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

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

August 31, 2020

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

1. NHSE&I Primary Care Bulletin updates

COVID-19: 27th August round-up for primary care

Last week we shared Public Health England’s updated infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance, helping primary care colleagues to assess appropriate IPC measures. The guidance includes the following information on the use of PPE when administering vaccinations:

In some clinical outpatient settings, such as vaccination/injection clinics, where contact with individuals is minimal, the need for single use PPE items for each encounter, for example, gloves and aprons is not necessary. Gloves and aprons are recommended when there is (anticipated) exposure to blood/body fluids or non-intact skin. Staff administering vaccinations/injections must apply hand hygiene between patients and wear a sessional facemask.

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The most recent guidance letter and standard operating procedure for community pharmacy is available on our website

COVID-19 Crisis Counselling Support Service
As we continue to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on health and social care staff, we are delighted that so many colleagues have taken up one or more of the various elements of the national support offer through the NHS People website.

In addition to those services we have commissioned, we have now added a free service developed and funded by the Association of Christian Counsellors, who are offering up to 10 online or telephone counselling sessions to people working within the NHS who are directly impacted by COVID-19; people working in residential care homes who have been impacted by caring for those with COVID-19; and anyone who has been bereaved during this time. The confidential service is open to people of all beliefs and none, and you can ask to be matched on ethnicity. You can call them on 0247 644 9694.

2. New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk COVID-19 areas

People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme.

Starting with a trial in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham to ensure the process works, eligible individuals who test positive with the virus will receive £130 for their 10-day period of self-isolation. Other members of their household, who have to self-isolate for 14 days, will be entitled to a payment of £182.

Details can be read on the following Government website page:

3. PSNC COVID-19 daily updates – all the latest contractual, operational and practical information

PSNC is working with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement to provide as much support and guidance as possible to help community pharmacy teams contribute to some of the many challenges that could arise in an epidemic situation.

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PSNC are now publishing daily COVID-19 updates by email to all those that have authorised this news stream feed.

Please find below links for last week’s updates which cover the following topics:

  • Flu vaccination Advanced service update
  • Flu vaccination service spec published & new flexibilities agreed
  • Hepatitis C Testing Service to commence next month
  • PPE guidance updated
  • Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) – Part 2 details, funding and payment structure
  • PSNC August Community Pharmacy News (CPN)
  • PSNC CEO Blog
  • PSNC negotiations & CPCF services update
  • PSNC statement on future of pharmacy representation
  • SSP token claims reminder

PSNC COVID-19 daily updates:


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