This section contains information specific to the Stockport 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 Stockport Locality Lead

Peter Marks is the GMLPC Locality Lead for Stockport.

Stockport news & updates


Active Ageing

Active Ageing is a new programme and campaign aimed at helping individuals aged 55+ who have experienced a significant life event by supporting them to become more physically active as part of a healthy lifestyle. They are looking to work more closely with Pharmacies to engage with patients who could benefit from access to this programme. For more information view this letter for Pharmacies or contact

Nutrition & hydration pilot

Pharmacy teams can get resources to help improve nutrition and hydration in older and vulnerable people in Stockport, as part of a new pilot in some areas of Greater Manchester. The resources available include staff training/education, information booklets for patients/customers, and paper armbands that help identify people who may be at risk due to low BMI. Pharmacies may also find this visual checklist helpful. For more information, contact your local project lead: Siobhan McKenna, 07764 734746,


Guide to booking interpreters

Stockport CCG has produced this fantastic guide to help pharmacy staff understand the needs of speakers of other languages, and with booking interpreters and translators.

BigWord Updated Quick Guide to interpreting 20.12.2019

Pharmacy Staff Guide to Interpretation 2019


Switch from Paracetamol to Mandanol (April 2018)

Stockport CCG has taken the decision to change all prescriptions for Paracetamol tablets to the brand name “Mandanol tablets”. Note this may be listed as Mandanol capsule-shaped tablets on some ordering systems. This change will be phased in over the next few months. Practice pharmacists/technicians/medicines co-ordinators working together with the practices will help to ensure that you are not left with stocks of Paracetamol that you cannot use. Practices have been asked to work with their local pharmacies. If any have already changed to Mandanol before you have used up your stocks of Paracetamol, please contact your medicines co-ordinator or practice CCG pharmacist who will temporarily change prescriptions back to Paracetamol to ensure that current stocks are used up. If you have any difficulties with stocks, please advise the LPC who will talk to the medicines optimisation team at the CCG on your behalf. Thank you all for your help in this change over.


Novartis have asked hospitals to give out the attached flyer each time they prescribe Entresto. This is to ensure patients do not run out of medication and will help if you are unable to obtain Entresto from your usual supplier.

Local commissioners

Stockport CCG:

Stockport Council

General Practice Updates

General Practice Updates – Issue 25 – Prescribing – Apr 18  This edition contains a link to the updated brand generic list.

Stockport Together

Health and social care partners in Stockport are working together with primary care and voluntary organisations on a joint plan to transform care and improve outcomes. Find out more on their website. This presentation from our pharmacy engagement event (March 2018) explains more about Stockport Together and community pharmacy’s role.