Latest News – PSNC Main site Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

  • Health & Care Review
    Posted by alkharsanz on 30th May 2017 at 8:28 am

    Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and... […]

  • MHRA Drug Safety Update – May 2017
    Posted by alkharsanz on 25th May 2017 at 8:25 am

    Date issued: 24th May 2017 A new Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Drug Safety Update (Vol 10, Issue 10, May 2017) has been published and includes articles on: finasteride: rare reports of depression and suicidal thoughts; new e-learning modules on reporting suspected adverse drug reactions; and letters sent to healthcare professionals in April... […]

  • PhAS update affecting all contractors receiving PhAS payments
    Posted by mabbuttm on 24th May 2017 at 3:31 pm

    The Department of Health (DH) has this week written to all pharmacies receiving Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS) payments with corrected payments due to them under the scheme. The PhAS was imposed on 20 October 2016 and introduced on 1 December 2016. Community pharmacy contractors were informed at the end of March 2017 that PSNC had... […]

  • May 2017 Price Concessions/NCSO update
    Posted by Mitesh on 22nd May 2017 at 3:34 pm

    The Department of Health has granted the following price concessions for May 2017: Drug Pack size Price concession Betahistine 16mg tablets (new) 84 £12.55 Betahistine 8mg tablets (new) 84 £6.33 Buspirone 10mg tablets 30 £9.95 Buspirone 5mg tablets 30 £9.95 Clindamycin 150mg capsules 24 £4.85 Dapsone 50mg tablets 28 £46.19 Diamorphine 30mg powder […]

  • Health & Care Review
    Posted by alkharsanz on 22nd May 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and... […]

  • Ask PSNC: NUMSAS FAQs
    Posted by taylorr on 22nd May 2017 at 8:59 am

    The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) since the service has gone live. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q. How should patients or their representatives complete the NUMSAS patient questionnaire? All patients or their representatives must be invited to complete... […]

  • Carers Week returns for 2017
    Posted by alkharsanz on 22nd May 2017 at 8:30 am

    This year’s Carers Week will take place from Monday 12th June to Sunday 18th June 2017. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. The emphasis of the campaign is on developing Carer Friendly Communities,... […]

  • Quality Payments: SCR calculator now available for the November review point
    Posted by taylorr on 19th May 2017 at 1:29 pm

    NHS Digital has updated the Summary Care Record (SCR) usage calculator tool, as referenced in NHS England’s quality criteria guidance, for the November 2017 review point of the Quality Payments Scheme. The SCR calculator is designed to assist community pharmacy contractors in monitoring and increasing their SCR usage to meet the SCR quality criterion, which requires contractors... […]

  • Political Party Manifestos Published
    Posted by smeatonz on 18th May 2017 at 3:57 pm

    The three major political parties have all now published their manifestos ahead of the General Election, with each making specific pledges about community pharmacy.  The Conservatives manifesto, published today (Thursday May 18th), said the party would support community pharmacies in rural areas and ensure pharmacies can play a “stronger role to keep people healthy outside... […]

  • Summary of the Judicial Review judgment
    Posted by mabbuttm on 18th May 2017 at 3:03 pm

    This briefing summarises the judgment in PSNC’s Judicial Review Case which was handed down on Thursday 18th May 2017. There are also a selection of Frequently Asked Questions about the judgment. PSNC Briefing 031/17: Summary of the Judicial Review judgment (May 2017) Frequently Asked Questions on the judgment (May 2017)  If you have queries on this... […]