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.

Managing eye conditions in community pharmacy: Webinar (30th October)

Register now for our GM Healthcare Academy webinar on managing eye conditions in community pharmacy at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30th October.
The webinar will cover topics including assessment of eye conditions that may present in community pharmacies, appropriate management (e.g. self-care/referral), and recognising red flags. It will also look at collaborative working and cross-referrals between opticians and pharmacies.
We have two fantastic guest speakers: Prof Christine Purslow, Medical Director at Thea Pharmaceuticals Ltd, and Matt Jinkinson, Chair of the Optometry Advisory Group at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) and Clinical Lead of Primary Eyecare Services Ltd. Book now.

Training: HLP Health Champions (31st Jul-1st Aug)

We're helping Greater Manchester pharmacies expand the number of Health Champions with free training places on Tuesday 31st July to Wednesday 1st August in Stockport.

The two-day course will lead to a recognised RSPH Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement qualification - this is one of the requirements for pharmacies to achieve, and maintain, their status as Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1. (Participants must attend both days, complete a multiple-choice test on day two, and produce photographic ID to complete the training.)

(This course is NOT suitable for pharmacy staff who are already trained Health Champions.)

Find out more and book your place here (max 1 per pharmacy)

Note: Capacity is limited to 20 people per course. If you've booked a place and cannot attend, you must contact us to cancel or you will be charged a £65 fee. 

News: Health Champions helping people feel better & live longer

Almost all Greater Manchester pharmacies now have dedicated Health Champions who can help people feel better, live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. Health Champions are specially trained pharmacy staff who offer advice and support to help people lead healthier lives.

Anne-Marie Jackson and Sharon Mason, from Centre Pharmacy in Cheadle Hulme, are just two of the many Health Champions making a massive difference to people's lives. Over the last few years, Anne-Marie and Sharon have offered advice and guidance on everything from support for carers, dementia, losing weight, stopping smoking, being more active, and reducing the risk of illnesses including heart disease and cancer.  
They are highly-skilled at broaching sensitive issues like someone’s weight, alcohol use or mental health, and it often starts with the simplest of conversations. “People might come in for one thing, you get chatting and five minutes later they will open up and ask about another health issue or concern,” Sharon explains.  
“The key is listening to people and offering them the opportunity to open up if they want to,” adds Anne-Marie. “We get chatting and ask them how they’re doing today. If someone says they’re not sleeping well, for example, you can gently ask if anything in particular is keeping them awake."

GM Healthcare Academy is helping pharmacies to expand the number of Health Champions by offering free training this summer. (Book here.) The two-day course (31st July & 1st August) leads to a recognised RSPH Level 2 qualification in Understanding Health Improvement. It also helps pharmacies to achieve and maintain Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1 status, as one of the requirements is that at least one member of staff must have completed Health Champions training of this kind.

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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.