Friday 26th February 2021
February 2021 Price Concessions Final Update
The final list of price concessions for February 2021 have been granted.
Prescription charge to rise from April 2021
The NHS prescription charge will increase to £9.35 per prescription item from 1st April 2021.
The price of a three-month PPC will increase to £30.25 and 12-month PPC to £108.10.
PQS Part 2 – Deadline Monday
The deadline for PQS Part 2 declarations is next Monday, 1st March.
If you have not already done so – please submit your declaration as soon as possible before the deadline to receive a PQS 2020/21 Part 2 payment, and prevent the reconciliation of any Aspiration Payment.
Contractors must have submitted a declaration for PQS Part 2 on the Manage Your Service portal by 11:59pm on 1st March 2021.
For more information on PQS Part 2, click here to view the PSNC website.
Easter bank holiday opening – PSNC
Please see the following message from PSNC regarding upcoming Easter Bank Holiday opening times:
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have this week confirmed that there are currently no plans to ask all of primary care, including community pharmacy, to routinely open on Good Friday (2nd April) and Easter Monday (5th April) again, but that it would keep its position under review, subject to the changing demands of the pandemic.
NHSE&I said that Regional Teams are working with LPCs and pharmacy contractors to ensure sufficient cover arrangements are in place to meet expected demands for services over Easter, and expressed gratitude to those who will be working during the bank holiday weekend.
NHSE&I also indicated that COVID-19 vaccination services remain the exception, providing a 7-day service where necessary, including bank holidays. Further communications on the arrangements for these sites will follow.
COVID – 19 Vaccination Booking reminder for Pharmacy Teams
If you or your pharmacy teams have not yet received your COVID-19 Vaccination, frontline health and social care staff are now able to book a vaccination using the link below:
If you have not already done so, please book your vaccination as soon as possible.
Vaccine information video – Green Light Pharmacy
Following their PQS support Webinar, Greenlight have created a vaccine information video pharmacy teams, available at: https://youtu.be/WTwOZnxwKMA
Advice published for pharmacies planning to provide C-19 vacs – PSNC
Please see the following advice from PSNC for pharmacies planning to provide COVID-19 Vaccinations:
The national pharmacy bodies have jointly issued advice for community pharmacies planning to provide COVID-19 vaccinations, after a new designation process for community pharmacies in England opened last week.
The document – prepared by AIM, the CCA, NPA, PSNC and the RPS – contains questions contractors should ask themselves before applying to the NHS to provide a vaccination service. For example, what is the local parking situation for an anticipated increase in footfall, is there adequate room in current fridges and is insurance in place?
COVID-19 Vaccinations NHS Staff Indemnity – FAQs – NHSE&I
Please see the following the NHSE&I Primary Care Bulletin:
There has been a collective partnership effort over the past few months in response to the ongoing pandemic. As vaccinations become more readily available, work has been underway to assist those working on the front line, ensuring that appropriate indemnity arrangements are in place to aid the nationwide rollout. Please refer to the FAQs on NHS Resolution website and remind yourself of the arrangements relating to general practice.