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Upcoming clinical governance deadlines – actions to be completed by 31 March 2019

10 January 2019 - 2:36pm

PSNC’s Regulations and Support Team is often asked questions about key actions and submission deadlines for the clinical governance aspects of the terms of service. This briefing is a quick reference guide identifying the actions to be completed by 31 March 2019 (Section A). The briefing also includes details of ongoing clinical governance requirements (Section B).

PSNC Briefing 004/19: Upcoming clinical governance deadlines – actions to be completed by 31 March 2019

If you have any queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more information, please contact William Goh, Regulations Officer.

To browse other PSNC briefings on Contract and IT, click here.

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Dispensing & Supply monthly update (December 2018)

10 January 2019 - 2:07pm

This briefing is part of a series issued regularly by PSNC to inform pharmacy contractors and pharmacy teams on monthly Drug Tariff changes, commonly asked questions and articles regarding dispensing and supply.

This briefing can also be found in the Dispensing & Supply section of December’s CPN.

PSNC Briefing 003/19: Dispensing & Supply monthly update (December 2018)

If you have any queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more information, please contact the Dispensing & Supply Team.

To browse other PSNC briefings on dispensing and supply click here.

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Flu vaccinations for people with learning disabilities

10 January 2019 - 10:27am

The PSNC Services Team has received a number of queries in relation to identifying people with learning disabilities and their eligibility for an NHS flu vaccination. People with learning disabilities are eligible to receive a flu vaccination under the Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service, as learning disabilities are categorised as a neurological condition.

A person with learning disabilities will have:

  • a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information and to learn new skills (impaired intelligence);
  • a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning);
  • which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development.

This does not include conditions like dyslexia, which cause a specific difficulty with one type of skill but not a wider intellectual impairment.

There are about a million people with learning disabilities in England. Despite being an eligible group since 2015, there has not been an appreciable rise in the number of people with learning disabilities receiving NHS flu vaccinations.

People with learning disabilities are less likely to get flu if the people around them are also vaccinated; carers and care workers are eligible to receive a free flu vaccination under the NHS Flu Vaccination Service.

Suggested actions to improve uptake

  • Ensure you continue to talk to people in general about getting a flu jab so people with learning disabilities are aware that they can get an NHS flu vaccination from the pharmacy.
  • Let carers of people with a learning disability know that they are also entitled to an NHS flu vaccination to protect the person they are caring for.
  • Ensure the eligibility criteria you have displayed (on your website or in store) for the NHS Flu Vaccination Service or any patient materials include learning disabilities as an eligible group.
  • Consider the information you display in your pharmacy to promote the NHS Flu Vaccination Service to this eligible group of patients – can it be easily read and understood by all your patients?
  • Consider undertaking some learning to enhance your understanding around people with learning disabilities; the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has a distance learning course – please see below.
  • If a person has a learning disability, annotate their PMR to indicate their eligibility for an NHS flu vaccine so you can talk to them about being vaccinated again when the service commences again in September.

Related resources

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CPPE publishes winter edition of CSfPP newsletter

9 January 2019 - 12:23pm

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has published the winter edition of the Consultation Skills for Pharmacy Practice (CSfPP) newsletter.

In the ‘What’s new?’ section of the newsletter it is highlighted that the CSfPP e-assessment has been updated to allow learners who have previously passed to re-attempt the assessment. This will give them the opportunity to re-visit and reflect on their skills and behaviours.

In the coming months, CPPE is looking to expand the consultation skills portfolio with updated resources including videos of group discussions between healthcare professionals and patients on person-centred approaches. Additionally, CPPE is also developing learning resources relating to telephone consultations to ensure a patient-centred approach is maintained when not consulting face-to-face.

Pharmacy professionals are reminded that when completing a Declaration of Competence (DoC) for a specific service, such as completion of the Vaccinations DoC to enable pharmacists to provide the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service, they are declaring that they are actively working towards the CSfPP standards. It is expected that they will have accessed the CSfPP standards and associated learning to meet this requirement and that the e-assessment is completed within 12 months of signing the service’s DoC statement.

The newsletter is published every quarter; to subscribe, visit the CSfPP website.

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Deadline approaches: Submitting MUR/NMS quarterly information

9 January 2019 - 9:05am

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 December 2018.

Further information on the process to follow to submit MUR and/or NMS quarterly information can be found on the NHS BSA website.

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A summary of the NHS Long Term Plan (January 2019)

8 January 2019 - 12:09pm

On 7th January 2019, NHS England published the NHS Long Term Plan, setting out its priorities for healthcare over the next ten years and showing how the NHS funding settlement will be used.

This PSNC Briefing summarises the aspects of the Plan which are most relevant to LPCs and community pharmacy.

PSNC Briefing 002/19: A summary of the NHS Long Term Plan

If you have queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more information, please contact the PSNC Services Team.

To browse other PSNC briefings on the healthcare landscape click here.

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Quality Payments: NHSmail gateway criterion

8 January 2019 - 9:35am

A new PSNC Briefing, 001/19: Quality Payments – meeting the NHSmail gateway criterion, has been published to provide community pharmacy contractors with information and a checklist to assist them with meeting the NHSmail gateway criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme.

Contractors should be aware that the NHSmail gateway criterion for the February 2019 review point has changed from previous review points. To meet the gateway criterion, pharmacy staff at a pharmacy must now be able to send and receive NHSmail from their shared premises NHSmail mailbox, which must have at least two active linked accounts, on the day of the review (15th February 2019).

An active linked NHSmail account is one that has been accessed within the last three months and is enabled to allow the user access to the shared NHSmail account.

The latest NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) gateway criteria report (updated Friday 4th January 2019) shows that 3,197* contractors have not been validated as meeting the NHSmail gateway criterion. The PSNC Services Team would therefore encourage contractors to use the checklist contained in the above Briefing to ensure that their pharmacy meets or continues to meet the NHSmail gateway criterion.

Contractors are also reminded that the NHS BSA gateway criteria report can change on a weekly basis, for example, a contractor could show as meeting the NHSmail gateway criterion if their shared premises NHSmail account has two active linked NHSmail accounts. However, if one of these accounts becomes inactive before the review point, the report could change to show that the contractor no longer meets the NHSmail gateway criterion. Following the checklist in the above Briefing should prevent an NHSmail account (both the shared premises and linked NHSmail accounts) from becoming inactive and therefore ensure the pharmacy remains on the NHS BSA report as having been validated as meeting the NHSmail gateway criterion.

* If a pharmacy has a legacy shared NHSmail account (see pages 19-20 of the NHS England Quality Payments Guidance for the February 2019 Review Point), it will not be included in the NHS Digital validation dataset as being recognised in the NHS BSA gateway criteria report as a shared NHSmail account. Further action will also be required by contractors after they have made their Quality Payments Scheme declaration if they have a legacy shared NHSmail account – please see point 8 in the above PSNC Briefing.

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Quality Payments – meeting the NHSmail gateway criterion (January 2019)

8 January 2019 - 9:26am

This PSNC Briefing provides community pharmacy contractors with information and a checklist to assist them with meeting the NHSmail gateway criterion of the February 2019 Quality Payments Scheme. Information and resources on NHSmail are also available at: psnc.org.uk/nhsmail

PSNC Briefing 001/19: Quality Payments – meeting the NHSmail gateway criterion

If you have any queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more information, please contact PSNC Services Team.

To browse other PSNC briefings on services and commissioning click here.

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Pregabalin and gabapentin to be controlled drugs

7 January 2019 - 5:00pm

From 1st April 2019, amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 and the Safe Custody Regulations 1973 come into force which mean that pregabalin and gabapentin will be classified as Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs (CDs).

This follows Government consultation and recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for additional safeguards to be put in place because of concerns around the misuse of these drugs.

Community pharmacy teams should note that pregabalin and gabapentin will be included in the list of “exempted drugs” in the safe custody regulations which means that they will not be required to keep these drugs in the CDs cabinet. This follows representations from PSNC and others that the usual storage arrangements for Schedule 3 CDs would not be practical for pharmacies to comply with considering the significant number of prescriptions for these drugs (see PSNC’s response to the Home Office consultation on proposals to classify pregabalin and gabapentin as CDs for full details).

However, pregabalin and gabapentin will be subject to the prescription writing requirements for Schedule 3 CDs.

For more information, please visit the government’s website and the UK legislation website.

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NHS Long Term Plan Published

7 January 2019 - 4:04pm

NHS England has today published the NHS Long Term Plan, setting out its priorities for healthcare over the next ten years and showing how the NHS funding settlement will be used.

The plan was unveiled by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and Prime Minister Theresa May, who said it was about “reshaping the NHS around the needs of patients”.

For community pharmacy, the plan states:

  • NHS England will work with Government to make greater use of community pharmacists’ skills and opportunities to engage patients;
  • NHS England and the Government will explore further efficiencies through reform of reimbursement and wider supply arrangements;
  • NHS England will work with community pharmacists and others to provide opportunities for the public to check their health, through tests for high blood pressure and other high-risk conditions; and
  • From 2019, NHS 111 will start direct booking into GP practices across the country, as well as referring on to community pharmacies who can support urgent care and promote patient self-care and self-management.

NHS England also makes several mentions of pharmacists, in particular noting the role that they will play in local Primary Care Networks. Pharmacists may be involved in helping to identify and treat people with high-risk conditions, undertaking a range of medicine reviews, including educating patients on the correct use of inhalers, and offering medicine reviews to care home residents.

The report states that:

  • Funding for primary care networks will be used to substantially expand the number of clinical pharmacists, who are now a key part of the general practice team; and
  • Pharmacists will routinely work in general practice helping to relieve pressure on GPs and supporting care homes.

NHS England has also pledged to offer Primary Care Networks a new ‘shared savings’ scheme so they can benefit from actions taken such as to reduce avoidable A&E attendances and delayed discharge and to reduce over-medication through pharmacist review.

PSNC has published the following briefing which summarises the aspects of the Plan which are most relevant to LPCs and community pharmacy:

PSNC Briefing 002/19: A summary of the NHS Long Term Plan (January 2019)

Long Term Plan Priorities

A key theme of the plan is prevention, as NHS England says it believes 500,000 lives could be saved over the next ten years by focusing on prevention and early detection. The NHS will focus on its aim to make the population ‘fit for the future’ by:

  • Enabling everyone to get the best start in life;
  • Helping communities to live well; and
  • Helping people to age well.

The plan also includes measures to:

  • Improve out-of-hospital care by supporting primary medical and community health services;
  • Provide better care for major health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions and diabetes;
  • Support those admitted to hospital with smoking/alcohol addiction;
  • Support older people through more personalised care and stronger community and primary care services; and
  • Make digital health services a mainstream part of the NHS, so that in five years time, patients in England will be able to access online GP consultations.

NHS England has also promised to recruit tens of thousands more doctors, nurses and other health professionals, although its full workforce plan is not expected until later this year.

Next Steps

The Long Term Plan describes 2019/20 as a transitional year, in which the local NHS and its partners will have a chance to shape local implementation of the plan. Local plans will be brought together in a detailed national implementation programme by the autumn.

The NHS and partners will also be moving to create Integrated Care Systems everywhere by April 2021, bringing together local organisations to deliver the ‘triple integration’ of primary and specialist care, physical and mental health services, and health and social care.

PSNC Response

Simon Dukes, PSNC Chief Executive, said:

“It is good to see more of what the NHS, community pharmacy’s key customer, wants to achieve in the long-term and how it plans to get there. The crucial thing for pharmacy now is to work out how it fits into this, and our next step will be to work with the NHS and HM Government to explore what community pharmacy’s contribution to the plan will be. We are ready to begin those conversations, and with the NHS now clear on its own ten-year plan, we want to begin negotiations on a similar long-term plan for community pharmacy, setting out how pharmacies can do more, working closely with primary care colleagues, for the benefit of the NHS and patients.

We are pleased that NHS England is committed to making greater use of community pharmacists’ skills and look forward to working with them to ensure that this happens. In our contributions to the NHS plan we and the other pharmacy organisations set out a range of ideas for how pharmacies could be used to help deliver on the key ambitions of the NHS – including case-finding and medication reviews – and we will continue to work together to make the case for those and to explore how they can be implemented.

Community pharmacies ensure that millions of patients safely receive the medicines they need, when they need them. But we know that for community pharmacy to make a real contribution to this plan we will need to see transformative change in the sector, shifting our funding from a focus on the dispensing of medicines to patient care, and freeing up pharmacists’ time to offer more clinical services to patients. PSNC has been pressing for reform of community pharmacy’s reimbursement arrangements for a number of years so we are keen to begin discussions on this. Our ambition is to work with HM Government on a multi-year settlement for community pharmacy, setting out what pharmacies are working to achieve and what money will be available for doing so, and helping the sector to move towards a future in which pharmacies are fairly rewarded for providing a range of clinical services that benefit patients and the NHS.

As well as this national work, there will be much to do at a local level to ensure that community pharmacy is involved in the development of Primary Care Networks and Integrated Care Systems. We will continue to work closely with LPCs to ensure that they have the skills and the tools that they need to lead that difficult local engagement and leadership work.”

 

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Ask PSNC: Quality Payments FAQs

7 January 2019 - 9:38am

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the Quality Payments Scheme. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks.

Q. I did not meet the gateway criteria for the June 2018 review point. Am I still eligible to take part in the Quality Payments Scheme if I meet the gateway criteria by the February 2019 review point?
Yes. If you meet the gateway criteria for the February 2019 review point, then you are eligible to take part in the Quality Payments Scheme and claim for the quality criteria achieved.

Q. Can I use evidence from previous declarations?
Contractors should not rely on evidence from previous declarations because the timescales have changed for the criteria and there are a couple of additional requirements that contractors must meet. There may be some evidence that is sufficient, such as the Healthy Living Pharmacy certificate issued by the Royal Society for Public Health, however contractors must ensure that they meet the criteria with the appropriate evidence on 15th February 2019. Evidence from previous declarations that does not meet the new timescales and criteria on 15th February 2019 will not be sufficient to meet the criteria.

Q. I published my 2017/18 Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) results on my NHS website profile for the June 2018 review point. I am not planning to carry out my 2018/19 CPPQ until March 2019. Do I need to do anything to meet the CPPQ gateway criterion?
The CPPQ gateway criterion requires contractors to display their ‘last completed’ CPPQ results on their NHS website profile. Therefore, in this example, the 2017/18 CPPQ results would be the latest CPPQ results which are therefore the correct results to be displayed. It would, however, be advisable to review the NHS website CPPQ guidance to ensure the results have been uploaded correctly and follow the naming convention as stated in the guidance.

Q. Does the risk review need to be completed by the pharmacy team or can our head office team complete it?
The report needs to be completed by the pharmacy team at the pharmacy premises for a risk in that pharmacy; however, different strategies can be used to manage risk and the Superintendent Pharmacist may be involved in determining any organisational-level risk minimisation strategies.

Q. For the non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs audit, will both of the web-based submissions systems calculate my audit results?
Yes. Both of the web-based systems will calculate a contractor’s results. If PharmOutcomes is used, contractors will be able to access the results in the ‘Reports’ section and can print this off as evidence of meeting the NSAID quality criterion. If the NHS BSA Snap Survey is used and the contractor enters an email address when submitting their results, the contractor will be emailed the results of their audit; this email should be retained as evidence of having met the NSAID quality criterion.

Contractors will, however, need to record how they have incorporated the learning of the audit into future practice elsewhere, as this information cannot be recorded on either of the web-based platforms.

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Quality Payments: Updated gateway criteria report now available on NHS BSA website

4 January 2019 - 1:24pm

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) has today updated its weekly gateway criteria report, allowing community pharmacy contractors to check whether they have been assessed as meeting four of the five gateway criteria (Advanced Services, NHS website, Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) and NHSmail) of the Quality Payments Scheme.

Contractors are therefore encouraged to check this report to see if the national datasets show they have met the four gateway criteria as detailed above and if not, take corrective action as soon as possible to ensure they meet the criteria by the review point (15th February 2019).

Contractors should also be aware that this report can change on a weekly basis, for example, a contractor could show as meeting the NHSmail gateway criterion if their shared premises NHSmail account has two active linked NHSmail accounts. However, if one of these accounts becomes inactive before the review point, the report could change to show that the contractor no longer meets the NHSmail gateway criterion. Contractors are therefore encouraged to review the report regularly to ensure that their pharmacy continues to meet the four gateway criteria.

Further information on the gateway criteria report and how contractors will be notified if they meet the fifth gateway criterion (Warranted Environment Specification (WES)) can be found in PSNC’s original news story on the gateway criteria report.

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Book now for our Prescription charge exemptions and switching webinar

3 January 2019 - 2:44pm

PSNC and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) will be holding a ‘Prescription charge exemptions and switching’ webinar on Tuesday 22nd January at 7.30pm.

Webinar Details When is it?
Tuesday 22nd January at 7.30pm.

Who should attend
Anyone involved in dispensing a prescription.

How do I register?
Please click here to sign up.

Does this count towards CPD?
Yes – for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Are you interested in learning about:

  • How to determine a patient’s eligibility for exemption from the NHS prescription charge?
  • How to ensure that the backs of prescription forms and EPS tokens are completed correctly?
  • Tips on how to avoid prescriptions being switched from exempt to chargeable (and vice versa)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, sign up to our webinar where Suraj Shah and Mitesh Bhudia, from PSNC’s Dispensing and Supply Team, and Alison O’Brien, from the NHS BSA, will provide the answers. During the 60-minute webinar, there will also be an opportunity for viewers to ask their own questions.

On the night the presenters will outline the different exemptions from the prescription charge, including the evidence needed to prove eligibility, and how the declaration process varies between paper and electronic prescriptions.

This will be followed by details of why prescriptions are switched and how this affects pharmacy payments, as well as providing top tips on how to make sure switching isn’t a problem in your pharmacy.

Book your place now

You may wish to read Dispensing Factsheet: Prescription Switching in advance of the webinar.

Unable to attend the webinar?
Don’t worry, you will be able to watch a recording on the PSNC website a few days after the event.

 

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CPPE’s mental health e-course returns

3 January 2019 - 1:58pm

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) will be relaunching its interactive mental health e-course on Monday 7th January 2019.

The course is a structured eight-week tutor-supported online learning programme and is designed to enable learners to feel more confident supporting people with mental illnesses.

Each week will see a set of activities, which may involve reading learning materials, accessing websites and sharing experiences with each other in discussion forums, to help learners improve their knowledge of mental health illnesses and consider how they can support them in practice.

Mental illnesses covered in the e-course include:

  • depression;
  • anxiety disorders;
  • sleep disorders;
  • bipolar disorder;
  • schizophrenia; and
  • dementia

Visit the CPPE website to view a weekly summary and to register on the course.

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Class 2 MHRA Medicines Recall: Irbesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide (Actavis Group PTC EHF)

3 January 2019 - 1:09pm

Drug alert number: EL (19) A/01

Date issued: 3rd January 2019

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 pharmacy level medicines recall, to be actioned within 48 hours, for certain batches of  Irbesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide containing products. Actavis Group PTC EHF is recalling the batches identified below from pharmacies as a precautionary measure due to possible contamination with N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA).

Irbesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide 300 / 12.5mg film coated tablets, PL 30306/0266

Batch Number Expiry Date Pack Size First Distributed   059118   31/03/2020   28   17/09/2018   099218   31/03/2020   28   04/10/2018   191418   31/05/2020   28   25/10/2018

Irbesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide 150 / 12.5mg film coated tablets, PL 30306/0265

Batch Number Expiry Date Pack Size First Distributed   150118   30/04/2020   28   12/09/2018

Community pharmacy teams should stop supplying the above products/batches immediately. Quarantine all remaining stock and return it to your supplier using your supplier’s approved process.

To view the alert please visit the GOV.UK website.

Company contacts for further information

For Actavis (now Accord) stock control: Customer Services Team on 0800 373573

For medical information enquires please contact Accord Medical Information on 01271 385257

 

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Quality Payments: Have you updated your NHS website profile?

3 January 2019 - 9:24am

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded of the Quality Payments Scheme gateway criterion to edit or validate their NHS website entry for their pharmacy for the review point on 15th February 2019.

To meet the gateway criterion contractors are required to edit or validate three sections of their NHS website (NHS.UK) profile between 00:00 on 3rd December 2018 and 23:59 on 15th February 2019. The three sections are:

  • their opening hours, including the following Bank Holidays:
Friday 19th April 2019 Good Friday Sunday 21st April 2019 Easter Sunday* Monday 22nd April 2019 Easter Monday Monday 6th May 2019 Early May bank holiday Monday 27th May 2019 Spring bank holiday
  • the facilities the pharmacy provides e.g. consultation room, parking, etc; and
  • the services the pharmacy provides e.g. Medicines Use Reviews (MURs), New Medicine Service (NMS), etc.

*Although Easter Sunday is not officially a bank holiday, NHS England has requested that contractors add their opening hours for this date to assist local NHS England teams and DoS leads so they know which pharmacies will be open over the Easter weekend.

All three sections will need to have been edited or validated for the contractor to meet the NHS website gateway criterion. Even if all three sections are correct, contractors will still need to log into their profile and validate this information during the above time period.

A User Guide for managing NHS website profiles to support the Quality Payments Scheme is available on the NHS website (the User Guide can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the NHS website page and is listed under the ‘User guides’ section as ‘Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme user guide for February 2019 declaration’) which provides step-by-step instructions on how to edit or validate a pharmacy’s NHS website profile.

Contractors are urged to check the weekly NHS BSA gateway criteria report to confirm they have met this criterion.

Visit psnc.org.uk/QPNHSwebsite for further information

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Automatic distribution of Drug Tariff to cease

2 January 2019 - 2:00pm

Community pharmacies are reminded that they must opt-in to continue to receive paper Drug Tariffs in 2019, otherwise access to the Drug Tariff will be via the electronic or online versions only.

NHS England will stop automatically sending monthly printed copies of the Drug Tariff to community pharmacies after the January 2019 edition and community pharmacy teams are being encouraged to make use of the electronic or online versions of the Drug Tariff (see: psnc.org.uk/dt). Contractors may also find PSNC’s monthly ‘Drug Tariff Watch’ article helpful in preparing for upcoming changes.

Details of how to opt-in are outlined below, but please note that any pharmacy choosing not to opt-in will still receive one paper Drug Tariff each year (in January). Any queries should be directed to Primary Care Support England (PCSE) via pcse.enquiries@nhs.net or 0333 014 2884.

How can I opt-in to receive the paper Drug Tariff?

To continue receiving your monthly printed Drug Tariff copy for February 2019 and each month thereafter, an email request must be sent to DTBsurvey@nhs.net before the 10th January 2019 deadline. In your email please state that you wish to opt-in to receive the monthly hard copy Drug Tariff from 2019 and provide:

  • Your name
  • Your business name and address
  • F-code/ODS code*
  • Any days you are not open and alternative delivery instructions for those days

*This code appears at the top of your monthly FP34 Schedule of Payments.

FAQs

Q. I missed the opt-in deadline on the 10thJanuary 2019, is it still possible to receive the monthly paper Drug Tariffs?

A. The deadline for the 10th January 2019 is the cut-off point to receive your printed copy of the February 2019 Drug Tariff. If you opt in after the 10thJanuary 2019, you can still order a paper copy of the next available printed version. To continue receiving a monthly printed copy, an email request must be sent to DTBsurvey@nhs.net. In your email please state that you wish to opt-in to receive the monthly hard copy Drug Tariff from 2019 and provide:

  • Your name
  • Your business name and address
  • F-code/ODS code*
  • Any days you are not open and alternative delivery instructions for those days
    *This code appears at the top of your monthly FP34 Schedule of Payments.

Q. I will be taking ownership of a pharmacy after the 10th January, can I still opt in to receive monthly paper Drug Tariffs?

A. Yes, if you opt in after 10th January 2019, you can still receive a paper copy from the next available printed version. To continue receiving a monthly printed copy, an email request must be sent to DTBsurvey@nhs.net. In your email please state that you wish to opt-in to receive the monthly hard copy Drug Tariff from 2019 and provide:

  • Your name
  • Your business name and address
  • F-code/ODS code*
  • Any days you are not open and alternative delivery instructions for those days
    *This code appears at the top of your monthly FP34 Schedule of Payments.

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DHSC permits use of antiviral medicines against influenza

31 December 2018 - 2:38pm

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has via its Central Alerting System (CAS) published a letter advising that due to increasing flu levels in the community, GPs and other prescribers working in primary care in England may now prescribe antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of flu at NHS expense.

Prescribers may prescribe for patients in clinical at-risk groups as well as those who are at risk of severe illness and/or complications from flu if not treated, in accordance with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance and the Selected List Scheme (SLS) in Part XVIIIB of the England and Wales Drug Tariff.

Community pharmacy contractors who receive FP10 NHS prescriptions, written generically or by brand, for oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza), the antivirals included in the SLS list, are therefore reminded that prescriptions for these products must be endorsed SLS. If the SLS endorsement is missing, the prescription should not be dispensed and will not be passed for payment by NHS Prescription Services. Pharmacy staff cannot make the SLS endorsement themselves.

Click here to view the CAS alert

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How the price concession system operates

31 December 2018 - 2:06pm

In this PSNC factsheet our Dispensing and Supply Team explains how the price concession system works, as well as answering some common queries received from community pharmacy contractors and their teams.

PSNC Briefing 067/18: How the price concession system operates

If you have any queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more information, please contact PSNC’s Dispensing & Supply Team.

To browse other PSNC briefings on Dispensing and Supply, click here.

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Don’t forget to submit your national clinical audit 2018/19 data!

29 December 2018 - 8:30am

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded to submit their data for the national clinical audit 2018/19 if they have not already done so.

The audit data needs to be submitted to NHS England using the web-based form by midnight tomorrow (30th December 2018).

This PSNC Guide explains how to submit your audit data to NHS England.

To find out more, please see PSNC’s dedicated webpage.

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