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Safe Summer in Scotland - NHS Inform
(31 July 2014)
With the start of the school summer break the team at NHS inform have been busy creating content for the NHS inform website which will help to advise people about having a safe and healthy holiday, whether at home or abroad.
The dedicated 'Safe Summer in Scotland' section provides a range of information and advice which includes:
Staying safe in the sun
- avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
- if you have to go out stay in the shade
- if outdoors, protect your skin - use sunscreen (of at least Factor 15)
- wear a hat, sunglasses and light coloured loose fitting clothes (preferably cotton)
The Fit For Travel site provides information for people travelling abroad and has general advice on a range of health and travel related topics including:
- safe preparation of food
The resource also links to a host of external resources information such as the Age UK booklet on Staying Cool in a heat wave, Health Protection Scotland's what do I need to know about ticks and tick borne diseases? And the Know and Respond Scotland service.
NHS 24 Medical Director Professor George Crooks said: "It is always a good idea to be prepared whether on holiday at home or abroad and the wide range of information available at www.nhsinform.co.uk can help you do just that. Whether it is finding out what vaccinations to have before travelling, what to do when an upset tummy strikes or how to deal with insect bites, the information is readily available.
“If you take regular medication, make sure you have enough to last for your whole trip. Remember to order and pick up your repeat prescription in plenty of time before your departure to prevent any last minute delays or unnecessary panic.
“It is essential to always wear sunscreen when out in the sun, even in the UK. I would urge everyone to use a high factor sunscreen to protect themselves against the sun’s harmful rays. And if you are planning any picnics or barbecues in the coming weeks, it is important to keep food refrigerated until you leave home and use a cool box or bag to transport fresh food, particularly if you are taking meats or dairy products.
"By taking these simple steps, you can help minimise or even prevent minor health problems from ruining your holiday."
All these handy hints and tips can be found in the 'Safe Summer in Scotland' section and will be available until the end of August.
The Importance of correctly completing CPUS Prescription Forms
(2 July 2014)
Following the changes to the Smoking Cessation Service, Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services have noted a significant number of CPUS forms where the GPHC number, GP reference number and especially the CHI number, have not been added or completed in their entirety. The Pharmaceutical Services Specification - Provision of a Smoking Cessation Support Service at Appendix A - NRT Service Procedure section details: “Complete a CPUS form for each supply of NRT made. Ensure that the patient’s CHI number is recorded on the form for payment”. To help prevent any data discrepancies, can you please ensure all fields are entered in their entirety.
GP Reference Numbers
- Smoking Cessation & Emergency Hormonal Contraception
Please continue to enter GP code 99996 in the GP Ref Number box for prescriptions written for the above Public Health Services.
- Gluten Free & Urgent Supply (Unscheduled Care)
Prescriptions for Gluten Free & Urgent Supply require the GP prescriber code, so that the budget for these can be allocated back to the GP Practice. You can access a list of GP prescriber codes in the Unscheduled Care section of the Community Pharmacy Website.
N3 service moving to SWAN
(10 July 2014)
Your N3 service will be migrating to the new ScottishWideAreaNetwork (SWAN) service. The migration programme will start from August 2014.
During the migration process, can you ensure that your N3 router is left switched on overnight as this is when the migration takes place. This should have no impact on you.
Any issues with your network should be reported as normal to the ePharmacy Helpdesk on 0131 275 6600.
Please note that you may receive a “Are you thinking of leaving BT?” letter (see example), you can just disregard this.
Further information on SWAN can be found here.
Online reporting - Access to the dashboard
(8 July 2014)
The dashboard is now available for all independent and corporate users.
The dashboard was introduced in two phases. The initial phase, implemented at the end of January 2014, gave access to the online reporting Standard Report users. This was mostly independent pharmacy users or corporate users that have online reporting access for one store and not access to the whole corporate group. The final phase delivered a dashboard suitable for the corporate and pharmacy group online reporting users.
PCR version 9 is now available
(26 June 2014)
New features include:
- Smoking cessation support tool assessments (Smoking cessation support tool reports)
- Find CHI (on National CHI Database)
Smoking cessation support tool assessments
Accessible from the support tools tab, this function provides pharmacists with the ability to record details about a patient who wants to stop smoking. Information recorded in PCR aligns with the Smoking Cessation Minimum Dataset and is submitted to the national smoking cessation database at specific intervals during the quit attempt.
Please read section 8 of the PCR User Guide for version 9 for details of creating and maintaining smoking cessation support tool assessments.
From the “patient details” page (only when adding a new patient), the “Find CHI” function can be used to search the National CHI database if the CHI is not known. This function is primarily intended to support the creation of patient records for smoking cessation support tool assessments.
Please read section 3.5.2 of the PCR User Guide for version 9 for details of the Find CHI function.
Welcome to the new NHS Tayside section of the Community Pharmacy Website
(11 June 2014)
NHS Tayside have been working very closely with Practitioner Services to redesign their section of the Community Pharmacy website, which was launched today.
We hope that you find the site user-friendly and that it contains relevant information to assist you in your day to day work.
We welcome comments/feedback and suggestions to improve the page. For example, if you think there is anything missing which would be helpful to you and your colleagues, please let us know. You can feed your comments /suggestions into Tina Robertson or Marion Manzie.
Breast Screening Information for Healthcare Professionals
(4 June 2014)
NHS Health Scotland have published three new breast screening briefing sheets containing the latest information to support health professionals when discussing and answering questions that women may have regarding the Scottish Breast Screening Programme.
- Breast Cancer in Scotland: Up to date statistics on breast cancer incidence, mortality, prevalence, survival and discussion of the epidemiological risk factors relating to breast cancer.
- Breast Cancer Screening in Scotland: An overview of the Scottish Breast Screening Programme.
- Informing Women about the Benefits and Risks of Breast Screening: Discussion of the findings of the Independent Marmot Breast Screening Review.
These professional briefing sheets complement the patient information leaflet which is sent to all women along with their breast screening appointment letter. Women are encouraged to visit the NHS Inform Screening Zone for further information to support them to make an informed choice about breast screening.
NHS Health Scotland have produced these briefing documents with the support of a specialist advisory group with representation from National Services Division, Scottish Government, Screening Board Coordinators and the Scottish Breast Screening Service.
If you have a specific query about the screening programme, please contact the Service Manager of your local Breast Screening Centre.
If you would like to provide NHS Health Scotland with feedback on these materials, please visit www.healthscotland.com/contact/feedback.aspx
The Scottish Government will also be promoting breast screening as part of the Detect Cancer Early programme from the end of May. This will be a targeted social marketing campaign rolling out across the 6 screening regions and will focus on where uptake is currently poorest and information about the programme is most needed. A full suite of campaign collateral will be available including a short demystifying film of Elaine C Smith having a mammogram at a breast screening unit. Anything you can do locally to support the campaign, such as showing the video on screens within your practice, will enhance the effectiveness of the campaign. Further details can be found at www.getcheckedearly.org.
New Payment Schedule - Version 2.8
(29 May 2014)
We have updated the new payment schedule information pages located within the Online Reporting section of the website.
A 'change log' has been added to this section. To be aware of any changes made to the e-schedule, please check this section on a monthly basis.
NHS 24 Online BSL Interpreting Service
Do you have Deaf customers in your pharmacy?
Did you know that Deaf people generally have poorer health and a higher incidence of mental health problems? This is directly linked to communication with health care professionals. Communication barriers can be removed by the provision of support such as British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters.
British Sign Language (BSL) users can now access NHS 24 using the NHS 24 online BSL interpreter. As part of this service, NHS 24 provides free online BSL interpreting for appointments in Scottish health boards.
If you have a Deaf patient whose preferred language is BSL, you can use the online interpreter to communicate. The interpreter should be able to see the deaf person and hear you and relay the information between you.
If you would like to use this service in your pharmacy, you need a computer with a webcam and sufficient broadband connection to support a video call. If the internet connection is not fast enough, the video can be blurred, lose sound or freeze and interpretation is not possible.
You can use any type of computer or tablet, PC or Mac.
For more information or help setting up the service in your pharmacy, please email Elizabeth.Lenagan@nhs24.scot.nhs.uk
Your Health, Your Rights
(28 March 2014)
NHS inform have published information about health rights online in the Your Health, Your Rights zone.
You might find this useful to provide information for customers on issues covered in The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities. Topics covered include,
- Access: your rights when using NHS health services in Scotland
- Hospital waiting times: how quickly you should receive hospital care
- Communication and participation: the right to be informed, and involved in decisions, about health care and services
- Confidentiality: how the NHS protects your personal health information
- Respect: the right to be treated with dignity and respect
- Safety: the right to safe and effective care
- Feedback and complaints: how to have a say about your care and have any concerns dealt with.
Please signpost your customers to our information if they are unsure about their rights. We can help with questions such as how to see your health records, health care for overseas visitors, information for carers on caring and consent, information for young people on consent and confidentiality.
This information is also available through the NHS inform help line: 0800 22 44 88, which is open 8am-10pm, seven days a week or www.nhsinform.co.uk/Rights
Updated to Endorsing Guide - V1.5
(6 March 2014)
An updated Electronic Endorsing guide is available here. This guide is produced by PSD, in conjunction with CPS, to allow contractors to understand and maximise their use of electronic endorsing.
The following sections of the Endorsing Guide have been updated in the latest Endorsing Guide V1.5 :-
- Sections 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 have been updated to clarify Part 7U requirements.
- Appendix 4 has been updated to reflect PSD's Whole pack/Special Containers pricing rules.
Dashboard for Online Reporting
(30 January 2014)
Practitioner Services have implemented a dashboard to help you get the maximum benefit when using online reporting. This enhancement will introduce a quicker way for you to determine and locate which report to use in order to find the information that you are looking for.
The dashboard is available in the first instance to those users that have access to the “Standard folder” for online reports; this is generally independent pharmacies or possibly corporates that have access to the one store and not online access to the whole corporate group.
To use the dashboard, login to Business Objects and access your online reporting account in the usual way and follow these instructions.
Are you ready for the new Gluten-Free Food Service?
(29 January 2014)
Circular PCA(P)(2013)29 announces the introduction of the new Gluten Free Food (GFF) Additional Pharmaceutical Service on a trial basis. It details a timetable, includes Directions and the service specification and details remuneration arrangements under the Drug Tariff.
From February 2014, both adult and paediatric patients with a confirmed diagnosis of either Coeliac Disease or Dermatitis Herpetiformis will be able to benefit from a community-pharmacy based Gluten-Free Food (GFF) Service. This is a National initiative introduced by Scottish Government.
NHS inform have produced a series of information pages for patients and health professionals
- Am I eligible for the new Scottish Gluten-free Food Service?
- Gluten Free Diet
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
- Coeliac disease
NES Pharmacy have produced a support pack to help pharmacy teams with the delivery of the Gluten Free Food service.
Smokeline Marketing Campaign 2014
27th January and 12th March 2014
(24 January 2014)
NHS 24 is running a Smokeline marketing campaign over the next six weeks. The main focus of the campaign is digital, supported by radio advertisements, pharmacy posters and local events.
Smokeline is Scotland's national stop smoking helpline. Smoking cessation advisers can offer advice during or prior to quitting, behavioural support, information on using NRT and send out quit packs.
Pharmacies are now a key service for smoking cessation and we see a real opportunity for Smokeline to work in conjunction with pharmacists to support clients throughout their quit attempt.
Have you thought about promoting Smokeline to your clients when they come in for their NRT? You could encourage clients to use smokeline to chat through cravings and as an extra source of support throughout the week in between visits to the pharmacy. We hope that Smokeline can be a really useful resource to reinforce the pharmacy service, and ultimately, to help quitters succeed.
Smokeline is open every day from 8am-10pm
- Phone free on 0800 84 84 84
- Web chat through the Can Stop Smoking website www.canstopsmoking.com
- Text CALL to 83434 for a Smokeline adviser to call you back
Recall of Jext adrenaline pen 150micrograms and 300micrograms
(12 December 2013)
Further to the recent MHRA Class 2 medicines recall for specific batches of Jext® 300 micrograms and Jext® 150 micrograms, which will have been dispensed after 8th May 2013, it is hoped that you will find the following additional information useful:
- ALK-Abello has advised that the attached GP, Pharmacy and patient letters will be sent to the relevant healthcare professionals for their information/use.
- The patient letter clearly details the affected batch numbers and actions to be taken by patients and /or their carers.
- As a result of this recall, the MHRA are advising that patients with pens from the affected batches of Jext® make an appointment with their GP or clinic to obtain an alternative device and receive any necessary training. The only alternative device is EpiPen®
- Arrangements have been made to import some units of EpiPen® from the USA. As detailed in the MHRA advice, the US pens have been re-packaged with a UK carton and patient information leaflet. The attached patient group letter from MEDA, the current UK license holders for EpiPen®, highlights the difference in the labelling of the USA and UK products. Patients who receive an imported product will also receive a letter to explain the differences. MEDA has advised the expiry date of these imported pens is expected to be March 2015.
- As per the MHRA advice, patients with a Jext® device from the affected batches ONLY should have an EpiPen® prescribed, with training provided if required.
- Jext recall 2013 GP letter
- Jext recall 2013 Pharmacist letter
- Jext recall 2013 Patient advice
- Jext recall 2013 EpiPen Patient Letter
Changes to Contractor Payment Information
(21 November 2013)
Following internal discussions and with Community Pharmacy Scotland, Practitioner Services has revised the timing of ceasing paper schedules to contractors originally planned for October dispensing, paid December.
It is now our intention to cease producing and sending paper schedules to contractors for December dispensing, paid February therefore the last calendar month contractors will receive a paper schedule is January 2014.
Pharmacy Care Record (PCR) version 8.0 is now available
(07 November 2013)
PCR Version 8.0 has now been released and includes new features that support:
- Warfarin high risk medicine care risk assessment
- Gluten-free support tool assessment
PCR version 8.0 also includes:
- Link to PCR after successful authentication
- Date picker control on all date fields
- Updated report: complex dispensing patient =”yes” (Sub-types now shown in report view)
Chronic Medication Service Claims
(28 October 2013)
Practitioner Services is continuing to see an increased amount of Chronic Medication Service (CMS) claims coming through with instalment dispensing endorsements applied. Please remember – Instalment dispensing endorsements are NOT VALID for CMS claims therefore they should not be applied. If a GP indicated instalment dispensing on a CMS serial prescription, then you should contact the GP practice and inform them this is not allowable under CMS.
Top 5 Prescription Submission Tips
- Securely band prescriptions before placing in transit bags or boxes;
- Remember to add your Health Board or contractor number to the transit bag or box;
- Band separately all non standard forms e.g. Stock Orders, Forms with invoices/PC70s;
- Remember to include your GP34 Declaration form, only record the forms you are submitting;
- Please don't use staples - to attach supporting documentation, paper clips are the preferred option.