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Prime Minister visits Ruislip pharmacy, discusses latest position

Owner of Ruislip Manor Pharmacy and NPA member, Sanjay Doegar, who hosted the visit, said: “It’s great that Mr Johnson made time in his busy schedule to hear about the situation on the ground for community pharmacy. We talked about the work of pharmacies during the coronavirus pandemic, the flu season ahead and the need for long-term investment to unlock our sector’s potential”. NPA chief executive Mark Lyonette said: “In the last two months, NPA members have played host to the Health Secretary, the chief executive of the NHS and now also the Prime Minister.  It is really important that senior figures like this hear first-hand the experiences of frontline pharmacy teams, to give colour and authenticity to the representations made by pharmacy leaders nationally. Politicians are getting the consistent message that pharmacy teams are heroes on the health service frontline, and that more support is needed from government – to keep the doors open and for pharmacies to play a key role in Britain’s eventual recovery from the pandemic.” In June, Matt Hancock visited Market Chemist in central London and Simon Stevens went to Pavillion Pharmacy Brixton.…

COVID-19: Extension of self- isolation period to 10 days

Evidence suggests that patients with COVID-19 who are exhibiting mild symptoms and are recovering, can still be infectious between 7 and 9 days after the onset of the illness. UK Chief Medical Officers (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) have made a decision to extend the self -isolation period from 7 to 10 days in order to minimise the risk to the general population, especially with the possibility of increased transmission rates during the autumn and winter months. Anyone in the community with symptoms or a positive test result, will now be required to self-isolate for 10 days. Read the full statement from UK Chief Medical Officers here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-extension-of-self-isolation-period-30-july-2020   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…

COVID-19: Change in travel self-isolation rules – implications for health and care professionals

Registered health and care professionals travelling to all UK countries from high risk countries are now required to self-isolate for 14 days. This means that registered health and care professionals are no longer exempt from doing so since: 31 July 2020 if travelling to England, Northern Ireland or Wales 8 June 2020 if travelling to Scotland Country-specific guidance, including list of travel corridors (which is kept under constant review and exemption list updated regularly as required) for each UK country can be accessed using the following links England: Update on self-isolation: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/health-and-care-workers-to-self-isolate-on-return-to-england-from-high-risk-countries Travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk Travel corridors: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors Northern Ireland:  Travel advice: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice Travel corridors: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exemptions Scotland:  Travel advice https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/self-isolation/ Sectoral and other exemptions advice: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/sectoral-exemptions/ Travel corridors: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/exemptions/ Wales: Travel advice: https://gov.wales/how-self-isolate-when-you-travel-wales-coronavirus-covid-19 Exemptions advice: https://gov.wales/exemptions-self-isolation-coronavirus-covid-19-html Travel corridors: https://gov.wales/written-statement-international-travel-regulations   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  …

MHRA guidance on using emollient skin creams safely and updated NPA paraffin SOP

The MHRA has issued guidance, alongside a safe emollients use video, for patients who use emollients to treat dry skin conditions. The video is also available with Welsh subtitles. Emollients can easily be transferred from skin to bandages, bedding and clothing, therefore, making them more flammable – this can result in quick and intense fire burns. MHRA advises that patients using such emollients should be aware of the risks and to take certain steps on avoiding them . For details, please read the full guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/safe-use-of-emollient-skin-creams-to-treat-dry-skin-conditions In 2018, the MHRA issued advice for healthcare professionals, including pharmacy teams when supplying paraffin-based and paraffin-free products. This advice is still relevant and can be found: https://www.npa.co.uk/news-and-events/news-item/paraffin-based-emollients-fire-risk/ To help members supplying paraffin-based, and paraffin-free products which can cause a risk of fire, the NPA has updated its “SOP: supplying paraffin-based and paraffin-free skin products”. This includes a list of current applicable products, and an information leaflet to give to patients when supplying them with their product.   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…

Pharmacies are now able to order emergency PPE

On 3 August 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care added pharmacies to the list of health and social care providers who can access PPE from the emergency top-up system, the PPE portal. To use the PPE portal, an email registration invitation will be sent to the pharmacy email account registered with the CQC, NHS England, or the MHRA. In order to manage pharmacy registration, this email will be sent out in a phased approach. As the PPE portal is an emergency top-up system, pharmacies should continue to order PPE via the usual routes, for example, through wholesalers. The PPE portal should only be used for additional PPE as required. For details, including the order limits and delivery times, read the DHSC PPE portal guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ppe-portal-how-to-order-emergency-personal-protective-equipment   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…

NHS Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service extended in local outbreak areas

On 31 July 2020, in response to local outbreaks in England, the Secretary of State announced the NHS Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service will continue for shielded patients who live in the specific local outbreak areas only. The extended service period will commence on 1 August 2020 and will remain in place until 31 August 2020. Details of local outbreak areas, by postcode, and access to the guidance and service specification can be found here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/preparedness-letters-for-community-pharmacy/   Action points for pharmacy teams: Pharmacy contractors should read the latest documents published by NHSE&I on the NHS delivery service Pharmacy contractors should be aware of specific local outbreak areas specified by NHSE&I Only contractors within the specific local outbreak areas will continue to receive Essential Service payment for August 2020 If a contractor, who is not located in a local outbreak area, gets a request to deliver medication to a shielded patient who does lives within the local outbreak area, a delivery can be made under the terms of the Advance Service (this excludes distance selling pharmacies) For post-payment verification, appropriate records should be maintained – as a minimum this should include the eligible patient’s postcode and date of delivery Ensure Advance Service claim payment are made via Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by 5 September 2020   The NHS delivery service ended on 31 July 2020 throughout England where there are no local outbreak areas specified by NHSE&I.…

NPA publishes “Stories from the NHS Frontline” to celebrate pharmacy heroes

Called ‘Stories from the NHS Frontline’, it appears at the nhsfrontline.com website https://nhsfrontline.com/coronavirus-stories-from-the-health-service-frontline/ The collection includes incidents where pharmacy teams have gone ‘above and beyond’ to support patients and their communities. There are also stories about communities rallying round to support their local pharmacy plus where pharmacy teams have innovated to respond to the challenges of coronavirus. Mark Lyonette, Chief Executive of the NPA, said: “There are many great stories in this compilation that really illustrate the heroic work that has been going on across the sector. “We wanted to create a public platform from which pharmacy teams can describe their experiences in their own words. Overall it makes for a very authentic and compelling story of service and resilience, about which everyone can be proud. “It’s something we’ll share with the media and policy makers, so that they are reminded of the huge contribution of pharmacy teams on the NHS frontline during the coronavirus crisis.” The NPA will keep Stories from the NHS Frontline updated. So you can still share your stories by emailing press@npa.co.uk or by filling on the form at nhsfrontline.com…

Pharmacy access even more vital, as Health Secretary pushes remote consultations

His challenge to healthcare providers – made at a Royal College of Physicians event today – comes just weeks after an opinion poll showed that most people (77%) value the opportunity to see their pharmacist face-to-face in the community.  The same survey, carried out for the National Pharmacy Association in June, revealed that 55% of the public visited a pharmacy in person during the early months of the COVID19 lockdown. Speaking from the event in London, NPA chief executive, Mark Lyonette, said: “We know the Health Secretary wants to improve access to care online without losing the human touch in healthcare. We are up for that challenge. It will require serious investment in community-based assets, such as pharmacies, so that people continue to have the option to see a healthcare professional face to face if they want it – as many people do”. “Recent developments in Scotland show the way, with pharmacies embracing both the NHS Near Me video consultation system and the new Pharmacy First minor ailments service.” “If it becomes the norm for GP consultations to take place online, there could be a significant knock-on impact for pharmacies, with more people opting to visit their pharmacy first, to speak to a healthcare professional in person.  …

National Pharmacy Association responds to NHS People Plan

NPA vice chair, Nick Kaye, said: “Only by mobilising the entire healthcare workforce, including community pharmacists and their teams, can there be any prospect of the NHS recovering from COVID-19 and meeting the growing needs of an ageing population. “If our potential can be realised – especially as prescribers – community pharmacists can dramatically improve access to healthcare, and relieve pressure on other parts of the NHS. “However, further developing clinical skills will be pointless if there is no way to deploy those skills in practice.  More investment is needed in NHS services that allow community pharmacists to prescribe for minor illnesses, the management of long term medical conditions and prevention, improving the patient journey and achieving system-wide efficiencies. “The chronic underfunding of the community pharmacy contract in England has to be addressed urgently, to make any reform meaningful and beneficial to patients here. “We need much more detail about the proposal to replace the current pre-registration year for pharmacy students with a foundation year. We will be alive to the opportunities and alert to unintended consequences as we participate in further discussions about the pharmacists of the future.” Community pharmacists are specialists in medicines, but also have a broad training in disease and its prevention and treatment.…

Superintendent Update: End of month update (July 2020) – Risk assessment, PQS and payment claims (England)

We recognise that community pharmacies are still facing workload pressures during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and that you and your pharmacy teams have had to develop new procedures and ways of working. As the lockdown restrictions change, it is important that the relevant risk reduction measures continue to be implemented. This includes maintaining social distancing and appropriate hygiene measures to ensure safe delivery of pharmacy services, and service continuity. At the same time, we would like to highlight the importance of prioritising end of month submission processes and ensuring that claim payments are submitted within the relevant deadlines. Failure to make the relevant submissions on time may mean that you do not receive the relevant payments and/or fees.   We would also like to highlight the new key guidance and resources published by the NPA this month.   In this update… Claiming payments a) Summary table b) NHS pandemic delivery service (Advanced Service) delivery claims c) Contribution for adjustments to support social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic d) Claiming for Pharmacy Quality Scheme (Part 1) 2020/21   New NPA guidance, resources and training a) PQS: Resources to support members with completing the PQS Part 1 requirements b) Face coverings guidance c) COVID-19: Individual risk assessment pack d) Guidance issued on shielding employees returning to work e) Provisionally-registered pharmacist risk assessment pack f) NPA vaccination training and private PGDs – training pathway recommended by the NPA g) FAQs h) COVID-10: Changes to travel self-isolation rules – implications for health and care professionals i) COVID-19: isolation period extended j) Heatwave guidance (June 2020) k) COVID-19 and hayfever (June 2020)   Patient safety and alerts a) COVID-19 Yellow Card reporting b) Patient safety incident reporting c) CAS Alerts issued recently d) RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) during COVID-19   Claiming payments a) Summary table Payment type How to claim Amount of payment Deadline/notes 1.    …