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Appropriate use of flu vaccines (aTIV and QIV)

Over the last few days, PSNC has received many queries from contractors relating to the ordering and appropriate use of adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV) and in what exceptional circumstances quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) may be used in patients 65 years and over. On Monday, we published a Briefing which summarises the different documents and...

24 hours ago

EPS continues to roll-out in urgent care settings

Following last year’s successful pilot, NHS Digital is continuing to roll-out EPS to urgent care providers that use the Advanced Adastra prescribing system. Integrated urgent care providers include: NHS 111, GP out of hours, Clinical Assessment Services (CAS), Walk-in Centres, Minor Injuries Units and Urgent Care Centres. As patients can get their prescriptions dispensed from any...

1 day ago

September 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – 1st update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Amisulpride 100mg tablets 60 £9.95 Amisulpride 50mg tablets 60 £5.29 Mometasone 0.1% Cream 30g £2.71 Propranolol 10mg tablets 28 £2.84 Propranolol 40mg tablets 28 £2.86 Sodium Valproate 200mg/5ml oral solution SF 300ml £6.27...

3 days ago

Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF)

The NHS England Area Teams are responsible for monitoring community pharmacies compliance with the contractual framework.

Each year as part of the monitoring of the Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework, NHS England will be asking each community pharmacy nationwide to complete a return about current processes and procedures within each pharmacy, declaring how that pharmacy complies (or is working towards complying) with the terms of service in relation to essential and advanced services.

For 2013/14 the NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team have requested that community pharmacies complete a contract assurance self-assessment on PharmOutcomes and submit this to them by the 30th September 2013.

Completion of the CPAF self-assessment is not a mandatory requirement of the Terms of Service.  However the completion and submission of the CPAF self-assessment by pharmacies on PharmOutcomes can streamline the process and in most cases remove the need for a full contract monitoring visit to take place.

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire, with PharmOutcomes, have produced a CPAF guide to outline how to access, complete and submit the CPAF assessments.

CPAF - Full Guide

CPAF - Short Guide