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  • Less than a week left to respond to the national workforce survey
    Posted by alkharsanz on 25th September 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Community pharmacy contractors* are reminded that they have less than a week to respond to Health Education England’s (HEE) national community pharmacy workforce survey. The online questionnaire about the workforce in each pharmacy is designed to inform HEE of the commissioning of future education and development programmes for community pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the wider... […]

  • National approach to MUR PPV to start in October
    Posted by alkharsanz on 25th September 2017 at 10:37 am

    From next month, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) will start undertaking post-payment verification (PPV) of payments to community pharmacy contractors for provision of the Medicines Use Review (MUR) service. This will involve requesting evidence from a sample of contractors to support payment claims they have submitted for MURs over a specified period. Why... […]

  • Health & Care Review
    Posted by alkharsanz on 25th September 2017 at 10:08 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... […]

  • Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs
    Posted by alkharsanz on 25th September 2017 at 8:05 am

    The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q. Are paid care workers eligible for vaccination under the NHS community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service? No. Care workers who are paid to provide care to people (for... […]

  • Job opportunity at PSNC – Drug Tariff and Reimbursement Manager
    Posted by cresswellj on 22nd September 2017 at 2:40 pm

    PSNC is seeking a Drug Tariff and Reimbursement Manager. This is a senior role which has become available following an internal reorganisation. As the representative of community pharmacy contractors in England on NHS matters, an essential component of PSNC’s work is monitoring the Drug Tariff and medicines reimbursement and working to ensure that these are... […]

  • Pharmacy EPS costs and benefits study: key points for community pharmacy teams
    Posted by ahthiond on 22nd September 2017 at 11:34 am

    Community pharmacy teams who have updated their dispensing processes to consider the different actions required for electronic prescriptions are benefitting most from the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), according to a study published today. The PwC study, commissioned by NHS Digital and agreed with NHS England and PSNC, set out to assess the costs and benefits... […]

  • Pharmacy EPS costs and benefits study: key points for community pharmacy contractors (September 2017)
    Posted by mabbuttm on 22nd September 2017 at 11:26 am

    This PSNC Briefing summarises the key findings from the study which will be of interest to pharmacy contractors, including those which may help them to reflect on their use of EPS and potential ways to make their EPS processes more efficient. PSNC Briefing 072/17: Pharmacy EPS costs and benefits study: key points for community pharmacy... […]

  • Pharmacy EPS costs and benefits study: key points for community pharmacy teams (September 2017)
    Posted by mabbuttm on 22nd September 2017 at 11:24 am

    This PSNC Briefing summarises the key findings from the study which will be of interest to pharmacy team members, including those which may help pharmacy teams to reflect on their use of EPS and potential ways to make their EPS processes more efficient. PSNC Briefing 071/17: Pharmacy EPS costs and benefits study: key points for community pharmacy... […]

  • Epilepsy drug warnings are not reaching women, suggests media report
    Posted by alkharsanz on 22nd September 2017 at 10:38 am

    The BBC has today published a news story highlighting the findings of a survey which shows that 68% of women taking sodium valproate have not received safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy. The survey was commissioned by the charities Epilepsy Society, Epilepsy Action and Young Epilepsy and includes responses from 2,000... […]

  • New business continuity feature added to EPS Prescription Tracker
    Posted by ahthiond on 22nd September 2017 at 10:13 am

    NHS Digital has added a new business continuity feature to the online EPS Prescription Tracker tool.  This new mode allows pharmacy staff to view outstanding prescription medicines information if there is N3/HSCN access but the pharmacy system is experiencing downtime. The Tracker tool already allows GP practice staff and pharmacy teams to be able to... […]