REMINDER: ONE WEEK LEFT TO CLAIM FOR ADJUSTMENT TO SUPPORT SOCIAL DISTANCING
Community pharmacy contractors have ONE week left to claim payment the £300 payment for the adjustments to support social distancing i.e. the installation of bollards, physical barriers or screensas the window for claiming this payment closes on, 5 August 2020 at 11.59pm.
The majority of contractors will have received this payment on 1 May 2020. Whilst it was not itemised on the FP34 Schedule of Payments, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has sent letters to contractors confirming the payment. Any contractors who have temporarily closed their pharmacy for more than two weeks since 31 March 2020 but made adjustments for social distancing prior to or shortly after the closure, will need to claim the £300 payment by 5 August 2020 using the appropriate NHSBSA claim form. The claim form must be signed by the contractor and submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payments for costs of adjustments during the Covid-19 pandemic as outlined above do not apply to distance selling premises.
COMMUNITY PHARMACY STUDY
The National Institute for Health Research's Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (YH PSTRC) is conducting a qualitative study on community pharmacies' response to COVID-19 to maintain patient safety.
They would like to speak to Community Pharmacists and Community Pharmacy Technicians to hear about their experiences of working in Community Pharmacy during the Covid-19 pandemic. This research will help inform the development of resilient practice in community pharmacy, to better prepare for future crises and further outbreaks of COVID-19.
If you wish to know more about the study, please contact their team:
HEE: INVITATION FOR BIDS RELATING TO PHARMACY POST-REGISTRATION EDUCATION FUNDING
The School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation is inviting bids for funding for 2020-21 to support post-registration education and training for upskilling pharmacy staff working in NHS organisations/services across the North of England. HEE North has provided a fixed budget to support bids around workforce transformation investment priorities (NB: for courses not supported by other funding streams) Please CLICK HERE to download further information and to view the link to submit bids. The closing date to submit bids is Monday 17 August 2020.
Please note: Funding for one year only will be available and cannot be guaranteed for additional years although any funding HEE receive in future years will be prioritised to allow continuation on the learning programme. Reimbursement is paid to organisations only, and proof of enrolment/continuation on programme must be provided.
HEE SURVEY: MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING FOR PHARMACY TEAM MEMBERS
Following our 2019 Task & Finish report about new roles for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in mental health, HEE are trying to take practical steps forward in promoting mental health pharmacy practice. This survey is being circulated by the HEE Mental Health Training Programme Director in order to explore current provision - across all pharmacy practice settings (hospital, community, primary care, academia etc.) - of mental health training opportunities for student, pre-registration and foundation pharmacists and pharmacy technicians (we are defining ‘foundation’ here as up to 2 years post-registration).
They recognise that the pandemic will have far-reaching effects on the way we work and train in the future. They would like you to tell them about your pre-pandemic plans, and then how you think they will be affected by the wider work context of the future.
Please continue to help PSNC help you and give them evidence to negotiate a decent concession price, report all medicine prices that are invoiced at more than tariff.
Can all contractors please remember to continue report any new medicine shortages not listed on the SPS website using PSNCs online reporting form if you have not been able to source stock of a medicine from any supplier or manufacturer.
If a medicine is not affected by a shortage but is unavailable to purchase from your supplier(s) at or below the Drug Tariff listed price, please report the pricing issue to PSNC to consider a request for a price concession.
WIRRAL CONTRACTOR INFORMATION - GP OUT OF HOURS
Please be aware that the Wirral GP Out of Hours is working towards implementation of ETP (Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions); the current target date is 4 August 2020.
PHARMOUTCOMES: GET READY FOR FLU
With over 1.3 million flu’ vaccinations recorded on PharmOutcomes last year, this year community pharmacy teams not only face the challenge of a likely increase in demand for vaccination but also face the very real challenges of delivering this service as safely as possible to protect themselves as well as the public. Over the last 4 months, the team at Pinnacle have been working hard to focus on innovative solutions to support the delivery of the 2020/21 Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service. They have produced a useful guide which covers Key Service Features available to all and Add-ons available for pharmacy teams to support safe vaccination delivery.
PHARMACY QUALITY SCHEME 10 MINUTE GUIDE (Repeat of article from last week)
Alastair Buxton from PSNC has produced a 10-minute digital guide to the new Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) that focuses on ensuring community pharmacy contractors and their teams have put in place all reasonable measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many contractors will likely already completed most if not all of the actions in the checklist over the pandemic period.
The Guide to the scheme outlines the requirements and what contractors need to do to be able to complete the necessary actions and claim payment. Click here to access the guide
Part 1 of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme is going to be the gateway to access Part 2 later in the year, so please make sure you complete this scheme if you are planning to take part. The full-year scheme is worth at least £6,520 to contractors for full participation.
PHARMACIST TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
FLU TRAINING - EXTRA DATES - 23 AUGUST 2020 (WHISTON)
As you will be aware from last week's newsletter we have been working with the provider company CHL to arrange a fantastic and competitively priced training package with ECG and PharmaDoctor to enable pharmacists to provide the NHS national flu service and a private flu service. The cost is £95 + VAT (which includes access to the private PGD)
The events scheduled in Runcorn for 2 August have now sold out and an additional date has been arranged.
Sunday 23 August 2020, 08:30 - 13:00, Village Hotel Liverpool, Fallows Way, Whiston, L35 1RZ - Book online
Sunday 23 August 2020, 13:30 - 18:00, Village Hotel Liverpool, Fallows Way, Whiston, L35 1RZ - Book online
At the end of the course delegates will be able to demonstrate:
How to set up for a vaccination clinic
Safe intramuscular and subcutaneous injection techniques
Intranasal administration of vaccines
Child positioning for vaccination
Reconstitution of vaccines
Adult and Paediatric basic life support
Recognition of anaphylaxis and other adverse reactions
Administration of adrenaline via an ampoule or any auto-injector
The training will also aim to provide information regarding changes and requirements to the service due to COVID-19.
Prior to the course delegates will also be enrolled onto ECGs Vaccine eLearning which needs to be completed.This is face to face training with just 12 places initially available at each session, 2 metre distances between delegates will be maintained and a mask must be worn.
CHL have also sent this info out directly to all of the shared NHSMail inboxes for all pharmacies.
There are currently places available in Manchester on 16 August:
Sunday 16 August 2020, 08:30 - 13:00, Hough End Centre, Mauldeth Road West, Manchester, M21 7SX - Book online
Sunday 16 August 2020, 13:30 - 18:00, Hough End Centre, Mauldeth Road West, Manchester, M21 7SX - Book online
CPPE ONLINE WORKSHOPS
Due to the current challenges of meeting face to face for group learning, CPPE has developed a series of online workshops.
These workshops are live online e-workshops which will be similar to attending one of their workshops - but from the comfort of your home. These events are run by CPPE e-tutors who will ensure you have a fun, interactive learning experience. You will have the opportunity for discussions in small groups as you do at our face-to-face workshops. Some of the benefits of this type of learning are:
you can take part at home or your workplace while still learning with others
there is less time and cost involved as there is no need to travel
you can choose to attend any of the online events - you will not be restricted by location
Subjects currently available are:
Medicines optimisation in care homes essential skills
The mental capacity act and covert administration
Supporting patients living with dementia
Further information and booking links are available to download HERE
Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources
CPPE have produced a flyer about some of the resources that CPPE have to support mental health both professionally and personally. Information can be accessed HERE
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