Locally Commissioned NHS Service
The launch of the national community pharmacy vaccination service seems to be moving closer, PSNC has announced recently that the wording of the specification has been agreed between NHS England, PSNC and NHS Employers. It will be published once it has passed through NHS England’s internal governance procedures.
However, in the absence of a start date for the national service, NHS England – North will be commissioning a local flu vaccination service from community pharmacies across Cumbria and the North East. This will be effective immediately and will be operational until the national service comes on line.
You an download the documents you need below. These consist of
You will also find details in relation to training requirements on the site. As well as flu training itself there is a requirement to do Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable adults training, details on the website.
Pharmacies who intend to provide the flu service should read through the service specification and PGD. The SLA signature sheet must then be completed and returned to Greg Burke, Secretary of Co Durham and Darlington LPC who has agreed to receive copies of all signed signature sheets, irrespective of which area you work in.
The signed signature sheets must be sent to Greg either by post or email at the following addresses:
Co Durham and Darlington LPC
43 Brancepeth View
Tel: 0191 378 4831;
NB: It is imperative that you include the name and FULL address of your pharmacy on the signed signature sheet before forwarding it to Greg . This is to ensure that Greg can accredit the correct pharmacy.
Only on receipt of a copy of the signed signature sheet from the pharmacy will Greg be able to accredit your pharmacy for the flu vaccination service on PharmOutcomes. He will do that as soon as possible so keep a close eye on your accreditations on the system. On accessing the service each participating pharmacist at your branch will be asked to complete three accreditation questions. Once that is done the pharmacists will have access to the consultation template.
The consultation template is to be used to record the details of every NHS flu vaccination you do. This is very important, for the purposes of audit and also in relation to claiming payment.
Also, each time you save the details of a vaccination on PharmOutcomes the system will automatically send a notification letter to the patient’s GP practice where there is an verified secure NHS email address in the system for that practice. Practices who do not have an address in the system will still need to have a paper copy sent within the time frames set out in the service specifications. Pharmoutcomes will inform at time of entry if the notification has gone by email or if you need to send it manually.
As in previous years, Pharmoutcomes will invoice NHS England automatically for your vaccination activity. If there is a change to the payment arrangements following the subsequent introduction of the national scheme, you will be informed of any new requirements.
You will find a lot of very useful information, resources etc on this site. Additionally PSNC has also been working on a number of resources for contractors including posters to promote the service in pharmacies which can be downloaded from psnc.org.uk/flupatientcomms. Contractors are advised to check PSNC’s flu page – psnc.org.uk/flu – regularly to ensure they have the latest information and resources. Further information about the national service specification, data capture and the latest resources for pharmacy teams can be found at: dld.bz/dRDnx
Individual LPCs may also be producing promotional materials for their contractors, look out for information about that from your usual local sources.
Details will be forthcoming, hopefully in the very near future. Keep an eye on the PSNC website, the websites of your own LPCs and your PharmOutcomes and email inboxes.
LPCs across North East and Cumbria have worked hard to secure the commissioning of the local flu service to fill the hiatus between 1 September and the start of the national service, which we hope will be soon. We hope this message has helped to explain the situation, if you need any further information or clarification please contact your local LPC, contact details are available on the LPC websites or via www.northernpharmacy.net