Friday Letter 30/10/2020

Friday 30th October 2020

October Price Concessions

The final list of price concessions for October 2020 has been granted.

Click here to view on the PSNC website

Updated Standard Operating Procedure

Following a sustained increase of COVID-19 transmissions in England, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for community pharmacy has been updated to include guidance on infection prevention and control, PPE and NHS Test and Trace to support management of the second wave.

Please read through this SOP, inform your staff and take any appropriate action in your pharmacy.

Market entry applications go digital

A digital service for pharmacy Market Entry Applications has been launched.

This service will be hosted on the PCSE Platform online and allows users:

  • Create a new application to join a pharmaceutical list 
  • Save a new application to review and edit prior to submission 
  • Check on the progress of an application 

Click here for more details and to register for the portal on the PCSE website

Community Pharmacy Webinar with Keith Ridge

NHSE are holding a webinar for Community Pharmacies with Keith Ridge on Thursday 12th November, 6-7pm.

Please see the following from NHSE:

Community pharmacy teams across England are invited to register to join the next national webinar with Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Director of Primary Care Ed Waller, and senior leads from the NHS England and NHS Improvement flu team and from NHS Test and Trace.

To attend, please ensure you register by 12 noon on 12 November 2020. The webinar will take place online through MS Teams Live and all registered attendees will be sent a link to join up to 24 hours prior to the event taking place.

Please note: this is a closed webinar for those working in or with community pharmacy. Please register using your official NHS or professional email address to help us to confirm your place.

Click here to view and register your place

Drug Tariff to go paperless

The Drug Tariff will be paperless from April 2021. The final printed drug tariff will be circulated March 2021.

Instead, the Drug Tariff will be available digitally via the NHS BSA website 3 working days before the 1st of each month. This will come into affect January 2021, with a link to the PDF version sent directly to the registered pharmacy address

Click here to view the contractor notice on the PSNC website

Ask Your Pharmacist Week resources

Please see the following from NHSE&I with regards to preparations for the upcoming ‘Ask your Pharmacist week’, from a recent Primary Care Bulletin:

Community pharmacy teams are invited to prepare for Ask Your Pharmacist Week which takes place on 2-9 November 2020. Organised by the National Pharmacy Association and supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement, the theme this year is ‘Your local pharmacy in the NHS family’. The aim is to build public understanding of the role of community pharmacy within the NHS consistent with the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to make greater use of community pharmacists’ skills and opportunities to engage patients. Access free campaign materials.

Help fight C-19 by signposting patients to clinical studies

Please see the following from PSNC:

Community pharmacists and their teams are being encouraged to support the nation’s fight against COVID-19 by signposting patients with suspected or even confirmed SARS-COV-2 infection to the PRINCIPLE trial.

The PRINCIPLE trial platform is a UK-wide priority trial to find treatments for COVID-19 and the only one based in primary care.

It is designed to test a range of treatments in the community, with treatment arms that can be stopped, replaced or added. Currently it is evaluating usual care alone versus usual care plus azithromycin; or usual care plus doxycycline.

The trial is being run by the University of Oxford and is funded by UK Research and Innovation and the Department for Health and Social Care through the National Institute for Health Research.

Learn more about who is eligible and how to refer them

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