Friday Letter 24/05/2019

Friday 24th May 2019

Price Concessions update- May 2019

Please see the latest list of Price Concessions, granted by DPH for May 2019.

Click here to view on the PSNC website


CPD: Health matters: Prevention

A Gift For You, Your Family and Relatives. Might also help your patients!

It is also CPD and will help you in your clinical courses. This is what SelfCare Pharmacy was trying to address.

A person’s physical and mental health and wellbeing are influenced throughout life by the wider determinants of health, which are a diverse range of social, economic and environmental factors, alongside behavioural risk factors which often cluster in the population.

This resource for NHS and public health professionals focuses on the life course approach to preventing ill health and explores the evidence base. Addressing health inequalities is important to this approach, which aims to give people fairer life chances across the life course and over the generations. 

The resource signposts to evidence-based interventions and tools, as well as to evaluation and monitoring techniques.


University Postgraduate Courses

The June intake for the PG Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy Practice for the London Campus from University of Bath is now full.

However, there are still places available in the Bath Campus for the June cohort. The application process is still ongoing for the next cohort in September 2019 as well as for October 2019 for both London and Bath Campus.

The University has sent an e-mail to those accepted with the induction date. Kindly ensure that you have actioned the instructions as per the e-mail.

For those that have been accepted on the course, have already done a post graduate course in Clinical Pharmacy or are currently undertaking one, please send an email to me at with the following information

  • Your full name
  • The course that you have been accepted on/are studying/have completed
  • The University
  • Date of start or completion
  • The Pharmacy that you are working in


PSNC Future of Pharmacy Animation

Please see the following link for an animation published by PSNC explaining how Pharmacy will fit into the NHS in the future.

Click here to view


Do Not Lose Out on DMIRS Referrals!

DMIRS is an important service that is offered to patients and fulfilled by community pharmacists.

We still have a number of pharmacies that do not open new DMIRS referrals. NHSE London are beginning to take this service away from pharmacists who are not opening up these referrals or leaving opened referals in-progress by not closing them.

Sonar Informatics have now made it easier for you to be aware new referrals by offering a wider range of email or text alerts. If you have not already done so please make use of this service.

How to add additional email and/or text alerts for DMIRS referrals:

  • Log in to Sonar Informatics
  • Go to your DMIRS profile page
  • You can add additional email accounts that will alert you when a referral is sent to your pharmacy
  • You can add two additional mobile numbers, that will send alerts when a referral is sent to your pharmacy


MHFA and safeTALK training – NEW DATES RELEASED 2019/20

Please be aware of the following local training opportunities.

FULLY FUNDED Mental Health and Suicide Prevention training offer for NEL

Mental Health First Aid Awareness Course (4 hours)

This half day course is an introductory session to raise awareness of mental health. It is designed to give:

– An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
– A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
– An introduction to looking after your own mental health
– Confidence to interact with someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue
– Insight into the two day course and the benefits of becoming a Mental Health First Aider

How will I learn?

This 4 hour session will be a mix of presentations, group interaction, and activities. Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, there is a limited number of places available per course. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult. Where possible we will engage service users to learn from ‘lived experience’. You’ll receive a manual that you can take away with you at the end of the session and an attendance certificate will be emailed to you from MHFA England following attendance at the course. Late joiners and early leavers will not be issued an attendance certificate.

Who can attend the course?

The course is for everyone aged 16 and above. You do not require any qualifications or experience in mental health to take part. Registration is MANDATORYNOTE, the course is introductory, and not advised for staff with developed competency in this area

How do I book onto a course?

Please click on the desired date to register your place

safeTALK: Suicide Alertness For Everyone (half day)

safeTALK is a half-day (3.5 hours) training course that can help you make a difference. Know what to do if someone’s suicidal by following the easy to remember TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe. These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide and helps you both move forward to connect with more specialised support. 

This training complements the more comprehensive 2 day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course by conveniently widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided. 

What are the training outcomes?

• Identify people thinking of suicide overcome barriers to talk about suicide
• Identify reasons we may miss, dismiss or avoid suicide
• Apply the 4 step model of suicide alertness (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe)
• Connect people at risk with further help training will be delivered with further help

Additionally, each participant will receive a certificate, a wallet-sized reference card plus a resource pack with information about sources of support for people having suicidal thoughts.

What are the teaching methods?

Presentations and guidance from a Livingworks registered trainer
• Access to support from a local community resource person
• Powerful audio visual learning aids
• The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
• Hands-on skills practice and development

Who can attend this course?

Everyone! safeTALK is suitable for all community members and professionals. Those already working in Mental Health environment should not attend this, as this is a basic awareness course

When is the training? How do I register?

Below course dates and times. Please click on the date to register your place. Note, there will be £75 charge for cancellations within 72 hours prior to the course or failure to attend                                                                                 

·      Thursday 20th June 2019, 13:00-17:00

·      Tuesday 16th July 2019, 13:00-17:00

·      Monday 23rd September 2019 09:00-13:00

·      Friday 24th January 2019, 09:00-13:00

Where are the courses delivered?

Courses will be delivered at the Education Academy, Burdett House, Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Road, London, E1 4DG

Further information

These are introductory courses and are targeted at those who have minimal training previously. Attendees are not expected to become experts in the field following training.

Light refreshments will be made available, lunch will NOT be provided. However, facilities are available on site to purchase food and drink.

A course completion certificate will be provided to all participants. You will be expected to take part in the course evaluation process. Please be aware on site videoing/photography may be taking place, please make the trainers aware if you do not wish to be included in footage. These will be used for future promotion of the programme.

Training can be emotionally tiring and can bring up personal feelings around loss, and previous thoughts of suicide. For further information please email or visit

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