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  • January edition of CPN magazine now available
    Posted by mabbuttm on 21st January 2019 at 5:16 pm

    The January 2019 edition of PSNC’s Community Pharmacy News (CPN) is now available. This month’s CPN features: NHS ten-year plan published; IG support materials; Quality Payments declaration; and Price concession flow chart. View our CPN magazine online via the flipbook reader below or download the PDF copy. Please note, the colour PDF can be printed... […]

  • #checkbeforeyoutick – how can you help?
    Posted by mabbuttm on 21st January 2019 at 5:04 pm

    The NHS Business Services Authority’s ‘Check Before You Tick’ campaign aimed to help patients understand their eligibility for free NHS prescriptions, and to highlight the possible consequences of making an incorrect claim. We spoke to Tori Hutchinson who worked on the campaign to find out more. Hi I’m Tori and I’m a Lead Digital Delivery Manager at... […]

  • January 2019 Price Concessions/NCSO – 1st update
    Posted by Mitesh on 21st January 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Allopurinol 100mg tablets 28 £1.70 Allopurinol 300mg tablets 28 £3.68 Co-careldopa 25mg/100mg tablets 100 £10.69 Diamorphine 10mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.56 Diamorphine 30mg powder for solution for injection […]

  • Ask PSNC: Quality Payments FAQs
    Posted by alkharsanz on 21st January 2019 at 9:05 am

    The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the Quality Payments Scheme. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q. How do I upload the Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire results to the pharmacy’s NHS website page? A user guide on the process to follow to upload the CPPQ onto an NHS website profile is available on […]

  • Serious Shortage Protocols: Draft legislation laid
    Posted by fergusonj on 18th January 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Draft legislation on Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) has been laid before Parliament and should come into force in early February 2019. This follows consultation between the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and stakeholders, including PSNC and other pharmacy representative bodies. SPPs are protocols for pharmacies that will be put in place in the... […]

  • No-deal Brexit preparations: NHS England update
    Posted by fergusonj on 18th January 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Dr Keith Ridge, NHS England’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, has today (January 18th 2019) written to community pharmacies to update them on the continuity of supply of medicines as part of the Government’s contingency preparations for a no-deal exit from the European Union (EU). Read the letter from Dr Keith Ridge here: […]

  • Quality Payments: Updated gateway criteria report now available on NHS BSA website
    Posted by alkharsanz on 18th January 2019 at 3:32 pm

    The NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) has today updated its weekly gateway criteria report, allowing community pharmacy contractors to check whether they have been assessed as meeting four of the five gateway criteria (Advanced Services, NHS website, Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) and NHSmail) of the Quality Payments Scheme. Contractors are therefore encouraged to […]

  • Brexit Update: PSNC contingency planning and contractor actions
    Posted by smeatonz on 16th January 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Pharmacy teams will be aware that on 15th January 2019, MPs rejected the Prime Minister’s proposed Brexit deal in a vote in Parliament. The UK remains on course to leave the EU on 29th March 2019, with a no-deal Brexit scenario still a possibility. PSNC’s objective remains to safeguard the supply of medicines to pharmacies... […]

  • Quality Payments: Validation of meeting the WES gateway criterion
    Posted by taylorr on 16th January 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Community pharmacy contractors should today receive an email to their premises-shared NHSmail account* from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA), which will state whether their pharmacy has been validated as having met the Warranted Environment Specification (WES) gateway criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme. For a pharmacy to be assessed to see if it... […]

  • Service case study: New GP2Pharmacy service in South Tyneside
    Posted by alkharsanz on 16th January 2019 at 10:24 am

    A new, innovative service has been launched in South Tyneside, which involves collaborative working between community pharmacy teams and GP practice teams. The ‘GP2Pharmacy’ service enables GP reception staff to book fixed time appointments for suitable patients (depending on their symptoms and conditions) at their local pharmacy as opposed to waiting for an appointment at... […]