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Accessing DHSC Supplied Flu Vaccines: The long-awaited guidance on how to access the centrally held flu vaccine stocks has now been published. The full 15 page DHSC document can be accessed here but we felt a short summary would prove useful.


  • Stock arrives Oct-Dec with majority in Nov.
  • 4 Suppliers GSK, Sanofi, Seqirus, Mylan.
  • Only available for order when all own stocks have been delivered and used, and practices have exhausted other sources (reallocation of any stock from NHSEI Public Health Commissioning Team, other practices/organisations within PCNs).
  • Stock will be provided free of charge – item of service charge for administering can still be claimed.
  • DHSC Vaccines must only be used for eligible cohorts, excess stocks cannot be used for private patients or sold on to a third party.
  • 50-64 year olds (who don’t meet any other eligibility criteria) NOT currently included. NHSEI will confirm as and when this cohort become eligible.


  • Assess need for vaccines for eligible cohorts (not currently 50-64 year olds), against bookings and stock.
  • If short (and have received and used all existing orders) scope surplus stock from within PCN or NHSEI Public Health Commissioning Team.
  • If still short place order (with normal supplier in the first instance).
  • Will need to complete 2 Self-Certification declarations:
    • For Each Manufacturer before you can order:
      • That you have allocated all existing stock to cohorts.
      • That you agree not to return any unused stock
      • Only used DHSC stock for eligible cohorts
      • You will claim the correct fees
    • To NHSBS as Post Payment Verification
Manufacturer Type Orders Open from Delivery Start Date Min Order Max Order Notes
GSK QIVe 19th October 16th November 200 1000

Need to register on portal www.ukfluportal.gsk.com (1) (or use existing vaccines.co.uk email if already a customer. Will need GMC/NMC/GPhC number to register

Sanofi QIVe TBN 16th November 100 1000

Details to follow




Not Stated

Not Stated

30th November

19th November

150 1000

Email DHSCvaccines@seqirus.com to request order form. Customer service 0845 745 1500

Mylan QIVe

Not Stated

9th November 30 1000

Via Call Centre 0800 358 7468

Having checked this web address, I assume it will go live on Monday 19th October.

Priadel Update. Following the pause of the discontinuation of Priadel, some practices have asked about the training courses that are still on offer. GPs who wish to refresh their knowledge or have a particular interest may consider using these as a CPD opportunity but we would remind you that, due to the specialist nature of this medication which is normally initiated in secondary care, no GP should feel pressured to prescribe anything which is beyond their experience/competency.

New to Partnership scheme. This is now live and we would encourage practices with new partners to look into applying to benefit from the payments available. GPC have raised and resolved a potential issue with NHSEI where new partners often commence with fixed share ‘probationary’ period, before moving to a full equity share. It has been agreed that in these situations, an individual will be accepted on to the scheme once they become a shareholding partner on an equity basis, if the probationary period commenced after 1 April 2020. They have also identified alternative evidence that can be submitted in support of the application:

  • Where a Partnership Agreement is not available, a headed letter from the practice to confirm details will be accepted.
  • To evidence the practice contract type NHSE/I will now check the CQC website to obtain this information for GMS and PMS contracts. They will still require a copy of any APMS contracts.

These changes are effective immediately and the guidance documents have been updated. Those who have already applied to the scheme will be contacted by NHSE/I and do not need to reapply.


Tier Two HIGH Areas. In addition to the areas in the very NW of the County in the High Peak, today Chesterfield, Erewash and NE Derbyshire were added to the areas that are now in Tier 2 High Risk Areas.

Pharmacy Quality Scheme: Jackie Buxton Chair of Derbyshire LPC has asked us to share: Last year I did a session at one of your LMC meetings on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) which seemed to be well received and helpful to your members. This year’s PQS was changed and launched much later due to the pandemic but is now live. Two of the domains (Domain 4 Prevention and Domain 5 Business Continuity) include the Lead PCN Community Pharmacist engaging with all the community pharmacies in their PCN and also with the PCN Clinical Director. In addition, this year’s PQS contains a target for pharmacies for helping to increase flu vaccination rates for >65s which we understand is in-line with a similar GP incentive within the Investment and Impact Fund.

I have enclosed a short slide set with a top line summary of the PQS (Attachment A). Happy for it to be distributed and/or equally happy to join a virtual meeting to discuss and answer questions if you think it would be useful?

Please let us know if you feel a chance to go through the scheme and ask Jackie questions would be useful and we can schedule into one of our webinars.

MSK Videos: The CCG have asked us to share Attachment B with videos to support GPs in the assessment of back injuries.

Reminder - CCG membership engagement session 21 October. The second session for this month is on 21 October between 2.00pm and 2.30pm to coincide with your protected learning time. This will be facilitated by Chris Clayton, Accountable Officer and CEO for the CCG and GP members of the CCG Governing Body. The CCG really want to hear your views so please do forward the Zoom link below or send as a calendar invitation to your GPs and other practice colleagues:
21 October link and details: 2pm - 2.30pm Click here to join Zoom meeting Meeting ID: 868 5993 1088 Passcode: 079780

If you have any issues that you want to raise as an agenda item for discussion please email them to ddccg.communications@nhs.net


Reminder of upcoming events (Details on last weeks update):

  • Burnout Webinar for GPs and Practice staff: Monday 2nd November 2020, 19:30 – 20:30 Book a place here 
  • Shapes Productivity Toolkit: Choose one of the identical sessions below;
    • Tuesday 10th November 2020, 13:00 – 16:30 To book your free place click here
    • Thursday 12th November 2020, 09:30 – 13:00 To book your free place click here
  • Mental Health, Impact of COVID and Management of Dementia in Primary Care: Wednesday 18th November 2020 13:20 – 15:30 Click here to book.


Hearing from our BAME colleagues in the Midlands: Steve Morrison, Regional Director of Workforce & OD (Midlands) has asked us to share details of Two Virtual Events (Tuesday 20th October & Friday 30th October 2020)

NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands are hosting two events for health and care workers from BAME backgrounds to share their experiences of working amidst COVID-19, including staff from bank and agency.

Kuvy Seenan, the organisation’s Regional Head of Equality and Inclusion, said: “We understand how challenging it has been for all of our staff working in the NHS and in the social care sector. But we also understand the disproportionate impact that Covid-19 has had on our BAME communities alongside the ongoing racial discrimination that continues to affect BAME colleagues in our workforce”.

Kuvy added: “This event is an opportunity for all our BAME colleagues across the Region to anonymously share their experiences with us about the support they have been receiving in the last few months in their workplace. With your help we want to create an equal, safe and more inclusive environment.”

Both events will feature the same agenda to enable as many staff to attend as possible. Attendees are therefore encouraged to choose whichever date suits them best. The event will provide staff opportunity to share feedback anonymously via Slido, an online interactive tool. So, colleagues are encouraged to bring along a smart device if possible.

To book a place on Tuesday 20 October (13.45- 15.00), click here .

To book a place on Friday 30 October (11.00 - 12.15), click here .

Clinical Job Opportunity in Palliative Care Programme. The East Midlands Palliative and End of Life care Programme is inviting expressions of interest for a fixed term contract for a Clinical Lead to work with the Regional Palliative and End of Life Care team, NHS England/ Improvement until March 2023. The commitment would be 1 PA per week. The role will report to Jaqueline Barnes, (Director of Nursing NHSEI) as SRO for this programme. This is a great opportunity for senior clinicians to gain experience in working at regional level in palliative and end of life care, influence improvement and help to deliver the workplan priorities for NHSE/I regionally and nationally. The role would suit someone with a proven track record of experience in PEoLC care in either a secondary care setting, hospice experience or primary care.

For more details and an informal chat please contact Anne Marie Houlder (Associate Medical Director NHSEI) Direct dial: 0113 824 7312 Mobile: 07793197717 Email Address: annemariehoulder@nhs.net or myself (Interim Regional Network for PEoLC and Senior Quality Lead) Joanna.morris8@nhs.net . Please submit expressions of interest to joanna.morris8@nhs.net by 5pm 6th November

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