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August | 12/08/2020


Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) during COVID-19
August | 11/08/2020

Superintendent Update: Launch of Phase 1 NPA vaccination services resources pack to support delivery of vaccination services (including flu service) 2020/21 during COVID-19

The NPA is pleased to announce the launch of a the first phase of resources to support you and your team in preparing, and delivering high quality and safe vaccination services (including the flu vaccination service) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
August | 05/08/2020

COVID-19: Extension of self- isolation period to 10 days

The self-isolation period has been extended from 7 to 10 days for those who have COVID-19 symptoms
August | 05/08/2020

COVID-19: Change in travel self-isolation rules – implications for health and care professionals

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

Superintendent Update: 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 | 24/06/2020

Dexamethasone approved to treat hospitalised COVID-19 patients

Dexamethasone has been approved for use in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 where oxygen is required, including those on ventilators.
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.
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 | 22/04/2020

Coronavirus: SOP - Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service during the COVID-19 outbreak (England) (April 2020)

NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has commissioned the Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is designed to support ‘shielded’ patients in England to access their prescribed medicines and appliances while they are self-isolating at home during the pandemic period. The service went live from 9 April 2020 and will run during the pandemic until 1 July 2020 initially; it may be extended beyond this date following a review.
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.
April | 16/04/2020

Posters to use during the COVID-19 pandemic

You may wish to display the following posters in your pharmacy to help advise your patients and staff
April | 14/04/2020

Covid-19: Training you and your workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unexpected immense pressure for community pharmacies who are evidently under significant strain already. To help you during this time, the NPA has developed a concise training guide designed to enable volunteers to support the pharmacy workforce and services in this challenging situation.
Advice on delivery service support is also provided.
April | 14/04/2020

Regulatory Guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic

Read the latest guidance from the GPhC, MHRA, PHE, and PSNI
April | 12/04/2020

Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service During the COVID-19 Outbreak: commissioned (England)

IMPORTANT: Please note that this update is only intended to provide NPA members with a brief overview of the new service. You are strongly advised to read the full details of the ‘Community Pharmacy home delivery service during the COVID-19 outbreak’ accessible via the links available at the end of this update. Further guidance and a template SOP will be available from the NPA shortly to support you in implementing this new service.
April | 09/04/2020

COVID-19: Job retention and RIDDOR guidance for community pharmacy employers

Since launching a number of measures to protect jobs and support employees at the end of March, the Government have provided several updates and clarifications. Here we set out some of the common questions for community pharmacies, and scenarios.
April | 09/04/2020

Covid-19: Identifying domestic abuse and safeguarding

Professional standards require all those working in a pharmacy to be aware of safeguarding their customers/patients, and know what actions to take if there is a concern. With pharmacies being one of the few places that currently remain open, it is more important than ever that pharmacy teams can identify the signs of abuse.
April | 09/04/2020

Covid-19: Wellbeing resources

During this time of unprecedented challenge, the NPA has compiled a list of various resources to help safeguard the health and wellbeing of pharmacy teams.
April | 06/04/2020

Covid-19: Easter opening support pack

This Easter opening resource aims to support members to comply with the directives within each of the four countries. The information provided should enable members to plan in advance and ensure they are ready for Easter weekend and includes a poster which you can use to show your opening hours. 
April | 06/04/2020

COVID-19: Managing requests for emergency supplies from dentists

Community pharmacists can make emergency supplies of prescription-only medicines (POMs) to patients following a request from the patient’s prescriber, including dentists
April | 06/04/2020

Easter Opening Hours during Covid-19 Pandemic

It has been announced today that contractors will be required to be open between the hours of 2pm and 5pm on 10 and 13 April (Good Friday and Easter Monday). Normal arrangements will apply for Saturday and Easter Sunday, following existing planned opening protocols.
April | 03/04/2020

COVID-19: Updated PPE advice for pharmacy staff

Revised guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by health and social care workers has been issued jointly by the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, Public Health England, Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland and Health Protection Scotland.
April | 03/04/2020

COVID-19: Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply during a Pandemic Service - Northern Ireland

The Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply during a Pandemic Service will be available in all participating community pharmacies in Northern Ireland from 6 April 2020.
April | 02/04/2020

COVID-19 update on key hot topics, including practice examples from NPA Board Members

Join NPA Chief Executive, Mark Lyonette, NPA Board Members and the NPA team at 7.15pm tonight as they share their experiences and some of the key NPA resources to support you at this time.
April | 01/04/2020

COVID-19: Important patient safety update

We are facing extraordinary times currently with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown. In this patient safety update, we would like to highlight some key topics that are concerning most members significantly, as well as our advice on practicing safely and within reasonable boundaries during the current pandemic.
March | 31/03/2020

COVID-19: Supplying methadone to housebound patients due to self-isolation or shielding

A number of pharmacies have raised concerns about how to manage patients who require supervised administration of medicines (e.g. methadone, buprenorphine) in the pharmacy during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This also extends to how to manage such patients when they are in isolation or shielding in their homes as preventive measures.
March | 31/03/2020

COVID-19 testing

HM Government in England have partnered with companies including Boots and Amazon, to add capacity to test frontline NHS staff for coronavirus. This will help determine if NHS staff who are self-isolating are able to return back to work, which will have a positive effect on the current workforce.
March | 31/03/2020

COVID-19: Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine

In recent days, many pharmacies have received requests for over-the-counter (OTC) sales of chloroquine for preventing or treating coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. We have also been made aware that doctors and other prescribers are prescribing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for personal use or for friends/family with the intention of preventing or treating coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
March | 30/03/2020

Workforce measures announced by Government in response to COVID-19

Following recent announcements by Government to protect jobs and support employees, there are a number of measures you may need to consider in your business. Here we outline all the recent changes and eligibility.
March | 30/03/2020

Handling deliveries and continuity of services in response to COVID-19

A number of pharmacies are experiencing a heavy workload and staff shortages, leading to a strain on the delivery of medicines service provided by them.
March | 27/03/2020

COVID-19: Changes to contactless payment

Pharmacies and supermarkets are introducing new measures and methods to keep staff and customers as safe as possible.
March | 27/03/2020

Covid 19: Social distancing, Isolation and Shielding guide

With advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic changing on a daily basis, many people are confused about the difference between social distancing, isolation and shielding. To help members advise people appropriately, the NPA has created a quick reference guide explaining what the different concepts mean, who they apply to, how to carry them out, why they are important, and where to get further information from.
March | 27/03/2020

Business Partner support during the COVID-19 pandemic

During these critical times with Covid-19, our Business Partners have been in touch on how they can help our members with managing their pharmacies.
March | 26/03/2020

Resilience Guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The NPA has collaborated with PSNC, CCA and AIM to provide guidance to help support and maintain the community pharmacy network during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
March | 24/03/2020

Financial Measures Available to Community Pharmacy during COVID-19

Following the announcement by the Chancellor for businesses, there are a number of financial measures available to community pharmacy during COVID-19. Here we outline all the support available, eligibility and how to access it so you don’t miss out on valuable business support.
March | 24/03/2020

Yellow card reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic

The MHRA have been working remotely since 23 March 2020. Therefore, please submit reports of suspected side effects to medicines via the electronic Yellow Card Scheme, and not paper.
March | 24/03/2020


To help members find answers to common questions on operating in the COVID-19 Pandemic the NPA has put together FAQs which will be updated daily.
March | 23/03/2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announces a package of business support in response to COVID-19

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy has provided information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19). All guidance, information and announcements can be found at GOV.UK. Organisations should pay particular attention to the guidance for employees, employers and businesses which is being updated regularly with the latest advice.
March | 23/03/2020

Chloroquine: OTC requests during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many pharmacies are receiving requests for over-the-counter (OTC) sales of chloroquine for preventing or treating coronavirus (COVID-19) infection following intense coverage of this in the news and social media. We would like to clarify the current situation on this matter.
March | 23/03/2020

COVID19: Patient distancing and control measures

An example reproduced with kind permission of Whitworths Chemist.
March | 22/03/2020

Updated COVID-19 SOP and Opening Hours Flexibility: Statement from PSNC, CCA, NPA and AIM

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have today issued an updated Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for community pharmacies in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
March | 19/03/2020

COVID-19: Repackaging paracetamol during the coronavirus pandemic

While pharmacies continue to be able to procure Prescription Only Medicine (POM) packs of paracetamol (pack size of 100 tablets, or more), many pharmacies are reporting ongoing shortages of paracetamol tablets 500mg as Pharmacy (P) and General Sales List (GSL) packs.
March | 18/03/2020

Urgent COVID-19 business continuity webinar

We understand that during these difficult times, pharmacy teams, pharmacists, superintendent pharmacists and pharmacy owners are all having to make decisions in the best interests of their teams and patients. In this webinar the NPA provide guidance and support on key issues to help your business continuity during the Coronavirus outbreak.
March | 16/03/2020

COVID-19: Advice to patients and the public

Read the latest NPA advice that members can communicate to their patients and the public
March | 04/03/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

February | 28/02/2020

COVID-19 advice and guidance

Further advice and guidance to support pharmacy teams presented with COVID-19 queries
February | 20/02/2020

Displaying COVID-19 posters – advice for pharmacy teams

Public Health England (PHE) has published a set of posters to display in pharmacies to direct patients who think they could be infected with COVID-19
August | 13/08/2020

Face coverings in shops, including pharmacies and supermarkets (update 10/08/2020)

Face coverings to be worn by the public in shops, supermarkets and public transport from Monday 10 August 2020. Guidance from NI Direct and NPA exemption poster/handout now available.
August | 04/08/2020

NHS Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service extended in local outbreak areas

The NHS Community Pharmacy Home Delivery service commissioned during the COVID-19 outbreak has been extended in specific local outbreak areas
July | 31/07/2020


Marsden is the UK’s leading supplier of professional medical weighing scales, however, to help pharmacists through Covid-19 Marsdens are also providing wall-mounted and hand-held thermometers and oximeters for use in pharmacies or for resale with a 10% NPA discount.