Friday Letter 15/01/2021

Friday 15th January 2021

January 2021 Price Concessions 1st Update

The DHSC have granted an updated list of price concessions for January 2021.

Click here to view on the PSNC website

UCL Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (CEPIP) course April 2021 cohort – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

UCL are currently recruiting for their Independent Prescribing Course for April 2021 start. If you wish to register, please see full details in the following flyer.

Deadline for submissions is 1st February 2021.

Dear Pharmacist,

UCL are pleased to announce that we are now recruiting for our fifth cohort of students for our fully integrated Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing course, to start in April 2021. Please see the UCL website for more information . Applications open 12th January 2021 and close on 1st February 2021.

The course has been developed by pharmacists for pharmacists. Successful completion of the course will enable you to apply for annotation of your name on the GPhC register as a prescriber.  The course incorporates five full days of physical examination skills teaching, led by medics and supported by pharmacists who use physical examination skills in their daily practice so that you can learn from their experience of extending their pharmacy role. We will be using the Clinical Skills Suite and equipment to ensure you gain hands-on experience of diagnostic skills needed for diagnosis which you can develop further with your designated medical practitioner during your supervised time in practice.

We understand that prospective students and offer-holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The University is following the advice from current government guidelines and NHS England to ensure the safety of our students without compromising the integrity of their education.

Further extension to SSP07 and SSP08

Both SSP07 and SSP08 have been extended.

SSP07 for Fluoxetine 30mg capsules (SSP07) has been further extended to 12th March 2021

SSP08 for Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg (SSP08) will remain in effect until 22nd January 2021.

Please click here to view both updated Standard Shortage Protocols.

AccuRx – On demand demonstration and guidance

Following the AccuRx webinar, the on- demand demonstration and guidance are available online to support sign up, please see the following link to our AccuRx page.

Resources include the demonstration recording from our webinar, the guidance document and FAQs.

If you have any queries on using AccuRx or are having problems signing up, please contact the LPC Office.

AccuRx webpage:

Reminder – Registration renewal for pharmacy professionals

The following relaxation on pharmacy professionals with an upcoming registration renewal deadline has been announced in a recent NHSE&I Primary Care Bulletin.

The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced that pharmacy professionals with a registration renewal deadline between 1 September and 31 December 2020 will not be required to submit revalidation records when renewing their registration, in recognition of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This relaxation already applied to professionals with a renewal deadline between 20 March and 31 August 2020. Instead, pharmacy professionals should submit a reflective account when renewing their registrations. For more information please see the GPhC website.

Webinar Invite 19th January and Webinar Series Information

Please find attached the invite for the Bayer webinar on Tuesday 19th January, ‘Practical management of anticoagulation: A Pharmacist’s perspective’. This is first session of the webinar Series from Bayer.

Details of the sessions available in the series are also attached.

PSNC PPE Updates

Please see the following messaged from PSNC with regards to PPE Reimbursement and the extension to ordering Free PPE up to June 2021.

Reimbursement of 2020 PPE expenditure

With the personal protective equipment (PPE) claim tab on the NHSBSA’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal due to go live tomorrow morning (Wednesday 13th January), the PSNC website has been updated to provide more detailed information on the process and submitting a claim. The simplified alternative claim spreadsheet for multiples is also due for release at the same time. The FAQs are available on our Personal protective equipment, staff safety and security webpage.

PSNC remains very conscious that the delays will cause problems for contractors and are continuing working through this with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). We will update contractors on this as soon as possible

Free PPE ordering scheme extended until June

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has confirmed that the Government has decided to extend the provision of supplies of free COVID-19 PPE beyond the end of March 2021.

DHSC’s PPE portal can continue to be used by community pharmacies to obtain all the COVID-19 PPE they need and contractors should ensure they have registered for this.

Free PPE will now be available to the end of June 2021. In addition, the scheme will be reviewed again in April to determine the provision of PPE beyond the end of June.

Further information and guidance is available via the PSNC website or via the DHSC PPE portal page.

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