Friday Letter 24/01/2020

Friday 24th January 2020

NICE calls for greater use of Community Pharmacy in new draft quality standard

Community pharmacy teams have the potential to play a greater role in health promotion and prevention says NICE.

Click here to see the full NICE article below with a link to the draft quality standard

Rescheduled: FCC re-launch event

The First Care Connection CIC relaunch event has been rescheduled to Tuesday 10th March 2020.

This event is designed to get the community pharmacy sector ready for the new collaborative future. If you have not already done so, please use the link below to register your place.

When: Tuesday 10th March

Time: 19:00 – 21:45

Where: City Gates Conference Centre, 25-29 Clements Rd, Ilford IG1 1BH


Changes to FP10 forms and tokens

FP10 forms and Tokens have been changed, the new versions being introduced will be put into circulation this month.

Key changes include:

  • Addition of new exemption box ‘U’ for “patients who are in receipt of Universal Credit and meets the criteria
  • Removal of box ‘X’ for “was prescribed free-of-charge contraceptives” (contraceptives continue to remain free-of-charge items)
  • Introduction of a new prescriber endorsement ‘FS’ for free supply of sexual health treatment
  • Merging of age exemption categories (‘A’ and ‘C’) into a single category ‘A’ “is 60 years of age or over or is under 16 years of age
  • Re-wording of exemption category ‘G’ to Prescription exemption certificate issued by the Ministry of Defence

Please see the detailed guidance on the ‘Changes to the FP10 NHS Prescription Form‘ that has been produced by the DHSC and NHSBSA.

PSNC have produced a news story and FAQs to support pharmacists:

PSNC News Story

FAQ briefing

PSNC CPCS resource on CD supply

PSNC have produces a resource on CPCS controlled drugs supply which you may find helpful.

Click here to view on the PSNC website

Supply Disruption Alert: Phenytoin Capsules

Please see the following message regarding the SDA for phenytoin from MHRA.

This advises that the manufacturer Accord will be out of stock of phenytoin sodium 100mg capsules until early May 2020.

Alternatives are available but switching requires monitoring and may also require specialist advice.

The alert contains detailed advice on the management of affected patients.

Reminder: Flu Update

Please be reminded of the advice from Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) for vaccinations to be used in 2020/21, see the letter below from NHSEI on the implementation of this advice the 2020/21 scheme.

Click here to view

PCN and DESs

Please see the following document ‘What the draft network DES service specifications mean for GPs in 2020’ for your information.

Reporting Suspicious emails

Please see the below process for what the pharmacies should do as part of cyber security vigilance.

Please remember to be vigilant with your cyber-security.

If you receive an email that looks suspicious DO NOT open or click on the link!

Step 1 – Forward the email to as an attachment for virus analysis and central trend monitoring:

1. Select the suspect email from your email list.

2. In the Outlook ribbon in the respond area, select ‘More’ and then select ‘Forward as Attachment’.

3. In the email window that opens add as the recipient in the ‘To field’.

4. Click the ‘Send’ button.

Step 2 – Permanently delete the suspicious email (bypassing the deleted items folder)

1. Select the suspect email from your email list.

2. Hold down the ‘Shift’ key and press the ‘Delete’ key.

3. Click ‘Yes’ to confirm if a warning dialogue appears.

If you are having any trouble with the above steps, please contact your LPC for further guidance.

HEE Training for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

Please see the following communication from HEE with regards to upcoming training available to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

If you have any queries, please contact the NEL LPC office.

Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Important dates and declaration opens!

The following upcoming dates are important for meeting your PQS criteria, furthermore the declaration point is opening at the beginning of next month.

31st January 2020:

  • Pharmacies can stop checking diabetic patients

1st February 2020:

  • Last date for the pharmacy to begin NSAID Audit 2020

3rd February 2020:

  • Declaration Period opens

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