Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates

MHRA company-led drug alert – Unlicensed Medicine Phenytoin 90mg/5ml Oral Suspension (Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd)

CLDA number: CLDA (18)A/02 Date issued: 16th May 2018 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a company-led drug recall for certain batches of: Unlicensed Medicine Phenytoin 90mg/5ml Oral Suspension (Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd) Batch numbers: 6KL0035 (expires October 2018); 7CL0043 (expires April 2019); 7KL0045 (expires October 2019); and 8BL0033 (expires January 2020)....

Professionalism and professional judgement for pharmacy technicians e-learning launched

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has published a new e-learning programme aimed at pharmacy technicians. The programme explores what professionalism is, and is linked to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)’s Standards for pharmacy professionals. It aims to support pharmacy technicians to further their understanding of professionalism, apply professional judgement in different situations and develop...

Getting to Grips with GDPR – 7. Consent

This article has been written by Gordon Hockey, PSNC Director of Operations and Support, and is part of 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 accompany...

Getting to grips with GDPR – 6. Review and check with your processors

This article has been written by Gordon Hockey, PSNC Director of Operations and Support, and is part of 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 accompany...

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...

PSNC training on local service development

Preparing Bids and Business Cases Local commissioning is changing and with change comes new opportunities for community pharmacy services. Event details When is it? Sessions will be held on Wednesday 6th June (in London) and Tuesday 12th June (in Manchester), both from 10am to 4pm. How do I register? Please click here for further information and to...

Quality Payments: Action required if you don’t have a premises shared NHSmail account

The requirements for this criterion have changed since the review points in 2017. To meet the Quality Payments Scheme gateway criterion, on 29th June 2018, contractors must be able to demonstrate that pharmacy staff are able to send and receive NHSmail from their shared premises NHSmail account. An application for an NHSmail account will not...

GDPR Action Needed: Appointing a Data Protection Officer

PSNC is now advising community pharmacy contractors to start making plans to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO), because it is likely that the UK Data Protection Act 2018 will require this. Yesterday (9th May) the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James MP, told the House of Commons that as primary care...

End of antiviral medicine prescribing for 2017/18 influenza season

In light of surveillance data indicating that circulation of influenza in the community has returned to baseline levels, the Department of Health and Social Care has published an alert to inform prescribers working in primary care and pharmacy teams that antiviral medicines should no longer be prescribed. Community pharmacists should no longer supply antiviral medicines...

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...