Community Pharmacy Wessex (CPW) Academy

The Community Pharmacy Wessex Academy Groups are formal sub-groups of CPSC.

The purpose of the Academy Group is to:

  • provide an opportunity for effective communication between community pharmacists and their pharmacy teams, CPSC and CCGs on local and national matters
  • facilitate the understanding and context of key initiatives
  • support the effective implementation and delivery of services

You can expect:

  • 4 Local Academy Group meetings per year
  • meeting dates and arrangements to be communicated to all pharmacies and on CPSC website
  • to be involved in future meeting content to include CPSC and CCG updates and some CPD
  • meeting outcomes to be captured and communicated within two weeks of the meeting by posting on our website

The groups each have an Academy Lead, selected by CPSC, and their contact details can be found below

CPW - North Hampshire

My name is Stacey Green and I am the Local Academy Lead for the CPW academy in North Hampshire. I am a newly qualified Community Pharmacist working in Basingstoke.

The Community Pharmacy Wessex Academy offers great local meetings which provide an opportunity to widen knowledge and network with others in our local area. We are here to help support our pharmacy teams and really get the best out of pharmacy itself as well as helping to strengthen your CPD!

With the aim of providing 4 meetings each year we can cover a range of topics, any suggestions would be much appreciated. With each meeting, there will be a range of speakers and I will post a short summary for each as well providing you will the presentation slides for future use. If you would like to be added to the mailing list do not hesitate to contact me.

Our meetings will be held at Holiday Inn, Grove Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3EE or Apollo Hotel, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, RG24 9NU

Hot food will be served from 7pm with an aim to start the meeting at 7.30pm and a general finish around 9.30pm.

As your local lead, I am here for you! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, feedback or suggestions for present and future meetings. I look forward to meeting you all soon.

All meetings are booked in advance using EventBrite.

Further Information

Contact details for Stacey Green are:

email: stacey.cummings@hotmail.co.uk

mobile: 07891 675378

Recent Meetings

Recently we held a meeting with Janssen who gave us a great Type2 diabetes update.

Dr Ravi Bansal, A GP lead for diabetes from Jenner House Surgery:
What’s next after Metformin?
Experience as a Diabetes Lead in Primary Care and Real Life Case Studies

Vanessa Middleton, DSN Basingstoke Hospital
Interactive Case Studies.

CPW North East Hampshire & Farnham

This academy group is currently operating jointly with the North Hampshire academy.

Please click CPW - North Hampshire for information about meetings and activities.

CPW - Mid Hampshire

My name is Felicity Mitchell and I am the interim Local Academy Lead for the Community Pharmacy Wessex Academy in mid-Hampshire. I can be contacted by email at flissmitch@aol.com

The Community Pharmacy Wessex Academy in mid-Hampshire facilitates an exciting programme of local meetings and events which, in addition to providing valuable networking opportunities, also delivers education and training on a range of key healthcare topics.

The mid-Hampshire Local Academy covers a large geography, and therefore future meetings will take place at a selection of venues across the region. This is hoped to enable attendance by as many colleagues as possible at our events. For all evening events, hot food will be available from 6.30pm, and meetings will start promptly at 7.00pm.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any topic suggestions for future meetings, or any comments you would like to make about the Community Pharmacy Wessex Academy programme. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at our forthcoming mid-Hamphire Local Academy events.

Further Information

Contact details for Fliss Mitchell are:

email: flissmitch@aol.com

Recent Meetings

Osteoporosis Prevention, Detection and Management and Update on Community Pharmacy Services

with Dr Emma Williams, Consultant Rheumatologist, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester and Richard Buxton, Professional Services Development Manager, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee

on Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Winchester Masonic Centre, 124 Alresford Road Winchester SO21 1HB

The clinical start to this event by Dr Williams gave a recap on what is osteoporosis, and the burden it presents, before a thorough consideration on the treatment options for patients. The audience were particularly engaged with how they can support patients to get the most from their treatments, through a selection of challenging case studies. The theme of support for patients and the public through community pharmacy was continued with Richard Buxton’s update on the variety of community pharmacy services delivered across Hampshire, followed by a group conversation on Quality Payments as part of the recent changes to the community pharmacy contract.

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Which aspects of the meeting did you particularly like?

The quality of the presentations and speakers

What are the three key things that you have learned today?

Treatment options for osteoporosis, bone density measurements and the spectrum of community pharmacy services available

Please identify one thing you will do differently tomorrow as a result of today’s session

Discussing bisphosphonate treatments with patients, sharing learning with colleagues in the pharmacy, and attending the forthcoming PSNC webinar on Quality Payments

Would you recommend these meetings to one of your colleagues?

Yes 100% of respondents

Recent Meetings

Updates on Bone Health and Skin Health: Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults with and Management of Eczema with

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Dr Brian Curwain, Pharmacist Consultant
Dr Jibu Varhese, Consultant Dermatologist

on Tuesday 29th November 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at AR Pharmacy, Hazel Farm Road, Totton SO40 8WU

Dr Curwain began this event with a comprehensive review of the prevalence, identification and treatment of vitamin D deficiency. Dr Varhese followed with a presentation on the causes, complications and use of topical treatments for patients with eczema. Attendees were highly participative in the following Questions & Answer session, and lots of practical advice for pharmacy teams, patients and the public was provided by our informative and engaging speakers

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Which aspects of the meeting did you particularly like?

The engagement and interactivity of the presenters

What are the three key things that you have learned today?

Treatment options for eczema, appropriate doses for vitamin D deficiency, identification of vitamin D deficiency and practical advice for patients about the use of topical treatments were all identified as key areas of learning by the attendees

Please identify one thing you will do differently tomorrow as a result of today’s session

Patient counselling – on steroid use, emollient use or vitamin D supplementation – were identified as the key areas of practice that attendees would change following this event

Would you recommend these meetings to one of your colleagues?

Yes 100% of respondents

Recent Meetings

Consulting with Patients about Oral Anticoagulants

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Susan Carter, Regional Tutor, Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education
Helen Williams, Consultant Pharmacist Cardiovascular Disease, South London

on Monday 19th September 2016 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Holiday Inn, Winchester SO21 1HZ

This event provided a chance for local community pharmacy teams to learn from experts, expand their knowledge, and develop their skills, to enhance the support provided to patients newly started on oral anticoagulant treatments. It followed a multidisciplinary event earlier in the year on how to support patients taking oral anticoagulants, and was delivered in anticipation of the local launch of a New Medicines Service referral scheme, in collaboration with the local AHSN and CCG, for this group in patients.

Following an introduction and background to optimised use of medicines in Wessex by Vicki Rowse, Projects Manager for Medicines Optimisation at Wessex Academic Health Science Network, Sue Carter delivered the CPPE event on Consultation Skills for Pharmacy Practice including some entertaining training videos!

This was followed by a clinical discussion on therapy choices by Helen Williams, and some very popular case studies on the choice and use of oral anticoagulants.

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Which aspects of the meeting did you particularly like?

Nearly half of respondents identified the clinical content of the meeting, and specialist presenter, as an aspect of the meeting that they particularly liked. The consultation skills video and variety of the format were also specifically commented on by several respondents

What are the three key things that you have learned today?

71% of respondents reported learning more about the decision making process around the choice of oral anticoagulants during the meeting, and 41% were now more aware of the resources [e.g. CPPE tool for anticoagulants] and tools [e.g. CHA2DS2-VASc and HASBLED tools] available

Please identify one thing you will do differently tomorrow as a result of today’s session

76% of respondents will either consult MORE [i.e. increased NMS, MURs and counselling generally] or BETTER [i.e. using key phrases and explaining risk / benefit better] with patients following the event

Would you recommend these meetings to one of your colleagues?

Yes 100% of respondents

Recent Meetings

Diabetes Hypoglycaemia Awareness and Support

with updates on
• Better Local Care and vanguard multispecialty community providers in Hampshire
• Wessex Academic Health Science Network’s Repeat Dispensing Project
• West Hampshire Community Diabetes Team project to develop the role of community pharmacists in diabetes care

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Philip Newland-Jones, Advanced Specialist Pharmacist Practitioner in Diabetes and Endocrinology, University Hospitals Southampton
Renu Basher, MCP Programme Manager, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Clare Howard, Medicines Optimisation Lead, Wessex AHSN
Richard Buxton, Professional Services Development Manager, Hampshire & Isle of Wight LPC

on Thursday 7th July 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at The Potters Heron, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 9ZF

The varied and packed agenda for this local Academy evening combined an initial education and learning session on the clinical topic of diabetes, followed by an updates session on current local developments in healthcare.
Phil Newland-Jones started the evening with a presentation on treatments for patients with diabetes and associated hypoglycaemia, including recent updates in diabetes care. The Q&A session considered the key messages for patients with diabetes to avoid and manage hypoglycaemia, and the role that the community pharmacy team can play in helping them.
Renu Basher followed with a presentation on the exciting local vanguard programme, Better Local Care, which prompted discussion about community pharmacy’s role in the future vision of healthcare. Clare Howard next told the meeting about the Wessex AHSN’s work on helping GP practices getting started with electronic Repeat Dispensing, with local community pharmacists keen to engage with pilot practices across West Hampshire. Finally, Richard Buxton launched West Hants Community Diabetes Team’s project to develop the role of community pharmacists in diabetes care.

Recent Meetings

Supporting Patients with Anticoagulants

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Sharron Gordon, Consultant Pharmacist Anticoagulation, Southern Haemophilia Network
Tamara Everington, Consultant Haematologist, Southern Haemophilia Network
Trudie Lobban, Foudner & CEO, Atrial Fibrillation Association

on Wednesday 27th January 2016 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at The Potters Heron, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 9ZF

Tamara Everington started off the evening with a thorough and informative presentation of the clinical aspects of anticoagulation. Sharron Gordon then provided a review of the treatments used in anticoagulation, considering approaches to the provision of care and having practical conversations with patients. This led seamlessly (!) into the A Patient Perspective, presented by Trudie Lobban, which considered how we can work together to make care better for patients, followed by Chris Arden [General Practitioner and CVD Lead, West Hampshire CCG] and James Tibb’s [Community Pharmacist, AR Pharmacy] review of work that is covering this very topic in the local area of West Hampshire.

A workshop carousel after the presentations continued to scope out how to improve support to patients with anticoagulants, and included three workstations, where attendees considered:
1. Outstanding learning needs – What has been learnt? What learning is still outstanding
2. Working as a team – How can community pharmacy and general practice work together?
3. Meeting patient needs – What are the patient needs? How are they met? What else needs to be done?

Many thanks to our broad range of speakers and participative audience for a valuable two-way exchange of thoughts and ideas, and to our sponsors for helping make it happen

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Which aspects of the meeting did you particularly like?

Over half of attendees enjoyed the different format of the evening, and commented on the “Great variety …… Enjoyed the opportunity to interact with others and discuss at the workstations”

What are the three key things that you have learned today?

Improved/increased knowledge of treatments 68% of attendees

The information and counselling needs of patients 36% of attendees

Please identify one thing you will do differently tomorrow as a result of today’s session

Many attendees felt that the event would improve or increase their consultations with patients about anticoagulation, as well as their liaisons with members of a wider healthcare team

Would you recommend these meetings to one of your colleagues?

Yes 100%

Recent Meetings

Respiratory Update

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Kate Lippiett, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, NIHR CLAHRC / Wessex AHSN
Carla Astles, Integrated COPD Team Educator Nurse, CLAHRC Respiratory Nurse

on Monday 11th May 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at A R Pharmacy 3 Hazel Farm Road Totton SO40 8WU

Kate and Carla work across primary and secondary care to improve respiratory health within Wessex. Their presentation started off with a detailed overview of COPD, including a consideration of recent changes in local and national respiratory guidelines, before moving onto asthma. In particular, interest in the National Review of Asthma Deaths sparked a lively audience discussion around the issuing of inappropriate quantities of salbutamol inhalers. Next, a series of case studies enabled the attendees to review some typical patients whilst having respiratory experts on hand to advise and consult.

Updates from West Hampshire CCG, Hampshire and Isle of Wight LPC and our local CPPE tutor rounded off a packed evening.

Many thanks to our speakers and sponsors for an engaging and informative respiratory update.

Local Academy Lead’s Highlights:

  • Carla was interested to hear about the New Medicines Service and promised to ‘spread the word’ amongst local practice nurses about writing ‘NMS’ on the top of prescriptions for new inhalers to alert community pharmacies to newly started treatments
  • WHCCG is in the process of developing a new community respiratory service, and committed to ensuring that the service will link up with community pharmacy
  • The evening’s sponsor, GSK, agreed to looking into whether whistles (inhaler training devices) could be made available through the major wholesalers, to enable consistent and timely supply to support inhaler training

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Which aspects of the meeting did you particularly like?

Presentation / speakers 45% of attendees

“The presentations were excellent ……. Good to hear from nurses who deal with the conditions”

What are the three key things that you have learned today?

Incorrect use of inhalers by 87% of patients 40% of attendees

Understanding of new inhalers / indications 40% of attendees

Please identify one thing you will do differently tomorrow as a result of today’s session

Monitor frequency of use of salbutamol inhalers 20% of attendees

Make use of local resources 20% of attendees

Would you recommend these meetings to one of your colleagues?

Yes 100%

CPW South West Hampshire

Your Academy in South West Hampshire is lead jointly by Janet Beith and Jane Corden. Janet is a hospital pharmacist with a background in community pharmacy who works at Lymington New Forest Hospital and Jane is a community pharmacist based in Lymington. Where possible our speakers work in the local health community and we aim for a mixture of topics throughout the year.

Meetings are held at Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, Off High Street, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7NY. Telephone 023 8028 2267. There is plenty of free parking the adjacent car park after 6pm.

Meetings start at 7.30 with a meal available from 7.00. We believe that meetings should not only be informative but also give pharmacy teams the chance to network with their colleagues. We also appreciate that most of our members will already have spent a long day working so finish by 9.30 at the latest.

Further Information

Contact Details for Janet Beith & Jane Corden are:

Janet's email: janet@beith.com

Jane's email: jpcorden@btopenworld.com

Recent Meetings

CPW - South East Hampshire

My name is Peter Woodward and I am your local CPW academy lead. I can be contacted by phone on 01983562156 or by email at pmwoodward@ntlworld.com

Our meetings are held at: Horndean Technology College, Barton Cross, Horndean PO8 9PQ.

Hot food is available from 7pm, and meetings start promptly at 7.30pm and generally finish around 9.30pm.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any suggestions for topics that you would like to see covered at the meetings or any comments at all. I hope to see as many of you as possible for our next South East Hants Local Academy meeting

Recent Meetings

The Bone and Skin Health evening was a great success with everyone learning about whether there is a need for Vitamin D supplementation and testing levels in the body.

The talk on skin health gave everyone a wonderful update on a lot of common skin conditions.

The next meeting will be on 26th April as will be on new updates to anti-coagulation therapy.

Further information

Further information is available from Peter Woodward on 01983 562156 or by email at pmwoodward@ntlworld.com

CPW Southampton

Pat North is your Local Academy Lead. You can get in touch by email

The programme aims to support you and your teams in delivering the very best Pharmacy care for your local population. There are opportunities for you to network with colleagues and support your CPD. Please feel free to contact Pat if there is a topic you wish to be covered or any feedback regarding the meetings. Before the main speaker, an update about CPSC activities and any CCG news is shared.

The meetings are held at The Rose Road Association Bradbury Centre 300 Aldermoor Road Southampton SO16 5N.

There is a hot meal available at 19.00, with a prompt start to the meeting at 19.30 and generally finishing prior to 9.30pm.

There is a warm welcome for you and your team at all the meetings.

Further information

You can contact Pat North by email: pat@patnorth.net

The meeting dates for 2017 are:

March 28thFuture of Community Pharmacy

LPC Service Strategy

Richard Buxton

Professional services Development manager

Hampshire and Isle of Wight LPC

May 9thQuality PaymentsRichard Buxton

Professional services Development manager

Hampshire and Isle of Wight LPC

June 27thAtrial Fibrillation NMS ReferralSharron Gordon
Wessex AHSN
September 12thTCAM launchDeborah Crockford Chief Officer
H&IOW LPC

James Allan
Deputy Chief Pharmacist, UHS

Clare Howard
Clinical Lead for Medicines Optimisation
Wessex Academic Health Science Network
November 28thTCAM Update & Review - the first 100 patients...as above

CPW Portsmouth

This Academy Lead role is currently vacant.



CPW - Isle of Wight

This Academy Lead role is currently vacant.