Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates

Commissioning of the 18/19 Flu Vaccination Advanced Service

Although the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England have not initiated formal negotiations for 2018/19, PSNC has received correspondence from DHSC on some interim measures, which were considered at its Committee meetings last week. These included a paper from DHSC, marked confidential, on the commissioning of the 2018/19 Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service.  We will provide further information on the proposals...

NICE draft guidance on community pharmacy promoting health and wellbeing is out for consultation

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its draft guidance Community pharmacies: promoting health and wellbeing. The guidance is now out for consultation; responses must be submitted by 5pm, 21st February 2018. The final guidance is expected to be published in August 2018. The NICE draft guidance covers how community pharmacies...

PSNC elections 2018

Nominations for candidates for 13 Regional Representatives and three non-CCA Multiple Representatives to the PSNC Committee have been invited. Regional Representative elections  Eligible candidates can complete a nomination form which must be received by us as the Returning Officers no later than 12 noon (midday) on Tuesday 30 January 2018. Nomination forms are available from the...

Parents and carers advised to inspect Buccolam oral syringes before use

In a drug alert issued in December 2017, healthcare professionals were asked to speak to parents/carers about carefully inspecting Buccolam (midazolam) oromucosal solution pre-filled plastic syringes before handing the medicine to a parent/carer. In a small number of cases, the translucent (white) tip-cap can sometimes remain attached to the syringe after the red cap has been...

Preparations underway for Stay Well Pharmacy campaign

NHS England is launching a new Stay Well campaign focused on encouraging parents with young children to use community pharmacies. The Stay Well Pharmacy campaign will run from February 12th to March 26th with tactics including: Television advertising; Social media activity; Posters and leaflets; and A media partnership with NetMums. The campaign will be targeting...

NHS England Primary Care Prescribing Guidance (January 2018)

In November 2017, NHS England published Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: Guidance for CCGs. This guidance is for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), to support them to fulfil their duties around appropriate use of prescribing budgets – supporting them in their decision-making, to address unwarranted variation and to provide clear national...

Flu vaccination supply update

Community pharmacy contractors and their teams may be aware of national media reports about flu vaccination shortages in pharmacies, which were published over the weekend. In particular, a Daily Telegraph report suggested that some pharmacies who it contacted did not have stock. PSNC has confirmed that flu vaccinations are still available within the pharmacy wholesaler...

Reminder: Have you completed your annual clinical audit?

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded of the requirement to complete a pharmacy-based clinical audit as part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework by 31st March 2018. The NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service has created a Community Pharmacy Oral Anticoagulant Safety Audit which has been added to PharmOutcomes and is available to all contractors who wish to...

Health & Care Review

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...

Flu cases continue to rise – how pharmacy teams can help

Community pharmacy teams will have seen recent media reports that widespread increases in flu cases and respiratory illness are putting considerable strain on healthcare services across the country such as GPs, hospitals and NHS 111. According to Public Health England (PHE), flu hospitalisations have increased by 50% in the last week. PHE has consequently launched...