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Friday Letter 14/06/2019

Friday 14th June 2019

What is happening in the GP surgeries that will affect your work?

Practice managers are busy racing for the next big deadline – 1 July, when PCNs should cover the whole country.

Amid all the paperwork and operational detail it’s easy to lose sight of what PCNs are really for.

In the latest in the series of short podcasts, PCC adviser and former practice business manager Tracy Green considers some of the implications for the practice workforce and patients. 

https://m.soundcloud.com/pcc_nhs/pcn-the-changing-workforce

Don’t miss out on £5,600

Please ensure that you plan to achieve the 200 MURs before the end of September.

Why should you achieve these 200 MURs?

  • An MUR can help save and improve patient’s lives
  • Opportunity to interact with your local GP surgery
  • Demonstrate that you can deliver enhanced services
  • The service may not extend beyond September 2019
  • Do not miss out on £5,600

Please ensure that you plan to achieve the 200 MURs before the end of September.

Why should you achieve these 200 MURs?

  • An MUR can help save and improve patient’s lives
  • Opportunity to interact with your local GP surgery
  • Demonstrate that you can deliver enhanced services
  • The service may not extend beyond September 2019
  • Do not miss out on £5,600

CQC reports on medicines optimisation — NHS Networks

A report by the Care Quality Commission reviews lessons from medicines optimisation across health and social care providers, and concludes that involving pharmacy professionals has a positive impact.

People rely on medicines every day to help achieve good outcomes such as managing long-term conditions, dealing with immediate medical needs, and complex chemotherapy regimes in acute hospital settings. In primary care alone, NHS GPs carry out over 300 million consultations and over a billion prescription items are dispensed in the community.

https://www.networks.nhs.uk/news/cqc-reports-on-medicines-optimisation

Personalised care: giving people more choice and control | NHS England & NHS Improvement

NHS England has published a guide to taking a “What matters to you?” approach to conversations, which it argues is particularly important in the development of personalised care.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/PersonalisedCareGrabGuide.pdf

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Serious Shortages Protocol, NHS Contract Amendment (England) | NPA

Please be aware of the following communication from NPA, read through in full and ensure you understand the changes and inform all relevant colleagues.

https://www.npa.co.uk/login/?r=news-and-events/news-item/important-information-serious-shortages-protocol-nhs-contract-amendment-england

Helping pharmacists become system leaders

Please find below a release about the new system leadership resource launched today at Clinical Pharmacy Congress.

Helping pharmacists become system leaders

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has today published a new online guide to help pharmacists develop the leadership qualities needed to work at local and regional level across different NHS systems in England.

A systems approach to medicines optimisation and pharmacy provides a route to navigate through the Primary Care Networks (PCNs), Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) which plan and organise the delivery of health and care services in England, and will deliver the NHS Long Term Plan

Aimed at pharmacists already in a leadership role or ready to take their first steps into system leadership, the resource is packed full of practical advice to encourage collaborative working as part of the health and social care team. It provides checklists of the resources, standards and guidance needed to build knowledge and skills, along with case studies of how pharmacists have improved medicines optimisation and patient care. 

A systems approach to medicines optimisation and pharmacy is the outcome of extensive discussions with pharmacists already in system leadership roles to get their insights into how pharmacists and their teams can be integrated into STPs and ICSs to deliver medicines optimisation. It’s divided into sections based on six elements that will help pharmacists to engage with system leadership: Collaborative vision, Culture Change, Digital Maturity, Integrated Governance, Integration into STP priorities and Workforce Development.

Sandra Gidley, Chair of RPS in England, said:

“Having pharmacists in positions of leadership across NHS systems in England is critical to cementing medicines optimisation and patient safety across primary, secondary and tertiary care. This will ensure patients and the NHS get the best value from their medicines.

“The NHS Long Term Plan and GP contract encourage collaborative working with colleagues and other healthcare professionals to meet local population health needs. The challenge going forward is to ensure pharmacists are formally involved in the care systems that will deliver the Plan.

“Pharmacist leaders must identify where in local and regional systems they can work collaboratively and across traditional boundaries to embed pharmacy services and medicines optimisation where they will have the most impact.

“One thing is clear. The Long Term Plan is the only game in town and will be delivered through PCNs, STPs and ICSs. Pharmacists must be part of these systems at leadership level to ensure the future success of the profession at every level of practice.

A systems approach to medicines optimisation and pharmacy is part of our support for members working to improve medicines optimisation. We hope that other pharmacists will contribute their experiences and share good practice in this rapidly changing environment.”

Melissa Dear | Corporate Communications Manager

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Pharmacy Issues with VAT returns

Contractors are reporting that the new electronic VAT returns are taking a lot longer than the normal 5 days to process.

The processing has been reported to be taking 9 days after submission, but may take up to 30 days.

We understand this may cause a serious problem with cash flow for our contractors. If you are experiencing isues with VAT returns, please contact the LPC office.

Webinar: Understanding Trend Arrows using the FreeStyle Libre system

Freestyle Libre are holding an Understanding Trend Arrows using the FreeStyle Libre system webinar on Wednesday 26th June 2019.

For more information and to register your place, please see the link below.

https://freestylediabetes.co.uk/webinar

NAPP Diabetes meeting

NAPP will be holding a Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease session in Enfield, Thursday 27th June.

For more information, please see the following invitation.

PSNC generic medicine price issues/shortage reporting

Please use the following PSNC link to report a generic medicine shortage where the product can only be obtained at a price higher than the Drug Tariff listed price. There is also an option to report if you are experiencing multiple issues.

Registration for Bath University Course

Registration is still open for the advanced certificate and diploma course for the September and November 2019 intake form Bath University.

Please contact the LPC if further assistance is required.

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