Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


Flu vac: confirmation of training requirements for 2021/22

Community pharmacy contractors are required to demonstrate that all pharmacists providing the flu vaccination service in their pharmacy have the skills needed to do so. NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), working with Public Health England, has confirmed to PSNC that the normal training requirements for pharmacists providing the service are being reinstated for the...

Medicine Supply Notification: Fluoxetine (Olena) 20mg dispersible sugar free tablets

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a Medicine Supply Notification (MSN) for Fluoxetine (Olena) 20mg dispersible sugar free tablets MSN/2021/029 Tier 2 – medium impact Date of issue: 14/06/2021 Fluoxetine 20mg dispersible sugar free tablets are out of stock until the end of June 2021 Fluoxetine 20mg capsules and fluoxetine 20mg/5ml oral...

Medicine Supply Notification: Dalacin® (clindamycin) 2% vaginal cream

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a Medicine Supply Notification (MSN) for Dalacin® (clindamycin) 2% vaginal cream MSN/2021/030 Tier 2 – medium impact Date of issue: 14/06/2021  Dalacin® (clindamycin) 2% vaginal cream is out of stock until w/c 6th September 2021.  Alternative topical preparations are available The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide...

Medicine Supply Notification: Diamorphine hydrochloride powder for reconstitution and injection 5mg and 10mg ampoules – Update

Update: (14/06/2021)  5mg out of stock until late June 2021 10mg out of stock until early July 2021 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a Medicine Supply Notification (MSN) for Diamorphine hydrochloride powder for reconstitution and injection 5mg and 10mg ampoules MSN/2021/021 Tier 2 – medium impact Date of issue: 09/04/2021 There...

Contractor Notice: Expiry of SSP012 for Estradot® 75 microgram patches

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that sufficient stock of Estradot® 75 microgram patches is now available to meet normal demand. As a result the Serious Shortage Protocol, SSP012 for Estradot® 75 microgram patches expires at 23.59pm on Friday 11 June 2021. After this date, any prescriptions for Estradot® 75 microgram patches must be...

Pharmacy teams: opportunity to join the PPE portal engagement panel

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is continuing its work to get feedback from the users of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) provided via the Government’s PPE portal. DHSC has already established a Pharmacy PPE engagement panel to gather feedback from pharmacy contractors and their teams on the quality and quantity of PPE...

Reminder: Deadline approaching for completion of the PQS Part 2 2020/21 work

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded that the deadline for completing the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) Part 2 2020/21 work is 30th June 2021. NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) and the Department of Health and Social Care agreed to PSNC’s request for more flexible timings for completion of the PQS work in December last year. This means...

PSNC and MPs continue to highlight the value of pharmacy

PSNC is continuing its work to demonstrate the value of pharmacy to MPs. Recently there has been further recognition from MPs for all the work community pharmacies are doing to support patients and the wider NHS, as well as the pressures facing the pharmacy workforce.  Minister confirms over five million COVID-19 vaccinations administered by pharmacy...

Presentation of workplan to improve pharmacy representation

Community pharmacy contractors are strongly encouraged to attend an upcoming event to hear about ongoing work to improve the services provided by PSNC and the LPCs. Following on from an independent review looking at the roles of PSNC and LPCs last year, the Pharmacy Representation Review Steering Group (RSG) has appointed programme management advisors (The...

Pharmacy Superintendent recognised by PM for efforts during pandemic

Community pharmacist Pete Horrocks recently attended a special reception to thank NHS workers for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic at No 10 Downing Street. Mr Horrocks, the Superintendent Pharmacist at Knights Pharmacy, was one of a select few NHS workers invited to attend the reception and meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He was chosen...