Friday Letter 24/04/2020

Friday 24th April 2020

Price Concessions – 3rd April Update

There has been a third update to the April 2020 price concessions

Click here to view on the PSNC website

PSNC Pandemic Delivery Service flowchart

PSNC has produced a flowchart showing the Essential and Advanced Service aspects of the Pandemic Delivery Service, as well as indicating what would be considered a non-NHS service.

Pandemic Delivery Service Overview (PDF)

Booking a test for pharmacy staff – National testing scheme

In order to book a COVID-19 test for an eligible pharmacy staff member, you must refer to an email you will have received to your shared pharmacy mailbox.

You should have received an email on Saturday 18th April 2020, with details on how your staff can access testing, by the NHS Business Services Authority to the NHSmail shared mailbox. The email contained a link to an invitation template which can be given to employees needing testing.

It is important that neither pharmacy contractors nor their employees publish or share this invitation or the link.

If you are unable to find this message or have any further queries on the national testing programme, please contact DHSC by emailing

Claim for Easter Bank Holidays

Easter bank holiday claims can now be made via MYS. Contractors must submit their claim for the £250 per hour payment using the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal before 5th May 2020.

Payments will be made on the 1st June. This payment will not appear on the FP34 Schedule of Payment, NHSBSA will provide you with confirmation of payment.

For more guidance, please see the PSNC website for support making Easter bank holiday claims

In preparation for the upcoming May bank holidays, although details have not yet been confirmed, if you are intending on opening then please update the DoS and your NHS website profile. These profiles may be used to validate claims, so please make sure they are up to date.

Security Advice for pharmacies during COVID-19

The following advice from the Metropolitan police for guidance on keeping staff safe in pharmacies during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Please read in full and share with your staff.

NHSE&I COVID-19 weekly updates

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published a weekly COVID-19 community health, hospital discharge and social care update.

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