Published on: 29th January 2020 | Updated on: 19th April 2023
This COVID-19 hub contains links to information, guidance and resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) for community pharmacy contractors and their teams.
Claim process for reimbursement of PPE costs (Community Pharmacy England archive website)
Maintaining access to pharmacy services – opening hours and temporary closures (Community Pharmacy England archive website)
NHS England updates
NHS England’s Primary Care bulletin also includes regular updates on COVID-19.
Community Pharmacy England risk assessment template
Community Pharmacy England’s risk assessment template can help pharmacy teams to identify further potential changes which could be made to their pharmacy environment or procedures during the pandemic to increase the safety of staff and patients:
e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)
A free to access e-learning programme on COVID-19 is available for the UK health and care workforce on e-LfH. The programme includes key materials to help the healthcare professionals respond to Coronavirus. For more information about the programme, visit www.e-lfh.org.uk/coronavirus.
CPPE COVID-19 gateway page
The COVID-19 gateway page from CPPE contains the latest COVID-19 resources, including links to the key web pages that will help pharmacy professionals keep up to date during the pandemic.
Messages issued to the sector
England’s new Chief Pharmaceutical Officer praises the work of community pharmacy (25th May 2022)
The recently appointed Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPhO) for England, David Webb, thanked community pharmacy teams for their work throughout the pandemic to support their local communities and reflected on the many achievements so far.
The Prince of Wales congratulates community pharmacy teams for their efforts during the pandemic (5th May 2022)
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales paid tribute to the incredible efforts of community pharmacy teams throughout the COVID-19 pandemic during a special reception at St James’s Palace.
Letter from UK Chief Pharmaceutical Officers and regulators (21st January 2021)
The Chief Pharmaceutical Officers and regulators for pharmacy in the UK have issued a joint letter thanking all members of the pharmacy team for their ongoing work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and recognised the extreme pressures that they are continuing to face.
Pharmacy Minister’s open letter to community pharmacy staff (5th November 2020)
Jo Churchill MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for community pharmacy, says the Government is “hugely grateful” for the work that community pharmacy teams have undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Matt Hancock thanks NHS workforce (17th August 2020)
The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has praised the dedication of those who work for the NHS, whilst calling for evidence on reducing bureaucracy in the health and social care system. Mr Hancock set out what he has learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic and invited views from healthcare workers through an open consultation. The evidence gathered will be used to identify common bureaucratic burdens and make changes where appropriate.
Pharmacy Minister’s open letter to pharmacy (3rd April 2020)
Jo Churchill MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for community pharmacy, thanks pharmacists and pharmacy teams for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. She says that Government recognised that pharmacy teams were on the front line and thanked them for the outstanding response they were giving patients.