Friday 22nd February 2019
Price concessions February 2019 update
Please see the latest list of granted price concessions for February 2019 on the PSNC website
Help us help you campaign
You should all be actively participating in the Help us Help you campaign, the first of the six campaigns that you must participate in as part of your CPCF for 2019/20.
Access to resources if/when you require any more from PHE’s campaign resource centre: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/73-pharmacy-advice/resources
Prescription charge increase
From 1st April 2019, the prescription charge will rise to £9.00, 20p more than the current £8.80.
The price of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPCs) will remain the name for another year, a three-month PPC at £29.10 and a 12-month PPC at £104.00.
RPS: Renew your membership before end of this month!
Please renew your RPS membership before the 28th February, see the following slides from RPS for more information.
Webinar Slides and Consultation: Items that should not be routinely prescribed in primary care | NHSCC
Please see the following presentation from the NHSCC webinar for your information.
The online consultation survey is still open until 28th February, please send in your responses and encourage patients in your area to do the same if you have not already done so.
Online consultation survey https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/items-routinely-prescribed-update/
Written responses or further questions can be posted to: NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT OR emailed to email@example.com
MHRA Alerts from this week
Class 4 defect information: Atropine Sulfate 3mg/10ml Solution for injection in pre-filled syringe. –18 February 2019
Aguettant Limited has informed the MHRA that there is an error in the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for batches of Atropine Sulfate 3mg/10ml Solution for injection in pre-filled syringe.
Accu-Chek® Insight insulin pumps – some need to be fitted with key frames to reduce the risk of accidentally unlocking keys or pressing the bolus buttons – 19 February 2019
Manufactured by Roche Diabetes Care – Important instructions on how to fit 2 separate key frames to prevent accidentally activating the pump.
Professional use monitor/defibrillator: LIFEPAK 15 – risk of device failure during patient treatment and possible failure to deliver therapy – 20 February 2019
Manufactured by Stryker – potential for a lock-up condition where the device becomes non-responsive after a defibrillation shock has been delivered. Specific serial numbers are affected.
Quality Payments: Final week to submit your declaration!
You have only 7 days left to make your declaration for Quality Payments, with the deadline being next Friday 1st March.
Please make sure you are happy with your declaration as you can only submit once and be sure to make your declaration as soon as possible before the deadline.
LPC Pharmacy event- 14th March 2019
At a time of 22,000 GP and 42,000 nurse vacancies, there are opportunities for you. However, this requires a mindset change and the development of your workforce. Your LPC feels that this is the time for the profession of pharmacy to rise up and seize the opportunities by radical transformation at speed and at scale.
You may be aware of the significant changes to the GP contract which sets out the direction for primary care for the next five years and the importance of Primary Care Networks. The future of community pharmacy is now being tied to Primary Care Networks, more will be explained about Primary Care Networks at the meeting.
The event below presents you with an opportunity to work with your peers in the area and shape your profession and your Primary Care Network.
Preparing for Primary Care Networks and Working with GPs
- When: Thursday 14th March, 7pm – 9:30pm
- Where: Best Western Plus, Epping Forest, 30 Oak Hill, Woodford Green, London IG8 9NY
Places are limited, allocated on a first come first served basis. You will not be permitted entry without registration.
Book now to avoid disappointment: