Upcoming regulatory changes

Upcoming regulatory changes

November 14, 2016

On 5 December 2016, amendments to the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 come into force to implement changes to the 2016/17 Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF). Community pharmacy teams should take note of the following changes:

Pharmacy consolidations (mergers)

NHS pharmacy businesses may apply to consolidate the pharmaceutical services provided on two or more sites onto a single site (i.e. to merge multiple businesses into one). Such consolidations could require a change in the ownership of one of the businesses in question and a process will be in place to facilitate such consolidations.

Applications to consolidate will be dealt with as “excepted applications” under the 2013 Regulations, which means in general terms they will not be assessed against the pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) produced by the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB). Instead, they will follow a simpler procedure, the key to which is whether or not a gap in pharmaceutical service provision would be created by the consolidation.

Supplementary prescribers

There are provisions for prescribing and dispensing, as part of NHS primary care services of prescriptions written by therapeutic radiographer independent prescribers and dietitian supplementary prescribers. These changes allow pharmacy contractors to dispense against NHS prescriptions issued by these new types of prescriber. PSNC’s “Who can prescribe what?” page will be updated shortly to reflect these new prescribing rights.

Emergency supply, the NHS prescription charge & the terms of service

NHS pharmacy contractors and LPS contractors who undertake emergency supplies of medicines at the request of a patient in accordance with the Urgent Medicine Supply Service are permitted to charge the NHS prescription charge.

Pharmacy contractors who have such emergency supply arrangements with NHS England are not obliged to publicise them as part of their clinical governance programme.

Don’t forget to sign up for the next PSNC webinar on Wednesday 16th November at 7.30pm which will outline the new regulations surrounding pharmacy mergers and consolidations as well as explaining how the Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS) will work.

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