccuracy, physical feature anomaly and / or “Near miss” pharmacies in areas of high deprivation. Applications must be made within three months of the start of the scheme (1st December 2016) and will be administered by NHS England.

However, applications for review in cases relating to physical feature anomalies will be considered beyond this three-month period, but only if the application relates to a change in circumstances which occurs after the end of the three-month period. In such cases, the application for review must be brought within three months of the change in circumstances.

NHS England are now accepting applications for review and aim to complete a review within six weeks of receiving a request.

Completed applications for review accompanied by appropriate supportive evidence should be sent to

For further information, please visit the PSNC PhAS page of the website. PSNC has issued a briefing with key points on PhAS works and the review process: PSNC Briefing 005/17: The Pharmacy Access Scheme – the review process closes at the end of February 2017*.

This information was sent out to all pharmacies by email on 5 November 2016. Please contact the LPC office if you need any individual support.


3.    Free Upcoming Events

1. Summary Care Record Support Events

The LPC has commissioned CPPE Summary Care Record Support events to help pharmacies meet the quality payments scheme on the dates below:

  • Monday, 27 February, 2017 7.30pm to 9.30pm Watford Mercure,      A41 Bypass, Watford, Herts, WD25 8JH
  • Monday, 13 March, 2017 2pm to 4pm The Fairway Tavern, Old Hearns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2ED
  • Monday, 13 March, 2017 7.30pm to 9.30pm The Fairway Tavern, Old Hearns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2ED

This programme aims to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in using the Summary Care Record (SCR) routinely in your practice, and maximise the opportunities it presents to improve clinical outcomes for patients.

To achieve the quality payments points worth a minimum value of £640, on the day of the first review (28 April 2017), the pharmacy can demonstrate a total increase in access to Summary Care Records between 1 December 2016 and 28 April 2017 in comparison to the previous 5 months; and on the day of the second review (24 November 2017), the pharmacy can demonstrate a total increase to access to Summary Care Records between 1 May and 24 November 2017 in comparison to the previous 7 months.

Please note this workshop will not give you access to the SCR application; it is about making more use of it once you have access.

To book your place please email your name and the name of your pharmacy and indicate which event you would like to attend to For further information click here for the flyer Summary Care Record Events.

2. Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults workshop

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 7pm
Ramada, St Albans Road West, Hatfield, AL10 9RH

Following the Department of Health announcement regarding the Quality Payments Scheme, contractors are required to reach level 2 safeguarding status.

By completing the online learning CPPE resource and attending this local workshop you will meet the requirements for level 2 status and will also have a clearer understanding of the skills, knowledge and confidence to deal with safeguarding issues.

We will also have a local expert on hand to update you on the local policies and contact names within the Hertfordshire area.
To book your place at the above event click on the following link: 

3. Inhaler technique learning event

Thursday, 8 June, 2017 7pm
Hemel Hempstead Holiday Inn, Breakspear Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4UA

This workshop will provide an overview of the clinical skills required to support respiratory patients to manage their condition and maximise the patient’s quality of life.

This is a very “hands on” event where you will learn about the different mechanism of inhalers, better understand  how inspiratory flow can affect drug delivery for different inhalers and apply that to practice.

There will be an opportunity to practice your own technique using a variety of different devices including the Incheck device and an AIMs machine.
To book your place at the above event click on the following link

4. Dementia Friends Events

The LPC has been working closely with Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Dementia Alliance in order to offer free dementia training for pharmacy staff. Please note this training is filling up fast so please book your place without delay.

This training will be delivered to the Health Education England and Skills for Health Competency Framework Tier 1 standard. It will also include Alzheimers Society Dementia Friends information session that will help community pharmacies to meet their quality standard criteria for workforce: “On the day of the review, 80% of all pharmacy staff working in patient facing roles are trained ‘Dementia Friends’” worth a total of 10 points (minimum £640) across two review points in 2017.

The training will be held on the following dates:

  •     Thurs 9 Feb 2017 1.30 - 3.30pm @ The Colonnades, Hatfield AL10 8YE
  •     Tues 21 Feb 2017 7.30 - 9.30pm @ Icknield Centre, Letchworth
Please note this event has been cancelled due to low uptake but we are potentially looking at another event in March 2017: Thurs 23 Feb 2017 1.30 - 3.30pm @ Three Lakes, Ware, SG12 0ES

Please note this event is now full: Tues 7 Feb 2017 7.30 - 9.30pm @ Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

To book your place please follow this link:

Wishing you a nice weekend from all the LPC office.   
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