Friday Letter 31/07/2020

Friday 31st July 2020

July 2020 Price Concessions

The final update for June 2020 price concessions have been granted by DHSC.

Click here to view on the PSNC website

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.

Click here for the full announcement

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 website below and update your staff.

Click here for the latest guidance from PHE

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.

Click here to view

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

Click here to view

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 for more detail on the campaign, and access further resources and support at the following links.

PHE Campaign Materials – Campaign Resource Centre

NHS Better Health Campaign

Click here for support and resources from PSNC

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.

For more information, please see the full PSNC webpage.

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

Take action

Please see the Pharmacist Support page for more information

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.

Click here for the Draft 2020 ruling from GPhC, following consultations.

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.

Read more about the research project

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