0113 2727560

Contact Us

Contact CPWY

Twitter Latest Tweets

Latest PSNC News

Pharmacy Advice Audit 2021: Paperwork and guidance now available

Community pharmacy contractors can now access guidance about the upcoming PSNC Pharmacy Advice Audit for 2021, including full details of how to take part. As announced last week, pharmacy teams are being encouraged to take part in an audit that will capture information about the reasons why people choose to visit community pharmacies. PSNC is increasingly...

23 hours ago

PSNC Pharmacy Advice Audit 2021 – Team Briefing Sheet

This briefing describes how community pharmacy teams can take part in PSNC’s audit to capture information about the reasons why people choose to visit community pharmacies. PSNC Briefing 001/21: PSNC Pharmacy Advice Audit 2021 – Team Briefing Sheet Related document: Audit Template If you have any queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more...

23 hours ago

Indemnity arrangements for the COVID-19 vaccination programme – update

Yesterday, Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for COVID Vaccination Deployment made a statement on the provision of indemnity for the vaccination programme, including provision by community pharmacy in England. The Minister’s statement provides clarity on why the indemnity has been provided to community pharmacy and also extends the scheme to 30th June 2021. He stated: “Without adequate...

24 hours ago

Hepatitis C Antibody Testing Advanced Service

The Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing Service commenced on 1st September 2020.

The service focuses on the provision of point of care testing (POCT) for Hepatitis C (Hep C) antibodies to people who inject drugs (PWIDs), i.e. individuals who inject illicit drugs, e.g. steroids or heroin, but who haven’t yet moved to the point of accepting treatment for their substance use.

Where people test positive for Hep C antibodies, they will be referred for a confirmatory test and treatment, where appropriate.  The service is part of NHS England and NHS Improvement’s national programme to eliminate Hep C virus as a major public health threat by 2025 and aims to use community pharmacies to target PWIDs for testing, as they are the healthcare venue most likely to be visited by that group of people.

Any pharmacy that meets the service requirements can provide the service, but it will be of most interest to contractors that provide a locally commissioned needle and syringe programme service, with a sufficient number of clients, to make the investment in provision of the service worthwhile.

Pharmacy contractors considering providing the service should first read the service specification and then consider the likely costs of providing the service and the number of PWIDs they are likely to be able to test. 

It is recommended that contractors refer to the PSNC webpage on Hepatitis C testing here for further details on this service.


Key Documents
 
Service Specification - Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing Service

PSNC Guidance on the Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing-Service

 

← Return to Advance Services Page 

Last Updated: 11th December 2020