COVID-19: This week’s updates for community pharmacies (2)

COVID-19: This week’s updates for community pharmacies (2)

April 6, 2020

Latest news, information and guidance from Pharmacy bodies.

Please read the following important updates by reading the individual numbered articles below:

1. GPhC clarification – Responsible Pharmacist supervision regulations

GPhC this week issued a letter to all Pharmacy Trade Associations clarifying the requirement to have a responsible pharmacist available on-site at every trading pharmacy during trading hours.

The exception in emergency situations cannot be adopted as standard arrangements as this remains unlawful. Even in the current challenging circumstances it is illegal and professionally unacceptable to normalise operating a pharmacy without a responsible pharmacist.

Please read the letter below for full details:

2. CCA & NPA – Continuity of Pharmacy Services Planning guidance

This guidance covers the considerations that can be made for the full transition from business as usual to managed closure

At the time of publication, the community pharmacy network has already moved through to stage 3 and so it is recommend focus is now centred around maintaining stage 3 and planning for moving to stage 4

This guidance is intended to act as a guide that all community pharmacy contractors can use to support them as they provide pharmaceutical services during times of crisis.

Full details can be read in the following document:

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

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 this week’s updates which cover the following topics:

  • Delivery Driver Training – free Buttercups training
  • Easter opening hours
  • End of month submission reminder
  • FAQs
  • Free access to wellbeing apps (Unmind, Headspace, Sleepio & Daylight)
  • Funding update – £300M cash injection for advanced funding released for reconciliation later
  • Healthcare volunteers
  • Identifying patients suitable for eRD
  • Media coverage
  • Message of thanks to pharmacists from PM
  • NHSE&I webinar available on demand
  • NHS prescription charge to £9.15
  • Pandemic Delivery Service update – still no funding agreed
  • Paper prescriptions – must be legally dispensed and not refused
  • Updated PPE guidance
  • Pre-registration training update
  • Preparedness letter for Community Pharmacy – covering protection of staff payment and reporting capacity changes
  • PSNC negotiations update
  • Public message to urge them to treat teams with respect
  • Urgent Medicines Supplies – advice provided

PSNC COVID-19 daily updates:

Keep up-to-date with the PSNC hub page:


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