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September 24, 2020 News

Community pharmacies are required to participate in up to six mandated public health campaigns each year. As you are aware, this contractual requirement was suspended during the Covid-19 crisis earlier this year. It has now been announced that pharmacies will take part in two mandatory health campaigns for the rest of 2020/21. In addition, pharmacies may choose to participate in any other public health campaign should they wish to do so.

The first mandatory campaign will focus on flu vaccination, encouraging eligible people to get vaccinated. This campaign will begin in early October with campaign resources being delivered to pharmacies around that time.

The second campaign will focus on the management of winter illnesses and is expected to take place in the New Year.

Further details will be provided about both campaigns as soon as they become available. Resources for these mandatory campaigns will be posted on the LPC website on this page.


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September 22, 2020 News

Public Health England have launched Stoptober, the national campaign that encourages the nation’s smokers to make a quit attempt for the month of October and beyond. This is based on the evidence that if a smoker can quit for 28 days, they are five times more likely to quit for good.

We’re taking a fresh new creative approach for Stoptober this year, positioning it as part of the new ‘Better Health’ brand and focusing on the positive impact that quitting smoking has on lung health. As with previous campaigns, we’ll begin with a ‘rally’ phase which aims to encourage smokers to prepare for quitting on 1 October, followed by a ‘support’ phase which runs throughout October to help them sustain their quit attempt.

The resources prompt smokers to search ‘Stoptober’, which takes them to a new landing page on the Better Health website.  Here they will find a range of information and support on quitting, including several free tools including the Stoptober App, SMS and email support and the local stop smoking service search facility.r

Stoptober is not a mandated campaign, but pharmacies are encouraged to actively support it. Digital resources can be downloaded from the PHE resource Centre. This link has been added to the LPC website, where you can also find resources for other ongoing public health campaigns.


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September 21, 2020 Newsletter

CPPE have released a list of online workshops for this semester (October – December), including COPD, Dementia, Deprescribing, EHC, Asthma, Consultation Skills, Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes, Mental Capacity Act, and NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service.

Full details and dates for these online workshops can be found here.

There are also some places available for CPPE’s Foundation Pharmacist Programme. The course has already started but they’re still accepting applications.

There are two parts to the HEE Interim foundation pharmacist programme (IFPP), part 1, Resources to support all provisionally registered pharmacists and part two, Educational support to develop a foundation portfolio of practice. The CPPE education pathway is included in part 2.

The CPPE foundation pharmacist programme is available for provisionally registered pharmacists (PRPs) who work in community pharmacy. Some employers, such as Boots, have their own internal programmes which will take priority over the CPPE programme and PRPs should use those rather than the CPPE programme.

The overall aim of the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 is to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists, to develop and demonstrate competence in core areas of community pharmacy practice. Mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Pharmacist Framework 2019, the programme is designed to support learners to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, behaviours, abilities, values, attitudes, beliefs and experience to deliver excellent patient care.

The 12-month, fully-funded programme takes a blended learning approach and offers a comprehensive mix of online learning activities, workshops, communities of practice, assessment and work-based support. It is a fantastic opportunity to have a supported education pathway for the first year of practice.

You can find further information about the Foundation Pharmacist Programme 2020/21 in the following flyers:

CPPE foundation programme leaflet

Foundation-Pathway-FAQs

 

 


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September 18, 2020 News

As essential workers, pharmacy staff are eligible for priority Covid-19 testing through the government’s employer referral system.

Employers can refer essential workers for testing if they are self-isolating because either they or member(s) of their household have coronavirus symptoms.

They can do this by uploading the names and contact details of self-isolating essential workers to the secure employer referral portal.

Referred essential workers will then receive a text message with a unique invitation code to book a test for themselves (if symptomatic) or their symptomatic household member(s) at a regional testing site.

To get a login to the employer referral portal, employers of essential workers should email portalservicedesk@dhsc.gov.uk with the following information:

  • organisation name
  • nature of the organisation’s business
  • region
  • names (where possible) and email addresses of the 2 users who will load essential worker contact details

Once employer details have been verified, 2 login credentials will be provided for the employer referral portal.

Source:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Guidance:

https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/accessing-priority-c-19-testing/

You can also find this information on the LPC website for future reference.

 


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September 15, 2020 News

As you may be aware, the Government has recently launched the new Hands. Face. Space campaign that urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control the spread of the virus and avoid a second peak of Covid-19 infections .

The campaign will run across TV, radio, print, social media and digital display advertising. Pharmacies are encouraged to promote this campaign any way they can by displaying posters and making use of the digital resources.

Resources can be downloaded from the PHE resource hub.


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September 14, 2020 News

Funding for the 2020/21 Flu Vaccination Advanced Service has been announced:

The fee per vaccination will remain at £9.58, however for this year only it has been also agreed that:

  • £0.50 per vaccination will be paid, funded from the Transition Fund; and
  • up to £1m of medicines margin can be retained for flu vaccinations administered above the number in a normal year. This will be in addition to the allowed £800 million medicines margin under the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework.

This means the combined value of fees paid per vaccination will be £10.08. As is normally the case, contractors will also be reimbursed for the vaccine costs at the basic price (list price) of the individual vaccine administered and an allowance at the applicable VAT rate will also be paid.

For more details, including additional funding for off-site provisions, please visit the PSNC website.

This information has been added to the LPC Flu Page, where you can find a collection of up-to-date resources.


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September 11, 2020 News

The Hepatitis C antibody testing service that was delayed due the Covid-19 pandemic has now been launched.

This new advanced service is focused on provision of point of care testing for Hepatitis C (Hep C) antibodies to people who inject drugs (PWIDs), i.e. individuals who inject illicit drugs, e.g. steroids or heroin, but who haven’t yet moved to the point of accepting treatment for their substance use. Where people test positive for Hep C antibodies, they will be referred for a confirmatory test and treatment, where appropriate.

The service is part of NHS England and NHS Improvement’s national programme to eliminate Hep C virus as a major public health threat by 2025. The service aims to use community pharmacies to target PWIDs for testing, as they are the healthcare venue most likely to be visited by that group of people.

You can find out details about this service on the PSNC website here and the LPC website here.

 


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September 9, 2020 News

We’re glad to report that access to the Virtual Outcomes pharmacy training modules has been extended at least until the end of September and possibly longer, subject to confirmation.

The latest training module available is NHS Flu Engagement Training. You can access this course through the following link.  You can also find a blog entry here.

For more information on this season’s Flu Vaccination Service, please visit the LPC website, where you will find further training resources. 


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September 1, 2020 News

The Service Specification and PGD documents have been published for the 2020/21 Advanced Flu Service starting on 1st September 2020. You can access these documents on the following direct links:

Service Specification

PGD

PSNC has issued guidance about the 2020/21 Flu Service and summary of the changes, which you can find here.

The early guidance issued in July has been replaced by the following Briefing.

We have updated the LPC website with the newest information available. You can find our Flu 2020/21 page here.


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August 28, 2020 News

Full Part 2 PQS details published

Following PSNC’s publication of initial details on the Part 2 Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for 2020/21 in early August, the full details are now available to pharmacy contractors in the September 2020 Drug Tariff.

Key points for the Part 2 scheme are as follows:

  • Formally commences on 1st October 2020, but contractors can start work sooner;
  • Completion of the Part 1 scheme is a Gateway requirement;
  • There are five domains, each with its own component criteria to achieve;
  • An Aspiration payment can be claimed from next month;
  • The Part 2 Declaration is due in February 2021;
  • A new approach to allocating the funding is being introduced (see below).

Learn more about Part 2 PQS

New PQS payment structure

Total funding for the Part 2 PQS for 2020/21 is a minimum of £56.25m, with any unused funding from the Part 1 scheme also being added to the total.

A new approach to allocating the funding is being introduced in this scheme, with each domain having points allocated to it, but these vary dependent on the prescription volume of the contractor.

This change has been introduced to better recognise the varying workload and hence costs incurred by different contractors complying with the requirements of the scheme. While some costs will be common to contractors of all sizes, most of the elements of this new scheme involve variability of costs related to the number of staff employed at the pharmacy and staffing levels generally vary in relation to prescription volume.

We have updated the LPC website with this new information.


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