Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates

Prescription submission reminder – Stickers on prescriptions

NHSBSA have raised concerns over the increasing number of prescriptions they are receiving with stickers attached to them. This causes particular issues where the stickers are obscuring the prescriber details on the bottom of prescription forms. Prescriber details must be visible for relevant costs to be attributed to the appropriate CCG. If the prescriber details...

Case study: Pharmacy domiciliary service helps integrate care for housebound patients

A research paper about a community pharmacist-led holistic domiciliary Medicines Use Review (MUR) service has been published in the Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy journal. The study, Can community pharmacy successfully bridge the gap in care for housebound patients? concludes that domiciliary visits by community pharmacists can highlight the diverse care needs of housebound...

Brexit: NHS England issues additional guidance for primary care contractors

NHS England has today (10th April) published a letter to support primary care contractors in preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. The letter is intended to be a companion to the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) Operational Readiness Guidance issued in December 2018. Written by EU Exit Strategic Commander Professor Keith...

Medicines safety model: NHS Improvement wants your views

As part of the NHS Long Term Plan’s commitment to a national patient safety strategy and the design of a national Medicines Safety Programme, NHS Improvement will be implementing a Medicines Safety Assurance Model that supports local systems in identifying best medicines safety practice across all care settings. NHS Improvement has launched a consultation to...

Class 4 MHRA Drug Alert – Chloramphenicol 0.5% W/V Antibiotic Eye Drops (Martindale Pharmaceuticals Limited)

Drug Alert No: El (19) A/09 Date Issued: 9th April 2019 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 4 drug alert for Chloramphenicol 0.5% W/V Antibiotic Eye Drops (Martindale Pharmaceuticals Limited) PL 00156/0109 Batch Numbers: 1810248 1901208 1811249 1901854 1812583 1902389 1811060 1901756 1901759 1812310 1901163 1902418 1811129 1901757 1812309 1902375...

Contractor Announcement: Negotiations on funding and CPCF commence

Negotiations on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) for 2019/20 and beyond have commenced. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has initiated the negotiation process with a set of proposals which have been agreed with NHS England. These have now been shared with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). The negotiations will take...

Changes to coding of NHS England locally authorised payments

NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) will be making some minor changes to the way payments for Enhanced services are described on the monthly contractor Schedule of Payments (FP34). A national menu of services has been defined, which will be applied to all services commissioned by NHS England, for which payments are...

Seema Kennedy MP becomes new Pharmacy Minister

Seema Kennedy, the MP for South Ribble in Lancashire, is the new minister with responsibility for pharmacy. Ms Kennedy was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health yesterday (April 4th) by Prime Minister Theresa May, with her ministerial brief including primary care, the public health system, and prevention and early intervention. She will...

Deadline approaches: Submitting MUR/NMS quarterly information

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded of the requirement to submit completed Medicines Use Review (MUR) and/or New Medicine Service (NMS) electronic reporting templates to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) within 10 working days from the last day of March 2019. Further information on the process to follow to submit MUR and/or NMS quarterly...

Brexit: Health Secretary provides update

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has written to frontline health professionals to provide an update on the Government’s Brexit preparations. Mr Hancock’s letter outlines the most recent information on key healthcare issues relating to the UK’s exit from the EU, including medicines supply and the effect on healthcare professionals from the...