Weekly update for week commencing 7th October

Weekly update for week commencing 7th October

October 10, 2019

CPCF and PQS Event 6th November 

Simon Dukes (Chief Executive Officer) and Alastair Buxton (Head of NHS Services) from PSNC are coming to Sunderland on the evening of 6th November to meet contractors and community pharmacy staff from Sunderland at the National Glass Centre. This is a great opportunity for local contractors to speak to key staff from PSNC. Registration is now open at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sunderland-lpc-information-event-cpcf-and-pqs-tickets-74413736489. Places are limited – so please register asap!

CPPE NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service – Clinical assessment-essential skills workshop

CPPE is offering a full-day workshop to support pharmacists who intend to offer the CPCS. The CPCS forms part of the new community pharmacy contractual framework in England. This workshop has been produced to meet the national curriculum for the service outlined by NHS England, NHS Improvement and HEE, so learners can be confident that they will cover all relevant competencies. For further details, and to register for a place, please see Pharmoutcomes or www.cppe.ac.uk

NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) launch – 29th October 2019

The service, which will replace the NUMSAS and DMIRS pilots, will connect patients who have a minor illness or need an urgent supply of a medicine with a community pharmacy. The CPCS will take referrals to community pharmacy from NHS 111 initially, with a rise in scale with referrals from other parts of the NHS to follow, relieving pressure on the wider NHS by connecting patients with community pharmacy, which should be their first port of call.

Pharmacy contractors can continue to register to provide the service via the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) portal. This includes claiming the Transition payment supplement, which will be £900 for those who register by 1st December 2019. Pharmacy contractors that have not previously registered for access to MYS should follow PSNC’s guidance on registering. Before registering to provide the CPCS, pharmacy contractors should read the service specification to ensure they will be able to meet all the service requirements from 29th October 2019.

Fax Machine Usage

There is a push within the Department of Health to stop the use of fax machines within the NHS by the end of 2019/20. We are trying to gauge the levels of current fax use within community pharmacies in Sunderland to ensure the sector is prepared for this change. Please email secretary@sunderlandlpc.net if you still use your fax machine with colleagues in  primary care and secondary care – and what you regard as the challenges when stopping this fax usage. This information will help with any future discussions with colleagues in other sectors.


PQS: Be aware that you can now view the gateway dataset report

Community pharmacy contractors can now view the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) weekly dataset report to check if they meet three out of the four gateway criteria of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS). The NHSBSA weekly dataset report, uses information from national datasets to assess whether contractors have met the following three gateway criteria: Advanced Services; NHSmail; and NHS website.

The website dataset report will also show whether contractors have edited or verified all three of the required sections of their NHS website profile (opening hours, services and facilities). Therefore, the report can act as a double check that this task has been completely correctly and if not, provides contractors with the opportunity to go back into their NHS website profile and update as necessary to meet the gateway criterion. The weekly dataset report will be published every Friday from today (4th October 2019) to 2nd March 2020 with a two-week gap between 27th December 2019 and 3rd January 2020.

PQS: Consider if you could be a Pharmacy PCN Lead – PSNC has published two Briefings to support community pharmacy contractors and LPCs on working together to enable contractors to meet the Primary Care Networks (PCN) domain of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS).

Further information on the PCN domain of the PQS can be found at: psnc.org.uk/pqspcn and on PCNs in general at: psnc.org.uk/pcn

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