Friday Letter 13/08/2021

Friday 13th August 2021

Updated PHE guidance on NHS staff and student self-isolation and return to work following COVID-19 contact

Please see the following updated PHE guidance for staff returning to work following a COVID-19 contact.

Ensure you familiarise yourself with the updated guidance and inform your staff.

URGENT – Last chance to claim COVID-19 pandemic costs – Deadline this Sunday

Please be aware your last chance to make your claim for extra costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic is this Sunday, 15th August.

If you have not already submitted your claim, we strongly recommended you review the information and PSNC guidance on without delay to allow sufficient time to submit your claims by 23.59 on 15th August 2021

Further extension to SSP05, Fluoxetine 10mg

Following a review of supply, DHSC have further extended SSP05 for Fluoxetine 10mg tablets to Friday 12th November 2021.

Click here to view the current SSPs

New Pharmacy Quality Scheme for 2021/22 announced

This week, initial details of the new Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for this year have been released.

Information has been published via the NHSBSA website with remaining details published in the September 2021 Drug Tariff.

For more information, please see the PSNC website.


DMS is an Essential Service, as part of your Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) from 15th February 2021. Therefore, all pharmacy contractors must offer this service.

The LPC has published a DMS for information, guidance and resources for Community Pharmacy Contractors.

Please be reminded that referrals will come to the Pharmacy via NHSMail. Therefore, it is crucial your pharmacy staff have access and regularly check your pharmacy’s NHS Mailbox to ensure referrals are picked up and actioned in a timely manner.

Click here to view the DMS page

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