Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates

CPPE Corner: A person-centred approach to clinical medical reviews e-course

The latest e-course from the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) focuses on taking a person-centred approach to clinical medication reviews.  We spoke to Michelle Styles, CPPE’s Regional Manager for London, to find out more. Booking is now open for CPPE’s latest e-course, beginning on Monday 23rd April 2018. Clinical medication review: a person-centred approach...

Trimovate cream supply issue

PSNC has become aware that the licensed Trimovate Cream manufactured by Ennogen Healthcare Ltd is currently unavailable. To meet patient need, Ennogen has launched Trimovate Cream as an imported medicine available via Alliance Healthcare Distribution. To enable prescribers to issue EPS or paper prescriptions for the unlicensed Trimovate cream, a new listing has been created...

NHS mandate 2018/19 (April 2018)

Every year, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) issues a mandate to NHS England, to set out the Government’s objectives and requirements for NHS England to deliver, as well as its budget. It helps to set the direction for the NHS and to ensure the NHS is accountable to Parliament and the public....

Dispensing errors legislation comes into force

Legal defences will be available for inadvertent errors made by community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from today (16th April 2018). The Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors – Registered Pharmacies) Order 2018 makes provision for a defence to prosecution under section 63 and section 64 of the Medicines Act 1968 in cases where medicines are prepared or dispensed...

GDPR webinar now on-demand

More than 600 people tuned in to PSNC’s recent webinars on complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and community pharmacy contractors can now access an online recording. During each webinar PSNC Director of Operations and Support, Gordon Hockey, explained what the GDPR means for the average pharmacy business, outlined the steps contractors will need to take to comply, and highlighted the templates that PSNC has...

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...

NUMSAS: Updated toolkit for pharmacy staff published

NHS England has published an updated and shorter version of the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) toolkit, to reflect the extension of the service until the end of September 2018. In March 2018, NHS England also published an updated service specification and the Department of Health and Social Care issued accompanying Secretary of...

Building a business case for a Minor Ailment Service (April 2018)

As part of PSNC’s work to support LPCs to get local services commissioned and to ensure services are costed correctly, PSNC is developing template toolkits for a range of locally commissioned services, the first of which is for Minor Ailment Services. The toolkit contains a number of resources to assist with the commissioning of a service,...

Getting to grips with GDPR – 1. Where do I start?

This article has been written by Gordon Hockey, PSNC Director of Operations and Support, and is the first in a series of articles for contractors about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the associated (currently draft) UK Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018), which both come into force on 25th May 2018. The articles...

Quality Payments: SCR calculator now available for the June 2018 review point

NHS Digital has updated the Summary Care Record (SCR) calculator webpage, for the June 2018 review point of the Quality Payments Scheme. This includes a new, more user-friendly format calculator. Further information on using the calculator can be found on the NHS Digital website. The calculator is designed to assist contractors in monitoring their SCR usage to...