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COVID-19: Smartcard multi-site code added to cards of pharmacy professionals

NHS Digital are adding the multi-site FFFFF Smartcard code to Smartcards with the pharmacist or technician role, for the duration of the pandemic. The initiative has been supported by PSNC and NHS England and NHS Improvement. The bulk activity performed by NHS Digital is scheduled to take place across this week and to be finished...

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New COVID-19 codes added to SCR Additional Information

New COVID-19 SNOMED CT codes have been added to SCR Additional Information to capture suspected or confirmed COVID-19 status from GP systems. GPs have been instructed to record whether a patient is assumed to have had COVID-19, whether a patient has been tested, and whether the patient is at risk of medical complications should they...

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Supporting carers during the COVID-19 pandemic 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacies have had to make necessary changes to their usual ways of working in order to ensure local communities can continue to access their medicines.  The Carers Trust has reported that some carers have had difficulty coping with some of these changes – including queuing outside the pharmacy as a result...

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Declaration of Competence Model

The Declaration of Competence (DoC) system has been developed to support registered pharmacy professionals in assuring commissioners that they are service-ready and have the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver high-quality, consistent services. Many commissioners are now including the DoC system in their service specifications, service level agreements and patient group directions.


CPPE have produced a useful factsheet about the Declaration of Competence model. See here and further information for community pharmacy professionals is available here.


Registered pharmacy professionals are personally responsible for keeping knowledge and skills up to date and relevant to roles and responsibilities. Working through the DoC system supports pharmacy professionals with the resources to reflect on current competences, and to identify and meet learning and assessment needs to deliver a specific service that is being commissioned.


For more information see the CPPE website at https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/declaration-of-competence.



Last Updated: 2nd April 2019