Friday Letter 03/09/2021

Friday 3rd September 2021

Pharmacy Quality Scheme dates – PSNC Breifing

Following the recent publication of further detail on PQS 2021/22 from NHSBSA, PSNC have published a briefing for contractors highlighting important dates.

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

Click here to view the PSNC briefing for more information on important PQS dates.

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

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

Supply issue with Nalcrom®(sodium cromoglicate) 100mg capsules

Please see the following Tier 2 medicine supply notification for Nalcrom® (sodium cromoglicate) 100mg capsules, from DHSC and NHSE&I.

Pre Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician Programme

Please see the following leaflet for the Pre Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician programme launched by the HEE.

This is an opportunity to bring more people to community pharmacy and to provide a shared educational curriculum.  If any pharmacies are interested in getting involved then please follow the links on the flyer.

Deadline for submission is next week, Friday 10th September 2021.

Extention: COVID-19 LFD distribution service

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

Click here for more information

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. Only staff who are vaccinated/exempt should be deployed to a care homes from 11 November 2021

Support staff of relevant providers of NHS funded services need to to have their first COVID-19 vaccine by 16 September 2021 to ensure the second is done prior to the deadline.

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.

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