This section contains information specific to the Manchester locality, including locally-commissioned services, the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, local health profile (compared with national public health data), Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the locality plan.

GMLPC Manchester Locality Lead

Jennie Watson is the GMLPC Locality Lead for Manchester.

Manchester news & updates

MHCC – Antiviral Access Points Service Specification

MHCC have published the Service Specification for the Antiviral service in Manchester. This specification is valid between September 2021 – November 2022. A review of the specification is due to take place in November 2022.

Click here to view the service specification

The Neighbourhoods Service Community Safety Team at Manchester City Council are requesting feedback from pharmacies who have or are signed up to participate with the ASK for ANI codeword scheme, please see further information below;

As you may remember you kindly supported us last year with raising awareness of domestic abuse during the first lock down and being a source of information for victims seeking help and support. Some of you may be familiar with and already be taking part in the Safe Space scheme. The Home Office has recently launched a further scheme to complement this work.

The ‘Ask for ANI’ scheme is intended to work alongside and build on this existing work, providing an additional tool that can be used to help people access support within the community. The premise of the scheme is that those in need of assistance can use the codeword ANI in participating pharmacies to let staff know that they require an emergency police response or help with contacting a helpline or specialist support service.

I wonder if you are aware of the scheme and if your pharmacy has signed up to take part? I would be particularly interested in hearing your feedback if you are participating in the scheme so I can share this with GMP, GMCA  and Home Office colleagues, to help them refine and improve the scheme further. Please email me at

If you are not yet signed up but would like to take part in the scheme, details of how to sign up are contained in the link below, along with more information about the scheme.

Manchester Area Prescribing 

Preferred medicine brands for Manchester: This summary explains which branded generics are the preferred options in Manchester.

Blood Glucose Meters: There has been a formulary update for type 2 diabetes patients only. This recommends that patients are switched to the following meters once they have used up their current stocks of strips:

  • LifeScan – One Touch Select Plus
  • Roche – Accu-check Performa Nano
  • Ascensia – Contour Black Edition

Seven-day Prescriptions: The Manchester CCGs ‘7 day’ prescription policy is now available.

Kwells: As you’re probably aware there are supply issues with Kwells. Our mental health team often prescribe these for patients on Clozapine. If you have patients that you can’t supply to, please contact the prescriber who will prescribe an alternative.


Neighbourhood meetings

As you’re probably aware, CCG areas are split into neighbourhoods. Central Manchester has regular neighbourhood meetings. They are during the day and unfunded but if your pharmacy is in the patch and you’d like to attend, please contact our Manchester Locality Lead, Jennie Watson, at for more details. Two patches are covered in each meeting – Gorton/Levenshulme and Ardwick/Longsight.


Local commissioners

Manchester Health & Care Commissioning – Manchester now has a single commissioner for health and social care. It was created on 1 April 29017 when the three CCGs joined forces with Manchester City Council.



  1. Safeguarding Children’s Referral Form: Referral form with guidance to support completion.
  2. Early Help Hubs Referral Form: Referral form to be used when referring families for Early Help in Manchester. This is designed mainly for GP practices but may be of relevance.
  3. Manchester’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) operates a consultation line on 0161 219 2895 that partner agencies can call. Anyone considering making a referral can call this number to discuss any concerns about a child with a senior social worker within the MASH. The social worker will reference the Levels of Need Framework. Where the threshold for social work intervention is not met, the social worker will be able to have an informed discussion with the referrer and, where appropriate, advise that an Early Help Assessment is undertaken or direct the professional to the local Early Help Hub.

Other services

Children’s Community Nursing Team – support for children with health conditions

Palliative Care Pharmacy Providers & Stock List 2017

Manchester City Council Health and Wellbeing site – Useful for signposting


North Manchester EPS RD pilot

EPS Evaluation

One Page Summary