Claiming for Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) – GP referral pathway engagement and set-up
Pharmacy contractors registered for providing CPCS are able to claim a fee of £300 for engagement and set-up, following the completion and documentation of evidence of certain activities by 30 June 2021 (previously 31 March 2021); claims for engagement and set-up need to be submitted via the MYS portal by 5 July 2021. Read the NPA update here for full details - https://bit.ly/3voE2tI
Signing the reverse of NHS prescriptions and EPS token submission changes
The temporary suspension for the requirement to sign the reverse of NHS prescriptions and EPS token submission changes has been extended until Wednesday 30 June 2021; previously it was in place until Wednesday 31 March 2021. Read the NPA update for full details here: https://bit.ly/3eS5LxB
Claiming for the NHS pandemic delivery service (Advanced Service)
The NHS Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service during the COVID-19 Outbreak ended on 23:59 on 31 March 2021 for all clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) patients in England. The service now is only available to individuals notified to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace from 16 March 2021 until 23:59 on 30 June 2021.
All pharmacies will receive payment under the Essential Service element, and £6 (£5+VAT) for each completed delivery of prescribed items to patients under the Advanced Service element of the service.
Claims for delivering prescribed items to eligible patients under the Advanced Service element must be submitted no later than the fifth of the following month in which deliveries were made. Read the NPA update here for full details - https://bit.ly/3u6Qnm9
COVID-19 vaccination mandated health campaign for 2021/22
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said all pharmacy contractors will be asked to participate in a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which forms the first mandated health campaign for 2021/22.
The COVID-19 vaccination campaign will focus on providing information to the public about the COVID-19 vaccine and encouraging them to take the vaccine when it is offered to them.
Key points for pharmacy teams:
• Campaign materials will arrive in pharmacies from mid-May
• The campaign material pack will include:
o A briefing sheet for the pharmacy team
o An information leaflet to use with patients which includes FAQs
o A window sticker
For any questions regarding the campaign, please email [email protected]
Community pharmacy workforce survey 2021
The Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey 2021 launched on Friday 7 May 2021 and will close by mid-June. It is being managed by University of Manchester (UoM) and their research partner Inner City Fund (ICF) on behalf of Health Education England (HEE). The aim of the survey is to better understand the numbers and skill mix in the community pharmacy workforce and inform planning and future investment in education.
ICF will aggregate the data and share the anonymised data set with UoM and HEE.
UoM will analyse the data to produce a report. The anonymised and aggregated data set will be published on data.gov.uk in Autumn 2021.