Friday 31st July 2020
July 2020 Price Concessions
The final update for June 2020 price concessions have been granted by DHSC.
DHSC announces addition eligible groups – National immunisation scheme
On Friday 24th July, DHSC announced an expansion to the groups eligible for flu vaccinations under the national immunisation scheme. The additional groups are as follows:
- Household contacts of those who are on the shielded patient list; and
- An expansion of the schools’ programme to include the first year of secondary school (year 7).
- People aged 50 to 64;
The first two listed groups above will be able to access vaccination from community pharmacies under the NHS flu vaccination service but those aged 50-64 years group will be included later in the season.
Face coverings in Community Pharmacy
PHE guidance on the wearing of facemasks has been updated, this guidance is relevant to the use of masks within community pharmacies.
The recommendation is for a Type l or Type ll face mask to be worn to prevent the spread of infection from the wearer. If Type IIR face masks are more readily available, and there are no supply issues for their use as personal protective equipment, then these can be used as an alternative to Type I or Type II masks.
All pharmacy staff should now wear a face mask unless the pharmacy premises is COVID secure. Please read through the updated guidance on the gov.uk website below and update your staff.
In addition, it is now mandatory for members of the public to wear face masks in shops and public places, including community pharmacies. In light of this, Public Health England have published ‘out of home’ digital assets to promote this message.
PHE have also published a new resource pack to support those who are exempt from wearing face coverings. This includes:
- Badge for mobile phone
- Badge to print
- Card to print
Better Health Campaign Launched
The government recently announced intentions to tackle obesity in the UK. Following this annoucement the ‘Better Health’ campaign has been launched by PHE.
This campaign aims to tackle obesity as members of the public are ‘urged to lose weight to beat coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the NHS’. Pharmacy teams are urged to join the campaign and promote to their patients.
Please read through the full article at gov.uk for more detail on the campaign, and access further resources and support at the following links.
SCR 1-click integration now within Cegedim’s Pharmacy Manager PMR
SCR 1-click is now available to those using the Cegedim Pharmacy Manager PMR system
This software integration now allows quicker access to a patient’s SCR. Those logged in with their smartcard no longer have to log in and search using the NHS portal, instead one click will allow access to the critical information contained within a summary care record, including the COVID-19 Shielded flag.
ACTnow Campaign for Pharmacy Teams
Pharmacist support have launched the ACTnow campaign to support the wellbeing of Pharmacists and pharmacy teams, in light of the additional pressures they are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ACTNow campaign encourages individuals to:
Allow time for wellbeing
Consider the needs of your colleagues
Written instruction for the administration of seasonal flu vaccination 2020/21
NHSE&I have published the following in their recent bulletin, please see the following message and link to the written instruction document for your information:
Specialist Pharmacy Services were made aware of issues being encountered on the use of Patient Group Directions (PGDs) within healthcare organisations and occupational health services with regards to offering employees and peer to peer seasonal flu vaccinations.
Specialist Pharmacy Service in conjunction with Care Quality Commission, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulation Authority, Royal College of Nursing, Public Health England, British Medical Association Occupational Health Committee and representatives from the NHS and independent sectors have developed written instructions for the administration of seasonal influenza vaccination for 2020/21.
The written instruction template and a factsheet will support the use of the written instruction and includes additional advice specific to GP practices in the use of PGDs and the administration of seasonal flu vaccinations.
GPhC to increase pharmacy premises registration fees
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced a £103 increase in its registration fees for pharmacy premises from April 2021.
This increase was originally proposed for October 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19.
During consultation, PSNC has expressed their dismay at this proposal. Click here for PSNC’s position.
New research on role of community pharmacy in pandemic
PSNC have announced the following in their recent newsletter:
Research into the role of community pharmacy during pandemics, with the express aim of producing guidelines to support practice, is to be conducted by Aston University.
Primarily focused on the COVID-19 outbreak, the Aston School of Pharmacy will lead an academic study into how community pharmacy can support the public health agenda and adapt its services to help meet the challenges presented by pandemics.