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Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

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May 2013

Pharmacists asked to focus on medicines optimisation
02/05/2013 - Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals have today been asked to give their patients more help with their medicines to help improve health outcomes…

April 2013

Caldicott IG Review Published
30/04/2013 - Dame Fiona Caldicott has published her independent review of Information Governance within the NHS in England, "Information: To Share or Not to Share?".…

Quintiles audits for adjustment to quota allocations
29/04/2013 - PSNC has been concerned to hear reports from pharmacies that Quintiles have been requesting access to confidential prescriber and sensitive patient data…

EPS Release 2 Troubleshooting Guide
29/04/2013 - The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) - which has taken over the responsibilties previously undertaken by Connecting for Health (CfH) -…

Pharmacy must use NHS restructure to remove blocks to progress, PSNC CEO tells conference
24/04/2013 - The “revolutionary changes” being made to healthcare must be used to overcome some of the barriers to the development of community pharmacy…

Community Pharmacy Conference 2013 - Presentations
24/04/2013 - The following are presentations from the morning session of Community Pharmacy Conference held on Wednesday 24th April 2013 in London.Jeannette Howe, Head…

HLP evaluation adds to evidence for developed pharmacy role
22/04/2013 - Further evidence of the difference that community pharmacies can make in improving the health and wellbeing of local communities has been published today…

Health minister confirms government's vision for community pharmacy
18/04/2013 - Health minister Norman Lamb has confirmed that the government sees a central role for community pharmacy in providing integrated services for patients…

PSNC - the word from your committee members
12/04/2013 - This month Garry Myers, independent contractor, PSNC regional representative for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, and member of the PSNC Negotiating…

PSNC contractor briefing on the new NHS environment
12/04/2013 - PSNC has published a short briefing document for pharmacy contractors on the reformed NHS, alongside information and templates for LPCs to help them to…

Health Checks off to a great start in reformed NHS
12/04/2013 - Community pharmacy NHS health check services are going well and look set to go from strength to strength in the reformed NHS, LPCs and experts have reported.Health…

April CPN is Online
11/04/2013 - The April edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:PSNC summary of the new health and care systemNew PharmOutcomes…

Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) published for 2012
09/04/2013 - The Information Centre for Health and Social Care have published the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) for 2012.The PCA provides details of the number of…

NHS Hints & Tips Newsletter
08/04/2013 - Issue 11 of NHS Prescription Services "Hints & Tips" for dispensing contractors is now available. This edition includes articles on:Changes to…

Amdipharm and Mercury Pharma (AMCo) Announce Change in Distribution Arrangements
03/04/2013 - Amdipharm and Mercury Pharma (jointly known as Amdipharm Mercury Company [AMCo]) has announced that with effect from 1 April 2013, all AMCo products…

Prescription Charge Card
02/04/2013 - Pharmacies are reminded that an increase of 20 pence to the NHS prescription charge to £7.85 per prescription item came into effect on 1st April…

EPS: The Future of the 'Spine'
02/04/2013 - The NHS contract with BT to provide the Spine ends in April 2014. From September 2013, management of the central EPS system infrastructure will…

New improved PharmOutcomes launches
02/04/2013 - The new improved PharmOutcomes system (www.pharmoutcomes.org) which provides support for locally commissioned services and contractor assessment of compliance…

March 2013

NMS IT support available from 1st April
28/03/2013 - Health Information Exchange (HIE) and its IT partner for the original PharmOutcomes platform, Crimson, have today reached an agreement on a license which…

The NHS Commissioning Board becomes NHS England
28/03/2013 - NHS’s new national body has had a change of name to NHS England.The organisation, which has until now been known as the NHS Commissioning Board,…

Pharmacy-related changes effective April 2013
28/03/2013 - As a reminder to pharmacy contractors of the changes coming into effect on 1st April 2013, we have summarised them below and each is linked to its relevant…

PSNC emphasises community pharmacy's potential to MPs
27/03/2013 - PSNC emphasises community pharmacy’s potential to MPsPSNC has outlined to MPs how better use of community pharmacies by the NHS could ease pressures…

New Requirements for Pre-Acceptance Waste Audits
27/03/2013 - From 1st October 2010 some producers of healthcare related waste have been required to assess the composition of the waste they produce and inform their…

PSNC highlights role for pharmacy following out-of-hours care concerns
25/03/2013 - PSNC has today emphasised how better use of community pharmacies by the NHS could ease pressures across the health service.The comments followed a report…

Community Pharmacy Conference 2013
22/03/2013 - The Community Pharmacy Conference is at the London Marriot Grosvenor Square hotel on Wednesday 24th April. Registration and exhibition from 9.30am,…

End of Transitional Arrangements for Distance Selling Pharmacies
22/03/2013 - The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012, replaced by The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical…

PSNC - The word from your committee members
20/03/2013 - This month Bharat Patel, independent contractor, LPC co-chair and PSNC regional representative for the East region, talks about the work of the PSNC Negotiating…

Basic IT Skills Training: eLearning Available to Pharmacy Staff
20/03/2013 - The IT Skills Pathway was developed to provide an officially recognised route of IT skills learning and certification for the NHS workforce. It has…

NMS granted six month extension
19/03/2013 - The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has agreed to extend funding for the New Medicine Service (NMS) for six months, PSNC can today confirm.This means…

NMS and MUR: Maximising patient value from consultations
19/03/2013 - The analysis of NMS data from PharmOutcomes has demonstrated a positive impact on patient adherence, which of course is a key aim of the service. Improving…

Funding negotiations and changes from April 2013
19/03/2013 - PSNC has today issued an update on its ongoing funding negotiations and highlighted a number of changes being introduced from April that will be important…

PharmOutcomes set to help LPC build on public health service wins
12/03/2013 - Contractors in East Riding are to see all key locally commissioned services continued by the local authority and look set to be able to gather evidence…

March CPN is Online
12/03/2013 - The March edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:New NHS Pharmacy RegulationsMaximising Value from MURs and…

Reminder: IG deadline approaching
11/03/2013 - All NHS providers, including community pharmacies, need to provide information governance assurances to the NHS on an annual basis. This is done through…

EPS: Making your system work for you
07/03/2013 - In developing their systems, pharmacy system suppliers are required to participate in NHS Connecting for Health's 'Common Assurance Process' which…

Oral liquid methadone fee arrangements agreed
05/03/2013 - Endorsing guidance (click for downloadable document)PSNC commentsFAQsFollowing its review of contractor data on methadone fees and supply, PSNC has…

Skinoren 20% Cream - Supply Difficulties (Bayer)
04/03/2013 -  Bayer has advised that there are currently supply difficulties of Skinoren 20% Cream. The manufacturer will provide an update when stock is available.The…

PharmOutcomes supporting contractors
04/03/2013 - - new PharmOutcomes set to help LPC build on public health service wins Contractors in East Riding are to see all key locally commissioned services…

Changes to PharmOutcomes - action required by users
04/03/2013 - PSNC and Health Information Exchange (HIE) announced in November 2012 that they had reached agreement to work in partnership with Pinnacle Health LLP to…

Prescription Charge Rises to £7.85
01/03/2013 - The government has announced an increase of 20 pence to the NHS prescription charge to £7.85 per prescription item. This change will come into effect…

February 2013

PSNC highlights key changes for contractors in new pharmacy regulations
26/02/2013 - PSNC has today highlighted key changes that contractors and LPCs will need to be aware of within the newly laid National Health Service (Pharmaceutical…

Changes to opening hours on pharmacy NHS Choices profiles
25/02/2013 - Community pharmacy contractors have access to manage their NHS Choices profile (see guidance on the NHS choices page). One part of the profile which contractors…

IG 2012/13: Business Continuity Planning Exemption Agreed
22/02/2013 - All NHS providers, including community pharmacies, need to provide information governance assurances to the NHS on an annual basis. This is done through…

Reminder: NHS Choices profile access rights
22/02/2013 - Every pharmacy delivering NHS care in England has a profile presence (mini-website) on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk). Registration to edit a pharmacy…

Reminder - changes to PharmOutcomes
21/02/2013 - PSNC and Health Information Exchange (HIE) announced in November 2012 that they had reached agreement to work in partnership with Pinnacle Health LLP to…

EPS & the NHS Re-organisation
21/02/2013 - PCTs currently undertake a range of tasks that support pharmacies in accessing and using national NHS IT applications. On the 1st April 2013, responsibility…

PSNC - the word from your committee members
20/02/2013 - This month, Mark Burdon, independent contractor and PSNC regional representative for the North Eastern region, talks about his time on PSNC and some of…

NHSmail User? Transfer of LOA Responsibility to the NHS CB
20/02/2013 - From 1st April 2013, enabling access to NHSmail and administration of password re-sets will be the responsibility of the NHS Commissioning Board through…

Aston research gives insights into medicines adherence problems
18/02/2013 - As many as one quarter to a third of Birmingham patients with dyslipidaemia, type 2 diabetes or hypothyroidism may not be adherent to their long-term medication,…

February CPN is Online
12/02/2013 - The February edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Funding negotiationsChanges to PharmOutcomesNHS 111To download…

Francis report makes patients the priority for all healthcare professionals
08/02/2013 - This week the final report of the public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, chaired by Robert Francis QC, was published.The Francis…

NHS Hints & Tips Newsletter
06/02/2013 - Issue 10 of NHS Prescription Services "Hints & Tips" for dispensing contractors is now available. This issue contains articles on:Payment to take…

Change4Life Alcohol campaign
05/02/2013 - Change4Life is promoting healthy drinking behaviour and Don’t let drink sneak up on you is an ongoing campaign which is being promoted during…

January 2013

Funding negotiations update to contractors
31/01/2013 - PSNC has announced that it is unlikely to finalise funding negotiations in the immediate future as it continues its work to secure a multi-year funding…

PSNC contractor representatives comment on funding negotiations
31/01/2013 - PSNC committee members and subcommittee chairs comment on the announcement that PSNC is unlikely to finalise funding negotiations in the immediate…

South of England contractors take part in live funding webinar
30/01/2013 - Contractors across the south of England received a funding update and had a chance to put their questions to PSNC’s Head of Finance in a live webinar…

Service promotion posters now available
28/01/2013 - A new set of display posters designed to help promote key pharmacy services to the public can now be downloaded from the PSNC website.The posters were…

Bradford and Airedale pharmacies see EHC service extended
27/01/2013 - Pharmacies in Bradford and Airedale have seen their local NHS emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) service extended to include the option to dispense…

January CPN is Online
25/01/2013 - The January edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Quick Guide to Drug Tariff AppliancesPSNC Member InterviewCommunity…

Interested in acting as an RA?
22/01/2013 - Following a change to policy to permit non-NHS organisations to host Registration Authorities (RA) for the issue of smartcards, information…

Pharmacy Finance Scheme further details released
22/01/2013 - Information on the government’s Pharmacy Finance Scheme, which will enable pharmacy contractors to receive earlier payment for prescriptions dispensed,…

PSNC Chief Executive delivers UCL School of Pharmacy Lecture
18/01/2013 - PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe last night (January 17th) delivered the 2013 UCL School of Pharmacy Lecture, setting out a vision for the NHS in which…

Pharmacy Bodies Respond to NHS CB IG Toolkit Consultation
15/01/2013 - PSNC, Pharmacy Voice and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have jointly responded to an NHS Commissioning Board review of the NHS Information Governance…

Tredaptive 1000mg/20mg modified-release tablets - Availability suspended
14/01/2013 - MSD have announced the company is taking steps to suspend the availability of Tredaptive 1000mg/20mg modified-release tablets worldwide.MSD is recommending…

Yellow Card support now available
14/01/2013 - A crib sheet designed to help pharmacy staff reporting possible adverse reactions to medicines to the MHRA is now available to download.The guide can be…

PSNC - the word from your committee members
14/01/2013 - In the first of a new series designed to help you find out more about PSNC committee members, Raj Patel of Hollowood Chemiststalks about what it’s…

Branded Medicine Supply Problems Best Practice Guidance Launched
11/01/2013 - Update 3rd February 2011: Best practice guidance for ensuring the efficient supply and distribution of medicines to patients has, today, been jointly…

PSNC committee member recognised in New Year honours
03/01/2013 - PSNC committee member Raj Patel has been recognised in the New Year honours list for his services to pharmacy.Raj, who is an independent contractor and…

Are you Registered to Manage your NHS Choices Profile?
03/01/2013 - Every pharmacy delivering NHS care in England has a profile presence (mini-website) on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk). Registration to edit a pharmacy…

December 2012

Stop Smoking Campaign and Quit Kits 2013
31/12/2012 - The Department of Health has launched a new smoking health harm campaign to encourage smokers to quit in the New Year.The campaign aims to increase awareness…

BSA Accuracy Check Requests
21/12/2012 - Community pharmacy contractors are reminded to consider whether to request accuracy checks from NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) this year as…

Christmas Opening Hours: Manufacturers and Wholesalers
20/12/2012 - Find out when wholesalers and manufacturers are open over 2012 Christmas and early New Year 2013: Wholesaler Christmas Opening Hours 2012Wholesaler…

Endorsement Guidance with December FP34c Submission Document
20/12/2012 - PSNC has been working alongside NHS Prescription Services to produce a joint one page endorsing guide (please note there is information is on both…

The use of antivirals in seasonal flu - NICE guidance triggered
17/12/2012 - A letter has been sent today from the CMO/CPHO informing GPs and community pharmacies that antiviral medicines may now be prescribed for the prophylaxis…

NMS goes international?
16/12/2012 - Last week PSNC hosted a visit from three pharmacists from the Norwegian pharmacy organisation Apokus. This recently formed organisation supports the development…

Mapping the new NHS
14/12/2012 - As the NHS moves to its new structure in April 2013, one of the ways this will impact on community pharmacy relates to how local services are commissioned.…

Improved sign-up arrangements for NHS Choices
10/12/2012 - NHS Choices has introduced a new, central sign-up system to give pharmacy contractors easier access to their editable online profiles on NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk).During…

December's CPN is online
10/12/2012 - The December edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month’s CPN features:LPC Conference 2012CIP Error PackageNMS Evaluation…

PharmOutcomes data proves NMS success
05/12/2012 - Evidence taken from the PharmOutcomes platform has proven the impact the New Medicine Service (NMS) is having on medicines adherence and in doing so provided…

LPC notches up key service win following innovative ‘Think Pharmacy’ event
04/12/2012 - Community pharmacy contractors in Manchester have been commissioned by a local clinical commissioning group (CCG) to deliver NHS flu vaccinations to at…

QicScript receives EPS R2 roll-out approval
02/12/2012 - QicScript (Helix Health) has been granted EPS Release 2 roll-out approval. QicScript joins six other pharmacy systems with this status, AAH Proscript…

November 2012

PSNC chief executive delivers annual report to LPCs
30/11/2012 - PSNC chief executive Sue Sharpe has delivered a report to LPCs giving an update on the committee’s work on key topics such as pharmacy funding and…

New improved PharmOutcomes to be launched
28/11/2012 - PSNC and Health Information Exchange (HIE) are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement to work in partnership with Pinnacle Health LLP to…

Deadline approaching for 2011/12 top up payments
23/11/2012 - The deadline to claim a top up payment for Practice Payments or Establishment Payments for the 2011/2012 financial year is approaching. All claims must…

Paracetamol 500mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free
20/11/2012 - Following Rosemont Pharmaceuticals’ recent launch of a licensed preparation of Paracetamol 500mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free, the Department of…

IG Toolkit Content & Requirements Review
19/11/2012 - The NHS Commissioning Board is reviewing the IG Toolkit. Objectives include:To establish whether the IGT remains fit for purpose in the new landscapeTo…

IG Toolkit: Request for User Feedback
12/11/2012 - The Department of Health's IG Delivery Team has recently started work on the development of the Version 11 release of the Information Governance Toolkit…

21 PCTs to be added to the EPS Authorisation Directions
12/11/2012 - The Department of Health has confirmed that the following 21 PCTs will be listed in the EPS Authorisation Directions as those able to authorise their primary…

November CPN is Online
12/11/2012 - The November edition of PSNC Community Pharmacy News is now available. This month CPN features:Commissioning in the reformed NHS - PSNC…