Friday Letter 25/09/2020

Friday 25th September 2020

Upcoming deadline: Data Security and Protection Toolkit

Pharmacies that have not yet completed their Data Security and Protection Toolkit, must do so by 30th September 2020.

This is an extension from the initial deadline of 31st March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for PSNC guidance on completing the toolkit

LPC COVID-19 mailbox

As we head towards an environment where there are increasing cases of COVID infections in our community, I want to remind you all that the LPC has created a dedicated email address to receive your queries regarding COVID and associated complications/issues.

The email is and is checked regularly by office staff. Please ensure that you raise all issues relating to COVID using that e-mail.

September 2020 Price Concessions – 1st Update

The first list of price concessions for September 2020 have been granted by DHSC.

Click here to view the current list on the PSNC website

PQS Aspiration payment window opens

The Aspiration payment window for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2020/21 Part 2 is now open.

Pharmacies that wish to claim for this payment can do so via the Manage Your Services MYS portal, the deadline for claims is 23:59 on 9th October 2020.

In order to claim for the Aspiration payment, pharmacies must:

  1. Decide which domains they intend to meet for the February 2021 declaration period for PQS 2020/21 Part 2
  2. Declare that they will have completed PQS Part 1 Essential Criteria Checklist and will submit a declaration by the deadline, 23:59 on 29th January 2021.

For more information, please see the PSNC website.

Stoptober resources

Stoptober will comment in October 2020, to encourage smokers to attempt to quit for the month of October and beyond by highlighting the benefits of quitting.

Please find the link below to for campaign materials and downloadable Stoptober resources, including a poster and a digital download for screens.

PNA and market entry regulations introduced

Last week, changes to the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical) Regulations 2013) came into force in relation to Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs) and market entry applications by Amendment Regulations.

Please see the following summaries of the changes, from PSNC:

To relieve pressure of additional workload this year, revised PNAs do not have to be published before 1st April 2022, for existing and new Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs). This gives many HWBs an extra year to publish the next PNA and means that LPCs should not need to be involved in preparatory work until around Spring 2021 or later. PSNC reported the change earlier this year.

Market entry
To give more time for processing of market entry applications, soon after the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, market entry applications were suspended. This was necessary to allow NHSE&I staff involved to be redeployed to assist the NHS response to the outbreak, and to ensure contractors were protected from the need to read and respond to applications at the early stages of the outbreak. PSNC worked with NHSE&I clarified the situation in late April and at that time indicated that new regulations were being sought to help resolve some of the problems that emerged. These regulations were drafted some time ago but have been delayed while the whole Amendment Regulation was finalised. They provide that:

  1. Where a six month opening period expires after the Amendment Regulations come into force, this automatically extends to 12 months (amendment to paragraph 34(4)(b)).
  2. Where a three month discretionary extension expires after the Amendment Regulations come into force, this is automatically extended so that it ends 6 months after the Amendment Regulations come into force.
  3. Where a three month discretionary extension expires in the six months before the Amendment Regulations came into force. This extension is revived and the period automatically extended to 6 months after the Amendment Regulations come into force.

The Longrove Surgery Relocation on 18 Sept 2020

Please see the following notification from NHS North Central London CCG regarding the relocation of Longrove Surgery.

Dear Colleagues

NCL Clinical Commissioning Group is notifying you that in July 2020, The NCL CCG Primary Care Commissioning Committee approved an application to relocate Longrove Surgery, a GP practice in the borough of Barnet. 

This communication is to inform you that on 18th September The Longrove Surgery, currently located at 70 Union St, Barnet EN5 4HT will move to The Vale Drive Health Centre, Vale Drive, Barnet EN5 2ED, which is based 0.6 miles (12 minutes’ walk) from the practice.  The Vale Drive Health Centre is a purpose built health Centre.

The Surgery telephone contact details and opening hours will remain the same as will the practice’s registration area.   Patients have been advised of the relocation, we attach the letter which has been sent by the practice to all their patients.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, general practice services are providing the majority of care through telephone and video consultations, with patients attending for face to face appointments only where absolutely necessary and assessed first over the phone by a GP. 

Patients have been advised that from Monday 21st September 2020 they can call the practice on 0208 370 6660; they will triaged and if a face to face appointment is required, this will be arranged.  For more information patients have been directed to the practice  website

If you have any further queries regarding this relocation, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Many thanks

NHS North Central London CCG

Primary Care Commissioning & Contracting Team (NCL)

14th Floor | Euston Tower | 286 Euston Road |London |NW1 3DP


NCL Team: 0203 688 1993

General enquiries: 

For information: Medicines Delivery Service Extension in Local Outbreak Areas

Please see the following message from NHS England and Improvement:

Dear Pharmacy Providers,

To continue support to patients who have been advised to continue to follow previous shielding advice in specific local outbreak areas The Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service and the Dispensing Doctor Home Delivery Service has been commissioned from 24 September 2020 for shielded patients who live in the following local outbreak areas:

  • 8 wards within North East Blackburn outlined in THIS LINK until 5 October
  • Leicester City as outlined in THIS LINK until 5 October

Further details on the service can be found on the NHS England Website.


Community Pharmacy

Primary Care Strategy and NHS Contracts Group

Strategy and Innovation Directorate

NHS England

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