Scottish Pharmacy Task Planner now updated and available to members

The popular community pharmacy NPA task planner has been updated for Scottish members.

  The Pharmacy Task Planner has been put together by looking at the requirements of The General Pharmaceutical Council and other key administrative requirements. The planner then allows for these activities to be transferred to monthly activity planners to spread the workload throughout the year. The planner has been designed to capture different activities, including those that are fixed or variable dates and regular tasks. When you have set up the planner, you will for each month have an activity planner and a useful Regular Monthly Review Checklist. Download the NPA Pharmacy Task Planner here  …

First day at work for NPA ‘Kickstarters’

The first young person to land a work placement in a community pharmacy, as part of a government scheme via the NPA and Reed, started their first shift this week.

With the help of the NPA and Reed, the recruitment company, Balvinder Singh Nijjar, Director of Faith Pharmacy in Manchester, applied to have a young ‘Kickstarter’ working in his pharmacy. Under the Kickstart scheme, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) pays wages and employment costs for a six-month job placement, for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.  The NPA’s partnership with Reed enables independent pharmacies to take part in the initiative and provides training. Balvinder says: “We applied for the scheme to give somebody a chance so they could see what pharmacy was all about. “We have a senior member of staff helping her get familiar with the pharmacy. She can observe other staff and how they give advice over the counter and operate the till.  “If she can achieve the Medicine Counter Assistant certificate from the NPA, confidence in a workplace and some knowledge of dispensing it will put her onto a good start to carry on further.” Nicole Wilson, the Kickstarter who started her first day at Faith Pharmacy on Monday (8) says: “I like learning new skills as well as being able to give back (to health services and the community).…

Reminder: claiming payments deadlines approaching

Deadlines for a number of payment claims are coming up – ensure you meet these, as required

We would like to remind pharmacy contractors that a number of important submission deadlines are approaching to claim for various payments. Failure to make the relevant submissions on time may mean that you do not receive the relevant payments and/or fees. The table below summarises these. Payment type How to claim Further details Deadline Claims for COVID-19 Vaccination Local Enhanced Service Manage Your Service (MYS) portal A fee of £9.58/each adult flu vaccination administered (includes a contribution to cover training and clinical waste costs associated with the vaccination) + £0.50 fee per vaccination (only for the 2020/21 flu season) + reimbursed for the vaccine cost at the basic price (list price) + Allowance of applicable VAT The claim window opened on 5 February 2021 and claims for January vaccinations must be submitted by 10 February 2021   PPE claims Manage Your Service (MYS) portal Full details of the determination for the PPE reimbursement is available on here and the NHSBSA website   Claims must be submitted via the MYS portal by 23:59 on 12 February 2021 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) January furlough claims HMRC Guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is available on GOV.UK Claims must be submitted to HMRC by 15 February 2021 Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) Part 2 2020/21 Manage Your Service (MYS) portal Total funding is a minimum of £52.25m,…