Friday Letter 13/09/2019

Friday 13th September 2019

Dependence on prescription medicines linked to deprivation | GOV.UK

Public Health England has published an evidence review of dependence and withdrawal problems associated with five commonly prescribed classes of medicines in England. 

The review finds evidence that addiction increases with deprivation of makes recommendations for better monitoring, treatment and support for patients.


HIV Prevention Programme Update

London Councils has made a short promotional film about the London HIV Prevention Programme:

The film was commissioned to raise awareness of the boroughs’ role in HIV prevention and to celebrate the progress being made in London. The film has been launched this week so it coincided with London hosting a major international conference on HIV and only a week after new national statistics show London is continuing to lead the way in reducing HIV.


Change of Ownership TU Prescriptions – RM11 1BH

Please note the following, local change of ownership.

With effect from 2nd September 2019 the pharmacy Day Lewis Pharmacy at 67/69 Park Lane, Hornchurch, London, RM11 1BH will be operated by TU4 Prescriptions Ltd and the pharmaceutical list for the area of Havering Health and Wellbeing Board will be amended with effect from that
date. Details are as follows:

TU4 Prescriptions Ltd T/A BenCrest Chemist 67/69 Park Lane, Hornchurch, London, RM11 1BH

Opening hours (shown below)
Monday 09:00- 18:00
Tuesday 09:00- 18:00
Wednesday 09:00- 18:00
Thursday 09:00- 18:00
Friday 09:00- 18:00
Saturday 09:00- 14:00
Sunday Closed


Flu Resources- PSNC recorded presentation

The PSNC’s recording of their national flu campaign presentation is available at

For more information on this year’s flu campaign, please see the following support page on the North East London LPC website:

For documents and more information click here to see the NEL LPC vaccination page.


Every Mind Matters printed resources – submit your order requests by 20th September

The every mind matters campaign from PHE will launch 7th October 2019. If you wish to get involved, please ensure you order your printed materials by 5:00pm next Friday 20th September at the very latest.

Note: Pharmacies will not automatically be sent a tailored pack of resources so, you mut order via the Campaign Resource Centre.


Class 2 Medicines Recall: Aripiprazole 1mg/ml oral solution EL (19)A/21

Please be reminded of this weeks Class 2 Medicines Recall, as above- first published 12 September 2019 at 11:14am.

The potential for small particles of Aripiprazole active material to be present – potentially affecting the efficacy of the product.

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Aripiprazole 1mg/ml oral solution EL (19)A/21


NEL LPC Downloadable Profit/ loss tool published

With much care, attention and dedication for you, the NELLPC have created a downloadable tool to use on your computer, to work out the financial implications of the new contract and to pose what if questions to create possible alternative scenarios.

Please download the 5 Year Profit and Loss Prediction Tool and in privacy of your home or office, see for yourself if the new contract will help you make a profit, a loss or force you to close – and if not in the first year, then sometime within the five years.

Please click here

Please see the C+D article LPC creates finance calculator to tackle funding contract ‘obscurity’’ available at

The Independent Pharmacist has also published an article, “NEL LPC launches financial tool amid concern for pharmacy owners” click here to view.


Funded Places- Mary Seacole Event

The NHS Leadership Academy have released further cohorts for the popular Mary Seacole Leadership programme, which is open to community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Places on the programme are fully funded via the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

These new cohorts are open to the wider healthcare workforce, in addition to those in pharmacy, bringing additional advantages of learning in a multi-professional environment which can broaden participants scope in terms of understanding the wider NHS.

There are three new London cohorts shown in the table below, which are now open for applications:

Cohort Location Application deadline Start Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 End of programme
84 London 24/09/2019 05/11/2019 03/12/2019 28/01/2020 24/03/2020 05/05/2020
87 London 05/11/2019 17/12/2019 14/01/2020 10/03/2020 05/05/2020 16/06/2020
92 London 18/02/2020 31/03/2020 28/04/2020 23/06/2020 18/08/2020 29/09/2020

To apply to join one of the programmes, please click on the link below:

Please note the application deadline in the table above. Participants should make sure they are available to attend all three workshops before registering.


Pharmacists Donation to GOSH

During a recent event, as part of an exercise, pharmacists were asked to donate their spare change to a good cause.

The chosen cause was Great Ormond Street Hospital, in which a total of £30 was donated.

Thank you to everyone who attended for their generosity.

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