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PSNC launches Value of Pharmacy Animation 

PSNC has launched a video animation showcasing the important work that community pharmacies do and explaining how, with sustainable funding and ongoing support from Government, their role could be developed further. The animation has been developed to support PSNC’s conversations with external audiences, to help raise awareness of the value of pharmacy services, and how...

8 hours ago

Have you submitted your C-19 test distribution service weekly data?

Contractors who have signed up to provide the NHS Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service are reminded of the need to record the following information on the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by close of business on the pharmacy's last trading day of the week:  Test kits received from wholesalers When contractors receive...

13 hours ago

NHSE&I confirm intention to delegate pharmacy commissioning to ICS

In a letter issued to the leads of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) this afternoon, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have confirmed their plans to delegate the responsibility for the commissioning of primary care services, including pharmaceutical services, to ICS. Read the NHSE&I letter This means that, subject to the will of Parliament, the activities...

1 day ago

Flu Vaccination Advanced Service

The 2021/22 service is expected to commence from 1st September 2021.

The annual flu letter was published on 17th July 2021 (see here).

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 planning for the season ahead. Read the annual flu letter here.

The service specification and PGD for the Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service 2021/22 will be published in due course; PSNC will inform contractors once these are available through its usual communication channels.

Please refer to the PSNC Flu Vaccination Service hub for all the latest information and updates.

 


Recommended Vaccines for 2021/22 

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

This guidance, and the annual flu letter for 2021/22, outline the vaccines agreed for use for the 2021/22 flu progamme.

In summary the recommended vaccines are: 

  • For those aged 65 years and over – the adjuvanted quadrivalent influenza vaccine (aQIV), with the cell-based quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIVc) or the recombinant quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIVr) offered if aQIV is unavailable. 
  • For under-65s (including those at risk, pregnant women and 50 to 64 year old cohort) - QIVc or QIVr, as an alternative if these are not available, the egg-grown quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIVe) should be considered for use

 

 

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.  

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