COVID-19 email archive

The NPA is here to support you in response to continuously emerging issues.

To help support NPA Members through the pandemic, we sent daily COVID-19 updates containing the latest news and NPA resources. In case you missed it, or would like to access any of the guidance issued, you can find the links to resources in one helpful place.

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April 2020

Wales - Your NPA weekly roundup of Coronavirus resources and information| 28.04.20

Round up of NPA Guidance and Business Support:

  • Pro Delivery Manager (PDM)
  • PPE Update: Wales
  • First economic resilience fund grants to be paid to businesses
  • Written Statement: A Framework to Lead Wales out of the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Fasting during Ramadan – advise for your customers/patients and staff
  • Beware of scammers
  • Can pharmacy staff be furloughed?
  • CD letter template
  • Price Concessions – April 2020
  • Ibuprofen and COVID-19
  • Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine
  • Pharmacy Staff ID Cards to identify yourselves as key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Wellbeing resources for you and your pharmacy teams
  • Clenil Modulite inhalers – availability
  • EpiPen®: Important update from Mylan UK
  • Pharmacy Essentials update: Lyreco and workplace supplies

Your questions answered:

  • Your employee is too sick to attend work because they have contracted the coronavirus, what should I do?
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NI - Coronavirus: Webinar tonight | May holiday | Emergency supply | 28.04.20

As we enter week seven of the COVID lockdown many are getting used to a new way of working. HSCB has confirmed that pharmacies can continue to open from 10am and close 1-2pm. Contractors are also asked to report their intentions to open for the May Bank Holiday on Friday 8 May to HSCB.

In case you missed the announcement in March, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, has announced that Government is postponing reforms to the offpayroll working rules IR35, until April 2021. Read more here.

Business Support:

  • Community Pharmacy teams testing
  • Emergency COVID Cash Flow and Advice Service
  • Can pharmacy staff be furloughed?
  • Beware of scammers

Guidance and Support:

  • Update to the Emergency Supply in a Pandemic Service
  • EpiPen®: Important update from Mylan UK
  • Fasting during Ramadan – advice for your customers/patients and staff
  • CD letter template
  • Clenil Modulite inhalers – availability
  • Wellbeing resources for you and your pharmacy teams

Your questions answered:

  • Your employee is too sick to attend work because they have contracted the coronavirus, what should I do?
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Scotland - Coronavirus: Financial support | Public holiday | Domestic abuse | 28.04.20

  • This week Scottish Government have published details of the value and timelines for community pharmacy paymentsfor COVID19 support as agreed with Community Pharmacy Scotland.
  • The Government circular also explains that NHS Boards have again been asked by Scottish Government to work with pharmacy contractors to ensure maximum provision of pharmaceutical care coverage over the coming two public holidays in May.
  • As social distancing enters the second month, the impact on Scotland’s economy is being scrutinised.
  • In case you missed the announcement in March, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, has announced that Government is postponing reforms to the offpayroll working rules IR35, until April 2021.

Business Support:

  • May/June Public Holiday Community Pharmacy Arrangements
  • COVID19 Financial Support for Scottish Pharmacies
  • Can pharmacy staff be furloughed?
  • Beware of scammers
  • Scottish Parliament COVID Business Support Inquiry
  • Community Pharmacy teams testing

Guidance and Support:

  • Domestic abuse- Scottish Government awareness campaign
  • Prisoner early release due to COVID19
  • EpiPen®: Important update from Mylan UK
  • Fasting during Ramadan – advice for your customers/patients and staff
  • CD letter template
  • Clenil Modulite inhalers – availability

Your questions answered:

  • Should taking in returned medicines from patients cease due to possible COVID-19 contamination?
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Coronavirus: PPE Update | Furloughing staff | 24.04.2020

  • We’re celebrating our #pharmacyheroes! The pharmacy bodies are uniting around the brand #pharmacyheroes. We are constantly in need of fresh case studies, to help us tell the ‘pharmacy story’!
  • Media coverage this week has included a local TV interview with NPA Board Member, Amish Patel, sharing his work on the frontline during COVID-19
  • Pope Francis has also recognised pharmacists specifically, calling for prayers for pharmacists at this time
  • A reminder that NHSE&I have posters arriving in pharmacies this weekend

Business Support:

  • Can pharmacy staff be furloughed?
  • Beware of scammers
  • Update: PPE
  • Community Pharmacy teams testing
  • Community pharmacy home delivery service SOP launched
  • Easter opening payments

Guidance and Support:

  • EpiPen®: Important update from Mylan UK
  • Fasting during Ramadan – advice for your customers/patients and staff
  • CD letter template
  • Clenil Modulite inhalers – availability
  • Wellbeing resources for you and your pharmacy teams

Your questions answered:

Your employee is too sick to attend work because they have contracted the coronavirus, what should I do?

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Scotland - Coronavirus: Furlough updated | Vitamin D | CD letter template | 23.04.20

Business Support:

  • Scottish Parliament COVID Business Support Inquiry
  • Can the staff working in an NHS contracted pharmacy be furloughed ?

Guidance and Support:

  • Updated advice on vitamin D intake during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Fasting during Ramadan – advice for your customers/patients and staff
  • EpiPen®: Important update from Mylan UK
  • Updated HPS Advice for Primary Care (v11)
  • PPE
  • Medicine Collection Service for Shielding Individuals by Volunteers
  • Wellbeing Resources for you and your pharmacy teams
  • CD letter template
  • Clenil Modulite inhalers – availability
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NI - Coronavirus: Message from NPA Chair | Furlough updated | Covid-19 app | 23.04.20

We share our second brief, video message from NPA Chair, Andrew Lane. He highlights the challenges with PPE and ongoing business support, and what the NPA have been doing to support members through this.

As advised by HSCB at Tuesday night’s ECHO meeting (watch back on demand) we also remind you to keep providing CPNI with evidence to support a price concession claim where you are required to dispense at a loss.

Please remember to advise HSCB by Friday of this week if you wish to use Pro Delivery Manager (PDM) to support the volunteer delivery service. Using PDM will provide pharmacists with a robust audit trail and improved governance in making deliveries.

Business Support:

  • Launch of online version of Covid-19 app
  • £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant
  • Pro Delivery Manager Support for the CDHN/HSCB Volunteer Delivery Service
  • Can the staff working in an NHS contracted pharmacy be furloughed?

Guidance and Support:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Fasting during Ramadan – advice for your customers/patients and staff
  • CD letter template
  • EpiPen®: Important update from Mylan UK
  • Clenil Modulite inhalers – availability
  • Well-being resources for you and your pharmacy teams

Your questions answered:

  • Your employee is too sick to attend work because they have contracted the coronavirus, what should I do?
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England - Coronavirus: Message from NPA Chair | Home delivery SOP | CD template letter | 22.04.20

We share our second brief, video message from NPA Chair, Andrew Lane. He highlights the challenges with PPE and ongoing business support, and what the NPA have been doing to support members through this.

On Friday this week you should look out for the arrival of a set of NHS England posters in your pharmacy. All pharmacies will receive the following posters, delivered by Royal Mail: ‘Do not enter if you have symptoms of coronavirus’, ‘Keep a safe distance’ – reminding people to keep two metres apart; and ‘We may be closed to the public during certain times’ – with white space for you to add your opening hours.

Business Support:

  • Community pharmacy home delivery service SOP launched
  • Easter opening payments
  • Can pharmacy staff be furloughed? 

Guidance and Support:

  • Updated advice on vitamin D intake during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Fasting during Ramadan – advice for your customers/patients and staff
  • CD letter template
  • Clenil Modulite inhalers – availability

Your questions answered:

  • Your employee is too sick to attend work because they have contracted the coronavirus, what should I do?
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Scotland - Coronavirus: Health Protection Scotland (HPS) advice | PPE | volunteers | 21.04.20

Business Support:

  • Scottish Parliament COVID Business Support Inquiry
  • Can pharmacy staff be furloughed?
  • Vacancies and temporary roles in your pharmacy

Guidance and Support:

  • Updated HPS Advice for Primary Care (v11)
  • PPE
  • Medicine Collection Service for Shielding Individuals by Volunteers
  • Wellbeing Resources for you and your pharmacy teams
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NI - Coronavirus: Webinar tonight | PDM | Testing | 20.04.20

Business Support:

  • Pro Delivery Manager Support for the CDHN/HSCB Volunteer Delivery Service
  • Can pharmacy staff be furloughed?
  • Vacancies and temporary roles in your pharmacy

Guidance and Support:

  • Testing for Community Pharmacy Teams
  • Return of patient’s medication

Your Questions Answered:

  • Recent important updates you may have missed
  • We’re representing Independent Community Pharmacy
  • HSBC FAQ for latest updates
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England - Coronavirus: Staff testing | Easter payments | Drug tariff | 20.04.20

Business Support:

  • Easter opening payments
  • Reporting products over Drug Tariff price
  • Can pharmacy staff be furloughed?
  • Vacancies and temporary roles in your pharmacy

Wales - Your NPA weekly roundup of Coronavirus resources and information

Round up of NPA Guidance and Business Support:

  • Pro Delivery Manager (PDM)
  • PPE Update: Wales
  • Price Concessions – April 2020
  • Ibuprofen and COVID-19
  • Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine
  • Pharmacy Staff ID Cards to identify yourselves as key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Wellbeing resources for you and your pharmacy teams
  • Changes made to reverse all new FP10 prescriptions and tokens
  • Free Pandemic training to support your local community pharmacy
  • Patient safety incident reporting
  • Pharmacy Essentials update: Lyreco and workplace supplies
  • Letter to landlord requesting rent-free period
  • Ellis Whittam Live Q&A
  • Pan Healthcare owner joins NPA Board
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Coronavirus: Furlough updated | Cash flow advice | Opening hours | 17.04.20

Business Support:

  • Pharmacy Staff ID Cards to identify yourselves as key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Emergency COVID Cash Flow and Advice Service
  • Updated information to the job retention scheme (provided by the NPA’s Employment and HR Advisory Service)

Guidance and Support:

  • Clenil Modulite inhalers – availability
  • Flexible opening hours and temporary closures during the pandemic
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Scotland - Your NPA weekly roundup of Coronavirus resources and information

  • Scottish Parliament COVID Business Support Inquiry
  • COVID-19 Scottish Community Pharmacy funding- Initial package £5.58million announced
  • Medicine Collection Service for Shielding Individuals by Volunteers
  • Disclosure for volunteers and PVG
  • ID cards for key workers
  • Ibuprofen and COVID-19
  • Wellbeing Resources for you and your pharmacy teams
  • Free Pandemic training to support your local community pharmacy
  • Updated PPE advice for Pharmacy Staff
  • Guidance for pharmacy undergraduate students supporting the COVID-19 response
  • Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine
  • Installation of Perspex safety screens
  • Job retention and RIDDOR guidance for community pharmacy employers
  • FAQs
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England - Your NPA weekly roundup of Coronavirus resources and information

We share a short message from the NPA’s Chair, Andrew Lane, in the first of a series of video updates for NPA members during the coronavirus crisis. He acknowledged the incredible work of community pharmacies everywhere. Adding;

“We are on the front line of tackling this national challenge, and I know that you are working night and day to keep Britain healthy and make sure your patients get the vital medicines and advice that they need.”

Guidance and Support:

  • Ibuprofen and COVID-19
  • Wellbeing resources for you and your pharmacy teams
  • Changes made to reverse all new FP10 prescriptions and tokens
  • Pan Healthcare owner joins NPA Board
  • Free Pandemic training to support your local community pharmacy
  • Patient safety incident reporting

Business Support:

  • Pro Delivery Manager
  • Lyreco and workplace supplies

Your Questions Answered:

  • Useful resources you may have missed
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NI - Your NPA weekly roundup of Coronavirus resources and information

We share a short message from the NPA’s Chair, Andrew Lane, in the first of a series of video updates for NPA members during the coronavirus crisis. He acknowledged the incredible work of community pharmacies everywhere. Adding;

“We are on the front line of tackling this national challenge, and I know that you are working night and day to keep Britain healthy and make sure your patients get the vital medicines and advice that they need.”

Guidance and Support:

  • New ethical decision-making framework to support pharmacists and pharmacy teams
  • Volunteer Delivery Service – Community Development Health Network (CDHN)
  • Ibuprofen and COVID-19
  • Wellbeing resources for you and your pharmacy teams
  • Recommended Business Partner – Care First for counselling service during COVID-19
  • Changes made to reverse all new FP10 prescriptions and tokens
  • Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply During a Pandemic Service
  • Job retention and RIDDOR guidance for community pharmacy employers

Business Support:

  • Pro Delivery Manager
  • Lyreco and workplace supplies
  • Pharmacy Staff ID Cards to identify yourselves as keyworkers during the Covid-19 pandemic 

Your Questions Answered:

  • Letter to landlord requesting rent-free period
  • Further useful resources you may have missed
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Scotland - Coronavirus: Ibuprofen | Wellbeing Resources | ID cards | 15.04.20

Guidance and Support:

  • Ibuprofen and COVID-19
  • Wellbeing Resources for you and your pharmacy teams
  • Free Pandemic training to support your local community pharmacy
  • Guidance for pharmacy undergraduate students supporting the COVID-19 response

Business Support:

  • Installation of Perspex safety screens
  • ID cards
  • Job retention and RIDDOR guidance for community pharmacy employers

Your Questions Answered:

  • Will my professional indemnity insurance cover the pharmacy for the supply/sale of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine or azithromycin to prevent/treat COVID-19?
  • Are self-testing kits available for pharmacies to sell?
  • Useful resources you may have missed
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Coronavirus: Staff ID cards | New FP10 | Counselling service | 15.04.20

Guidance and Support:

  • Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service During COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Ibuprofen and COVID-19
  • Wellbeing Resources for you and your pharmacy team
    • New counselling service from NPA Business Partner, Care First
    • NPA resources
    • GOV.UK resources
  • Changes made to reverse all new FP10 prescriptions and tokens
  • Free pandemic training to support local community pharmacy
    • Volunteer training guide
    • Pharmacy Staff training guide

Business Support:

  • Pro Delivery Manager
  • Pharmacy Essentials: Lyreco and workplace supplies revised operations in response to COVID-19
  • Pharmacy Staff ID cards to identify yourselves as key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Your Questions Answered:

  • Letter to landlord requesting rent-free period

 

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Coronavirus: Ibuprofen | Wellbeing Resources | PPE Availability | 14.04.20

Guidance and Support:

  • Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service During the COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Ibuprofen and COVID-19
  • Wellbeing Resources for you and your pharmacy teams
  • Free Pandemic training to support your local community pharmacy
  • Guidance for pharmacy undergraduate students supporting the COVID-19 response

Business Support:

  • Availability of PPE
  • Installation of Perspex safety screens
  • Job retention and RIDDOR guidance for community pharmacy employers

Your Questions Answered:

  • Will my professional indemnity insurance cover the pharmacy for the supply/sale of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine or azithromycin to prevent/treat COVID-19?
  • Are self-testing kits available for pharmacies to sell?
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13.04.20 - Coronavirus: Advice and Support | We’re here for you | 13.04.20

Easter Monday – Easter 2020

 

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Coronavirus: We’re here for you | Advice and Support | 10.04.20

Good Friday – Easter 2020

 

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Coronavirus: Easter funding | RIDDOR | Wellbeing resources | 09.04.20

Business Support:

  • Easter opening and funding
  • Job retention and RIDDOR guidance for community pharmacy employers
  • Claim your small business grant
  • Free Pandemic training to support your local community pharmacy (UK)
  • SOP – Delivering pharmacy items
  • Delivery Factsheet for Volunteers
  • A guide for selecting volunteers in the pharmacy, roles conducted by volunteers and delivery of medicines

Guidance and Support:

  • Wellbeing resources
  • Domestic abuse

Your Questions Answered:

  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
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Coronavirus: Volunteers | Free Training | Easter Opening | 08.04.20

Guidance and Support:

  • Our asks of government highlighted on BBC South Evening news
  • GPhC/PSNI regulatory guidance
  • Diabetes Helpline (Northern Ireland specific)

Business Support:

  • Claim your small business grant
  • Free Pandemic training to support your local community pharmacy
  • Resources:
    • Easter opening hours support pack
    • Delivering pharmacy items SOP
    • Delivery Factsheet for Volunteers
  • A guide for selecting volunteers in the pharmacy, roles conducted by volunteers and delivery of medicines
  • Contact your local MP for action
  • Regulatory Statement (Northern Ireland specific)

Your Questions Answered:

  • Does a responsible pharmacist have to be present on the premises during Easter weekend?
  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus: Handling deliveries webinar | Letter to your MP | 07.04.20

Guidance and Support:

  • Contact your local MP for action
  • DRUG ALERT: Emerade solution for injection pre-filled syringe 300mcg
  • Updated PPE advice for pharmacy staff
  • We’re representing Independent Community Pharmacy

Business Support:

  • Claim your small business grant
  • Launch of Pandemic training to support your local community pharmacy
  • Calculating additional costs relating to Coronavirus survey (please note this is now closed)
  • Resources:
    • Easter opening hours support pack
    • Delivering Medicines poster

Your Questions Answered:

  • What are the government doing with regards to testing?
  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus: Easter opening support | Free pandemic training | 06.04.20

Guidance and Support:

  • NPA Chair Andrew Lane and NPA Board Member Reena Barai were featured on the BBC TV lunchtime news
  • Launch of Pandemic training for volunteers to support your local community pharmacy
  • Supporting released prisoners: NHS England and NHS improvement guidance
  • Updated PPE advice for pharmacy staff
  • Latest NPA interim policy position on volunteers
  • Launch of Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply during a Pandemic Service (Northern Ireland specific)
  • Managing requests for emergency supplies from dentists
  • Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine
  • We’re representing Independent Community Pharmacy

Business Support:

  • Installation of Perspex safety screens
  • Pharmacy funding announcements
  • Keyworker status letter template
  • Calculating additional costs relating to Coronavirus survey (please note this is now closed)
  • New resources
    • Easter opening hours support pack
    • Delivering medicines poster

Your Questions Answered:

  • What are the two types if COVID-19 tests
  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus update: Easter opening | CDs legislation | PPE | 03.04.2020

Guidance and Support:

  • Update on Easter opening hours
  • Launch of Pandemic training for volunteers to support your local community pharmacy
  • Emergency changed to Controlled Drugs legislation proposed by the Home Office
  • Maintaining patient safety and using your professional judgement
  • Updated PPE advice for pharmacy staff
  • Deliveries and volunteers
  • Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply during a Pandemic Service (Northern Ireland specific)
  • Keyworker status letter template
  • We’re representing Independent Community Pharmacy

Business Support:

  • Watch COVID-19 webinar update on key hots topics on demand
  • Installation of Perspex safety screens – New NPA Business Partner, Abbey Distribution Ltd
  • Pharmacy funding announcements
  • Small Business Grants Scheme
  • NPA Business Partners supporting you

Your Questions Answered:

  • What advice can we give to pregnant staff members?
  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus update: Webinar tonight | NO to abuse | Sky news | 02.04.20

Guidance and Support:

  • NPA Chair, Andrew Lane, national television broadcasts
  • #ClapforourCarers event – bringing awareness to the heroic work pharmacy teams are doing
  • NHS Volunteer Responders – information for community pharmacies (England specific)
  • Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC explains how any form of abuse is not tolerated and provides some helpful hints and tips for you to use if you are faced with aggressive customers or patients
  • Emergency Supply service for pharmacies (Northern Ireland specific)
  • Daily report to HSCB in status and pressures Community Pharmacy (Northern Ireland specific)
  • The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and pricing in the UK economy
  • We’re representing Independent Community Pharmacy

Business Support:

  • Pharmacy funding announcements
  • Calculating additional costs relating to Coronavirus survey (please note this is now closed)
  • NPA Business Partners supporting you
  • Installation of Perspex safety screens
  • Continuity of Pharmacy Services Plan

Your Questions Answered:

  • Where can I signpost those who want to join NHS Volunteer Responders in England?
  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus: Funding analysis | Survey of costs | CMA | 01.04.20

Guidance and Support:

  • GPhC regulatory guidance
  • The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and pricing in the UK economy
  • Caring for your pharmacy teams as well as getting the job done
  • NPA asks of government

Business Support:

  • Pharmacy Funding announcements
  • Calculating additional costs relating to Coronavirus survey (please note this is now closed)
  • Installation of Perspex safety screens
  • Continuity Pharmacy Services Plan

Your Questions Answered:

  • Can people catch COVID-19 from pets?
  • Latest FAQs
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March 2020

Coronavirus: £300m funding | Methadone | Testing | 31.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • GPhC regulatory guidance in light of the current circumstances
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Supplying methadone to housebound patients due to self-isolation or shielding
  • Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine
  • Caring for your pharmacy teams as well as getting the job done
  • Calculating additional costs relating to Coronavirus survey (please note this is now closed)

Business Support:

  • PSNC’s announcement regarding the advance funding into community pharmacy over the next two months
  • NPA policy on Volunteers re: COVID-19
  • Workforce measures announced by Government in response to COVID-19
  • Installation of Perspex safety screens
  • Dedicated Northern Ireland COVID-19 app launched
  • Continuity Pharmacy Services plan
  • NPA asks of government

Your Questions Answered:

  • What measures can we take to protect ourselves when people come in other than hygiene measures
  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus: Business grants | Workforce | Safety screens | 30.03.20

Business Support:

  • Continuity Pharmacy Services Plan
  • Small Business Grants Scheme
  • Workforce measures announced by Government in response to COVID-19
  • Installation of Perspex safety screens
  • Calculating additional costs relating to Coronavirus survey (please note this is now closed)
  • NPA asks of government
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Coronavirus: Govt Act | ​GPhC guidance | Contactless payments | 27.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • GPhC guidance on giving temporary registration to certain pharmacists and technicians who had left the register
  • Social distancing, isolation and Shielding guide
  • Handling deliveries and continuity of services in response to COVID-19
  • Past NPA Board members created a video encouraging the public to stay home and stay safe

Business Support:

  • Continuity Pharmacy Services Plan
  • Coronavirus Act 2020 – implications for members
  • Contactless payments
  • Financial measures available to community pharmacy during COVID-19
  • Information hub on COVID-19 from Employment Law and HR partners Ellis Whittam including key advice and managing staff issues arising from the pandemic
  • NPA asks of government and keeping independent community pharmacy in the news

Your Questions Answered:

  • How should I submit prescriptions in light of the increased volume of prescriptions presented?
  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus: Pharmacy heros | Continuity guidance | Self-testing | 26.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • #ClapforourCarers event – bringing awareness to the heroic work pharmacy teams are doing
  • Delivering Medicines poster
  • Social Distancing guide
  • Pre-Registration training – cancellation of mock exams
  • MPharm student recruitment guidance from the Pharmacy Schools Council
  • Resilience guidance to help support and maintain the community pharmacy network during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Contingency service planning for concentrating pharmacy services in reduced locations

Business Support:

  • Financial measures available to community pharmacy during COVID-19
  • Information hub on COVID-19 from Employment Law and HR partners Ellis Whittam including key advice and managing staff issues arising from the pandemic

Your Questions Answered:

  • Are self-testing kits available for pharmacies to sell?
  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus: PPE | HR Resources | FAQs | 25.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • PPE – Information on when to wear personal protective equipment
  • Version 2 of The Community Pharmacy SOP regarding opening hours
  • net email account – make sure yours is live and working
  • Managing your and your team’s mental health and wellbeing effectively
  • MPharm student recruitment guidance from the Pharmacy Schools Council

Business Support:

  • Pro Delivery Manager supporting Community Pharmacies
  • NPA asks of government and keeping independent community pharmacy in the news

Your Questions Answered:

  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus: Financial relief | Workforce scenario | Govt bill | 24.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • Coronavirus Bill: how it affects Community Pharmacy
  • Yellow card scheme – how to submit
  • UK healthcare deliveries from Alliance

Business Support:

  • Financial measures available to community pharmacy during COVID-19
  • HMRC Helpline for deferral of payments
  • Information hub on COVID-19 from Employment Law and HR partners Ellis Whittam including key advice and managing staff issues arising from the pandemic

Your Questions Answered:

  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus: Opening hours | Staff safety | Cashflow | 23.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • New resources for you and your pharmacy team
    • SOP and guidance for Open hours flexibility and closures for community pharmacies
    • Protecting you and your staff guidance and poster
    • Keyworker letter for schools
  • High volumes of prescription, cash flow and supply guidance
  • Chloroquine for preventing or treating coronavirus clarification

Business Support

  • COVID-19 Business Continuity webinar – Watch on Demand

Your Questions Answered

  • Repackaging of POM paracetamol tablets into smaller packs for sale
  • Delivery Drivers and the Prescription Delivery Service
  • Latest FAQs
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Coronavirus: update | 20.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • Our asks of government and keeping independent community pharmacy in the news

Business Support:

  • Emergency provisions
  • Tote Delivery Boxes
  • COVID-19 Business Continuity webinar – Watch on Demand

Your Questions Answered:

  • School closures: Community Pharmacy teams defined as keyworkers
  • Supervision
  • How do I plan for the impact of COVID-19 on my operations?
  • Delivery Drivers and the Prescription Delivery Service
  • Repackaging paracetamol during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Coronavirus: Latest information from the NPA | 19.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • Our asks of government and keeping independent community pharmacy in the news

Business Support:

  • It’s time for a pragmatic, flexible approach in your practice

Your Questions Answered:

  • Dispensing medicines in monitored dosage systems (MDS)
  • Professional indemnity insurance cover and using volunteers to deliver medication
  • How do I plan for the impact of VOID-19 on my operations?
  • Repackaging paracetamol during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Learners on NPA training courses and COVID-19 priorities
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Coronavirus: Latest information from the NPA | 18.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • New guidance:
    • for households with possible coronavirus infection
    • for social distancing and recommendations for vulnerable people

Business Support:

  • It’s time for a pragmatic, flexible approach in your practice
  • Business Continuity
  • We’re representing Independent community pharmacy
  • Employment Advice from NPA Partner Ellis Whittam

Your Questions Answered:

  • NPA Insurance Support
  • Delivery Medicines
  • Ibuprofen
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Coronavirus: Latest information from the NPA | 17.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • Superintendent Update
  • Ibuprofen guidance
  • Yellow Card Scheme

Business Support:

  • Supporting the nation with medicines and advice: open letter from pharmacy leaders to patients and customers
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Coronavirus: A message from NPA Chief Executive Mark Lyonette | 11.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • Latest official information from government and public health agencies via the NPA coronavirus website hub
  • We’re representing Independent community pharmacy

Business Support:

  • Pharmacy business and practice advice
  • NPA Insurance
  • Pro Delivery Manager (PDM)
  • Coronavirus poster provided in the back of the Spring edition of inpharmacy
  • NPA business continuity
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COVID-19: all you need to know | 05.03.20

Guidance and Support:

  • COVID-19 dedicated webpage with all the information you need to be aware of

Business Support:

  • Coronavirus poster provided in the back of the Spring edition of inpharmacy

Your Questions Answered:

  • Business interruption insurance
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