Locally Commissioned Services
Locally Commissioned Services
Locally commissioned community pharmacy services can be contracted via a number of different routes and by different commissioners, including local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local NHS England teams.
The following sections and resources provide more information on locally commissioned services:
Guidance on development of local services and resources
Template service specifications and resources for locally commissioned services
The following links take you to pages that contain template service specifications (some are nationally agreed templates, others are draft templates that have not been nationally agreed and are not in their final version) and associated resources on the service; they may be used to inform local discussions on service development.
Related resources & PSNC Briefings
NHS Identity Guidelines: NHS logo use by pharmacies
In January 2017 NHS England updated the guidelines on the use of the NHS Identity, including revised guidance for all primary care contractors who are commissioned under a primary care contract. Where pharmacy contractors choose to use the NHS identity, they must ensure that the revised guidance is adhered to when producing, updating or replacing designs.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society: The Map of Evidence
The Map of Evidence is a database which enables:
- the collation of existing evidence and ongoing initiatives that can ultimately inform policy and practice relating to pharmacy;
- the sharing and showcasing of good pharmacy practice and innovation; and
- increased knowledge exchange and learning in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.
Procurement of healthcare (clinical) services: Briefings for CCGs
NHS England published six succinct documents on procurement of healthcare services in September 2012. The documents were issued as guidance for CCG members, but they provide useful background reading for LPC members or pharmacy contractors wanting to understand more about this topic.
PSNC Briefing 027/15: Contracts and the NHS Standard Contract (May 2015)
This PSNC Briefing provides information on the NHS Standard Contract and also on the Public Health Services Contract (non-mandatory contract).
PSNC Briefing 026/15: Contracts and Service Level Agreements (May 2015)
This PSNC Briefing covers SLAs and how they apply to pharmacy contractors.
PSNC Briefing 002/13: Public Services (Social Value) Act (January 2013)
The Social Value Guide was published by Social Enterprise UK in November 2012; the guide describes the impact of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 in commissioning of services by public bodies.
PSNC Briefing 004/12: JSNA and JHWS (January 2012)
This PSNC Briefing provides background information on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs).
PSNC Briefing 098/13: Guide to the NHS Standard Contract (September 2013)
The new NHS structure which was implemented in April 2013 changed the arrangements for the commissioning of NHS services. This briefing concentrates on the final stage of commissioning – the drafting and agreement of the written contract.
PSNC Briefing 094/13: Local commissioning challenge checklist (September 2013)
PSNC receives requests for advice from LPCs each year on how to tackle commissioner’s decisions to decommission a service or determinations not to commission a service from community pharmacy. This PSNC Briefing provides advice on how to challenge these decisions.
Local Authority Health Scrutiny: Guidance to support Local Authorities and their partners to deliver effective health scrutiny (Department of Health, June 2014)