Friday Letter 02/04/2021

Friday 2nd April 2021

March 2021 Price Concessions – Final Update

DHSC granted final list price concessions for March 2021.

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Shielding stopped 1st April 2021

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable patients are no longer advised to shield as of 1st April 2021. Patients will have received a letter to confirm this.

Click here to view CEV shielding letter

The advice from 1st April is to continue to work at home where possible, however where individuals cannot employers are advised to undertake a comprehensive, individual, workplace risk assessment. This is reflected in the Information on supporting clinically extremely vulnerable staff document from NHSE&I.

Pharmacy Services to end 31st March 2021 – Pandemic Delivery for CEV and Flu Vaccinations for 2020/21

Pandemic Delivery Service for CEV patients

The Pandemic Delivery service for CEV patients come to an end on Wednesday, 31st March as CEV patients are no longer required to shield.

Any outstanding claims for this service must be submitted via MYS by 5th April 2021. Claims after this date will not be processed.

Be reminded that although deliveries for CEV patients is no longer available, the Pandemic Delivery Service for those who have been notified to isolate by track and trace will continue until 30th June 2021.

Click here for more information on the Pandemic Delivery Service on the PSNC website

Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2021

The Community Pharmacy National Flu Vaccination Service for 2020/21 has ended, as of Wednesday 31st March 2021.

Pharmacies are no longer able to administer flu vaccines under this service.

Contractors are reminded to submit any outstanding claims via MYS within 6 months of administration, therefore the final date for submission will be 31st August for those administered on 31st March. Any claims made after 6 months will not be processed.

Further details on the Flu Vaccination Service for 2020/21 is available on the PSNC website.

Easter Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening

Please see the final Easter Rota 2021 outlining pharmacies opening as part of the commissioned rota over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Information on the NEL PPE Emergency Hub over Easter

Please see below an update on the NEL PPE Emergency Hub over the Easter period.

Important information on PPE emergency stock requests over Easter 2021:

  • The NEL emergency hub will not be open on Friday 2 (Good Friday), Saturday 3,  Sunday 4 and Monday 5 (Easter Monday) April 2021. 
  • Requests received after 10am on Thursday, 1 April will be scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, 6 April. 
  • Normal service with same/next day delivery will start from Tuesday, 6 April. 
  • Please make sure you have sufficient stock for the Easter period. Remember, eligible health and social care providers can order via the DHSC PPE eCommerce Portal.

For more information on ordering PPE visit the PPE webpage

Advanced Service – NHS community pharmacy COVID-19 lateral flow device distribution service 

The NHS community pharmacy COVID-19 lateral flow device distribution service has been added to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF). This is an advanced service, in which pharmacies can choose to provide.

This service aims to improve access to testing for asymptomatic people and identify positive cases in the community by improving availablity of Lateral Flow Testing devices. The service will be commissioned from 29 March 2021 to 30 June 2021 (inclusive).

This service will work alongside existing NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 testing routes. Please note that patients who have COVID symptoms will NOT be asked to attend the pharmacy for this service.

Community Pharmacies that sign up via declaration on the MYR portal to provide before 23:59 on 18th April 2021, and continue to deliver until 30th June 2021, will receive a payment of £200. This is a one-off payment, triggered upon completed registration.

In addition, registered pharmacies will receive a one-off set-up fee of £250 for set-up costs including creating an SOP, staff training and storage costs for the test kits ordered from wholesalers. This will also be up-front, in addition to the early-sign-up payment , therefore a total of £450 + VAT in up-front payments for those who complete their declaration before 18th April.

The service fee is £1.50 + VAT per transaction.

The service specification is available on the NHS BSA website

Further information and guidance is available from PSNC.

Free RPS CPCS training

There are free places available on the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) workshops for pharmacists from from RPS & RCGP

Click here for more information on the training and to book your free place.

PCSE expansion of services and name change

Primary Care Support England (PCSE) currently provides administrative support for primary care providers, including Community Pharmacy, and manages Market Entry Applications. They will be expanding their services to include the management of consolidation applications.

As a result, Market Entry will now be renamed to Pharmacy Market Management Services (PMMS). This came into effect on 31st March 2021 and consolidation applications can now be made via the NHS BSA online portal.

Click here for the NHS BSA online portal, and for more information on the above changes.

Publication date for renewal of PNAs suspended

DHSC has announced that the renewal of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments will be deferred by a further 6 months, until October 2022.

This will be reflected in the The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013.

Extension of temporary suspension of signatures on prescriptions and token submission requirements

Please be aware of the following announcement from PSNC:

Following representations made by PSNC to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Ministers in England have agreed to extend the temporary suspension of the requirement for patients (or their representatives) to sign the back of NHS prescription forms or EPS tokens until 30th June 2021.

Whilst the suspension of signature requirements remains in place, contractors are not required to submit EPS tokens (other than those used for SSP claims) to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). PSNC has published updated guidance on the changes to the dispensing and end of month submission processes as well as important reminders for pharmacy staff on the correct completion of exempt or paid declarations on the reverse of prescription forms and EPS tokens.

Learn more about the extension of the suspension of signatures on prescriptions

Regulatory dispensations update and March 31st deadlines

Please be aware of the following announcement from PSNC:

At the end of last year, PSNC agreed on a number of regulatory dispensations for contractors with the DHSC and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I).

Today the period of emergency declaration has been extended to 30th June 2021. This allows contractors to request and NHSE&I to grant temporary flexible opening hours (days or times) by setting out the reasons for the request and giving 24 hours’ notice.

Contractors are also reminded of the dispensations previously agreed with DHSC and NHSE&I that relate to the usual 31st March deadlines. These included waiving the Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire and clinical audits, plus an extension to the Data Security and Protection Toolkit for 2020/21.

Find out more about the dispensations

New PHE COVID Resources for Spring 2021

New ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 Roadmap’ and ‘Hands Face Space Fresh Air’ Resources are now available via the PHE campaign resource portal.

COVID-19 Response Resources

Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air.

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