Lateral Flow Test Kit Collect Service (Pharmacy Collect) (Scotland)

  Patient specific PMR, temporarily not required until 10th January 2022 Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) have advised of an informal agreement with Scottish Government to enable the electronic claiming for the supply of lateral flow test kits not to require patient specific information. The kits can now be claimed through a Dummy patient record, with one claim for the number of kits of a specific batch of kits supplied each day. This is a temporary measure, provisionally set to 10th January 2022, to help streamline the process in pharmacies and save time in individual patient PMR entry. The PMR for the supply should be made under patient name LFD Kit with date of birth 01/01/2000 at address 1 Any street, NF1  Fr more information, click here.…

NPA SOP available for Scottish members for Medicine Waste Collection services in pharmacies

The new SOP provides guidance for medicine waste management procedures in line with current regulation and legislation. In word format, the SOP can be amended to align with local NHS Board pharmacy medicine waste services and pharmacy specific conditions. Download the NPA SOP for Scottish Medicine Waste Collection Services  …

NHS Scotland Pharmacy First Payments Base payment change

From 1st January 2022, the base payment for NHS Pharmacy First will reduce from £1250 per month to £1000 per month with the balance added to the activity payment pool for the service. This is a planned redistribution of funding as detailed in the financial settlement agreement, postponed due to COVID 19 pressures. To read more on changes in January, click here.…

Updated NHS influenza vaccination PGD and National Protocol

The NHS influenza vaccination PGD and National Protocol have been updated

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) secured additional funding to support provision of flu vaccinations to frontline primary care staff in September. The influenza vaccine Patient Group Direction (PGD) and National Protocol have now been updated to allow community pharmacies to vaccinate frontline primary care contractors and staff for the 2021/22 flu vaccination season. The below have now been included in the inclusion criteria of the PGD and National Protocol: Primary care contractors and their frontline staff involved in patient-facing frontline provision of NHS primary care services Primary care contactors include: Primary medical services Community pharmacies Primary dental services General ophthalmic services Frontline staff include those that are providing patient facing care on a day-to-day basis: Locums Non-clinical reception Counter staff   Key points for pharmacy teams: Record keeping requirements for this cohort remain the same as per the Service Specification In addition, pharmacies are required to manually record and report the number of primary care frontline staff that have been vaccinated each month via the MYS portal at the end of each month Data on vaccinations administered to staff in each of the four contractor groups (medical, pharmaceutical, dental and ophthalmic) should be separated Where pharmacies have already vaccinated their frontline staff NHSE&I has agreed that claims for these vaccinations can be made via the Advanced Service claim on the MYS portal.…

NHS profile manager

New digital tool called NHS profile manager, will replace the DoS profile updater and NHS website profile editor in January 2022   NHSX and NHS Digital are developing a new digital tool, called NHS profile manager, to replace the two current information updaters used by pharmacy contractors:  NHS website profile editor and Directory of Services (DoS) profile updater, and this is due to launch in January 2022. It is anticipated that, by preventing pharmacy contractors and their teams from having to input the same information onto two different platforms, the new tool will save contractors time, improve accuracy and consistency of data and will improve the quality of information given to NHS 111 and NHS Service Finder. The new NHS profile manager tool will require contractors and their teams to login using NHSmail email accounts in order to improve information security. Across November 2021, NHS Digital will contact NHS website profile editors who do not yet have an NHSmail email address recorded in their profile editor account and explain how they can update their login details to include an NHSmail address. Key points for pharmacy teams: Pharmacy contractors should continue using the DoS profile updater and the NHS website editor to update their details as required by NHS Terms of Service until the NHS profile manager tool goes live Contractors who do not yet have a personal NHSmail email address linked to the pharmacy shared NHSmail box can set one up following  NHSmail- NHS Digital The new tool will include Application Programming  Interface (API) compatibility to allow the continuation of mass-updating for larger pharmacy organisation, however, there may be some changes to this process   Further reading: PSNC: NHS profile manager:  https://psnc.org.uk/contract-it/pharmacy-it/databases-of-pharmacies-and-services/nhs-profile-manager/…

Pharmacy First – Winter Ailments 2020/2021 SOP (Northern Ireland)

Pharmacy First - Winter Ailments Standard Operating Procedure now available to NPA members in Northern Ireland

Pharmacy First  – Winter Ailments 2020/2021 has been launched by Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) to help pharmacists address winter pressures through the management of sore throats and the common cold, and to provide advice remotely on COVID symptoms. The service can be delivered face-to-face or virtually but patients should not present to the pharmacy with COVID symptoms.  Pharmacists can provide advice and reassurance alone, or the provision of advice and reassurance alongside medicines which alleviate symptoms of sore throat and common cold. In some cases the pharmacist may consider that referral to another healthcare professional is indicated. The new NPA Pharmacy First SOP describes the process to be followed by the pharmacy team when providing Winter Ailments service. The SOP has a useful flowchart summary and is amendable for your pharmacy processes. Click here to download. 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…

Declaration of emergency requiring flexible provision of NHS pharmaceutical services has been extended

The Secretary of State has extended the declaration of emergency requiring flexible provision of NHS pharmaceutical services to 31 January 2022

The declaration of emergency requiring flexible provision of NHS pharmaceutical services by community pharmacies was initially declared by the Secretary of State via The Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services and Emergency Declaration) Directions 2020, and has now been further extended to 31 January 2022 via The Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services and Emergency Declaration) (Further Amendment) (England) Directions 2021. This was previously extended until 30 September 2021. Key points for pharmacy teams: The declaration of emergency has been extended to 31 January 2022 The extension means that pharmacies are still able to make temporary changes to their opening hours to maintain provision of pharmacy services, and close temporarily provided that the pharmacy contractor has: Provided adequate reasons for the changes to opening hours or closure to NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), and Given NHSE&I a notice period of 24 hours, and NHSE&I has agreed to the changes or has not made any objections to them Where pharmacy contractors have not received a response from NHSE&I after giving a 24 hour notice period, they may start flexible provision of opening hours If a request is refused by NHSE&I after flexible provision has started, the contractor is required to return to their normal opening hours Where a temporary suspension in services is needed due to illness or other reasonable cause, no notice is required to be given to NHSE; however, they should be informed of the unplanned suspension of services as soon as is possible It is important to note that these provisions during the COVID-19 pandemic are different to the flexibilities which already existed in legislation permitting pharmacy contractors for planned and unplanned closure/ suspension of services Application forms to NHSE for planned/unplanned changes in opening hours or closure can be found from the NHSE Pharmacy regulations guidance forms website and The Pharmacy Manual annexes NPA has published a business continuity plan template and COVID-19 Business Continuity Guidance / Continuity Pharmacy Services Plan to support members  Further reading NHSBSA: The Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services and Emergency Declaration) (Further Amendment) (England) Directions 2021 https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pharmaceutical-services-advanced-and-enhanced-services-and-emergency-declaration-amendment-england-0…

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

  Dear Superintendent, Key announcements during October included guidance on how pharmacy contractors can access centrally procured flu vaccines, updated guidance on revalidation and CPD requirements for 2021, how to run the cyber security awareness campaign and new guidance for the requirement to provide evidence of vaccinations when entering care home settings. Information about changes to the end of month paper prescription sorting requirements has been released alongside an updated version of the paper FP34C form. The NPA launched a number of member 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 to support pharmacy teams. The medication safety updates (MSO reports) for quarter 1 and 2 of 2021 have now been published. Quick reminders Please update the Directory of Services and NHS website profiles for the Christmas and New Year bank holiday. See the update below for further information. Please note the changes to the prescription submission sorting requirements. See the update below for further information. In this update… Latest resources The NPA has launched new resources to help support the completion of the PQS 2021/22 – visit the NPA PQS page.…

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

The draft Service Specification for the NHS Community Pharmacy Hypertension Case-Finding Advanced Service (England) was published on 29 September 2021. Other key announcements during September included the Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccination programme, changes to the New Medicine Service (NMS), extension to the deadline for the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) IT system, the Pandemic Delivery Service and the announcement that frontline primary care staff are now eligible to have flu vaccination under the NHS flu Advanced Service. Further information about the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2021/2022 has also been published. Fuel shortages have also impacted on NPA Members – see our update below. In this update… HOT TOPIC NHS Community Pharmacy Hypertension Case-Finding Advanced Service – NPA support and resources The NPA has launched a dedicated hypertension service hub on the NPA website to support members by bringing together all relevant information, guidance, documents, and NPA support, including a template SOP to support service provision in one place. Further resources are being developed and will be added to the hub page as they are prepared – please check regularly. Access the hub here. HOT TOPIC Professional indemnity update NHS community pharmacy hypertension case-finding Advanced Service If you have a Pharmacover or Combined Insurance policy with NPA Insurance Ltd, cover can be added for equipment used away from the pharmacy premises.…

Pharmacy Collect service for supply of Lateral Flow Devices for COVID testing is changing to a nasal swab only kit, Orient Gene LFD Self-test kit

The type of self test COVID kits supplied to pharmacies in Scotland for the Pharmacy Collect service is changing to Orient Gene LFD Self test kit.

  Scottish Government have provided updated information on the service using the new test kits in NHS Circular PCA 2021(P)13 which requests that community pharmacy contractors ensure that members of the pharmacy team review the updated SOP for Pharmacy Collect People collecting test kits should be advised to read the instructions before completing the test.   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  …