The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has published a briefing on the community pharmacy funding settlement for 2018/19. It explains what the announcement means and how community pharmacy funding works.
PCC has developed a workshop which looks at the main fees and allowances that are paid to pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors and how they are calculated. It also looks at how costs related to the provision of pharmaceutical services (both remuneration for the provision of services and the reimbursement of the items dispensed against an NHS prescription) are recharged to NHS England, CCGs and local authorities. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject header of ‘Pharmacy finance’.
In response to recent queries regarding the transfer of dispensing doctors’ fees under delegated commissioning of primary medical services, NHS England notes that dispensing is a pharmaceutical service under the terms of the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013, as amended. Although delegated CCGs may account for the fees under the power of apportionment, NHS England is responsible for taking the commissioning decisions regarding this function. CCGs do not have legal powers to change or divert this funding to cover other functions. Further information is available from NHS England local teams. PCC runs local workshops on request to help commissioners and/or GP practices work through the regulations governing dispensing by doctors. Contact email@example.com with the subject ‘Dispensing by doctors’ for details.
PCC has updated its guidance on the pharmacy and appliance contractor terms of service relating to opening hours. Both documents reflect the requirements of the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013, as amended.
As part of their system of clinical governance dispensing appliance contractors (DACs) are required to produce in an approved manner a practice leaflet containing approved particulars in respect of each of their premises. They are also required to undertake an approved patient satisfaction survey annually, in an approved manner. The approved particulars can be found here for the practice leaflet and here for the patient satisfaction survey.
PCC previously received a number of queries from primary care trusts seeking clarification on the provision of essential services by distance selling premises (also known as internet or mail order pharmacies). The briefing that was produced has been updated to assist NHS England and contractors in understanding the requirements for service provision by such pharmacies and can be found below.