Friday Letter 23/07/2021

Friday 23rd July 2021

CPAF Deadline Tomorrow

The final chance to submit the CPAF survey is by 11:59pm tomorrow – Saturday 24th July.

If you have not already done so, please complete and submit your CPAF survey urgently, before the above deadline.

For information and guidance on completing your CPAF, please see the following from PSNC:

CPAF screening process briefing

Find out more about this year’s CPAF screening process

Pharmacy Bank Holiday Rota August 2021

Please see the following London Pharmacy opening hours for the upcoming Summer Bank Holiday, 30th August 2021.

National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – 2nd Dose Poster & Script

Please see the following letter and poster regarding 2nd dose COVID vaccines for the National COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Phase 3 COVID vaccination programme

In conjunction with the CCGs, the LPC hopes that a number of our pharmacies will express their interest in providing 100+ COVID-19 boosters a week, and incorporate this service as part of business as usual.

The deadline to express your interest is next week,  5pm on Wednesday 28th July 2021

Click here to view documents and information

Reminder – NEL Emergency PPE Hub Closes this month

Please be reminded that the NEL Emergency PPE Hub will close at the end of this month, on 31st July 2021.

The following communication from NEL CCG has more information on final orders and ordering PPE beyond 31st July.

Important update about the NEL Emergency PPE Hub 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in all settings, we set up an escalation PPE pathway in March 2020 for north east London which has been run out of Whipps Cross Hospital. 

This escalation service was a route for all services within the STP to use, should their business as usual (BAU) arrangements not have sufficient PPE stock. 

As we have moved through different stages of the pandemic, the escalation service has continued to run, supplying over 300 organisations.   

The situation is now very different to the start of the pandemic. Customers who have ordered from the Hub are registered on the national PPE portal and the programme is working well to meet current demands.  

Therefore, the NEL Emergency PPE Hub will be winding down and will cease as a route to obtain PPE on 31 July 2021.  

Last orders 

From 31 July 2021, the Survey Monkey PPE ordering form will no longer be available. The dedicated email address mailbox  will no longer be monitored. 

Therefore, last orders for emergency PPE stock from the NEL hub need to be placed by 30 July 2021 (4pm deadline). 

How to order PPE in the future 

From 01 August 2021 onwards, the steps for ordering PPE are as follows: 

Step 1 – For all those registered for the DHSC emergency PPE Portal, this service will remain running, providing emergency PPE, this is centrally funded until March 2022 (at least). Here is a link to all the latest information and quantities available via the portal. 

PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) – GOV.UK ( 

The customer service team are also available on 0800 876 6802 if you have questions about using the PPE Portal (7am-7pm, 7 days a week). 

Step 2- Ordering PPE via Supply Chain is on hold. However, you are able to order via your BAU suppliers i.e., wholesalers, healthcare providers etc. This is at your own cost. 

Step 3 – Reaching out to local organisations for emergency support, in the form of Mutual Aid. Or you contact the London Regional Team by email arrange Mutual Aid from elsewhere in London. 

Step 4 – In the unlikely event that you are unable to obtain PPE via Steps 1-3, please contact the procurement team via email for further advice. 

Should you have any queries or questions around the wind down, please do contact us via email by 21 July 2021. 

July 2021 Price Concessions

Please see the following updated Price Concessions for July 2021.

Click here to view

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