Coventry LPC



April 25, 2019 News0

The Primary Care Respiratory Academy is organising a series of Community Pharmacy Meetings in 2019.

One of the meetings takes place in Birmingham on 13th Jun 2019. The full list of available locations can be found HERE.

The Community Pharmacy Meetings will be highly interactive, with opportunities for Community Pharmacy in the new NHS England Long Term Plan being a major focus of the 2019 agenda. You will have the chance to explore remuneration entitlements, learn how to complete an asthma action plan and how to improve outcomes for your respiratory patients. Click HERE to view the full agenda.

If you are interested in registering for one of the Meetings, you can secure your place now by completing the registration form HERE.



April 23, 2019 News0

There are a number CPPE events and workshops coming up in the next few weeks/months running throughout the region to improve your practice and extend your peer network.

1. The NEW Asthma Focal Point workshop considers how pharmacy professionals in all sectors can support people who have asthma. You will apply your knowledge of asthma management and guidelines and explore how you can help people to manage their asthma, reduce complications and improve their quality of life.

Click here to find an event near you:

  • Monday 29th April, The MAC – Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham. Event ID48819.
  • Tuesday 30th April, Keele Hall, Old Library, Keele ST5 5BG. Event ID48580.
  • Wednesday 12th June, Ramada Hotel, Telford, TF3 4NA. Event ID48651.
  • Tuesday 18th June, The Pear Tree Inn, Worcester, WR3 8SY. Event ID 48647.
  • Wednesday 19th June, Holiday Inn, Walsall M6 jct 10, Walsall. Event ID 48797.
  • Thursday 12th September, Village Hotel, Dudley, DY1 4TB. Event ID48798.
  • Wednesday 18th September, Village Hotel, Solihull, B90 4JG. Event ID48820.
  • Tuesday 24th September, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield, WS13 7LD. Event ID 48581.


2. The Inhaler Technique workshop will provide an overview of the clinical and practical skills required to support respiratory patients to manage their condition. A key skill of pharmacy professionals is supporting patients in improving their inhaler technique. At this hands on event you will explore different inhaler devices and learn how to assess a patients inhaler technique.

Click here to find an event near you:

  • Thursday 13th June, Holiday Inn, Walsall M6 jct 10, Walsall. Event ID 48708.
  • Monday 17th June, Village Hotel, Solihull, B90 4JG. Event ID 48575.
  • Thursday 19th September, Hallmark Hotel, 225 Hagley Road, Birmingham. Event ID 48707.
  • Monday 23rd September, Citrus Hotel A45, London Road, Coventry. Event ID 48576.

You can book online at the CPPE website or call 0161 778 4000 (You will need your GPhC number and the event ID to book.) These evening events begin at 7.30pm with a light buffet available from 7pm.


3. Also coming up,  Care Homes, Medicines and Older People workshop for pharmacy professionals who are new to, or are considering providing medicines optimisation for residents in care homes for older people. It is an interactive learning session using innovative practical activities to build skills and confidence in managing medicines in this setting.

We will explore in detail day-to-day practice in a care home for older people and identify poor care and potential medicines-related safeguarding incidents,  implement practical strategies to manage poor practice in medicines optimisation and medicines-related safeguarding incidents to improve resilience of care homes and create a checklist to guide care staff about whether a ‘when required’ medicine may be needed in a resident with dementia.

Date: 16th May

Time: 10am till 4:30pm (coffee and registration from 9:30am)

Venue: Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, LE1 6ES

To apply for the Care Homes, Medicines and Older People workshop, please email


April 18, 2019 News0

All pharmacies are cordially invited to attend a pharmacist meeting courtesy of gsk.

Respiratory Update: Too many Inhalers? Simplify the Confusion

Date: Friday, 26th April 2019
Time: 12:30 to 16:15
Venue: St Andrews Town Hotel, St Andrews Drive, Droitwich Spa WR9 8BS

Please see the Flyer for details:
Respiratory update


April 16, 2019 News0

The on-demand version of the West Midlands Blood Pressure Training Webinar for Pharmacists and Pharmacy teams is now available to view. If were unable to attend the live sessions, you can still  register, watch the training and complete the assessment on the following link: 

A copy of the webinar flyer is attached below:


April 11, 2019 News0

Most pharmacies will have gone beyond the two year accreditation period for HLP. As you may be aware, RSPH are no longer accrediting as of 31st March 2019.

Reaccreditation is not currently a necessity as you can see from the PSNC guidance (HLP Level 1 Register):

“The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) was commissioned by Public Health England to create and maintain a Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) register, as well as provide a quality assurance process to assure the public, commissioners, and other healthcare professionals that the HLP quality criteria were met consistently across the country. The funding for this finished on 31st March 2019, therefore, the RSPH will no longer be accepting new assessments of compliance.

The Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) register will still be available on the RSPH website. The public-facing register lists those community pharmacies that have successfully completed the HLP profession-led self-assessment process.*

The register allows the user to search for an HLP by region and will be updated during the last week of each month.

Pharmacies who are currently listed on the register, will remain on the register for the time being. However, to maintain HLP status, contractors must assess their pharmacy against the HLP quality criteria every two years. Contractors will need to meet the requirements of an HLP Level 1 as defined by PHE (if accredited locally) or ensure they still meet the requirements if accredited via the profession led self-assessment route.

Once contractors have met the requirements or ensured they still meet the requirements, a pharmacy professional will need to complete an assessment of compliance and retain this in the pharmacy.

*Please note, the register currently only includes community pharmacies who have agreed to have their details included on the online register and those not previously locally accredited as an HLP; pharmacies who had previously been accredited locally as an HLP, are not required to register with RSPH as part of the process to meet the HLP quality criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme” 

If you require, the LPC can arrange an updated certificate through local accreditation.  If you would like an updated certificate, please confirm that you meet the requirements in this checklist and email it to the LPC on along with the name of the Leader and Health Champion for your pharmacy.


April 9, 2019 News0

LAST CALL! You still have a few days to submit your nominations! 

As part of the Year of Wellbeing 2019 Coventry’s Public Health Team is holding an awards scheme to recognise the hard work that goes on across the city to improve health and wellbeing. The awards will be judged on work that has been done during 2018-2019.

Community pharmacies get involved in so many aspects of community life and the “Innovative Community Engagement Award for Pharmacy” will showcase some of the great work done by contractors. This could be anything from presenting a talk on brushing your teeth at a local primary school, offering a service to a local business or helping a patient quit smoking after 50 years of 20-a-day habit. Whatever it is, we’d like to hear about it.

Nominations will be judged by the LPC and shortlisted pharmacies will be invited to a ceremony in July 2019 at St Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry City Centre, alongside nominees for a number of other awards recognising the work that goes on across the public health workforce.

We would like to invite you to nominate your pharmacy using the Submission Form.

All nominations must be submitted by 17th April 2019.  Please email your completed form to Kathy Robinson at

If you have any problems making your nomination, please contact Kathy on the above email.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!


April 2, 2019 News0

National Smile Month is the UK’s biggest and longest running oral health campaign which takes place  annually between 13 May and 13 June. It is also one of the mandated NHS campaigns this year for HLP pharmacies.

Not only does excessive sugar intake affect dental health but it also relates to obesity in children. To find out how you can help, watch the FREE online training by Virtual Outcomes.

To access the course visit:

A blog post about this topic can accessed HERE and the flyer is attached below.

Don’t forget, all previous and future training materials can be accessed through the links on our Virtual Outcomes page:


April 1, 2019 News0

Community pharmacy teams are reminded that from 1st April 2019 Pregabalin and Gabapentin have been reclassified as Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs (CDs). PSNC has developed a briefing to explain what this means for the dispensing of prescriptions.

You can download the PSNC Briefing HERE.

From 1st April 2019, all Gabapentin and Pregabalin prescriptions are subject to the following prescription writing requirements for Schedule 3 CDs and it will be illegal to supply these drugs through repeat dispensing. However, Pregabalin and Gabapentin will be included in the list of “exempted drugs” in the safe custody regulations which means that they will not be required to be kept in the CD cabinet.

Whilst Schedule 3 CDs are generally not yet prescribable via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), some GP practices are piloting EPS CDs and so pharmacy teams should be aware that they may receive and dispense a mix of EPS/paper prescriptions for Gabapentin and Pregabalin.

A few points to note:

  • System 1 previously did not treat Pregabalin and Gabapentin as Controlled drugs, therefore any previous scripts that are not compliant with CD regulations (without dose, words figures etc) will not be valid from 1st April 2019, despite being correct at the time of being written.
  • Community pharmacists that have any Pregabalin or Gabapentin as Repeat dispensing will have to make patients aware that future  RD scripts will not be valid – we are not sure if GP systems will stop issuing automatically.
  • Community Pharmacies will be unable to make emergency supplies of these items if a patient has run out
  • Some scripts for Pregabalin are for 56 days and the current good practice guidance advocates 28 days – this is more prevalent in surgeries that adopt 56 day prescribing.
  • Scripts awaiting collection at the pharmacy that were dispensed and but not yet collected prior to 1st April 2019 will no longer be valid.

If you have any questions regarding the reclassification of these drugs, please contact the LPC for advice.



March 28, 2019 News0


Take advantage of this fully funded NHS training to grow your career and your practice.  Pharmacy is changing, with integration into the wider NHS healthcare team opening new opportunities for community pharmacists to provide more patient-centered care. 

What does this study programme involve?

  • You will identify an activity or service in your pharmacy that you wish to improve. Then apply the quality tools and skills that you have learnt to bring about an improvement
  • Attendance at 2 face-to-face sessions in Coventry at the Citrus Hotel on Sunday 19th May and Sunday 23rd June followed up by celebration evening events in September locally and / or at DMU
  • The remaining training is all online, with full access to DMU resources, Blackboard and tutors.

If you have any questions, please contact Fiona on 07792970382  or email the office at (Tel: 01386 897529)

Application deadline: April 5th. (extended until 26th April)

Please see the attached FLYER for further information on how to apply and watch DMU’s promotional video below.

You can also find some information about quality improvement in this document: Health Foundation_Quality Improvement Made Simple


March 26, 2019 News0

**Free Blood Pressure Training **

Interactive WEBINAR from the comfort of your home or pharmacy

For pharmacists and members of their teams in the Midlands

You and a pharmacy team member are invited to attend one of five live webinars to develop your blood pressure risk awareness and measurement technique. Whether you are learning for the first time, validating what you do already or checking you are doing it correctly, this training will ensure you are up-to-date in your practise and consistently measuring your patient’s blood pressure appropriately. In addition the training will support knowledge development on the lifestyle behaviours that may cause high blood pressure and risks of having high blood pressure.

Attend this 60-minute webinar to:

  • Understand:
    • the scale of the blood pressure problem and risks to health
    • lifestyle changes that can reduce blood pressure
    • how to have a healthy conversation to support individuals to change their behaviours and reduce their risks
    • how to run an effective health campaign on high blood pressure
  • Learn best practice for measuring blood pressure with a validated automated machine covering:
    • familiarisation with equipment, including cuff sizing
    • infection control
    • patient preparation
    • procedural instructions
    • post-procedure instruction
  • Understand when to refer at risk individuals
  • Engage through an interactive question and answer session
  • Complete an assessment and certification

    Choose just one session at a time convenient for you:
  • Wednesday 27th March 2019 @ 2pm
  • Wednesday 27th March 2019 @ 8pm
  • Thursday 28th March 2019 @ 2pm
  • Thursday 28th March 2019 @ 8pm
  • Saturday 30th March 2019 @ 2pm

To register for one of these webinars click HERE.

A flyer is available to download HERE.


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