Friday Letter 11/09/2020

NEL LPC Vaccinations 2020/21 Support page

The North East London LPC has been sending multiple emails to pharmacies with details for the upcoming Vaccination Schemes.

We have collated the information and support available for pharmacies to refer to on a Vaccination support page. This includes an FAQ and will be updated as more details are confirmed and guidance changes.

Click here to view

EOI Open for Opportunity to join HEE funded Cross sector pharmacy technician apprenticeship – Action by 16/9/20

Health Education England (HEE) is supporting a pilot pharmacy technician apprenticeship programme that is delivered through partners in Primary Care Networks, Community Pharmacies and NHS Trusts.  HEE are providing £32k for each apprentice over the two year programme.  This funding will be used to contribute to salary and support costs for the programme.  How funding will be allocated within the partnership is being discussed.

This is a rare opportunity for you to get involved: we are seeking a small number of PCN and Community Pharmacy partners from North East London to join the partnership. We would be anticipating that this programme will be able to support up to 6 pharmacy technician apprentices. The delivery model is currently being developed and there are likely to be 2 ways you could be involved: 

  1. as employer of apprentice + placement host
  2. as placement host only  

Further information on the pilot is attached. If you have questions please email Jo Barter ( requesting a telecon. 

To express an interest please complete the table below and email to Jo Barter ( by Wednesday 16th September.  

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – if you are interested in joining the pilot please complete the table below and email to by 16th September 2020.

Your Name  
Organisation Name  
Organisation Type GP Federation / PCN  / Community Pharmacy  / GP (delete as appropriate)
Borough in which you are based  
Phone number  
Are you interested in acting as employer and placement host? Yes / No (delete as appropriate)
Are you interested in acting as placement host? Yes / No (delete as appropriate)
Are you able to attend at least 2 meetings and engage in the development of the delivery model and bid over the next few weeks (bid deadline 30/9/20) Yes / No (delete as appropriate)

GPhC registration assessment to move online – NHSE&I

Please see the following message from NHSE&I’s Primary Care Bulletin:

The General Pharmaceutical Council has updated details on its website for provisionally registered pharmacists due to take the registration assessment. It is currently carrying out a procurement exercise to identify a provider to deliver an online registration assessment in late 2020 to early 2021 and will share the date and details on the new format as soon as possible. Trainees and provisional registrants will be given a minimum of two months’ notice of the date for the online assessment in order to prepare

NHSmail: Changes to shared mailbox names

The naming convention for your premesis-specific pharmacy shared mailboxes is changing. Please read through the following PSNC announcement in full for further information, in preparation for the upcoming changes.

NHS Digital is introducing an improved naming convention for pharmacy shared mailboxes. The new format is scheduled to roll-out to pharmacy NHSmail users in mid-September 2020 using the following convention:

Shared mailbox email address:
Display name: Pharmacy.ODScode (Pharmacy name, Town)

The current naming system includes additional pharmacy address information within the shared mailbox email address.

After the change is made, an email notification will be sent to the shared pharmacy mailbox to advise of the new shared mailbox email address. An email alias will be created for the previous email address so pharmacy teams will still receive emails should anyone continue to email using the older and longer email address.

PSNC has been seeking this change for several years, as feedback from contractors agreed that the original naming convention was too long and a shorter alias version would be preferred. NHS Digital’s 2019 NHSmail survey results also supported the need for change.

Learn more about the changes

Role of pharmacy for CYP asthma during Covid-19 and beyond

Please see the following invitation to London pharmacies for an upcoming webinar next week.

Dear Colleague

This webinar is primarily for pharmacists and colleagues who work in a pharmacy setting and will focus on how to support CYP. You will hear from experts on the impacts of the pandemic on children and young people’s asthma in pharmacy and recovery techniques, and from pharmacists about the actions they have been taking during these uncertain times. It will be chaired by Raj Matharu, Chief Officer of Lewisham, Southwark & Lambeth and Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich Local Pharmaceutical Committee and Pharmacist. For further information and to register:

Date:   14 September 2020

Time:   19:30 -20:30hrs

Please ensure you register via Eventbrite before accessing the link below to join the webinar:

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+44 20 3794 0272   United Kingdom, London (Toll)

Conference ID: 694 525 97#

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For any further enquiries, please contact: or

CPCS training now available for community pharmacists

Please see the following details for CPCS training now available for pharmacists CPD, from PSNC.

New continuing professional development (CPD) for pharmacists is now available to community pharmacists to help further embed community pharmacy in urgent care pathways and help improve the care of patients presenting with minor illness.

This programme of workshops aims to support community pharmacists in effective patient-facing consultations and clinical assessments for a range of common minor illnesses. The CPD is being delivered in partnership with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of General Practitioners and the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE).

The workshops build on those provided since last October by CPPE, providing pharmacists with the opportunity to refresh and update their practical clinical assessment and examination skills, including how to carry out an effective remote consultation and communicate more effectively with GPs.

Learn more about the CPCS workshops

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