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


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




New: latest news article: Letter to landlord requesting rent-free period

Latest resources: 

Public Health England has published a number of resources to support the current COVID-19 guidance in different areas in England. All resources can be accessed at https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/, including:

  • Tier 4: stay at home posters, social media stats and digital screens
  • Community testing posters, social media stats and pamphlets
  • Celebrating New Year’s Eve safely social media stats


Other useful resources:

COVID-19 vaccination  and Stakeholder and influencer toolkit


Business support and guidance:

Government launches Enjoy Summer Safely campaign

Electronic notifications for urgent supplies made under CPCS

Launch of COVID-19 risk assessment and risk reduction template for community pharmacies

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 

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 11th January 2021: Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) Update #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.


Clinical advice:

IMPORTANT UPDATE – SSP: fluoxetine capsules 40mg (SSP06) extended

NPA heatwave guidance now launched

COVID-19 and hay fever

CAS alert: risk of heat stress whilst wearing PPE in warn/hot weather

MHRA suspends recruitment of further participants to clinical trials using hydroxychloroquine

Dexamthasone approved to treat hospitalised COVID-19 patients

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



NEW: Face coverings in shops, including pharmacies and supermarkets

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:

Primary Care Bulletin – 24 September 2020 (Issue 68)

NHSE&I – Coronavirus and Primary Care

NHSE&I – Coronavirus: Patient pathway and letter