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Flu vaccination service: how can you provide it in a COVID-safe way?

The number of flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists under the NHS Advanced service grew by 20% in 2019/20 compared to the previous year, with 1,718,147 administrations being claimed to the end of March (NHSBSA data). This excellent growth rate continues to demonstrate that the convenience and accessibility of the pharmacy service is highly valued...

21 hours ago

Supply Disruption Alert: Phenelzine Sulphate 15mg tablets (Nardil®) – Updated

On the 3rd July 2020 the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed the alert has been updated to reflect that ‘there is currently no confirmed resupply date’.  Issue date: 25th June 2020 Alert reference: SDA/2020/011 The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) have issued a supply...

22 hours ago

Early guidance on the 2020/21 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service

This PSNC Briefing provides early guidance for community pharmacy contractors and their teams on the 2020/2021 NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service in England. Information and resources to support the service are also available at psnc.org.uk/flu and additional and updated resources will be added nearer the start of the service. We strongly recommend that contractors...

22 hours 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.