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Changes to contactless payment

Coronavirus Act 2020 – implications for members

  Amends to the Bill have been highlighted in bold below…

Resilience Guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Health Secretary pays tribute to pharmacists and promises help

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has publicly thanked “those who doesn’t usually get mentioned, including pharmacists” for their work in the “war” against coronavirus. He promised to “strain every sinew” to get frontline staff everything needed to keep them safe. His message was delivered during the Government’s daily COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, via a virtual conference. He was joined by England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries and Medical Director of NHS England Professor Stephen Powis.     NPA chief executive, Mark Lyonette, said: “It was fantastic to hear a senior politician salute the work of pharmacists and promise more support to maintain staff safety.  These promises from the heart of government need to translate quickly into meaningful action that reaches the frontline, for example the urgent provision of effective protective equipment.” “Matt Hancock’s statement surely also implies an immediate flow of funds to help keep pharmacy doors open during this crisis and its aftermath.  Together with the other pharmacy bodies, we have already urged the Health Secretary and the Chancellor to act conclusively and without delay”…

Financial Measures Available to Community Pharmacy during COVID-19

Patient safety incident reporting

Community pharmacies are required to report all patient safety incidents, as well as analyse and learn from the incidents and share learnings. We appreciate you are all extremely busy with a massively increased workload currently. However, patient safety incidents may occur in the course of your practice. It is important to continue to manage and report all patient safety incidents in line with you pharmacy process. This includes completing the recording of the incident details carefully and fully.  NPA Incident reporting platform (IRP) To support independent community pharmacies, the NPA Incident Reporting Platform (IRP) is available for use by all community pharmacies in England with fewer than 50 branches for reporting patient safety incidents; this applies to NPA members as well as non-members. The NPA IRP can be accessed via this link. • Ensure that the form is filled in accurately and includes sufficient details to allow meaningful analysis of the incident. • DO NOT include personal identifiable information in your incident report including staff, patient, carer or relative names or addresses and patient hospital numbers. In order to use the NPA IRP, you will need to use one of the following supported browsers with Javascript enabled:…

Coronavirus Bill: How it affects Community Pharmacy

Yellow card reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic

Following the Government’s recent announcements, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), like many other organisations, are now working remotely from 23 March 2020. Therefore, the MHRA are requesting all healthcare professionals to submit reports of suspected side effects to medicines via the electronic Yellow Card Scheme, and not paper. This will allow them to manage the reports more effectively. IMPORTANT: if you have sent a paper suspected side effect Yellow Card after 17 March 2020 MHRA staff do not have access to the building, therefore, if you have not already received an acknowledgment, please resubmit your suspected side effect electronically. Submitting reports of suspected side effects to medicines electronically You can submit reports through one of the following methods: The Yellow Card website The free Yellow Card App available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store Through some clinical IT systems (EMIS/SystmOne/Vision/MiDatabank) for healthcare professionals If you do not have online access, please call 0800 731 6789 for free: Monday to Friday: 10-2pm Leave a message outside these hours and someone will call back Submitting reports of adverse incidents to medical devices  You can report medical device problems as follows: In England and Wales: go through the Yellow Card website In Northern Ireland: go through the Northern Ireland Adverse Incidents Centre (NIAIC) In Scotland: go through the Incident Reporting and Investigation Centre (IRIC)   Submitting reports of defective, fake medicines and medical devices, and e-cigarettes  You can submit reports through the Yellow Card website on suspected incidents/problems involving:  A defective medicine if it is not of an acceptable quality A falsified product, for example, fake medicine or medical device A safety concern with e-cigarettes or their refill containers (e-liquids)…

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announces a package of business support in response to COVID-19

All guidance, information and announcements can be found at GOV.UK. Organisations should pay particular attention to the guidance for employees, employers and businesses which is being updated regularly with the latest advice.…

Chloroquine: OTC requests during the COVID-19 pandemic