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Seasonal flu vaccination reminder for pharmacy teams

PSNC News - 25 October 2018 - 8:30am

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Keith Ridge, has written a letter to encourage pharmacy teams in direct contact with the public to be vaccinated against influenza this winter.

In a letter to pharmacy bodies, Dr Ridge, said:

“The General Pharmaceutical Council advises pharmacy professionals providing key healthcare services, and often dealing with patients directly, to consider getting vaccinated and to encourage their staff to get vaccinated as well.”

Last year, figures show that 68.7% of frontline health care workers were vaccinated against flu, compared to 63.2% in 2016/17. In the letter, Dr Ridge stresses that this is a significant achievement but he would like to see more frontline staff vaccinated this year to help reduce pressure on the NHS.

Letter from Keith Ridge

Factsheet

Frequently Asked Question

Q. Are pharmacy team members an eligible group for flu vaccination within the community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?
No. Employers may wish to offer pharmacy staff flu vaccinations as part of their occupational health arrangements, but this cannot be undertaken as part of the Advanced Service. If a pharmacy team member is eligible for an NHS flu vaccination and falls into one of the eligible patient groups for the Advanced Service, they would be able to use the service at the pharmacy.

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NHS England publish national pharmacy clinical audit for 2018/19

PSNC News - 24 October 2018 - 11:01am

NHS England has today (24th October 2018) published the paperwork for the 2018/19 national community pharmacy clinical audit; this must be completed by all pharmacy contractors.

The focus of the audit is the provision of advice to people with diabetes on the importance of them receiving an annual seasonal influenza vaccination. The audit has been timed to take place during the flu vaccination season, so that people with diabetes can be encouraged to be vaccinated and where they have not yet been vaccinated and the pharmacy offers the NHS flu vaccination service, they can be offered a vaccination at the pharmacy.

The audit will generally need to be conducted over a one-week period, selected by the pharmacy contractor, during October, November or the first half of December; the data collection needs to be completed by 16th December 2018 and the audit data needs to be submitted to NHS England’s web-based portal by midnight on 30th December 2018.

Further information on the 2018/19 CPCF national clinical audit on flu vaccination for people with diabetes

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Correct prescription reimbursement

NPA News - 13 November 2015 - 7:14am
Certain aspects of the Drug Tariff, which may impact on correct prescription reimbursement, continue to present ongoing queries for the NPA. Two such frequently received queries can be found below.
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Ask Your Pharmacist (AYP) Week 2015

NPA News - 11 November 2015 - 1:00pm
Many pharmacies across the UK have been getting involved with AYP Week (9-15 November). You can still get involved and use this week as a platform for pharmacy public awareness activities.
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Price Concessions - November

NPA News - 11 November 2015 - 11:00am
Price concessions for November are now available.
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Specials manufacturers supplying pre-printed labels for endorsement

NPA News - 10 November 2015 - 10:40am
It has come to our attention that some specials manufacturers/suppliers are providing sticky labels to assist with prescription endorsement. However, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has requested to pharmacy contractors not to use these labels for endorsing purposes.
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Class 4 Medicines Defect Information - Primidone SERB tablets 50mg

NPA News - 10 November 2015 - 10:04am
A medicines defect alert has been issued on Primidone SERB tablets 50mg due to an error with the EAN barcode on the packaging. When the incorrect barcode is scanned, the product is identified as Primidone SERB tablets 250mg and not 50mg.
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Influenza vaccine & warfarin

NPA News - 10 November 2015 - 7:00am
Advice in dealing with a situation where a patient taking warfarin is administered with the influenza vaccine using the intramuscular (IM) route.
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Reminder of law regarding single use carrier bag charges

NPA News - 9 November 2015 - 12:45pm
The NPA has been made aware of circulating news and social media rumours surrounding shop branding being present on single use carrier bags (SUCB). This news article is a reminder for NPA Members confirming the legislation relating to single use carrier bag charges in England.
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FAQ: FP10CDF use by a registered nurse in a hospital

NPA News - 6 November 2015 - 10:53am
Is a registered nurse working within a hospital setting required to use the standardised form for requisitioning Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs from a community pharmacy after 30 November 2015?
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FAQ: Red ink on an NHS prescription

NPA News - 6 November 2015 - 10:33am
Can I dispense an NHS prescription which is signed and written by the prescriber in red ink?
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FAQ: Dispensing appliances on an NHS prescription

NPA News - 6 November 2015 - 10:26am
Are all pharmacists obliged to dispense appliances if they are prescribed on an NHS prescription?
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Upcoming NPA events

NPA News - 5 November 2015 - 5:00pm
Events include webinars on Top tips for GPhC inspections, Competition Law and how it affects you, Check34 and a round table Policy & Practice Forum.
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Self Care Week

NPA News - 5 November 2015 - 4:30pm
Pharmacies are encouraged to get involved in Self Care Week (16-22 November), an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities.
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Dispensing Health in Later Life

NPA News - 4 November 2015 - 1:00pm
Pharmacy Voice, of which the NPA is a founding member, has published the Dispensing Health in Later Life, which suggests that GPs are not confident their older patients are still taking their medicines correctly six months after consultation. The research also highlights GPs would like more support from community pharmacy teams to help their patients take their medicines correctly.
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Patient safety alert - support to reduce the risk of death from inappropriate naloxone use

NPA News - 2 November 2015 - 2:01pm
NHS England has issued a Stage Two patient safety alert on 26 October 2015 to highlight the resources available to support all NHS funded care providers on the use of naloxone. These resources can provide assistance in ensuring their local procedures and training reflect best practice on administering, dispensing and prescribing naloxone. This Stage Two alert follows on from the Stage One patient safety alert issued on 20 November 2014.
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FAQ: Distance selling pharmacies delivery of medicines

NPA News - 30 October 2015 - 10:32am
In England, can a distance selling pharmacy charge patients for delivery of their NHS prescription medicines?
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Medicine Shortages

NPA News - 30 October 2015 - 10:30am
Latest bi-weekly information on medicine availability.
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GPhC: regulating and inspecting pharmacies is “working well”

NPA News - 29 October 2015 - 3:48pm
A study commissioned by the GPhC suggests there is consensus among pharmacy professionals that inspections of pharmacies are helping to improve patient safety and the services pharmacies offer.
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Stay Well This Winter

NPA News - 29 October 2015 - 3:40pm
The new Public Health England and NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign aims to help those most at risk from winter ailments to avoid hospital treatment by providing simple advice on how to keep healthy during the colder months. All pharmacies in England will receive a toolkit in November, to get involved.
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