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February | 24/02/2021

Coronavirus: SOP - Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service during the COVID-19 outbreak (England) (updated 23/2/21)

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has made a decision to extend the NHS Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service during the COVID-19 Outbreak (pandemic delivery service)
February | 24/02/2021

IMPORTANT: NHS Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service during the COVID-19 Outbreak extended (22/2/2021)

Following DHSC announcement for more individuals being identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and this cohort added to the Shielded Patient List, the service has been extended.
February | 22/02/2021

COVID-19 vaccine characteristic comparison chart

Launch of COVID-19 vaccine characteristic comparison chart- updated 10/02/2021
February | 18/02/2021

COVID-19 vaccination programme: designation process opened again for community pharmacy contractors (England)

Key points and considerations + launch of the NPA’s dedicated COVID-19 vaccination programme hub for information and resources
February | 17/02/2021

COVID-19 Vaccination programme 2020/21 (England)

This page will provide you with NPA resources and direct links to key websites to support you and your teams provide the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
February | 16/02/2021

IMPORTANT UPDATE: COVID-19 tests (England, Scotland, Wales) – ACTIONS REQUIRED

Update on new PHE guidance for private service providers on point-of-care, or near-person, tests for diagnosis and management of COVID-19, GPhC’s updated guidance, brief overview of UKAS process, NPA Insurance information on COVID-19 test kits and key actions required by NPA members now
February | 15/02/2021

COVID-19 testing: new GPhC guidance removes pharmacy anomaly

The General Pharmaceutical Council says it will allow pharmacies to provide Covid-19 tests in certain circumstances, in a move welcomed by the National Pharmacy Association today.
February | 12/02/2021

Eligible groups can book their COVID-19 vaccinations online

Frontline health and social care workers, including pharmacy teams, can now book their COVID-19 vaccinations via the National Booking Service
February | 10/02/2021

Launch of COVID-19 vaccine characteristic comparison chart

Launch of COVID-19 vaccine characteristic comparison chart- updated 10/02/2021
February | 10/02/2021

Understanding COVID-19 vaccinations and addressing vaccine hesitancy

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is well underway, but a sizable proportion of the population remains doubtful about the benefits or has safety concerns.
January | 28/01/2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Training

January | 27/01/2021

COVID-19 testing for ‘Test to Release for International travel’- minimum standards requirements for community pharmacies (Updated 27/1/2021 9pm)

DHSC has issued guidance on the minimum standards for COVID-19 testing in relation to ‘Test to Release for international travel’ aimed at private sector providers.
January | 27/01/2021

NPA SOP: COVID-19: NHS Medicines Delivery Service (Scotland) now available

The NPA have published a new standard operating procedure (SOP) for use by Scottish NPA members with the new COVID-19:NHS Medicines Delivery Service
January | 21/01/2021

National Pharmacy Association welcomes second wave of pharmacist-led covid vaccination sites

Sixty-five more covid-19 vaccination sites are going live over the coming days, in pharmacies and other pharmacist-led sites across England. 
January | 20/01/2021

New Scottish COVID-19 – Community Pharmacy : NHS Medicines Delivery Service from 18th January

Scottish Government (SG) and Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) have announced a new funded NHS Community pharmacy medicine delivery service, which will run from 18th January to the end of March, and may be extended, to support community pharmacy to manage their workload and risk from the Coronavirus pandemic.

January | 15/01/2021

COVID-19: IMPORTANT UPDATES and FAQS on COVID-19 antigen testing, COVID-19 vaccinations, and lockdown actions (England)

Since the start of this New Year, the NPA Pharmacy Services team has received many queries from members on COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 vaccines, the NHS Community Pharmacy Delivery Service and questions on the lockdown rules. We have briefly summarised the key points and FAQs from the queries raised in this update.
January | 14/01/2021

National Pharmacy Association welcomes first pharmacy COVID jabs and predicts millions more to follow

The National Pharmacy Association has welcomed the news that six pharmacy sites will begin vaccinating people against COVID-19 today (Thursday 14 January) – the first in England.

January | 08/01/2021

NPA meets Equalities Minister to discuss COVID vaccines

The National Pharmacy Association met this week with Kemi Badenoch MP, Minister for Equalities, about reaching out to patients and communities who might otherwise miss out on vital care, such as the COVID vaccine.
January | 06/01/2021

National Pharmacy Association statement on COVID vaccinations: let us help beat this deadly virus

The National Pharmacy Association is urging the government and NHS to permit more pharmacies to vaccinate people against COVID-19.
December | 31/12/2020

Indemnity arrangements for the COVID-19 vaccination programme

Clinical negligence indemnity will be provided under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Coronavirus (CNSC) where vaccinations are administered by community pharmacies in line with the Community Pharmacy Local Enhanced Service (LES) agreement until 31 March 2021.
December | 30/12/2020

Astra-Zeneca vaccine opens way for pharmacies to protect millions against COVID-19

Pharmacies can play a key role in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, following the approval today of the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine, according to the National Pharmacy Association.
December | 14/12/2020

NPA responds to parliamentary report into pharmacy COVID response and risk of closures

The parliamentary All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) has issued a call for more government support for pharmacies following its ‘flash inquiry’ into the impact of COVID-19.
December | 11/12/2020

Citizens group petitions for COVID funding to save pharmacies from closure 

Grassroots campaigning organisation, 38 Degrees, is backing calls for the government to recompense pharmacies for the extra costs they have incurred by staying open to provide health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

December | 09/12/2020

Scottish Government COVID Vaccination Programme

The Scottish COVID Vaccination programme is detailed in CMO(2020)33, outlining the key objectives, approach to phased prioritised groups of patients and the support resources available.
December | 04/12/2020

COVID-19 vaccination

Resources and reference information on COVID-19 vaccines including support for the community pharmacy COVID vaccination programme 2020/21
December | 02/12/2020

The local restriction tier system and guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

From 2 December 2020, there is a local restriction tier system in place, and updated guidance has been published for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
December | 01/12/2020

Scotland Additional £4.5million COVID Financial Support

Scottish Government have agreed to pay an additional £4.5million for staffing costs during May and June 2020 to Scottish pharmacy contractors
December | 01/12/2020

Community Pharmacy COVID 19 payment - Scotland

Scottish Government Circular PCA(P) (2020) 26 details payment for community pharmacy involvement in the COVID vaccination programme
November | 30/11/2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE: COVID-19 vaccination programme 2020/21

Urgent preparation for COMMUNITY PHARMACY to contribute to a potential COVID-19 vaccination programme – key points and considerations.
November | 25/11/2020

COVID-19 Winter Plan 2020/21 (updated 24/11/2020)

Details on the UK government COVID-19 Winter Plan, and PHE guidance on cold weather planning and impact of COVID-19
November | 17/11/2020

COVID-19 vaccination programme 2020/21 – guidance published for general practice

NHSE&I has issued information for general practices for urgent preparation to enable them to contribute to a potential COVID-19 vaccination programme
November | 13/11/2020

Pharmacy Minister thanks NPA members and urges local cooperation on COVID vaccines

Pharmacy Minister Jo Churchill MP has praised pharmacy teams for their “outstanding” work during the coronavirus pandemic. 
November | 11/11/2020

NPA’s BTEC course gives technicians new skills to help pharmacies tackle COVID-19 pressures

The NPA’s new course developed for pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians will give them new skills to help pharmacy teams battle through the COVID-19 pandemic.
November | 10/11/2020

Public ready for COVID vaccines in pharmacies

The vast majority of people would consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at a pharmacy, according to new data revealed today by the National Pharmacy Association at its winter conference.
November | 03/11/2020

Launch of comparison factsheet – flu vs common cold vs COVID-19

A pharmacy team guide has been produced to help differentiate between symptoms of COVID-19, flu and the common cold
November | 03/11/2020

COVID-19 Community Pharmacy SOP (Version 4) updated 26 October 2020

NHSE&I has updated the COVID-19 Community Pharmacy SOP (Version 4)
October | 28/10/2020

Monitoring of patients taking warfarin and other anticoagulants during the COVID-19 pandemic

The MHRA has issued guidance on monitoring patients taking warfarin and other anticoagulants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
October | 21/10/2020

Free COVID-19 PPE for the frontline – Register with the PPE Portal

The PPE Portal has changed from being an ‘emergency top-up’ system to being the primary source of COVID-19 PPE requirements for Primary Care providers including community pharmacists.
October | 16/10/2020

Pharmacies should be permitted to conduct COVID antibody tests, says NPA

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) is calling on Public Health England (PHE) to iron out discrepancies in its guidance on Covid-19 antibody testing, which currently bars pharmacists from conducting the tests.
September | 25/09/2020

CCA and NPA issue service continuity guidance ahead of COVID second wave

The National Pharmacy Association and the Company Chemists’ Association have issued new guidance about maintaining continuity of pharmacy services in the event of crises. With the UK facing a second wave of coronavirus, the organisations are helping their members to plan ahead for all eventualities including staff sickness and COVID-19 lockdowns.
September | 23/09/2020

Current rules around Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) during COVID-19 pandemic (updated 15/12/2020)

UPDATE: Self-isolation period in England has changed from 14 days to 10 days
The current rules around Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) during COVID-19 pandemic and how this may affect community pharmacy teams
September | 16/09/2020

Treatment of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 with systemic corticosteroids (England/Scotland)

Systemic corticosteroid treatment recommended by WHO in patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
August | 25/08/2020

UK health bodies have issued new guidance on COVID-19 infection prevention and control

This new guidance supersedes the previous infection prevention and control guidance as it now incorporates advice on restarting services, with the new ways of working during the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
August | 18/08/2020

COVID-19 Community Pharmacy SOP updated 11/8/2020

NHSE&I has updated the COVID-19 Community Pharmacy SOP
August | 12/08/2020


Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) during COVID-19
August | 05/08/2020

COVID-19: Change in travel self-isolation rules – implications for health and care professionals (updated 15/12/2020)

UPDATE: Self-isolation period has changed from 14 days to 10 days
Health and social care workers are now required to self-isolate upon return to all UK countries from a high-risk country
July | 22/07/2020

PQS Part 1: GPhC COVID-19 guidance checklist and log

This checklist and pharmacy team log has been designed to help capture and maintain record of all GPhC COVID-19 related announcements made during this pandemic
July | 22/07/2020

PQS Part 1: Examples of good practice during the COVID-19 pandemic pharmacy log

An evidence log designed to help capture and collate evidence that the pharmacy premises has adopted good practice measures into daily practice during the COVID-19 pandemic
July | 22/07/2020

PQS Part 1 Essential criteria: Minimising the risk of transmission of COVID-19

The PQS 2020/21 Part 1 requires contractors to meet 14 COVID-19 specific essential criteria in order to claim for payment. One of the criteria pharmacy contractors need to meet is to ensure they have updated the pharmacy SOPs, or have related guidance, where appropriate, to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
July | 14/07/2020

COVID-19 support developments and CPCF updates

NHSE&I Primary Care Bulletin: Ongoing work to support community pharmacies with the impact of COVID-19 and updates on CPCF
July | 03/07/2020

Launch of COVID-19 individual risk assessment pack for community pharmacies (UK)

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work. As the lockdown restrictions change, it is important that the relevant risk reduction measures implemented by the Government are followed.
July | 01/07/2020

COVID-19 services and provisions have been extended

DHSC has extended some services and provisions made due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plus further notices
June | 30/06/2020

CMA and GPhC joint letter: pricing during the COVID-19 pandemic

A joint letter has been issued by CMA and GPhC to highlight concerns raised about unjustifiably high pricing in community pharmacy during the pandemic.
June | 29/06/2020

COVID-19: plans to ease guidance to those shielding announced (England)

Government announces plans to ease guidance for those shielding from COVID-19
June | 23/06/2020

COVID-19 and hay fever

A guidance for pharmacy teams on COVID-19 and hay fever has been launched
June | 17/06/2020

Secretary of State thanks community pharmacy teams for their COVID-19 efforts

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, yesterday visited a community pharmacy to thank the team and wider sector for all the work they have been doing through the COVID-19 pandemic.
June | 02/06/2020

COVID-19: NHS Test and Trace service launched (England) (updated 15/12/2020)

UPDATE: Self-isolation period in England has changed from 14 days to 10 days
May | 29/05/2020

COVID-19: MHRA takes action to halt sales of finger-prick coronavirus antibody testing kits

The MHRA is asking all providers of laboratory-based COVID-19 antibody testing services that use capillary blood collected by a finger-prick instead of venous blood samples, to temporarily stop providing this service until home collection of this sampling has been properly assessed, and validated, for use with these laboratory tests. This does not affect rapid, point of care tests or laboratory tests performed using venous blood samples.
May | 29/05/2020

Heatwave Plan for England now includes new COVID-19-specific resources

The Heatwave Plan for England, remains the same as for previous years; however, new COVID-19-specific support resources have been added for summer 2020.
May | 27/05/2020

Early Access to Medicines Scheme for remdesivir in the treatment of COVID-19

The MHRA has published a positive Scientific Opinion on the use of remdesivir in the treatment of COVID-19 in secondary care.
May | 22/05/2020

Immunomodulatory drugs Pregnancy Prevention Programme – temporary amendments to guidance during COVID-19 pandemic

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has agreed to temporary amendments to the Pregnancy Prevention Programmes for the following immunomodulatory drugs where clinically appropriate, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
May | 18/05/2020

COVID-19: general clinical case definition updated to include new symptoms

The UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) have issued a joint statement and a Central Alerting System (CAS) alert (CEM/CMO/2020/023) to update the general clinical case definition for COVID-19 to include loss of / change in smell or taste.
May | 15/05/2020

Covid-19: Wellbeing advice and resources

More than ever, you must make the time to safeguard your health and wellbeing, as well as that of your team.
May | 11/05/2020

What needs to change in community pharmacy practice because of COVID-19?

Early reflections on how community pharmacy responded, and how the crisis could change practice.
May | 07/05/2020

Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme: temporary guidance issued by MHRA during COVID-19 pandemic

The MHRA has issued temporary guidance for the management of the Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme during coronavirus (COVID-19)
May | 06/05/2020

CAS alert: COVID-19 Yellow Card reporting site launched by MHRA

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a Central Alerting System (CAS) alert to highlight the launch of a dedicated Yellow Card reporting site for healthcare products that are used in Coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment to be easily reported
May | 06/05/2020

COVID-19: NPA guidance on use of volunteers in line with the NPA interim policy and professional indemnity

In this update, we would like to clarify the differences between representatives and volunteers based on the NPA interim policy and Professional Indemnity (NPA PI) statement.
May | 04/05/2020

Covid-19: May opening hours poster

Our opening times poster to use over the Bank Holiday weekend can be downloaded below
May | 04/05/2020

Ellis Whittam COVID-19: Live Q&A

Hear from Employment Law experts, Ellis Whittam, on the key topical issues for Community Pharmacy employers. Laura Chalkley, Head of Team, will explain the essentials, including where aspects of the new arrangements are not clear cut, and how to approach these in your business.
May | 04/05/2020

Covid-19: Protecting you and your workforce

Whilst you serve your patients and the public, protecting you and your staff is critical. The NPA have developed a number of useful resources and articles to help keep you safe during the pandemic:
May | 04/05/2020

Covid-19: Clinical support

May | 01/05/2020

COVID-19: Deployment of pharmacy students within pharmacy settings

Joint HEE, HEIW and NES guidance has been issued in support of the deployment of pharmacy students within pharmacy settings during the Covid-19 emergency crisis.
April | 30/04/2020

Updated advice on vitamin D intake during COVID-19 pandemic

Advice from Public Health Agency NI.
April | 29/04/2020

Covid-19: Testing of employees ( resources)

Essential workers can book tests for themselves and their household via a new online portal on This will make the process of getting an appointment quicker and easier, while reducing the burden on business. The online booking service will apply to England only. The full details on how to access testing in all nations and who is eligible can be found below.
April | 23/04/2020

Updated advice on vitamin D intake during COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the current ‘Stay at home’ advice, many people will not be going outdoors, therefore, not getting enough vitamin D from sunlight exposure
April | 22/04/2020

COVID-19: Fasting during Ramadan – advice for your customers/patients and staff

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are things to consider for those fasting during Ramadan, including your customers, patients and staff
April | 22/04/2020

COVID-19: NHS Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service during the COVID-19 Outbreak - template SOP launched (England) (April 2020)

NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has commissioned the “Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service during the COVID-19 outbreak” (pandemic delivery service).
April | 18/04/2020

COVID-19: Access to tests for community pharmacy staff (UK)

The UK Government is testing people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to see if they currently have the virus. While the UK is building up testing capacity, the Government is offering testing to different groups in a phased approach and has issued guidance on coronavirus testing for frontline workers (including community pharmacy staff) who are self-isolating. Testing will allow those currently unable to return to work because they or a member of their family or household have symptoms of coronavirus to know whether they do have the virus.