Deadline to submit expression of interest to provide C-19 autumn vaccine booster programme
Community pharmacy contractors that are not currently commissioned to provide COVID vaccinations but wish to participate in phase 5 of the vaccination programme are reminded to express an interest by 5pm on 20th July 2022. Note, contractors already providing the COVID-19 vaccination service are required to express an interest in continuing to provide the service by 5pm 14th July 2022. PSNC's Services Team has published a checklist to help contractors to decide whether to submit an expression of interest to provide the Community Pharmacy National Enhanced Service COVID-19 Vaccination Programme: Phase 5 – 2022/23.
CPAF screening process to start later this month
The 2022/23 Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) screening questionnaire will be available for completion from approximately 1am on Monday 18th July 2022 until midnight on Wednesday 31st August 2022. Completion of CPAF is now a requirement of contractors' Terms of Service. Therefore, contractors must complete the screening questionnaire and, if required, the full CPAF questionnaire. PSNC has published a Briefing to provide guidance on the screening process.
New pharmacy opening hours briefing published
PSNC's Regulation and Support Team has published a briefing for community pharmacy contractors on the Terms of Service opening hours requirements around bank holidays for the remainder of 2022 and 2023.
First NHSE&I Inclusive Pharmacy Practice Bulletin
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), in association with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) has published its first Inclusive Pharmacy Practice (IPP) Bulletin. See more information here.
Wright Review on Pharmacy Contractor Representation
Find out more about the Wright Review here
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Pharmacies in England provide 65 million consultations a year
PSNC has published the findings of our 2022 Pharmacy Advice Audit. The audit results highlight that more than 1.2 million consultations a week – or 65 million a year – are now being carried out by community pharmacy teams in England. This is an increase from 2021, when the audit results suggested that in total pharmacies were providing 58 million consultations per year. The audit also enabled PSNC to assess, for the first time, the level of severity of the conditions with which patients are presenting in community pharmacies: it is clear that pharmacies are regularly seeing patients in very urgent need of help. PSNC has already used the data from the 2022 Pharmacy Advice Audit in funding discussions with Government and the NHS, and we would like to thank all pharmacy teams who took part in the audit.
Living with COVID-19 – Latest information letter
NHS England has issued the attached letter providing an update regarding provision of testing. It can also be accessed here.
DoS Updater and NHS website editor to be replaced soon
Contractors currently use two different NHS systems to ensure their pharmacy details are up to date in the NHS 111 Directory of Services (DoS) and…
Staying healthy in the heat – advice for patients
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued another heat-health alert for the next few days. During this heatwave, the public may turn to community…
Medicine Supply Notification: Insulin isophane biphasic human 50/50 (Insuman® Comb 50) 100units/ml suspension for injection 3ml cartridge
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Insulin isophane biphasic human 50/50 (Insuman® Comb 50) 100units/ml suspension for…