Employment Law Update | Reluctant Returners, Misconduct and Holiday Pay Calculations

Join our business partner WorkNest for the latest on Employment Law and HR Updates.

Join us to learn: • The right way to handle reluctant returners, and misconduct justified by the employee on health and safety grounds – with disputes of this nature expected to continue post-restrictions, if an employee claims that attending the workplace will detrimentally impact their physical and mental health or tries to justify their misconduct on health and safety grounds, how should employers respond without inviting legal issues? • Potential changes to holiday pay calculations for ad-hoc, term-time only and zero hours workers – following the eagerly anticipated Supreme Court decision in Harpur Trust v Brazel, employers may be forced to reconsider their practices when it comes to calculating holiday pay (yet again!). If the Supreme Court rules in favour of the employee, this landmark case will also give rise to further claims from affected workers in respect of historical underpayments. • Other important case law outcomes that impact HR best practice, plus the employment law changes that may still be on the cards in 2022. We’ll be rounding off the session with a live Q&A, so if you have a burning employment query regarding any of these topics or another issue you would like some free expert advice on, submit it in advance via the registration form or use the chat box during the webinar Register here…

Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service for self-isolating individuals ends on 5 March 2022

Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service for individuals notified by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate ends on 5 March 2022

  NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) announced on 29 September 2021 that the Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service (Pandemic Delivery Service) will be commissioned from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 for anyone living in England who has been notified by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate. Community pharmacies, excluding distance selling pharmacies, can use this service to deliver prescription medicines and appliances to individuals during their ten day self-isolation period who provide their 8-digit NHS Test and Trace account ID reference (CTAS number) when requesting for the service; if alternative arrangements cannot be made. Update 24/02/22: From 24 February 2022, NHS Test and Trace will no longer issue the NHS Test and Trace Account number, which is required for patients to access the Pandemic Delivery Service. Pharmacy teams are still able to deliver medicines to eligible patients who have a valid 8-digit NHS Test and Trace ID issued on or before 23 February 2022, which is valid for a 10-day window.   Please note: No medicines should be delivered as part of the Pandemic Delivery Advanced Service after 5 March 2022 All claims for the Advanced Service deliveries must be submitted on the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by 5 April 2022; Claims made after this time will not be accepted.…
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Scottish Member Forum – 1pm

The NPA Scottish member forum will be held virtually on 2nd March 2022. We will have two sessions at 1-2pm and 7-8pm.

The NPA Scottish member forum will provide members the opportunity to discuss workforce issues and current developments in community pharmacy practice. NPA Scotland Representation Manager, Janice Oman will host the virtual forum with NPA Policy Manager Helga Mangion providing a summary of how the NPA has been addressing pharmacy workforce. We will also provide insight into the GPhC pilot on themed inspections. Members can attend either or both sessions. Register here  …

Expectations grow for what pharmacies can deliver, but awareness of NHS services still limited, new NPA figures suggest.

According to an online survey carried out for the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) in October, a third of people (32%) are unaware that pharmacies offer flu jabs and four in ten (39%) don’t know pharmacies have consultation areas from which a range of NHS services are provided.

  The results have being released ahead of the NPA’s Ask Your Pharmacist public awareness campaign, which runs from 1-8 November. Only half the adult population (48%) know you can get advice on managing your weight at pharmacies, but 66% know that blood pressure monitoring is offered in some pharmacies. According to the survey, many people want pharmacies to play a greater role supporting people with mental health and in care homes (39% and 40% respectively). 45% see their local pharmacy as the “first port of call” for minor illnesses, compared to 27% saying their GP, 17% NHS111 and 6% A&E. NPA board member Reena Barai, who will be taking part in radio broadcasts for Ask Your Pharmacist Week, said today: “These figures show how much further we need to go to get the message across about the range of services on offer in community pharmacies.  Campaigns like Ask Your Pharmacist Week help ensure that people don’t miss out on the support available, which includes the several new NHS services coming on line in 2021.” In spite of the awareness figures on flu vaccinations, the number of people protected by pharmacies grew nearly fourfold between 2015/16 to 2020/21, according to figures recently released by the NHS Business Services Authority.…

NPA calls for a re-think on “disenfranchising” pharmacy representation vote

The steering group taking forward the Review of Pharmacy Representation in England has issued its plan for a voting process for the reform of PSNC and LPCs.

  The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) today called for a re-think. NPA chair, Andrew Lane, said: “There’s a clear case for changing the way pharmacy contractors are represented in England, especially in the light of emerging NHS structures at local level.  We need a system that works seamlessly from end to end – local to national. “However, if change is to be sustainable and legitimate, it must be widely supported across community pharmacy. The Review Steering Group has said that it is seeking to build a consensus for change, yet the Group’s proposed voting mechanism falls short of what is needed to guarantee a way forward that commands the support of the whole sector. “Under these proposals, a very small number of large pharmacy businesses could outvote thousands of independent contractors, effectively disenfranchising the independent sector. “The voices of independent contractors must be properly heard in this process, by getting the explicit consent of the independent sector through a fair vote”. The RSG plans to hold a single vote to approve (or not) the proposals for future contractor representation and support at both a national and local level. A two-thirds majority of all those casting a vote is required to approve the vote, with a ‘target voter turnout’ of 66% of the contractor base.…
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NMS quarterly submission of data postponed

Requirement to submit completed NMS data summary to the NHSBSA has been postponed until January 2022

  The requirement to submit data summary for completed New Medicine Service (NMS) for July-September 2021 has been postponed for this quarter. In August 2021, it was announced that the requirement to submit data had been reinstated for quarter 2 (July-September 2021). However, the requirement has been postponed and pharmacy contractors will now not need to submit data until January 2022 for quarter 3 (Oct- Dec 2021). These changes were introduced to avoid complications for contractors when reporting their data due to the updated eligible NMS groups that commenced from 1 September 2021. The next quarter data submission will need to be completed within 10 working days from 31 December 2021 and pharmacy contractors are required to submit the information to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on a quarterly basis going forward.   Key points for pharmacy teams Submission of NMS data to the NHSBSA can be done either by completing: The online form; only allows submission of data from a single pharmacy at a time The electronic reporting template; allows data from multiple pharmacy branches to be added to a single template Further information can be found on the NHSBSA website For any issues in the submission process, contact the NHSBSA via email on nmsmur@nhs.net…

Goodbye Ellis Whittam, hello WorkNest

The providers of the NPA’s Employment Law and Health and Safety Advisory Service is changing its name, and adding new services.

By bringing Ellis Whittam, Law At Work and HRSP together under one name, WorkNest represents even greater expertise, can offer even more services, and is backed by even more powerful technology than ever before – enabling the NPA to further empower members, to manage all of their employment, safety and wellbeing challenges. Their new name, WorkNest, embodies our commitment to protecting members, nurturing them, and helping them to fly. This will enhance support to members, managing their risks across the compliance spectrum. The bespoke services offered will continue and importantly members can continue to access this valuable service will not change. They will continue to be responsive to members’ needs, developing strong outcomes and enable you to be compliant, confident and risk-aware. We know that change invites questions, so Worknest have pulled together a comprehensive FAQ that you can access here. It all starts on Monday 4th October.…

Changes to the NHS Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service (Pharmacy Collect

Amendments to the Service Specification for the NHS Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service have been made and will apply from 4 October 2021.

  Overview On 29 March 2021, a new Advanced Service, ‘NHS Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service (COVID-19 LFD Distribution Service)’, was commissioned to allow asymptomatic individuals to collect COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits from community pharmacies. The service is referred to the public as ‘Pharmacy Collect’ by NHS Test and Trace marketing and communications. The LFD test kits are provided free of charge to asymptomatic individuals to identify more people likely to spread the virus; therefore, breaking the chain of transmission.   The service has now been amended and a revised Service Specification is available to download from the NHS Business Services Authority website, which is applicable from 4 October 2021. The new changes allow NHS Test and Trace to increase traceability of test kits and identify more positive cases of COVID-19.   Key changes to the service from 4 October 2021 The table below provides details of the key changes to the service from 4 October 2021 with a comparison to what is currently in place.   Requirement until 4 October 2021 Key change from 4 October 2021 Maximum number of kits you can supply in one transaction is four. One pack of test kit can be supplied to the individual requesting it.…

Training available for OTC progestogen-only contraceptive pills

Details of the training available for healthcare professionals providing OTC progestogen-only contraceptive pills (Hana® and Lovima®) Progestogen-only contraceptive pills, Hana® and Lovima®, are now available to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) from pharmacies following reclassification from a Prescription Only Medicine (POM) to a Pharmacy medicine (P). Desogestrel is safe for most women to take and is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women of childbearing age. The availability of desogestrel OTC increases the accessibility of oral contraceptives for women. Online training is available for healthcare professionals providing Hana® and Lovima® OTC to be able to appropriately supply and advise on the use of these products.   Key points for pharmacy teams: Read and understand the Summary of Product Characteristics (SPCs) for Hana® and Lovima® Recommended online training for Hana® Interactive training guide: https://hanapharmacist.co.uk/training Recommended online training for Lovima® https://lovima.com/hcp/courses/lovima-training/ It is recommended that pharmacists use the checklists for Hana® or Lovima® available, in order to help determine suitability of these products for women requesting them in the pharmacy Hana® and Lovima® can be purchased OTC from pharmacies; however, desogestrel is still available free-of-charge on a NHS prescription, or through locally commissioned services, or sexual health clinics   Further reading: MHRA First progestogen-only contraceptive pills to be available to purchase from pharmacies : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-progesterone-only-contraceptive-pills-to-be-available-to-purchase-from-pharmacies…

NHS Scotland Community Pharmacy Public Health Bridging Contraception Service

From the 9th November community pharmacists in Scotland will be able to provide a three month supply of desogestrel 75mcg

  The Directions of the Pharmaceutical Services (Public Health Service) (Scotland) have been amended to include supply of three months desogestrel 75mcg tablets. The aim of the service detailed in PCA (P) (2021) 12  is to reduce unplanned pregnancies, enabling time for women to contact their doctor to arrange long term contraception The three month supply of desogestrel can be made by the pharmacist as part of the Emergency Hormonal Contraception Service or in response to a request for contraception from women aged over 13 years and under 55 years at risk of pregnancy registered with a Scottish GP practice. One further three month supply can be provided in exceptional circumstances if another contraception supply has not been arranged. The patient group direction authorises the supply and the patient assessment form provided gathers patient history to identify PGD criteria. Consent will be requested to contact the women’s GP. Each NHS Health Board will require pharmacist return of the PGD for their area as usual. Payment is £30 per consultation, whether supply, no supply, or referral as detailed in NHS Circular PCA (P)(2021) 5 Training is available from NES.   Please contact the Pharmacy Services team for further advice and support: Telephone: 01727891800 (Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm, Sat 9am to 1pm) Email: pharmacyservices@npa.co.uk…