Friday Letter 09/10/2020

Friday 9th October 2020

Final reminder – Aspiration payment claim deadline tomorrow

Please be reminded that if you do wish to claim the Aspiration Payment for PQS 2020/21 you must do so by 11:59pm today.

To qualify to receive it, contractors will need to decide which domains they intend to meet at the February 2021 declaration period, and declare that they will complete PQS Part 1 by 23:59 on 29th January 2021. In addition, to qualify for a PQS Part 2 payment, and prevent the reconciliation of the aspiration payment, contractors must have submitted a declaration for PQS Part 1 on the Manage Your Service portal by 11:59pm on 29th January 2021.

The declaration must be submitted through the Manage Your Service platform found at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-prescription-services-submissions/login .

The aspiration payment is optional for pharmacy contractors and choosing not to make a declaration will not impact on the pharmacy contractor’s ability to claim a payment for the PQS 2020/21 Part 2 in February 2021.

Test and Trace app guidance to staff

Please find see the following guidance re the Test and Trace application, read through in full and share with your pharmacy staff.

SSP06 Expired – Fluoxetine 20mg

Fluoxetine 40mg are now available at sufficient quantities to meet demand. Therefore, the SSP06 is has expired as of 23.55pm Friday 2nd October 2020.

Prescriptions for 40mg Fluoxetine must now be dispensed in accordance with the prescription.

September 2020 Price Concessions – Tolterodine 1mg tablets

Last week, PSNC have confirmed there was an error in the initial list for the price of final price granted for Tolterodine 1mg tablets. The published price of £8.74 for a pack of 56 was incorrect and being re-determined by DHSC. The re-determined concessionary price for Tolterodine 1mg tablets (56) is £12.90, this is for September 2020 only.

Click here for he latest list of Price Concessions on the LPC website

Register to the PPE portal for free PPE for all primary care providers

Please read through and note the following information from the Primary Care Bulletin yesterday.

Infection rates are rising in the UK and winter is approaching. To ensure all primary care providers, including community pharmacists, optometrists, dentists, orthodontists and GPs, have a resilient route for getting free COVID-19 PPE, we have increased order limits.

Register and access the portal using your CQC/MHRA/NHSE/NHS BSA registered email. Guidance on what PPE items you can order (including order limits) is also available.

Call the customer service team on 0800 876 6802 if you have any questions about using the PPE portal. The team is available from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week.

The PPE portal will be the primary source of free COVID-19 PPE (including Flu vaccination requirements). However, if there is a severe disruption to distribution, in the first instance get in contact with your local authority or LRF. A gov.uk page will shortly be published with the local authority/LRF contact details. If this route is not possible, get in contact with the NSDR.

Reporting Flu Vaccine Supply issues

We have had a number of contractors call us with regards to vaccine supply issues.

If you are experiencing stock issues, please inform us by email, detailing the issue you are facing. The LPC are keeping note of the pharmacies and compiling a list so we can support you with your issue as information becomes available. Once you have been added the list, should you obtain stock or your issue be resolved, please do let us know so we can remove you from the list and support the remaining contractors.

Please be reminded of the FAQs on our vaccination page, including the following advice on advice if you have not yet ordered vaccines:

What do I do if I haven’t ordered my vaccines yet?

It’s too late to place order for a guaranteed supply. If you haven’t ordered yet then kindly do the following

  • Ring the manufacturers and ensure that you have expressed an interest to gain supply.
  • Contact your local pharmacies and surgeries to see if they can lend you some
  • Ring the wholesalers and place an order with them so that when they receive the supply they can provide you with some .
  • Approach your PCN lead and see if they can assist you in anyway

By placing an order with the wholesalers there is no guarantee that you will get all of the stock ordered. It will be advisable to enact on all the 4 suggestions.

Final reminder – Aspiration payment claim deadline tomorrow

Please be reminded that if you do wish to claim the Aspiration Payment for PQS 2020/21 you must do so by Friday 9th October 2020 at 11:59pm.

Flu vaccination campaign materials

Pharmacies will begin receiving materials for the first mandatory campaign for 2020/21 from tomorrow. Even if you are not providing vaccinations from your pharmacy, you must participate in this campaign as outlined in the PSNC message below:

Public Health England (PHE) resources for the first mandated public health campaign of 2020/21, which community pharmacy contractors are required to participate in, will start arriving in pharmacies by courier from Friday 9th October 2020.

The resources, which are for the PHE annual flu vaccination campaign which launched yesterday, will be delivered in a clearly marked envelope and will include a selection of posters to enable contractors to target their flu vaccination service (where provided) and a version where they can add local information on service provision.

The campaign has been agreed between PSNC and NHS England as part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework and all contractors must participate as follows:

  • If contractors have flu vaccine supplies available (or coming into stock soon), they must display at least one of each of the three posters (core creative, pregnancy and long term conditions) for one month from receipt of the materials;
  • If contractors do not initially have sufficient flu vaccine supplies, they should take a targeted approach to displaying the campaign materials from their receipt, using the posters focused on vaccinations for pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. Once sufficient flu vaccine stock is received, the contractor must then display the main “core creative” poster too. Posters should be displayed for one month;
  • If they have flu vaccine stock available or arriving soon, contractors can use the ’empty belly’ poster to advertise upcoming clinics or explain how patients can access a vaccination;
  • If a contractor is not providing the flu vaccination service in 2020/21, they must display at least one of each of the three posters (core creative, pregnancy and long term conditions) for one month from receipt of the materials. The empty belly posters can be used to direct patients to where vaccination can be accessed.

Click here for further information on campaign resources

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