Friday Letter 03/07/2020

Friday 3rd July 2020

June 2020 Price Concessions

The final list of price concessions for June 2020 has been published.

Please click here to review

Pandemic Medicines Delivery Service Update

Following the announcement of the extension to the Pandemic Delivery Service, please see the attached official notification letter and service specification.

This service will now remain in place until 31st July 2020.

Reminder : PSNC Pharmacy Audit by Sunday

Pharmacies are requested to undertake the PSNC pharmacy advice clinical audit on one day this week, between 29th June and 5th July 2020. This audit can be carried out as one of pharmacies’ contractual (clinical) audits for 2020/21.

PSNC have published guidance to support participating pharmacies, including a team briefing outlining criteria or inclusion, what needs to be recorded and a series of FAQS; and an Audit template to support the preparation of data to be entered into PharmOutcomes.

For more information, please see the following links to the PSNC website:

Team briefing sheet

Audit template

Changes to NMS knowledge and skills requirements

Following changes to the NMS knowledge and skills requirements, a pharmacist providing the NMS will no longer have to have an MUR certificate.

An updated NMS self-assessment form has been published to reflect this change. This only needs to be completed by pharmacists who have not previously completed the former version of the self-assessment form.

Click here to view the updated self-assessment and further details on the PSNC website.

Maintaining Immunisation programmes during COVID-19

The attached document from Public Health England gives guidance for maintaining immunisation programmes during the Coronavirus Pandemic. With the upcoming flu season, and immunisation programmes such as pneumococcal and travel vaccines likely to increase in demand in the coming months, please familiarise yourselves with the clinical guidance for Healthcare professionals.

Pharmacy changes in opening times and temporary closures – Update

The NEL LPC has received a number of queries regarding when to return to normal working hours, as some pharmacies are currently operating at reduced opening hours or have temporarily closed.

The emergency period has been extended until 1st September 2020. Therefore pharmacies can exercise flexibility in provision of service until this date given adequate reasoning and agreement from NHS London Region.

COVID-19 and general perceptions

Please see the following report from the Health Foundation with the findings of their recent survey on COVID-19

Click here to view

GPhC guidance on Antibody testing

Please review the latest GPhC Q&A webpage for their advice on the use of antibody testing kits.

Click here to view

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