COVID-19: This week’s updates for community pharmacies (1)

COVID-19: This week’s updates for community pharmacies (1)

July 27, 2020

Latest news, information and guidance from NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) for primary care teams.

NHSE&I Primary Care Bulletin updates COVID-19: 23rd July round-up for primary care

Face coverings
New government guidelines around the use of face coverings and masks in hospital settings were announced on Friday 5 June. Some of these recommendations are now being extended to primary and community healthcare settings.

This is an addition to existing national COVID-19 IPC guidance, which advises on appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) usage in patient facing clinical settings and other measures to be taken to reduce transmission risk such as hand hygiene and social distancing.

Type IIR face masks from Cardinal Health – destroy affected lots
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulation Authority (MHRA) issued an alert on Monday to all NHS and social care providers, asking organisations to destroy affected lots of the type IIR face masks from Cardinal Health. This must be completed by 3 August 2020. If you are in shortage, you are advised to contact your local resilience forum (LRF) in the first instance, who may be able to assist you or advise you to contact the National Supply Distribution Response.

Containing and managing local COVID-19 outbreaks
The government has published guidance for local authorities and local decision-makers on containing and managing COVID-19 outbreaks at a local level. This document sets out how NHS Test and Trace and the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) will work with local authorities, Public Health England (PHE) and the public to contain and manage local COVID-19 outbreaks.

New regulations came into effect on 18 July 2020 to give local and national government additional powers to stop local transmission of the virus. These will allow them to restrict local public gatherings and events, and close local businesses premises and outdoor spaces.

Written instruction for the administration of seasonal flu vaccination 2020/21
Specialist Pharmacy Services were made aware of issues being encountered on the use of Patient Group Directions (PGDs) within healthcare organisations and occupational health services with regards to offering employees and peer to peer seasonal flu vaccinations.

Specialist Pharmacy Service in conjunction with Care Quality Commission, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulation Authority, Royal College of Nursing, Public Health England, British Medical Association Occupational Health Committee and representatives from the NHS and independent sectors have developed written instructions for the administration of seasonal influenza vaccination for 2020/21.

The written instruction template and a factsheet will support the use of the written instruction and includes additional advice specific to GP practices in the use of PGDs and the administration of seasonal flu vaccinations.

Pharmacy Integration Fund case studies
We are celebrating the contribution of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) pharmacy professionals to NHS leadership this NHS Birthday month, with the publication of a case study about Ade Williams, Lead Prescribing Pharmacist at Bedminster Pharmacy in South Bristol, who has successfully completed the Mary Seacole Programme.

Since 2017, 528 community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have completed the programme, funded by our Pharmacy Integration Fund. More than 47% of professionals successfully completing the course come from BAME groups.

The programme is a rigorous six-month development opportunity for first time leaders, designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge to successfully lead and manage teams. The programme provides a balance between the theory of leadership and a toolkit of skills that can be implemented in real life. It is currently closed due to COVID-19.


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