Friday Letter 27/08/2021

Friday 27th August 2021

Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) 2021/22 agreed

At the beginning of this week, the CPCF for 2021/22 was agreed by PSNC, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

PSNC have provided the following information in their summary of the CPCF arrangements, which are inline of the five-year deal (Year 3):

  • £2.592bn overall funding
  • Protection of Transitional Payments
  • Smoking Cessation and Hypertension Case-Finding included as Advanced Services
  • NMS ‘catch-up’ provision and expansion into more therapeutic areas
  • The next PQS begins in September 2021, with reduced scope
  • Revised Pharmacy Access Scheme for early 2022

More information on the arrangements and changes are available on the PSNC website.

The updated DHSC webpage for more information on the 5-year CPCF is available on the website.

PSNC have also published a briefing to support contractors with the 2021/22 PhAS – click here to view.

PQS to begin September 2021

NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) have published further detail on the 2021/22 Pharmacy Quality Scheme in Part VIIA of the September 2021 Drug Tariff.

Contractors should be aware the ‘Inhaler disposal’ criterion with the Respiratory domain must be implemented from next week – 1st September 2021.

Please familiarise yourselves with the information and guidance currently available and update your teams in preparation to meet the PQS criteria:

Final Update: August 2021 Price Concessions

The final list of Price Concessions for August 2021 has been published.

Click here to view on the PSNC website

Extended: COVID-19 LFD distribution service

The Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Distribution Service or ‘Pharmacy Collect’, has been extended until 30th September 2021.

Click here for more information

Guidance on staff and student self-isolation and return to work

On Monday 16th August, self-isolation requirements after a positive COVID-19 test have changes.

This superseed previous PHE guidance applicable to staff and students working within NHS settings.

If you have not already done so, please familiarse yourselves with the latest guidance and ensure your staff are aware of the changes.

Vaccinations for NHS staff entering care homes

On 11th November 2021, government regulations will require care home staff to refuse entry for those who cannot evidence that they are double vaccinated or specified exemption. This applys to all CQC care homes in England.

NHSE&I have confirmed relevant providers of NHS funded services need to:

  • support staff to have their first COVID-19 vaccine by 16 September 2021 to ensure the second is done prior to the deadline.
  • Undertake workforce planning to ensure:
    • only staff who are vaccinated/exempt, are deployed to a care home from 11 November 2021
    • service provision is not disrupted once this regulation comes into force
  • ensure that relevant staff can evidence their two doses (via the NHS COVID Pass service) or are exempt to care home staff.

For more information, please read through the letter available on the NHSE website outlining this change and refer to the FAQs, which are updated regularly.

CAS Alerts

Please be aware of the following alerts from this week and take the appropriate action if you have not already done so.

25th August 2021 – Central Alerting System: Elimination Of Bottles Of Liquefied Phenol 80%

Click here to view the full alert

26th August 2021 – Central Alerting System: Becton Dickinson Blood Specimen Collection – Supply Disruption

Click here to view the full alert

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