Friday Letter 12/11/2021

Friday 12th November 2021

Community Pharmacy – Mandated Health Campaigns for 2021/2022

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have agreed the national health campaigns, which community pharmacy contractors must participate in, covering the remainder of 2021/22.

The campaigns are:

Health campaign Campaign sponsor Campaign period
Winter vaccines Cabinet Office 22 November 2021 – 31 December 2021
Weight management Office for Health Improvement & Disparities 4 January – 31 January 2022
Smoking cessation Office for Health Improvement & Disparities. 21 February – 31 March 2022

Further information will be shared with Pharmacy Contractors and NHSEI regional teams closer to each campaign launch date so you are aware of when you will receive printed resources, where other social media and digital resources are available and  the campaign delivery dates. 

Change of telephone number – main NEL CCG (BHR) switchboard

We would like to notify you that as of 27 November 2021, the main switchboard number for NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group (NEL CCG) Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge will be changing from 020 3416 5905 to 0300 136 225.

It is important that all of our local pharmacists are aware of this change. We would therefore ask you to disseminate this information widely.

Calls to the old number will be diverted to the new number for eight weeks after the migration date to ensure that no enquiries are missed.

Thank you.

Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) for all healthcare workers

This week (9th November) DHSC announced that individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including secondary and primary care.

Regulations are expected to come into effect 1 April 2022, subject to parliamentary process. Therefore, unvaccinated individuals will need to have their first dose by 3rd February 2022 to have their 2nd dose by 1st April 2022.

For more information, please view the letter on the NHS website

Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service update

Please see the following, published in the NHSE Primary Care Bulletin:

The updated community pharmacy flu PGD was published yesterday, 11th November, to include the new cohort of primary care contractors (primary medical services, pharmaceutical services, primary dental services or general ophthalmic services) and their frontline staff, including locums.

Please ensure you have reviewed and signed the updated PGD, and informed all relevant staff.

Click here to view the lasted documents on the NHSE website.

PQS 2021/22 Training – Virtual Outcomes

Virtual Outcomes have release their PQS 2021/22 online training modules.  

Part 1 (9 mins) gives and overview of the scheme and the Gateway criteria and Part 2 (23 mins) looks at each of the 7 domains in detail.

Please see the following flyer for more details:

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