Previous Monthly Roundups 2021 and 2022

Previous End of month superintendent updates published by the Pharmacy Services team

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March 2022 NPA Advice and Support Services monthly roundup: March 2022

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Key announcements during March 2022 included living with COVID-19 updates for community pharmacy teams, the extension of the COVID-19 vaccination service, the end of the Pandemic Delivery and Pharmacy Collect services, PPE and COVID-19 vaccination updates, flu vaccines and eligible cohorts for NHS flu service 2022/23 and guidance on charitable donations for Ukraine. The NPA produced a number of resources this month to support our members including an update and a template SOP for the newly commissioned Smoking Cessation Advanced Service that started on 10 March 2022 and guidance on fasting during Ramadan.
February 2022 NPA Advice and Support Services monthly roundup: February 2022

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Key announcements during February 2022 included a new NHS profile manager which will replace the DoS profile updater and NHS website profile editor. Details of the Better Health Quit Smoking mandated health campaign was launched, an announcement on the ban on certain cosmetic products from 1 March 2022. The NPA produced a number of resources this month to support our members including the launch of the updated COVID-19 risk assessment templates, updated SOP, guidance and FAQs on the Accessible Information Standard.
January 2022 NPA Advice and Support Services monthly roundup: January 2022

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In 2021, NPA Members excelled in providing above-and-beyond service to the nation in the face of the many challenges affecting the community pharmacy sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was around this time last year that a handful of pharmacies started vaccinating against COVID-19.
December 2021 Superintendent update: End of year update (December 2021) (England)

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During 2021 NPA reflected on how community pharmacies continued to play a key role in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. This superintendent update provides a summary of key announcements and NPA resources that were launched throughout the year to support our members.
November 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (November 2021) (England)

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Key announcements for this month include; an update of the NHS influenza vaccination PGD and National Protocol, mandatory health campaigns for 2021/22, mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for NHS frontline staff in England, COVID-19 booster vaccines brought forward for certain vulnerable patients and the MHRA approved the first oral antiviral for COVID-19 treatment.
October 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (October 2021) (England)

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The NPA launched a number of resources this month, which include Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2021/22 resources, New Medicine Service resources, Hypertension Case-Finding Service FAQs, and an updated version of the Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service SOP during the COVID-19 outbreak and launched the new red flag factsheet. The medication safety updates (MSO reports) for quarters 1 and 2 of 2021 were also published.
September 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (September 2021) (England)

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Key announcements for this month include publication of the draft Service Specification for the Hypertension Case-Finding Advanced Service, details of Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccination programme, changes to the New Medicine Service (NMS). Further information about the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2021/2022 was also published.
August 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (August 2021) (England)

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Key announcements for this month include details of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2021/22, pharmacy funding arrangements for Year 3 of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF), the NHS flu vaccination service, and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
July 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (July 2021) (England)

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During this month a reminder was issued about the deadline for claiming reimbursement of additional costs incurred related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was on 15 August 2021. NPA produced a number of resources to support members.
June 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (June 2021) (England)

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During this month we published details about the Flu vaccination training requirements. There was also an announcement that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine had been approved for use in children aged 12-15 years
May 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (May 2021) (England)

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Key announcements in this update include; the use of chloramphenicol eye drops in children under two years of age.

Almerg tablets 180mg was reclassified from POM to P. There was also an announcement to Accelerate second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for priority cohorts 1-9..

April 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (April 2021) (England)

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Key announcements during this month include; updated information for the NHS flu service 2021/22, JCVI also issued new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women. Further information and advice was released on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and blood clots.
March 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (March 2021) (England)

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Key updates during this month include; community pharmacies could start to provide private COVID-19 testing, the NPA produced further information about the UKAS registration process. The NPA also partnered with MedicSpot to allow members to sell COVID-19 PCR tests until November 2021. During this month the COVID-19 LFD Distribution Service was commissioned and the NPA produced resources to support members delivering the service.
February 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (February 2021) (England)

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Key announcements during this month include; the extension of the NHS Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service during the COVID-19 Outbreak.
January 2021 Superintendent update: End of month update (January 2021) (England)

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Community pharmacies started participating in this national COVID-19 vaccination programme. The NPA launched the COVID-19 vaccination programme hub to support members and to help provide key information.