Friday Letter 17/12/2021

Friday 17th December 2021

Extention – Serious Shortage Protocol – Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg

Serious Shortage Protocol currently in effect for Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg (SSP014) is being varied to extended until Friday 14 January 2022.

This SSP was previously scheduled to end on Monday, 20th December.

Click here to view SSP014 and all current SSPs.

If you have any questions regarding the SSPs please contact the NHS Prescription Service:


Telephone: 0300 330 1349

Updated UK Health Security Agency guidance on NHS staff, student and volunteer self-isolation and return to work following COVID-19 contact

The following updated letter provides a summary of the latest self-isolation and return to work guidelines, following Covid-19 contact.

This updated guidance applies to all contacts, including household.

Please read through in full and ensure your staff are aware of the latest guidance.

Click here to view

December 2021 Price Concessions – 1st Update

The first list of price concessions for December 2021 has been granted by DHSC.

Click here to view on the PSNC website.

PQS Deadline Extension and further measurers in light of Winter Pressures

In recognition of Winter pressures, the deadline for meeting the requirements of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme has been extended, in line with the arrangements last year. Therefore, pharmacies will still need to declare in February but this will be for work to be undertaken and evidenced by 30th June 2022.

In addition, PSNC have confirmed the following further measures:

  • Contractors will not be required to complete the Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire for 2021/2022; 
  • The requirement for pharmacy teams to complete a national audit (intended to be on valproate) in 2021/22 will be waived; and 
  • The requirement for pharmacy teams to complete a contractor-chosen clinical audit in 2021/22 will be waived.  

For more information, please see the PSNC website.

Bank Holiday Commissioned Rota – Pharmacy Opening Times – LPCs

Please see the following NEL Pharmacy Rota for Christmas and New Year bank holidays 21/22.

These are the pharmacies that have asked to open as part of the Rota, additional pharmacies may also be open on these days.

Note, 26th December and 1st January are not bank holidays. However, some pharmacies will be closed on these days. Therefore, arrangements have been made for pharmacies to open on these days.

National PPE Acute and Primary Care Customer Insight Newsletter

Please see the following National PPE Acute and Primary Care Customer Insight Newsletter link below.

National PPE Acute and Primary Care Customer Insight Newsletter

Manufacturer & Wholesaler Christmas Opening Hours 2021

PSNC have published a summary of customer service desk christmas opening hours for a variety of manufacturer and wholesalers as well as links to order cut off /delivery schedules.

Click here to view on the PSNC website

NEL LPC Office Christmas Opening

The LPC office will be closed from 25th December until 4th January 2022. During this time, to support urgent/emergency queries, a line will be available via our usual phone number and our answering machine will be monitored by an on duty member of staff.

If you have an urgent query, please ensure you leave a message with your name, number and outline of your query so a member of staff can support you.

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