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Changes to e-Cigarette Regulations

As of the 1st April, any business wishing to be involved in the sale of e-Cigarettes or other vaping products will be able to register themselves on the new Register of Tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Product Retailers. This will become a legal requirement from 1st October 2017, and anyone deemed to be carrying out such activity whilst not on the register will be committing an offence. Look out for instructions on how to do this in next month’s newsletter so that you can tick this of your "To do" list as soon as possible!

Also, remember that if you have any, you only have until the 20th May to sell through any products which do not comply with the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). Beyond this date it will be an offence to sell these products.

Reminder – QI/CPW forms deadline

We would like to encourage contractors to return their QI/Closer Partnership Working declaration to Pharmacy Payments by the stated deadline of 31st March 2017.

The Submission Form (Annex C) can be found in PCA(P)(2016)15.

Opportunity to have an input on University of Strathclyde MPharm course

Are you interested in developing the pharmacists of the future?

SIPBS are due to review the tasks that students carry out whilst on experiential learning placements in community pharmacies to ensure that they are up-to-date and can act as evidence which reflects the skills and behaviours needed to practice in the sector today.

We are looking for 2-3 community pharmacist volunteers to come along to a meeting with Adam at the University on the 16th May from 2pm-4pm in order to have an input on what the students should be asked to achieve when they are out at contractors in term time.

If you are interested in helping us in this task, please contact Adam at the office.

Dr Schär survey

Dr Schär are running a survey to determine what our members would like from them as a gluten free foods manufacturer to support delivery of the gluten free foods service.  In the past, they have offered CPD learning modules, educational events, product information etc.  There is a prize draw for £100 John Lewis vouchers for those completing the survey.

Payment Verification review following Updated MAS directions

In July 2016 new directions were published for the minor ailments service introducing key principles for the provision and operation of the service.  In recent discussions, Payment Verification have informed us that they are doing work to look at the use of the service and in particular, the appropriate registration and consultation only claims by contractors. 

For further support on the MAS directions and service specification, please speak to our Pharmacy Services team on 0131 466 3540.

Introduction of SWAN secure Wi-Fi within Community Pharmacies

Both ourselves and Practitioner Services previously communicated that from January 2017 the SWAN (Scottish Wide Area Network) provided to Community Pharmacies will be refreshed and extended to include a SWAN managed wireless network. This will allow connection of wireless enabled devices to the local SWAN network within the pharmacy, including hand held tablets. 

Please find more information on the roll-out process and further contact details on our website.

CPS Charity Golf 

We are delighted to announce the return of our highly successful Charity Golf day event for the 5th year running! The Tournament will be held at the 5 star Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort on Friday 19th May 2017.

This years chosen charity is Breast Cancer Care in Scotland which provides care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer.

We are offering packages at £400 per team of four. Package includes:

  • Bacon Roll, Tea & Coffee on Arrival
  • Round of golf which includes sponsored holes & competitions (Stableford Rules)
  • Halfway house
  • Lunch
  • Evening Dinner
  • A chance to win prizes from the raffle

If you would like to enter a team simply sign up online. Places are limited and an early response is advisable to prevent disappointment. If you have any questions about the event please don't hesitate to get in touch with Amanda Henderson or Graham Le Tissier.

How Do I Become a CPS Pharmacy Student Rep?

We are looking to recruit CPS Student reps from each Pharmacy year group at both Strathclyde and RGU and would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to explore this option further.

Our student reps are key in letting us know how we can help Pharmacy students in all years of study, and will spread and share information from us throughout the student network. We will visit the University to meet with you throughout the year, and will keep in regular contact by phone and e mail.

The big message here is that we want to support you, and not create a lot of work, so we don’t envisage it taking up a lot of your time!

If you are interested, please e mail or

Breast Cancer Care

You will be aware that Breast Cancer Care (BCC) are our Charity Partners. We are working with BCC and CP-GG&C on a small research project to find out a little more about patients on long term BCC medication. Look out for further information in our April newsletter.


One of the best ways to learn about something is from a blog. Here at CPS we have lots of them, from serious to funny.

We find them a great way to catch up on what is happening. 
Have a look and see what you think.

….and if you feel inspired to send us something, please do!

Contact Adam or Amanda with your ideas.

Challenges in Primary Care Infographic

We created this infographic on the Challenges in Primary Care to take to the Party Conferences this month.

Summary Manifesto

We have launched a new Summary Manifesto on behalf of members which sets out a clear vision of an extended, more proactive role for Scotland’s community pharmacy network within the NHS primary care team.

BNF 73

BNF 73 will be released this month. If your Pharmacy would like additional copies we can arrange for a 50% discount and will place the order for you. To order your copies please email Graham -

An update from our office 

This month we attended the Scottish Labour and Scottish Conservative Party Conferences. It was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of community pharmacy services. We have also been planning ahead for our futures publications and communications. Part of this will involve getting your feedback in our Communications Survey which we hope to be sending out within the next few months.

Excitement is also building as plans are well underway for our Charity Golf Day in aid of Breast Cancer Care Scotland in May. It's fantastic to get support from local businesses and our Members for this day by donating prizes for the raffle - thank you so much! 

As always if you have any comments or suggestions for our eNewsletter we'd love to
hear from you.

Best wishes
Amanda, Adam, Michael & Kirsten

Amanda Rae, Head of Policy & Development
Adam Osprey, Policy & Development Pharmacist
Michael Oswald, Head of Pharmacy Services
Kirsten Crawford, New Media & Communications Officer
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