Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond

Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond

In an open letter to PSNC sent on 17th December 2015, the government announced proposals to reduce funding for community pharmacy in 2016/17 by £170m. The decision to publish the letter was unprecedented.

Throughout 2016, PSNC worked with the other national pharmacy organisations to lead a sector campaign against the funding cuts. This led to much Parliamentary and media interest in community pharmacy, as well as a petition signed by more than 2 million people.

In October 2016, the Government imposed a community pharmacy funding reduction, along with other changes including the introduction of a Quality Payments scheme.

Community pharmacy must continue to make the case for the development of services to patients, commissioners, Parliamentarians and the Government. This page brings together information about the ongoing campaign for community pharmacy, along with resources and guidance for LPCs and contractors wishing to take part in it.

General Election Update (April 2017)

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that there will be a general election on June 8th 2017. Although the election is likely to be dominated by important and emotive topics beyond healthcare, community pharmacy can also use it to ensure that as many Parliamentary Candidates as possible are made aware of the value that community pharmacy teams provide to the NHS, patients and wider society, as well as the potential they have for creating significant savings and providing additional care if commissioners better utilised their skills.

Following the announcement, PSNC has been in contact with the other national pharmacy organisations and our communications teams are working to coordinate efforts. Joint work will include a programme to brief candidates on community pharmacy and to seek commitments from them and their national parties about the future of the sector.

We will work together to issue guidance on how LPCs and pharmacy teams can help in the run up to the election, with our key focus continuing to be the development of the community pharmacy service for the benefit of patients, the NHS and pharmacy. To ensure that you have all the latest updates on the campaign, sign up to our email newsletters at:

The links below provide full details on the Government’s proposals and the imposition as well as the sector’s response.

Cross-pharmacy campaign hub (coming soon)
Details of the campaign resources available from all the national pharmacy bodies.

The funding package
Details of the imposed changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) for 2016/17 and 2017/18. Further information will be added to this section as it becomes available.

A timeline of the key events and PSNC’s responses.

Campaigning resources (please note: this page is currently being reviewed)
Guidance and resources to support LPCs and community pharmacy teams in their campaigning activities; this page is updated regularly so please remember to check back often.

How can you help? (please note: this page is currently being reviewed)
Information on the national coordinated campaign. 

What is PSNC doing? 
Details of the work being undertaken by PSNC.

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