Specific Covid-19 news and resources for NPA Members in England


Note: Please do also refer to UK-wide NPA guidance available here




Business support and guidance:

Claim now: Claiming payment for opening on Early May bank holiday

31st May Deadline: CPCS claims and PEPS

Support for care homes – how to claim

Can the staff working in an NHS contracted pharmacy be furloughed?

Community pharmacy home delivery service SOP launched 

Claim now:  Easter bank holiday weekend pharmacy opening: MYS portal now open to claim payment

Covid-19: Deployment of pharmacy students within pharmacy settings

Updated information to the job retention scheme

Reporting products over Drug Tariff price

Emergency COVID Cash Flow and Advice Service

Flexible opening hours and temporary closures during the pandemic , temporary closuresPHE poster and PSNC guidanceGuidance for pharmacy undergraduate students supporting COVID-19 response

Workforce measures

Community pharmacy home delivery service during the covid-19 outbreak commissioned – england

Resilience Guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 

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


Managing student pharmacists

New: 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.


Clinical advice:

General clinical case definition updated to include new symptoms

Guidance on returned/unwanted medicines

Clenil Modulite inhalers – availability

Clenil Modulite inhalers (Chiesi Ltd), in all strengths – 50mcg, 100mcg, 200mcg and 250mcg – are now available to order.

– Pharmacies should be able to order them from AAH Pharmaceuticals, Alliance Healthcare and Phoenix Healthcare Distribution.

– If you continue to experience problems with the availability of Clenil Modulite inhalers, please could you let us know by email to pharmacyservices@npa.co.uk. Please include details of which wholesaler you tried to order them from, which strength(s), quantity and when.

Ibuprofen and Covid-19



COVID-19: Access to tests for community pharmacy staff



Read the latest update: Update on obtaining further PPE supplies

Recommended PPE for ambulance staff, paramedics, first responders, other patient transport services and pharmacy staff

The new version of the standard operating procedure issued by NHS England and NHS Improvement on COVID-19 for community pharmacy has been updated. This new version was last updated on the 22nd March 2020.

See the regular updates to community pharmacy from Keith Ridge (click here).


Visit our wellbeing page for a wide range of support and resources from from the NPA and national bodies.

Further reading:

NHSE&I – Coronavirus and Primary Care

NHSE&I – Coronavirus: Patient pathway and letter