Specific Covid-19 news and resources for NPA Members in Scotland
Note: Please do also refer to UK-wide NPA guidance available here
The NPA provides regular updates on Scottish news and NPA support and also UK news and NPA support relevant to Scottish readers. The updates are sent weekly on a Tuesday, and occasionally more frequently if required in times of changing news. We have complied a list of recent communications for your information, by date order and subject topic. If you would like to subscribe to this email please register here.
Scottish Member Forum
The NPA invited Scottish NPA members to the Scottish NPA Forum on 10th February 2021 hosted by Janice Oman with Glyn Walduck (NPA Community Pharmacy Professional Indemnity).
Webinar recording available soon
COVID-19 – Community Pharmacy: NHS Medicines Delivery Service (Scotland)
Latest NPA SOP – Scottish COVID-19 NHS Medicine Delivery Service Read more here
Latest resource: Scottish pharmacy COVID prescription delivery service
- If you are considering volunteer delivery drivers please see NPA guidance
- In line with new education and training requirements for pharmacy support staff announced by the GPhC in 2019, staff recruited by a pharmacy to deliver medicines from 1st October, 2020 must enrol onto a GPhC accredited training course as soon as is practical and within three months of commencing their role. For more information on NPA training to Delivery Medicines Safely and Effectively please see our flowchart that describes the training pathway for pharmacy staff who deliver medicines or view course information on NPA training for Delivering Medicines Safely and Effectively
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.
New monthly survey of Scottish pharmacy team members who are self-isolating or shielding
CPS Board are keen to understand the extent of pharmacy teams who are required to self-isolate or shield during the pandemic and will be surveying all contractors on a monthly basis from January.
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 contractor
Community Pharmacy COVID 19 payment – Scotland
Scottish Government Circular PCA(P) (2020) 26 details payment for community pharmacy involvement in the COVID vaccination programme
NHS Pharmacy First Scotland Signposting Guidance For General Practice Teams
New: read the latest guidance – Scottish Government COVID Vaccination Programme
New: Community Pharmacy – COVID-19 vaccination programme
The agreed fees for community pharmacy contractors participation in the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Updated HPS Advice for Primary Care (v11)
Scottish Gov – Letter to those patients at a higher risk from COVID-19
Business support and guidance:
Introduction of the Job Retention Bonus and CJRS update
COVID-19: additional financial support measures for community pharmacy contractors
Government statement on public holidays opening
Small business grant advice
Scottish Gov – COVID-19 helpline for Scottish businesses
Download the coronavirus (COVID-19) communication toolkit (ZIP, 38 MB)
CPO video gives thanks to community pharmacy teams
Key worker template letters for use in Scotland
Ibuprofen and Covid-19 & Scottish government advice
Medicines collection service for shielding individuals
Pharmacies in Scotland have received two boxes of surgical masks to be used when social distancing cannot be maintained. To replenish stock, pharmacy contractors can phone orders of 2×50 masks to the NHS PPE replenishment number provided by NHS mail earlier this week. There is a two day delivery service. If you do not have the order phone line, please request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Protection Scotland have provided guidance on PPE within Guidance for primary care to Version 11 and a useful training video on the correct procedure for wearing PPE at Donning and doffing of PPE video Disposal of used PPE is detailed in page 16 of Guidance for primary care to Version 11 as if there is no direct immediate access to clinical waste, then used masks should be double wrapped in tied disposable plastic bags and retained separately for 72 hours before adding to domestic waste.
CPO letter on personal protective equipment
Read the latest update: Update on obtaining further PPE supplies
Guidance issued on shielding employees returning to work
Test and Protect is the Scottish Government strategy for coronavirus testing, tracing and isolation, which may have serious implications for your team’s capacity at short notice. Please review your pharmacy processes to maintain staff physical distancing and adopt new practices where you can to protect your staff from being asked to self-isolate.
Can we also draw your attention to the updated guidance for individuals that are shielding.
Anyone with new symptoms of Coronavirus should contact www.nhsinform.scot 08000282816 to arrange to be tested and should immediately self-isolate for 7 days.
If the test result is positive, a contact tracing team will support the individual to identify people they have been in close contact for long enough to have risked spreading the virus. Those identified will be traced and advised to self isolate for 14days, although they will not be told who their positive tested contact is.
For further information check advice for employers and guidance for Primary Care. An updated poster on how staff can protect themselves in the workplace is available to display within the pharmacy.
Covid-19 testing to enable key workers to return to work. Details available on the NHS Board section of the CPS COVID homepage
COVID-19: Access to tests for community pharmacy staff
New National Wellbeing Hub launched-Employee and employer support
A new platform for health and social care workers and carers to support their physical and mental health is now available in Scotland.
Launched on 11th May by Scottish Government, the new digital wellbeing hub enables staff, carers, volunteers and their families to access support designed to aid resilience with the impact of COVID-19. The National Wellbeing Hub has resources split to employee and employer roles with content including management and coaching, building teams, and practical and emotional support.
Looking after yourself : supporting resilience and wellbeing in health and social care workers.
Looking after people : providing psychosocial support to patients and the public using Psychological First Aid.
Looking after your staff : Responding to distress in frontline health-workers, advice for managers and organisations supporting health and social care workers.
Clare Haughey, Minister for Mental health’s statement to staff.
National Education for Scotland (NES) FAQs for pre-regs with regard to Covid-19
NHS Scotland Posters for use in pharmacies stop-think and We need your help
Health Protection Scotland
Health Protection Scotland – COVID-19 guidance for pharmacies
Health Protection Scotland – COVID-19 guidance for primary care
Health Protection Scotland – COVID-19 Information and Guidance for non-healthcare settings
Public Heath Scotland