Here is the latest news on the UKPPG/psychiatric pharmacy front (with the date of entry). Do you have anything to add? Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
12th June 2009 Committee meeting
There was a joint meeting at Hinckley Point of the UKPPG and CMHP to (a) have a look at the new conference venue and (b) discuss the future of the mental health pharmacy organisations. A number of significant issues about the current situation have been raised recently that needed resolving urgently. There was a remarkable consensus on the future. UKPPG Chairman Ian Maidment and CMHP President Stephen Guy will be writing to members in the next month or so and a more formal document will be sent out soon afterwards. Apart from some momentus decisions about the direction of travel the following was also discussed:
- Journal - Celia Feetam is to look at a mental health pharmacy Bulletin/Journal (as opposed to the Newsletter) for a couple of issues to test its viability
- Corporate Partnership Scheme reviewed
- UK MI training workbook
- Specialist Curriculum Group - memorandum of understanding with UKCPA
- Choice and medication website - progressing well, local sites being trialled, all pages being reviewed, new questions being researched, should be ready for marketing in October 2009
Developments at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)
The impending split in the functions of the RPSGB will result in the formation of two new bodies; one focusing on regulation and the other on professional leadership (as yet unnamed). Discussions and consultations about the structure and function of both new bodies have been extensive and the College of Mental Health Pharmacists and UK Psychiatric Pharmacy Group have participated in all stages.
Our mental health pharmacy organisations in common with many of the other specialist groups are keen to work closely with the new professional body and to find a way to work more in partnership with the whole profession and some members of the RPSGB are also keen to reciprocate.
This new move towards collaboration and working together has resulted in
- Collaborative working between all the many special interest groups
- Collaborative working between the RPSGB and the special interest groups
- Extensive involvement of the specialist groups with the working groups for the new professional body (Transcom)
- The prospectus for the new professional body being heavily influenced by the programmes of the specialist and clinical groups
However despite the progress there still remains a tension between those who wish to maintain the status quo and develop a new professional organisation similar to that of the current RPSGB and those that want to see something quite different. During the extensive consultation about the new professional body it was made very clear that many of those that participated wanted a professional body that could lead and support the whole profession but they did not want to see a rebadged RPSGB.
The remaining year and a half will be a challenging time for the Council of the RPSGB as it makes a change to the new body. The specialist and clinical groups have identified that lack of representation on Council as a major barrier to change and are putting up the joint candidature of David Branford from our College of Mental Health Pharmacists and Graeme Hall professional secretary of UKCPA as a way of securing at least 2 seats. Both candidates are hoping to exploit the potential votes from many of the specialist and clinical groups who until recently have felt very excluded by the RPSGB.
John Donoghue's first novel, called "COLLISION" has just been published. It costs £7.99 from the Amazon website (use the ISBN number 978-1-84923-190-9 into the “search” box (In brief: In a psychiatric hospital a disturbed young woman believes she is possessed by the Devil; the psychiatrists tell her she’s mentally ill. When she asks for an exorcism, they insist she takes medication, but it doesn’t help. Caught in the middle is Edward Plant, a trainee psychiatrist whose life is one long party; trivial and purposeless – until he is drawn irresistibly into this case. When he meets an extraordinary woman who shows him that in order to receive love he first must learn to give love, he begins to doubt the certainties that once ruled his world. Against the teaching of his mentors, Edward confronts the possibility that demonic possession may be a real phenomenon – with unexpected consequences. Collision combines dark suspense with shining hope as it follows Edward’s journey of self discovery through belief, mental illness, evil, love and redemption.).
Steve from Lincoln also has a tome available, absolutely nothing to do with pharmacybut with plenty of pictures (see http://www.warhammer-historical.com/arthur/arthur.asp).
Robotics in mental health
A bit of publicity for the automated dispensing trials being carried out in mental health in UK - see: (http://www.microsoft.com/uk/nhs/content/articles/going-dotty-it-and-dispensing-robots-improve-patient-care.aspx)
Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2007
There was a mental health runner-up in the 2007 Pharmaceutical Care Awards in July 2008. The Norfolk and Waveney Mental health NHS Foundation Trust got recognition for their one-stop clozapine clinic. See the link: http://www.pjonline.com/news/blood_test_service_in_pharmacyrun_clozapine_clinic
Lynn Haygarth in New Zealand
Lynn spoke at the annual NZ Psychiatry conference in June/July 2008. For photos see http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/55649920
The UKPPG and CMHP have been working hard to try to get a seat on the new Transitional Committee to look at the possible structures of the professional body for pharmacy. Much work has gone in by Stephen Guy, Dave Branford, Celia Feetam, Dawn Price, Ian Maidment and others. Our argument centered around mental health being a specific speciality that needed specialist representation. The seat was not accepted but we now plan to lobby those Transcom members and get involved with the workstreams.
Thank you for your recent letter in relation to the UKPPG/CMHP and
membership of Transcom, and the accompanying closely set out case. I
am grateful for the time and trouble you have taken over this, and
apologise for the time it has taken me to reply.
When I was asked if I would chair Transcom, it was clear that its
structure would limit the number of places not nominated by the
Society to 7. At the same time, the timetable that has emerged has
revealed that the work will have to be completed at some speed. As you
will know, we concluded in our Inquiry Report that it was essential
that the transition process involved the widest possible participation
from the profession - it must feel that it owns the process as well as
Taking all these factors into account, I have decided that the most
effective structure to deliver a sound outcome is to ensure that
TransCom i) sets out clear objectives of the overall project, ii)
determines what work is needed to provide the detail of the structure,
governance and functions of the new Professional Body, iii) brings
together by co-option those groups and individuals with the knowledge,
skills and experience to complete specific pieces of work in support
of the latter and iv) determines the overall outcome based on these.
Such a process should allow key elements of the profession to make
input in the right places, and to be part of the whole picture.
On that basis, I have asked 7 people to join TransCom itself,
alongside the 7 nominated by the RPSGB (as set out in the release on
the website at www.transitionalcommittee.com); their organisations
have all indicated an interest in potentially becoming part of the new
Professional Body. Given that aspect, and the UKPPG/CMHP desire to
remain independent, it seemed more appropriate for your involvement to
be in the more detailed work. TransCom will meet monthly to oversee
the progress of the work, and determine other issues that require
consideration. There will be a Reference Group made up of
organisations with an interest in the new Professional Body which
would not join it for reasons of conflict of interest - CCA and PDA,
for example - which will also meet TransCom regularly. But the areas
in which most pharmacy bodies I hope will become involved will be in
the detailed working groups. TransCom meets on July 17th to set up the
preliminary parts of this, and I very much hope that UKPPG/CMHP will
play an active role in several areas of what follows. It seems clear,
for example, that there will be a working group dealing with advanced
and specialist practice (which will cover all the profession). There
will need to be work dealing with postgraduate education issues,
including CPD and accreditation matters. I will ensure that you are
contacted directly with the outcomes of that meeting as a first step.
This is very preliminary. What is vital is that TransCom and its
various structures operate in an open and inclusive fashion, and that
the issues under consideration are debated as widely as possible
within (and without - the public have an interest in the success of
this) the profession. I look forward to working closely with you and
your organisations as the summer and autumn progress.
This was in reply to:
The Clarke Inquiry
53 Chandos Place
8th June 2008
On behalf of the CMHP and UKPPG, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as the Chair of Transcom. The work of this committee will determine the future direction of professional representation for pharmacy and presents us with an opportunity to start afresh and create a professional body that will command the respect of all sections of the pharmacy community.
The UKPPG/CMHP has a large, diverse and growing membership (in excess of 700 members). It’s membership spans all sectors of pharmacy - secondary care , primary care, academia, the independent sector, prisons and industry. It has recently incorporated mental health pharmacy technicians as members.
The CMHP was commissioned by the UKPPG with the primary aims of accrediting
specialist mental health pharmacists and meeting the requirements of Clinical
Governance. The College is funded solely by the UKPPG and operates independently. The accreditation process developed by CMHP could form the basis of a model accreditation system for specialist pharmacists within the new professional body.
The UKPPG and CMHP have agreed to work together to manage the aspects of any involvement with the Transitional Committee and other committees such as the Waterloo Group through a system of work sharing. The lead is Stephen Guy as President of the CMHP with deputies of Ian Maidment, Dave Branford and Dawn Price. The joint organisations are well placed to play a leading role as a member of the Transom. The enclosed Position Statement highlights the strengths and qualities UKPPG/CMHP could bring to the Transitional Committee
We are keen to meet with you at your convenience in order to discuss the best way that UKPPG/CMHP can contribute to the work of the Committee and ultimately a successful new Professional Body
President College of Mental Health Pharmacists
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Knockbracken Healthcare Park
For more about TransCom, visit their website http://www.transitionalcommittee.com/
CMHP's Helen Shaw from Oxford attended at meeting at DoH regarding smoking cessation (and lack of availability of NRTs on some wards), and made a good impression apparently, which may be leading on to further DoH contacts with the mental health gurus.
Your committee met on 13th June 2008 in Cumbria
Your committee met in Cumbria on Friday 13th June 2008, with support from Servier Laboratories. Present included Mick, Graham P, Bev, Ian, Marina, Dawn, Justine and Steve B.
Discussed items included:
- Waterloo group (see statement) and UKPPG/CMHP long-term strategy.
- UKPPG/CMHP seem to be ahead of the game in our processes and set-up but we may/will need to realign our structure and strategy in view of the changes in the profession coming from Clarke Enquiry, Transcom and RPSGB reviews. The UKPPG/CMHP have strongly campaigned for a seat on Transcom to ensure the significant mental health issues are addressed.
- The recent letter in the Pharmaceutical Journal (6th June) illustrated the nature of the tasks ahead, but collaboration with Catherine Duggan may prove effective
- Conference 2009 – negotiations are on-going with Hinckley Island which, although not quite as plush as Wokefield, is a possibility (10-12th Oct, approx, check)
- 2008 programme is in the final confirmatory stages (click here)
- Ian gave a presentation on the research set-up in UK at the moment
- A summary of Ian’s presentation has been added to the site, and we plan to update this as things change (summarised here), and as ever any additions or corrections are more than welcome
- Xara database and operation isn’t as good or as easy as we thought and technical support form Xara is virtually non-existent. It’s fine as a membership database but we still can’t get a membership-protected area. Other systems are being investigated.
- 671 members at the moment, rising slowly
- Finance is stable
- Student membership to be introduced/considered
- Conference organising sub-committee is developing
- Psychiatry 1 programmed for late October 2008, details to be announced
- Psychiatry 2 planned, but no date agreed yet
- Aston University Certificate and Diploma course future was coinsidered, with contingencies needed as and when the current course leader (eventually) retires from the post. A long-term plan is needed and if Aston continue to be as ambivalent as have been, alternatives already identified will be pursued.
- Dawn introduced a new Corporate membership scheme draft proposal, which will be sent to members before the AGM in October 2008 for consideration and voting.
- The 3 missing files have been prepared and circulated, and an extended list discussed.
- Some additional ones are in preparation and an updated CD will be produced soon. A new version containing some more peripheral and specialist drugs will be prepared.
Bath University launch Mental Health CPD
I am planning to run our usual MH Intro unit starting this September for 10 weeks. It is delivered by distance learning with support from a virtual learning environment and on-line tutor support. There is also a two day workshop where we try and deliver educational items that are difficult to deliver on-line.
Usually it is part of a Certificate or Masters in Clinical Pharmacy programme but is also offered as a stand alone CPD unit. When completed as a CPD unit it attracts ECT points which can be used towards other Higher Educational awards (certificates or Diplomas).
It will be suitable for those new to MH working in primary or secondary care (we have had at least half a dozen people through from primary care service
teams) or those who want to brush up or extend knowledge in other areas.
It is also what the Pharmacy technician MH training will be based on (but with different tasks and outcomes as discussed with Bev recently).
Anyway what I am really asking is whether I can advertise this via the UKPPG website? I attach the flyer If you want to know more please let me know Best wishes Denise
Denise Taylor MSc MRPharmS FHEA
Senior Teaching Fellow
Programme Lead for Pharmacist Prescribing Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology Room 5W 3.27 University of Bath BATH BA2 7AY.
Direct line: 01225-383677
No smoking at Rampton
Bernard Huckstep reports that Rampton High Secure Hospital introduced a no-smoking policy (for
patients and staff) on 1st April 2007. Some of you will be aware that
a number of patients took their case to be allowed to continue
smoking to the High Court around that time. The High Court have just
ruled that psychiatric patients should not be allowed to smoke at a
high security mental hospital (BBC report link is here).
This will likely have implications for other hospitals after the introduction of smoking restrictions in public places which will apply in England from the 1st July this year.
From a pharmacy point of view, our biggest challenge apart from the control and supply of NRT was the effect of smoking cessation on our clozapine patients. As expected, clozapine serum levels rose requiring substantial dose reduction – however the size of the increase in serum levels and the extent of the duration of the effect were greater than the available literature suggested at the time. These effects were so pronounced in some patients that we have decided to publish a paper describing our experiences which should help others manage similar situations. I will post a link to this as soon as it's in print.
As Rampton is a secure hospital and tobacco and ignition sources are controlled, 100% compliance with the smoking ban was ensured from 1st April 2007. There were fears that many of our patients might become acutely disturbed but, in the main, these fears proved groundless.
Good luck to others who might be embarking on similar smoking
Bernard Huckstep, Head of Pharmacy Services, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (20th May 2008)
New MHA Code of Practice - May 2008, shocking news
Thanks almost entirely to Dr Dave Branford's persistence, the MHA Code of practice for England now contains the following:
24.49 SOADs are required to consult two people (“statutory consultees”) before issuing certificates approving treatment. One of the statutory consultees must be a nurse; the other must not be either a nurse or a doctor. Both must have been professionally concerned with the patient’s medical treatment, and neither may be the clinician in charge of the proposed treatment or the responsible clinician (if the patient has one).
24.50 The Act does not specify who the statutory consultees should be, but they should be people whose knowledge of the patient and the patient’s treatment can help the SOAD decide whether the proposed treatment is appropriate. People who may be particularly well placed to act as statutory consultees include the patient’s care co-ordinator (if they have one) and, where medication is concerned, a mental health pharmacist who has been involved in any recent review of the patient’s medication.
24.51 The statutory consultees whom the SOAD proposes to consult should consider whether they are sufficiently concerned professionally with the patient’s care to fulfil the function. If not, or if a consultee feels that someone else is better placed to fulfil the function, they should make this known to the clinician in charge of the treatment and to the SOAD in good time.
24.52 Statutory consultees may expect to have a private discussion with the SOAD and to be listened to with consideration. Among the issues that the consultees should consider commenting on are:
• the proposed treatment and the patient’s ability to consent to it;
• their understanding of the past and present views and wishes of the patient;
• other treatment options and the way in which the decision on the treatment proposal was arrived at;
• the patient’s progress and the views of the patient’s carers; and
• where relevant, the implications of imposing treatment on a patient who does not want it and the reasons why the patient is refusing treatment.
24.53 If the SOAD wishes to speak to the statutory consultees face to face, the hospital managers should ensure that the SOAD is able to do so.
24.54 Consultees should ensure that they make a record of their consultation with the SOAD, which is then placed in the patient’s notes.
24.55 SOADs should also be prepared, where appropriate, to consult a wider range of people who are concerned with the patient’s care than those required by the Act. That might include the patient’s GP and, unless the patient objects, the patient’s nearest relative, parents (where relevant), other family and carers, and any independent mental health advocate2 (or other advocate) representing the patient.
Dave is now retiring to bed to get over the shock of actually being listened to! It only took him 20 years!
Your committee met on 25th April 2008 in Belfast
Attendees included Jane Riley, Stephen Bleakley, Dave Branford, Trudi Hilton, Cathy Mortimer, Elaine Weston, Stephen Guy, Helen Shaw, Ian Maidment, Marina Davidson, Bev Faulkner, Mick Marven, Dawn Price, Steve Bazire, Graham Parton and Lynn Haygarth.
Discussion covered New Ways of Working (and co-ordination of UKPPG and CMHP)
Education and training - Psych 1 will be at Woodland Grange in autumn 2008; 70 took the Certificate exam, 40 in new cohort; Diploma has 30 and now costs £5200 (certificate and Diploma)
New Ways of Working (NWW) - Medicines Management Self Assessment Toolkit & Guidance; message from Dave Branford to all pharmacists but especially pharmacy managers
Over the last few years many of you have been involved with the New Ways of Working in Mental Health projects.
These have included the following
- The Spread Programme of local projects
- The mental health surveys
- Various other initiatives
Most of the products of these initiatives are on the NWW website www.newwaysofworking.org.uk (go to the main site via this link, then click 'Pharmacy', then 'Medicines Management') . They include:
- Individual Spread programme reports
- The Spread Programme report –Learning lessons from the Spread Programme
- The Surveys of MHT secondary care pharmacy services in England
- The reports of the MHT secondary care pharmacy services in England
- New Ways of Working for Mental Health Pharmacy
- The MM service user/carer leaflet
In the last year (2007) the DH/NWW team sponsored 4 more projects
- Developing a model SLA
- Enhancing the role of the pharmacy technician in mental health pharmacy
- Medicines Management learning sets
- The medicines management self-assessment toolkit
These products will be on show at the Medicines Management in Mental Health conference at Leeds on June 25th. Chief Pharmacists should be encouraging the Board member with responsibility for MM to attend (as well as attending themselves with their chief technician).
The particular product that has just been loaded on the NWW website is the medicines management self assessment toolkit. This easy to use excel spreadsheet programme enable MHTs to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in relation to MM. We have used it locally to assist in the writing of our new MM strategy.
I would welcome.
Any Trusts that completes it sends me a copy of your completed MHT assessment – these will be kept in confidence but enable a battery of completed assessments so that some benchmarking can take place. Some feedback from those that have used it on how you used, how useful you found it and suggestions for modifications
Dr D Branford PhD MRPharmS
Derbyshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust
Derby DE22 3LZ
Tel: 01332 623567
Mob: 07786 391472
The Clarke Enquiry
The Report of the Independent Inquiry into a Professional Body for Pharmacy was published on 2nd April 2008, and can be found on the website www.theclarkeinquiry.com.
UKPPG Vice Chairperson Dawn Price spoke at the European Association of health Care Pharmacists in Maastrict in february, at the first mental health symposium at an EAHP conference for ten years. She spoke about near-patient testing of clozapine, along with other well-known pharmacists Elisabeth Eide (Norway, diabetes and depression), Hans Mulder (Netherlands, genomics) and someone from Spain (psychoeducation). For a preview see Broekema and Hermens, EJHP Journal 2007;14:21.
Your committee met on 8th February 2008 at Gatwick, with thanks to Lundbeck for supporting the meeting.
Present: Ian, Dawn, Graham P, Graham N, Stephen G, Steve B, Elaine, Marina, Mick eventually
Apologies from Bev, Pat, Trudi and Justine
Items discussed included:
CMHP: over the last two meetings, the following were discussed:
- Dr. Dave Branford now has the academic background role on the Board
- Stephen Bleakley now registrar with re-accreditation to Lynn Haygarth as assistant registrar
- There have been lots of requests for portfolios so CMHP hoping for lots of applicants for vivas later in year
- A new version of the portfolio is being worked on which would allow different ways of proving the current competencies other than through the existing system. This would allow specialist mental health pharmacists in e.g. managerial levels to be included. The CMHP is planning to have a draft document by April and released in June, for the October vivas
- Clarke enquiry response has been put on their website. Most responses from other groups were critical of RPSGB but it is thought unlikely the RPSGB will adjust their views
- Competencies for special interest pharmacists, including possibility of community pharmacies running e.g. lithium clinics are being worked on
- A viva has been videoed and is on Youtube (link to come)
- Conference – see conference page. The committee was exercised that there had been a late change in date but there was a problem with a venue that issued a contract proposal for a weekend that wasn’t available as it was already booked. The Conference date has been agreed as 10-12th October and the contract we area ssurred is "in the post" fully signed. The UKPPG is still £33K owing from pharmaceutical industry from 2007 conference. The 2009 conference dates should be 9-11th October.
- PALS – due to an as yet unidentified error, several PALS had been inadvertently omitted from the current PALS, which is being rectified imminently. Translations are being pursued but the cost for a professional translation service is prohibitive at the moment.
A Chief and significant others think tank is proposed
Psych 1 date awaited
Psych 2 TBA
To be discussed at joint CMHP meeting in April
- Bulletin re-launch is still being costed
Working in Mental Health: Wendy Davies (Cardiff) had an article published in the Pharmaceutical Journal on 26/1/08 called "Working in mental health" about her career.
A New Year Message from Stephen Guy, President of the College of Mental Health Pharmacists:
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all CMHP and UKPPG
members a very happy and prosperous New Year.
At the beginning of the year many of us plan out what we want to
achieve in the next 12 months both in our private and professional
lives. With regard to your professional development I would
encourage you to apply for College Membership as soon as possible.
The changes in regulation of pharmacists and the creation of a new
professional body, possibly a Royal College, presents the College of
Mental Health Pharmacists with an opportunity to become directly
involved in the future development of the profession as a whole and
to become the voice for mental health pharmacy in particular. To
ensure we are representative of mental health pharmacists we need as
large a membership base as possible and that is where you come in!
If you already are a CMHP member please encourage your work
colleagues to apply and give them you support and encouragement.
Membership of the College is open to all pharmacists members of the
UKPPG who hold a Diploma in Psychiatric Therapeutics OR have at
least 5 years experience working as a Mental Health Pharmacist. In
addition you have to submit a portfolio of work for assessment and
attend for a viva. Please don't let either of the last two steps put
you off applying. The portfolio is not difficult to complete – the
majority of it can be completed by recording your daily activities.
There are a few additional sections but each of these does not exceed
an A4 page. The Viva can be daunting but again it is straightforward
and is in two parts
the first part is the Case Vignettes - these are everyday scenarios
that you might come across. There are some questions to answer and
you are given 15 minutes to prepare your answer to 3 case Vignettes.
The panel are not trying to catch you out – there are no trick
The second part of the Viva is based on your portfolio. You might be
asked to expand on a section or explain what has happened to a
particular piece of work since you submitted your portfolio
You can view a sample portfolio on the UKPPG website. In order to
keep track of people who are interested in becoming members we ask
that you apply to the Registrar for a portfolio pack. I hope to have
a short video presentation of the Viva available on the UKPPG website
There are two Viva sessions planned for the 17tth or 18th of July and
for the day before the UKPPG annual conference in early October. The
deadlines for portfolio submission are the 7th April 2008 and 30th
June 2008 respectively.
Make becoming a member of the College you New Year Resolution for 2008
President College of Mental Health Pharmacists
Successful team for the project to evaluate acute mental health medicines management schemes announced:
Dr Dave Branford announced that South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust had won the project, with key Investigators Cathy Riley (Chief Pharmacist) and Dr Eleanor Bradley (Head of R&D), using a key Collaborators / Expert panel including Samantha Mortimer (Senior Nurse Medicines Management); Paul Bowers (Ward Manager); Guy Taylor (Ward Manager); Dr Nitin Gupta (Consultant Psychiatrist: General Psychiatry); Professor Tony Elliot (Clinical Director: Older Age Psychiatry) and Val Phillips (Senior Pharmacist). The project is working to a very short time scale so I hope any of you who have information about schemes that you have implemented that may assist Cathy Riley with this important project will be proactive in making contact with her.
Your committee met in Milton Keynes on Friday 18th November...
- Many thanks to Lundbeck for accommodation the previous night and a room for the Friday.
- Present: Ian, Graham P, Bev, Dawn, Steve, Marina, Celia, Denny
- Dawn Price was elected Vice Chairman
- Long-term strategy was discussed. Steve to lead on a regular Chief’s network
- Communication strategy – plan to move to electronic distribution of data e.g. Bulletin, database.
- Conference 2007 feedback discussed at length (every comment read). Generally excellent, a couple of venue glitches. For 2008, a visit by Graham P, Graham N and Denny concluded that the proposed new venue was fine, so we have reserved 3rd-5th October at Hinckley Point in Leicestershire. The nearest mainline station is Nuneaton and at a good location for motorways and airports. Apart from the lack of 24/7 tea and coffee facilities, the conference facilities, accomodation, and other requirements are within our specification and will allow us to have better access and keep the price unchanged. Please click here to see separate page for 2008 annual Conference plans
- A Lundbeck Foundation is being set up in UK, Celia involved
- Education: Diploma has intake of 20 in November, another intake in April. Register now to avoid the price hike!
Psychiatry 1 in October was very successful, based on the feedback forms presented by Celia. The price has remained the same for many years and will need to go up, reflecting the increased costs
- Bulletin: long discussion of future format for the Bulletin (or whatever it may be called in the future), which Celia is taking over. A number of options were discussed for a more professional long-term journal. The successful Newsletter will continue.
- Technician career pathways discussed
- New Corporate membership scheme details discussed
- New PR strategy discussed
Your committee met on Friday 21st September 2007 ...
in sunny Manchester, with thanks to Janssen-Cilag for support for the accommodation and meeting rooms. Those present included Graham P, Ian, Celia, Elaine, Justine, Graham N, Denny, Marina, Dawn, Pat, Cath and Steve, with apologies from Mick and Bev. Matters discussed include:
- Education news:
Psychiatry 1 is running on 19th-21st October 2007 at Woodland Grange, with currently 20 delegates
Postgraduate Certificate now has 66 enrolled for the current course
Postgraduate Diploma had all 18 candidates pass, 6 with distinctions.
The next postgraduate Diploma has 19 people ready to roll, but the start is held up after some problems with the courses and their relationship to Aston University and integration. Whilst the external review showed these to be excellent courses, there have been some issues regarding the finer points of the documentation after changes in regulations. Celia is working hard to resolve this tedious issue, but changes will be necessary.
Both the certificate and diploma courses will in future have to be offered as CPD programmes, at an Aston-decided and regrettable cost of £2600 each.
The Certificate will, however, be available soon as stand-alone CPD modules to anyone (including technicians), with or without assessments and assignments, at around £300 (TBC).
The final touches were put to the exciting programme. Conference is now full to weekend delegates (unless you can find someone with whom to share or find your own accommodation!).
There was a discussion about alternative conference venues, more news in due course.
Membership is now up to 40.
Elections have been held for the new Board.
A new level of accreditation is being considered for non-clinically practicing Chief Pharmacists
- A wide range of other strategic issues were discussed and Ian Maidment will be taking these on when he accedes to Chairman after the conference.
- Cath Bury is sadly not standing for re-election
- Next meeting 17th November in Milton Keynes
Your committee met in London on 8th June 2007 (thanks to Janssen-Cilag for supporting accommodation). Members present included Pat, Denise, Dawn, Stephen Guy (for CMHP), Marina, Graham P, Ian, Justine, Bev, Denny and Steve Bazire. Apologies from Elaine and Mick. Items discussed included:
- UKPPG structure
- CMHP webpages
- Methods of facilitating and co-ordinating huge number of work-streams – DoH, NICE, RPSGB, NWW, NIMHE/CSIP, POM-UK etc. to avoid duplication, enhance people’s abilities to represent and promote the many aspects of mental health pharmacy (remembering that services have developed in often very different ways in different areas depending on local needs
- Psych 1 successful, good meeting
- J-C are running a Chief Pharmacists’ Psychiatry 3 in November,
- Technicians courses – Bev and Denise discussing a distance learning course
Authors needed for pharmacy publications - Adrienne Dumont is looking for authors to write some clinical updates for community pharmacists on psychiatric topics. The most immediate topics will be the drug treatment of anxiety/depression and mental health pre-and post childbirth (based on the recent NICE guidelines). Each article would be 1,600-1,800 words and the fee £175 per 1,000 words, with deadlines to suit yourselves. The best e-mail to contact her on is ademont @ lineone.net as she is only at work office once a week (phone 020 8508 4489).
Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) - Congratulations to David Taylor (Chief Pharmacist at The Maudsley) who has recently been made the pharmacy lead for the Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) – a UK–wide Department of Health-funded research organisation.
David will be representing pharmacy interests in multi-centre research projects involving pharmaceutical products. Another part of his role is to set up a pharmacy research group. This group, probably of about 10 people, will design, co-ordinate and oversee pharmacy-led research projects requiring a multi-centre approach.
This is a great opportunity for mental health pharmacy to establish itself in high level research under the auspices of the Department of Health.
David is now looking for volunteers to join the MHRN pharmacy research group. This will involve four meetings a year in London or Manchester and additional work arising from research undertaken. It is envisaged that all research will be externally funded such that there will be no need to provide services without adequate remuneration.
The future of the RPSGB - Bev Faulkner took part in the RPSGB "Engaging to transform the profession" meeting on 30th April 2007, and reports the following. Following a welcome by Hemant Patel, Ann Lewis gave a presentation of the main points in the White paper, as background for the day, and then Professor Bob Michell (Lay member of the council) gave a talk on the view from another angle (very interesting). A flavour of the results of the pre-workshop questionnaire was given by David Pruce. Then followed a series of workshops around the functions, values and governance of a Royal College, and a chance for groups to discuss issues such as supporting Generalist and Specialist pharmacists, Education and Training (College Vs GPC), Reflecting Devolution and Achieving Wide Membership, with feedback then to all.
From the feedback the main requests were for the Society to put all the information together to generate some form of consultation regarding the aims of a college. However, it did seem that the Society were going to be taking that forward, and plan to merge into the college, and not into the GPC. The reason given for that was that the Society would never get agreement from its members to give away its assets to a government body, and that the Society did much more than regulate, so who else would continue to do this other valuable stuff such as the library, and professional help accessible by its members on a day to day basis?
There was great variation in opinion on many topics, and a general feeling that much work would have to be done to engage Community Pharmacy as the College appears to be geared towards secondary care. The Society released a statement to the press on May 1st which has a much more upbeat view of the day than the one I took away. The value of yet another day discussing the same things can only be judged on the action that is taken next.
Some notes on the questionnaire results (27 respondents):
Question 1. Are you in favour of the formation of a Royal College?
24 in favour
3 it depends…..
Question 2. What should the balance of generalists and specialists be in the Royal College?
100% felt it needed to embrace everyone, but reflect the membership. No one group should dominate, and that it required focused and strategic leadership.
Question 3. Do you think the Society, working with PSNI and others, should host the Royal College and why?
Need to consider the options 8.
Noted that it is not clear what is meant by host, and that the society should not dominate, but should just form one part of a new organisation that will be the college.
Questions 4 and 5. What would make your organisation wish to amalgamate with/associate with or work with the Royal College and What sort of relationship would your organisation like with the Royal College?
Work with 12
Comments included only if the college supports my org’s own agenda, faculties need to feed into the governing body, what will the college do?
Memorable quotes of the day.
‘must recognise that in this country we have an international reputation’ Ann Lewis talking about RPSGB.
‘regulatory hysteria post Shipman’ Bob Michell
‘Doctors understand diseases, nurses understand patients, pharmacists understand medicines’ Unattributed.
On the subject of tech membership of the college, group 1 fed back that ‘it would be better to have them inside the tent looking out, rather than outside the tent looking in. However, do we want them in our sleeping bags as well?’.
Friday 20th April 2007: Your committee met in York (thanks to Shire for supporting accommodation and the meeting room).
Present: Cath, Bev, Mick, Pat, Marina, Graham N, Denny, Dawn, Celia, Steve, Ian and Elaine.
- The main discussion in the morning was future UKPPG strategy, based on strategy documents produced by Dawn and Graham. The outcomes will be circulated in due course when completed but included a new mission statement and objectives, 18 functional objectives and nine planned portfolios for all committee members e.g. membership services, education and training, IT and website, PR and marketing, User and Carer liaison, R&D and performance, consultation on Guidelines, legislation and training, communication and publications, conference organisation. Each committee member should have a portfolio, an SOP and lead a team to achieve the aims, including in that team people who are not necessarily on the committee.
Pat Morgan was welcomed as a co-opted member, both in her own right and as Welsh pharmacist in the space vacated by Wendy Davies.
Other items included:
- Finance and membership: UKPPG membership now totals 612 (cf. CPP around the thousand mark) and the link to the Xara membership database has been made but needs further work. Finances are stable but the conference and courses still give cause for concern. A financial model for the UKPPG over the next 5 years was reviewed and led to much discussion about future activities.
- Education: Psychiatry 2 running this weekend under Stuart Gill-Banham’s leadership. Psychiatry 1 will be 19-21st October at Woodland Grange in Birmingham. 80 Certificate students started in January 2007, 30 are currently on the Diploma. Certificate exams were a few weeks ago, with 27 distinctions noted. The Aston University regular external review of the postgraduate pharmacy course last month (staffing, course, succession planning, student feedback etc) led to questions about the future of the Certificate and Diploma as core Aston University School of Pharmacy activities. As a result, our courses might move to the CPD portfolio, giving better control and management. A Psychiatry 3 related weekend is in preparation for later in the year, more details to follow, in collaboration with Rita Lakhani from Janssen-Cilag. Other educational initiatives were discussed.
- The 60 new PALS have been completed and are with the web-designer. Price to include site intranet license.
- The future of pharmacy was discussed in view of the changes to accreditation decreed by the Government. There are to be a central accreditation body, plus possibly specialist Royal Colleges within the next 3 years. Conflict between elitism/accreditation and membership is causing problems. The CMHP and UKPPG is being represented by Celia Feetam and Bev Faulkner and ensuring we’re being involved and move in the right direction. The CMHP and CPP are the only two organisations with established accreditation processes in place and these are being used as potential models for other specialties.
- UKPPG had received a letter from www.vocalclarity.co.uk who offer training sessions for pharmacists with English as a second language to aid their clarity in NHS environments.
- CMHP: The re-accreditation process is now in place and early CMHP members will be reaccredited soon. A motion will be put to the next CMHP AGM about creating an Associate Membership for Chief Pharmacists who have difficulty gaining accreditation due to their job having insufficient clinical input. Fees for vivas and portfolios are planned to help with planning.
Friday 2nd February 2007: Your committee met in Chester-le-Street, with thanks to Eisai Pharma for the support of meeting room and accommodation.
Present: Graham P, Graham N, Michael, Steve, Denise, Elaine, Ian, Marina, Bev and Cath
Apologies from Trudi, Dawn, Justine, Denny and Celia.
Matters discussed included:
- Welcome to new co-opted committee members Bev Faulkner (Technician representative) and Cath Boury (Community Pharmacist).
- Finances: agreed a membership fee to £25pa (£40 for first year), a snip compared to other similar organisations
- Bursaries will be granted annually, November for the next year’s certificate (£300), Diploma (£600) TBC
- Membership database (Xara) has been started and is being developed. Soon the website support and resource pages will be password protected.
- Psychiatry 1 and 2 have been successful but run at a significant loss and will have to be reviewed.
- Conference took up a lot of time, see conference page.
- Education: Psych 1 in October, Psych 2 in April. Certificate and Diploma doing well, record numbers. Succession planning is an issue.
- Dawn had prepared a strategy document
- Steve apologised for the delay in updating the website due to a virus that wiped his hard drive, and that his son Chris has spent the last 8 weeks retrieving the data and setting up the connections again.
- PALs. – the 59 have now been completed and are being fine-tuned
- Elaine is working on NWW group and implementation thereof. NWW Conference is Leeds on 25th April, needs more pharmacists to be there
- Strategy document: read, comments to Graham P and Dawn, ask Dawn to lead session on Friday morning of next committee meeting and finalise our plan
- Review portfolio list e.g. range, number, topics
Monday 20th November. The long-awaited website revamp occurred courtesy of Chris Goff, who travelled the long miles from Cardiff to Lincoln via Norwich. Steve will now work his way through the site checking all the pages to check they're correct (the conference pages have needed a lot of work so far) and update the whole site after the limbo period. All comments gratefully received!
Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November. Your committee (well, Graham P, Ian, Michael, Steve and Dawn anyway) had a business planning meeting in Sedgefield on the Friday then met with the CMHP (Celia, Stephen Guy, Stephen Bleakley, Stuart and Kathy) and Dave Branford to sort out the future CMHP/UKPPG roles. The result of this will be announced as soon as we worked out what we decided. Thanks to Lundbeck for supporting this event. The conference 2007 was also looked at, as was committee structure.
Friday 20th January 2006. Your committee met in London (thanks to Denfleet Pharma for supporting accommodation and meeting rooms) on Friday 20th January 2006. Those present were Graham Newton, Graham Parton, Ian, Wendy Davies, Denise, Michael, Dawn, Denny, Morag, Celia and Steve (apologies from Justine and Gill):
Matters discussed included:
- Finance: conference still being completed, some money outstanding but being sorted slowly, marquee was more expensive than expected, the UKPPG total finances are solid though. There was a lengthy discussion on managing the hospitality conflicts.
- Conference 2006: The venue is being revamped, with new facilities (although sadly the tram has gone, being replaced by specimen cars and motorbikes, which can’t be as cosy as a tram!) and so Wokefield park will be used again.
- Friday: CAMHS inc ADHD (child and adult, LD, bipolar, early intervention)
- Saturday: Practice session, AstraZeneca Travel Award, automation
- Sunday: NICE, Bipolar, Brett Hill
- RPSGB Practice Guidance on the care of people with mental health problems – Dawn Price is UKPPG representative
- CMHP: Celia meeting John Farrell from DoH about care pathways
- Treasurer: Morag is standing down (having been retired for over a year!) and Michael Marven has agreed to become shadow Treasurer. Graham Newton has agreed to become secretary for the mean time and Ian Maidment was voted as Vice Chairman (after the first three-way committee election ever)
- Gill Hawksworth has suggested she may not still be the best person to represent contact with community pharmacy and the society and so a replacement is being sought.
- Workforce census – the first for 10 years, being carried out for NIMHE by Jane Sutton, aiming for 28th February conference
- PALs – drafts due for completion by end of April and will be ready for consultation
- Bulletin and Newsletter – Bulletin and newsletter due out shortly
- Website update needs work from Steve
- AZ travel award – discussions on-going
- Pre-reg bursary award – free conference place for best pre-reg project, Mick Marven facilitating
- Best final year project award – still running
- Psych 1, March and November proposed dates for 2006. New venue has been sourced.
- Psych 2: Probably one later in the year (contact is Dave Branford)
- Psych 3: dropped from agenda
- Sainsbury Centre – Ian Maidment working with them on their pharmacist-free NSF implementation document