Getting to grips with FMD

Getting to grips with FMD

The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) has big implications for community pharmacy. Pharmacies need to be prepared before it comes into effect on 9th February 2019. Find out what the new requirements mean for your pharmacy in this blog and at our briefing event on 22nd November.

Conference: Celebrating Pharmacy’s contribution to the NHS in Greater Manchester

Join us on Saturday 23rd June 2018 for a fantastic conference and awards ceremony celebrating 70 years of NHS pharmacy in Greater Manchester. The event includes a great line-up of speakers and CPD workshops. It will conclude with an awards ceremony recognising excellence and achievement in pharmacy.

This free event has been organised by Greater Manchester Pharmacy Local Professional Network (LPN), part of GM Healthcare Academy, and is open to all pharmacy teams including registered and non-registered pharmacy staff.

The event runs from 2pm-8.30pm on Saturday 23rd June 2018 at The Studio, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN.

Training: Flu vaccinations for 2018/19

Make sure your pharmacy is ready to deliver the NHS advanced flu vaccination service this autumn by getting your training up to date. Pharmacists who want to provide NHS flu vaccinations must complete face-to-face training every two years.

CPGM Healthcare Ltd (CHL) is running four training sessions in flu vaccinations and sore throat ‘test and treat’ this summer with ECG and PharmDoctor. The sessions on Sunday 22nd July also include travel vaccination training. The basic package costs £99+VAT (£89+VAT for locums). [Note: Access to the travel vaccine e-tool and PGD is an additional cost.]    

The training is only suitable for pharmacists and includes:

  • Flu vaccination training & PGD enabling pharmacies to provide NHS and private flu vaccinations in 2018/19 (all sessions)
  • Sore throat ‘test & treat’ training & PGD (all sessions)
  • Travel clinic vaccinations training & PGD (sessions on Sunday 22nd July only)

Find out more and book your place.

News: Oral health events inspire pharmacy teams

Pharmacy staff were able to brush up on their knowledge of oral health – including hygiene, children’s tooth decay, and early signs of cancer – thanks to GM Healthcare Academy.

We joined forces with Greater Manchester dentists for a series of training events to help pharmacy teams deliver a public information campaign raising awareness of tooth decay, mouth cancers and other aspects of oral health.

The events got great feedback from participants with comments including:

  • “Very useful to have dentists present to discuss issues with and get ideas”
  • “Very interesting and tailored to pharmacy daily practice”
  • “Very informative but not overloading with information good visual aids”

Pharmacy teams across Greater Manchester promoted oral health awareness in a campaign during National Smile Month (14th May-14th June).

News: Pharmacies raise awareness of bowel cancer screening

Pharmacy teams across Greater Manchester took part in a mass campaign to raise public awareness of bowel cancer screening, supported by GM Healthcare Academy.

We ran a series of training sessions in March to help pharmacies prepare for the campaign by learning key facts and techniques for initiating conversations with patients eligible for NHS bowel cancer screening. Attendees also received a free resource pack with materials to help them promote the campaign in their pharmacies.

More than 100 pharmacy staff attended the training sessions, with almost all saying the event had enabled them to feel confident chatting to people about bowel cancer screening during the awareness campaign in April.