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Ramadan – coronavirus resources for pharmacy teams

Community pharmacy contractors may receive a higher number of queries about the use of the coronavirus vaccine or coronavirus tests from patients who are Muslim during the month of Ramadan, which starts this week.* During Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, and consuming medicines is also not...

14 hours ago

Ask PSNC: FAQs on the C-19 test distribution service

The Services Team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS community pharmacy COVID-19 lateral flow device distribution service. Below are some of the questions asked this week. Q. If I supply as one transaction, four boxes of test kits to a person requesting kits for four people, do I get paid four transaction...

21 hours ago

COVID-19 Therapeutic Alert: inhaled Budesonide for adults with COVID-19

This afternoon (12th April 2021), a CAS alert has been issued containing guidance for prescribers in primary care and community pharmacies in relation to the therapeutic use of inhaled budesonide in adults (50 years and over) with COVID-19. This follows the recent announcement of the interim results from the National Institute for Health Research supported...

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Flu Vaccination Advanced Service

The 2020/21 flu advanced service concluded on 31 March 2021.

The 2021/22 service is expected to commence from 1st September 2021 – further details to follow. Please refer to the PSNC Flu Vaccination Service hub for all the latest information and updates.



Flu Vaccine Ordering for 2021/22 

On 1st April 2021 NHSE&I published updated guidance on flu vaccines for 2021/22 – see here.

This guidance provides information on the flu vaccines which will be reimbursable under the 2021/22 Flu Advanced Service, for the three cohorts (65 years and over, 50-64s and at-risk adults aged 18-64). This includes the addition of another vaccine to those which will be reimbursable – QIVr (Supemtek, Sanofi Pasteur).

It is important that all contractors that provide the Flu Vaccination Service review the contents of the letter and use the information contained within to inform their ordering of flu vaccine for the season ahead.

Read the NHSE&I letter on flu vaccines for the 2021/22 season here.

 

 

Other Briefing Documents and Resources

 

 

Providing Vaccinations During the Pandemic

Providers will need to keep up-to-date with the latest Government guidance to help reassure patients that appropriate measures are in place to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 (Standard Operating Procedures in the context of COVID-19 have been issued and are available at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/standard-operating-procedure-community-pharmacy/)

 

 

Training Requirements for the National Flu Vaccination Service 

Face to face training (to cover both injection technique and basic life support training, including administration of adrenaline for anaphylaxis) is required every THREE years. See the Flu Vaccination - Training Requirements and Resources page on the PSNC site here for further information, which includes a list of possible training providers.  

This requirement ordinarily means (see COVID-19 update below) that a pharmacist who undertook face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support in 2017 would need to undertake face-to-face training in 2020 in order to continue to provide the service in 2020/21.

COVID-19 update: Public Health England has confirmed that anyone who has undertaken face to face vaccination training before and is due to undertake face-to-face training this year, can delay the face-to-face requirement until next year. Read more here.  Anyone who has NOT previously trained however MUST undertake full training before commencing flu vaccination.

The Vaccination Services Declaration of Competence (DoC) must also be completed and this is required every TWO years.   

In addition to completing the Vaccination Services DoC every two years, pharmacists providing the service have a professional responsibility to complete an annual update.  This annual refresher training can be self-directed learning and need not be face-to-face training. This could, for example, include undertaking the assessment modules of an immunisation e-learning programme and doing/re-doing the necessary modules to refresh knowledge, reading through the ‘Information for healthcare practitioner’ documents on the PHE website, listening to any available webcasts and reading recently published articles on immunisation relevant to the area of practice.  There is no stipulated way to do the annual update training but as a vaccinating pharmacist there is a professional obligation to ensure skills and knowledge are up to date. 

 

For further information please refer to the PSNC page on training requirements for flu here.  If you need any help with anything, please contact Lisa Meeks (lisa@cpwy.org) who will be happy to help. 

 

Service Delivery Resources

Patient Leaflet - PHE, The Flu Vaccination 2020-21 (who should have it and why) Note - hard copies of this leaflet can be ordered free of charge and translated versions are also available – see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-who-should-have-it-this-winter-and-why 

Patient Leaflet - PHE Information for People with a Learning Disability (Easy Read)

Poster - PHE Flu Learning Disability Easy Read

Patient Video for People with Learning Disabilities

Patient Leaflet - PHE Information for People Aged 50-64 Years

CPWY Flu Poster 17/18

Tear Off Appointment Slip / Flyer

Key facts about flu and flu vaccination - to support discussions with patients

Myth Buster - to support discussions with patients

Identifying carers for flu vaccination

Patient Leaflet - Carers

CPWY Flu Poster - 65 and Over

CPWY Flu Poster - Asthma

CPWY Flu Poster - COPD

CPWY Flu Poster - Diabetes

CPWY Flu Poster - Heart Condition

CPWY Flu Poster - Pregnant

PSNC - Poster for Carers 

 

Pharmacy Team Resources

This PSNC page contains additional information and resources for pharmacy teams.

 

Claiming Payment

All payments must be claimed via the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) portal; no paper-based claims process is available for the service. This year PharmOutcomes will be able to pre-populate claim information in MYS each month, so that the contractor then just needs to login to MYS at the start of the following month to confirm that the information is correct and then to submit the claim.

Claims will be accepted by NHSBSA within six months of administration of the vaccination or by 31st August 2021, whichever date is earlier, in accordance with the usual Drug Tariff claims process. Later claims will not be processed.  See PSNC page on claiming payments here if further information is required.

 

Flu Collaboration

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire regularly contacts the Local Medical Committees (LMCs) within West Yorkshire, and as in previous years, we have offered to collaborate with the LMCs in producing a joint LMC LPC flu letter to encourage general practices and community pharmacies to work together in supporting each other’s flu campaign.
 
The joint letters for Bradford and Leeds can be found below.  Letters for the other areas within West Yorkshire will also be added below in due course.
 
 
Bradford and Airedale

CPWY and YORLMC Joint Flu Letter
 
 
Calderdale

CPWY and Calderdale LMC Joint Flu Letter
 
 
Kirklees

CPWY and Kirklees LMC Joint Flu Letter
 
 
Leeds
 
CPWY and Leeds LMC Joint Flu Letter

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The PSNC website is a great source of information and resources for pharmacy teams. This includes a useful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers page which are updated on an ongoing basis:

Flu Vaccination FAQs 

 

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Last Updated: 9th April 2021