Friday Letter 07/06/2019

Friday 7th June 2019

Type 2 diabetes, adjusting meds for type 2 diabetes, and the role of pharmacists



Reminder: CPAF 2019/20

The CPAF screening questionnaire for 2019/2020 is already open and will be available to until Sunday 30th June 2019, giving almost four weeks for you to complete the short questionnaire.

A PDF version of the questionnaire (this is only a copy of the questionnaire and cannot be submitted) is available at:

The questionnaire is available to complete at

All pharmacies must complete the CPAF screening questionnaire or risk being selected for the full CPAF and most likely a contract monitoring visit.

Please see the LPC website for more information.


June Campaigns 2019

In addition to your current Pharmacy campaign, Children’s oral health, there are several other health campaigns throughout June to also get involved in.

Click here for the June Campaign page


RPS response to NHS England interim People Plan

Invest in pharmacy workforce to boost patient safety

Responding to the launch of the NHS Interim People Plan, Gail Fleming, RPS Director for Education and Professional Development, said:

“The NHS Long-Term Plan is ambitious for pharmacy, but it will be a missed opportunity to improve patient outcomes if the Government fails to invest the workforce of the future.

“The ‘People Plan’ rightly focuses on improving the leadership culture and making the NHS a more positive and inclusive place to work. The health and wellbeing of staff providing NHS services is key to good patient care and all pharmacists, wherever they work, should feel equally supported. 

“It’s vital that workforce pressures affecting pharmacists are addressed as part of the drive to make the NHS ‘the best place to work’. Systems must be in place to support pharmacists whatever sector they work in and improve their working conditions as part of the drive to create better work life balance and reduce stress levels.

“We strongly support Government aspirations around prevention and helping people get the most from their medicines. The important role of pharmacists within multiprofessional teams is recognised in the plan and we welcome the investment in postgraduate training to enhance their clinical skills.

“The new Primary Care Networks will need support from more than 5,000 pharmacists in the longer-term.  Meeting this demand will be challenging and require a strategic approach to leadership, education and training to maintain a safe, capable and adaptable workforce.

“Central to this must be a funded model of foundation training and professional development so that pharmacists can build on their initial education and enhance their skills throughout their careers.

“The Royal Pharmaceutical Society will work with the NHS and other key partners through the Pharmacy Education Governance Oversight Board to push forward post-registration training that supports pharmacists to provide care across a range of settings to patients with increasingly complex needs.”


North East London LPC events June/July 2019

The CVD session in July is now full- the LPC is operating a waiting list and will allocate places on a first come first serve basis if they become available.

There are very limited places on our remaining two June meetings- Diabetes and Community Services. If you have not yet registered yourself or a colleague from your pharmacy to attend, please register now to avoid disappointment as places are filling up fast!

Diabetes Evening

Date: 13th June 2019

Time: 7:00-9:30pm (7:00-7:45 food)

Venue: Epping Forest Hotel (formerly best western)


  • Metabolic Syndrome and preventable LTC – Hemant Patel LPC Secretary
  • Diabetes Hypoglycaemia –Support pack for pharmacists – Priyanka Trehan There will be a limited number of packs for attendees to use in their pharmacy
  • Diabetes – the impact on Waltham Forest and the role of community pharmacists – Dr. Mohammad Choudhry Clinical Lead for Diabetes and Prescribing – WFCCG
  • Diabetes Back to Basics – Kerry Street MRPharmS, Teaching Fellow – Programme Lead, Primary Care, Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, University of Bath
  • Overview of NICE guidance – Vikesh Patel LPC Diabetes Lead
  • Learning Needs Assessment – Role of the Clinical Army

Community Pharmacy Working Together to Secure New Services

Date: 18th June 2019

Time: 7:00-9:30pm (7:00-7:45 food)

Venue: Epping Forest Hotel (formerly best western)

Please ensure you and your pharmacist employees and locums are aware of the national and local developments and the message from PSNC . We will be discussing this at the meeting.

More information on this event will be confirmed this week, places are now limited for this session so please register, if you have not done so already, to avoid disappointment.

Registration for each of these events are at the same link:

CVD Evening session

Date: Tuesday 9th July 2019

Time: 7:00-9:30pm (7:00-7:45 food)

Venue: Epping Forest Hotel (formerly best western)

In particular the learning outcomes are:

  • Describe the umbrella term of acute coronary syndrome
  • Describe the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis
  • List the drugs included as part of secondary prevention
  • Be able to differentiate between the various options for secondary prevention
  • Describe the importance of dual antiplatelet therapy and the risk of non-adherence
  • Describe practical guidance in supporting patients newly prescribed secondary prevention
  • What to do if patients raise any concerns following their myocardial infarction

This session is FULL- please add your name to the waiting list:

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