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Patient questionnaire requirement of the Flu Vaccination Service

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded that a requirement of the Flu Vaccination Service is to ask all patients who have a flu vaccination to complete the patient questionnaire. An IT platform is available to enable patient questionnaires from the Flu Vaccination Service to be completed electronically either by the patient themselves or with help from the pharmacy...

8 hours ago

PGD addendum published for the Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19

Public Health England (PHE) has published an addendum to the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19 Patient Group Direction (PGD). This addendum provides the legal basis for two activities to take place: For pharmacists to administer the recommended vaccine to patients who have inadvertently received the non-recommended vaccine for their age group during the 2018/19...

1 day ago

Epipen Junior Shortage – Patient Letter

Following the ongoing supply issues with Epipen Junior 150mcg which are expected to last for several months, NHS England has today issued a letter (shared through GPs) to all patients and users of Epipen Junior with further advice. To view the letter click here. The letter can be used by pharmacies to support patients and...

1 day ago

EPS Nominations

It is important if contractors are starting to collect nominations that they are aware of:

  • No inducements can be offered for patients to nominate your pharmacy for EPS R2. This means that money, gifts, points and discounts (along with anything else that may be classed as an inducement) must not be offered or given. The LPC is aware that some contractors do currently offer inducements for signing up to Prescription Collection Services. This must not happen for EPS R2 nominations.
  • Pharmacies must have ‘local accountable auditable processes' for obtaining explicit consent. Consent cannot be assumed to have been given just because a patient is signed up to your PCS service (even if your PCS leaflets make reference to EPS). As part of this consent process there is a range of information that must be given to the patient. Connecting for Health has produced a leaflet called "Explaining the Electronic Prescription Service - Information for patients and carers in England which can be downloaded here. These leaflets can be ordered from the Department of Health's Publication Orderline by clicking here or contacting 0300 123 1002.
  • Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has produced an EPS Nomination Form to enable you to capture consent for nomination.
  • You may find it useful to have an SOP to cover your nomination processes. Both the NPA and Numark have developed template SOPs.
  • You will not currently be notified if a patient changes their nomination. It is the most recent nomination that counts.
  • Nominations can only be made on an EPS Release 2 system and by an individual with an EPS R2 smartcard. NHS England will be able to track all nominations and will use this data to investigate any issues. You must not share your smartcard with anybody else.
  • You must be aware of the NHS England 'Nomination: what you need to know' document which can be downloaded by clicking here.