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

Deadline extended to complete PNA survey

The deadline has been extended for Manchester contractors to complete the survey that will inform the locality’s Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for the next three years by providing information about what services are currently provided where. The survey now closes at the end of June. .

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) is producing the PNA for 2020/23 and has invited pharmacy contractors to complete the survey to ensure it accurately reflects the pharmacy services currently available in Manchester.

We would strongly encourage all Manchester contractors to complete the survey, which only takes 10 minutes. It’s vital that the PNA is based on accurate information about what pharmacy services are currently available in Manchester, as it will strongly influence commissioning and decisions on pharmacy applications for the next three years.

Good progress with North Manchester eRD pilot

North Manchester pharmacies and GP practices have been piloting electronic repeat dispensing. Read the evaluation here (2018).

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