Friday Letter 29/01/2021

Friday 29th January 2021

January 2021 Price Concessions – 3rd update

A 3rd update to the price concessions for January 2021 has been granted.

Click here to view on the PSNC website

New standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists

GPHC have published new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists.

New standards have been welcomes in a join better from the Chief Pharmaceutical Officers. Click here to view.

Key changes are outlined on the PSNC website

Private Flu vaccinations in community pharmacy

In their recent bulletin, Primary Care confirmed that community pharmacies can now offer vaccines to private patients and those covered by occupational health schemes. Please read through the following message in full, and check the updated DHSC stock guidance for more information.

Thank you for the work you continue to do in community pharmacies in vaccinating patients for flu. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that community pharmacies can now offer private patients and those covered by occupational health schemes a vaccine that has been centrally supplied, alongside NHS eligible cohorts. This is reflected in updated DHSC stock guidance for pharmacies.

Please retain some vaccines specifically for NHS eligible cohorts, as some may come forward later in the season, such as newly pregnant women or others who have not received their vaccine yet.

Summary of new payments, including claiming deadlines

PSNC have put together a guide summarising new payments and deadlines for claiming. Please see the following message, note the upcoming deadlines and take the appropriate action:

A number of new service payments for community pharmacy contractors have been announced in recent months for the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) – GP referral pathway, Discharge Medicines Service, Pandemic Delivery Service and Hepatitis C testing service. In addition, PSNC and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have agreed a mechanism by which pharmacy contractors can claim reimbursement for their expenditure on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) purchased between 27th February 2020 and 31st December 2020.

PSNC has put together a table summarising these different payments including how to claim and claim deadlines (if any), timing of payments, payment amounts and how these will appear on the Schedule of Payments.

View our payments guide

Patient Safety Update from the National Patient Safety Team  – January 2021

Please be reminded of the Patient Safety Update from the National Patient Safety Team.

For Action: Seasonal Influenza Programme 2020/21 – National call/recall Survey

On behalf of Nisha Jayatilleke, National Speciality Clinical Advisor, NHSEI Public Health Commissioning and Operations

Dear Colleague,

To support planning for the 2021/22 flu vaccination programme we are undertaking a rapid evaluation of the national call/recall element of the 2020/21 programme.

Owing to the time frame involved, we are asking colleagues from Community Pharmacy to provide feedback by following this link: The survey will close on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

Please do forward this email to any colleagues who you feel will be able to contribute their views to the evaluation.

There will be further opportunities to contribute to the wider evaluation of the 2020/21 flu vaccination programme, and more details will be sent in due course.

Many thanks in advance for your input to this rapid evaluation of the national call/recall initiative. We are looking forward to receiving your feedback.

With best wishes.

Community Pharmacy Team

UCL Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (CEPIP) course April 2021 cohort – APPLICATIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED

Deadline for UCL CEPIP course has been extended until 8th February 2021. This is for the April 2021 cohort.

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 . The deadline for applications has been extended to 8th February 2021 at noon.

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.

Webinar Series Information

Please see the following invitation for the webinars in the upcoming series from Bayer.



Resources on respecting pharmacy teams – PSNC

Please see the following message from PSNC, highlighting the resources available to contractors to support keeping pharmacy staff and premises safe and secure:

Following on from PSNC’s advice for pharmacy contractors on keeping their teams safe and their premises secure a few weeks ago, we wanted to highlight some other resources that may be useful.

A number of primary care assets were created by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) to help explain to the public how accessing services may differ during the pandemic. The pharmacy resources urge the public to:

  • treat pharmacy teams with respect and follow the guidance on social distancing and face coverings;
  • not go to a pharmacy if they have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating;
  • ask about moving their prescriptions to electronic repeat dispensing (eRD); and
  • order repeat prescriptions online.

The social media images and suggested wording for posts can be downloaded as part of the NHS Primary Care Access Social Media Assests pack in the Campaign Resource Centre.

Further guidance can be found in the ‘Security and personal safety’ section of PSNC’s PPE, staff safety and security webpage

Update on the availability of FemSeven product range

Theramex has published the following update on the situation with their FemSeven range of products, following supply issues.

‘Theramex holds the marketing authorisation for FemSeven 50, 75 and 100® (estradiol), FemSeven Conti® (estradiol/levonorgestrel) and FemSeven Sequi® (estradiol/levonorgestrel) in the UK and Europe since acquiring these products from Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd on 1st February 2018… We have since been working diligently to fix these issues and are pleased confirm that the entire FemSeven® portfolio of products will be returning in 2021 commencing with FemSeven Conti® which is available now from Alliance Healthcare.’

Further information, including the full announcement, can be viewed on the PSNC website.

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