Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates

Health Secretary announces review into overprescribing

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced a review into over-prescribing in the NHS, which will be led by Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Dr Keith Ridge. The review will form an important part of the Department of Health and Social Care’s prevention strategy and will look at patients who take multiple medicines, to ensure...

Quality Payments: Risk review resources

PSNC and the Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group have produced the following resources to assist community pharmacy contractors with meeting the risk review part* of the risk management quality criterion: a template risk review; and a completed example of a risk review. Both of these resources can be found at: psnc.org.uk/riskmanagement The risk review part...

Action for contractors: please report your flu vac stocks levels on Wednesday

PSNC is asking pharmacy contractors to provide information on their flu vaccination stock levels at close of business on Wednesday 12th December. This can be done by counting stock and then completing a short survey by Friday 14th December, and it will help NHS England and local partners to ensure that as many vaccines as...

Public Health Essential Service campaign topics set for 2019/20

As part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework, each year pharmacies are required participate in up to six campaigns at the request of NHS England. Previously, these campaigns were determined at a local level by NHS England teams, however PSNC recently agreed with NHS England to set these campaigns at a national level so that...

EPS Phase 4 piloting

NHS Digital continues to pilot EPS Phase 4. All pharmacy staff need to be aware that they could receive a paper EPS Phase 4 token from a patient to process. Initially, around eight GP practices this year will be able to use EPS for patients without an EPS nomination: patients will be given a paper...

Quality Payments: New declaration process

Following the publication of NHS England’s guidance for the Quality Payments Scheme February 2019 review point, NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) will today distribute via email* further information on how contractors can claim for a quality payment when the declaration window opens on Monday 4th February 2019. Contractors will be able to claim for...

Quality Payments: Gateway criteria report now available on the NHS BSA website

Community pharmacy contractors are now able to view the first weekly gateway criteria report on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website, which details contractors who have been assessed, using national datasets, as meeting four of the five gateway criteria (Advanced Services, NHS website, Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) and NHSmail). This weekly report,...

Brexit: Health Secretary letter to healthcare professionals

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has today (December 7th) written a series of letters, including one to healthcare professionals, to give an update on the Government’s planning for a no-deal Brexit. In his letter to frontline healthcare providers Mr Hancock once again stressed that healthcare providers should not stockpile medicines. He said they should advise their...

Brexit Contingency Planning: Update for Community Pharmacies

“I want pharmacists to be able to do more in our health system” Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care BBC Radio 4, The Today Programme, 7th December 2018 Community pharmacy teams may have seen national media coverage today (December 7th) about the ongoing contingency planning that is taking place in preparation...

PSNC Job Opportunity: Office Administrator

PSNC (the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee) represents England’s community (high-street) pharmacies, and is looking to recruit an Office Administrator to provide support to the Office Manager and also general support to the rest of the team. The Office Administrator will be expected to provide general office support – such as maintaining office supplies and contractors...