Contractor Announcement: Negotiations on funding and CPCF commence

Contractor Announcement: Negotiations on funding and CPCF commence

April 9, 2019

Negotiations on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) for 2019/20 and beyond have commenced.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has initiated the negotiation process with a set of proposals which have been agreed with NHS England. These have now been shared with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

The negotiations will take the form of tripartite discussions between representatives from all three organisations.

For PSNC the representatives will include independent community pharmacy contractors, representatives of multiple pharmacy businesses, and the senior executive – all of whom sit on the PSNC Negotiating Team.

The discussions will be complex and while they are ongoing PSNC, DHSC and NHS England have agreed that the negotiations will remain confidential to facilitate frank and open discussion.

However, from details in the NHS Long Term Plan and GP Contract, we can expect discussions on how NHS England and DHSC want to utilise better the skillset and reach of community pharmacy. In particular with proposals for urgent care, prevention and medicines safety. For example:

  • The possible roll-out of a national minor illnesses referral service via NHS 111, and the piloting of referrals to community pharmacy from other settings such as GPs and NHS.UK;
  • The future of the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) programme and effective use of the Pharmacy Integration Fund; and
  • Medicines safety interventions and the future of Medicines Use Reviews (MURs).

We can also expect some challenging discussions on funding and reimbursement.

Following this statement the three organisations will not make any further comment on the negotiations until there are some conclusions to communicate.

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes said:

“PSNC is pleased to be able to begin these negotiations; the outcome of which will be absolutely critical for all pharmacy contractors in England. There are going to be some difficult conversations over the coming months but our Negotiating Team includes experienced PSNC members from both the independent and multiple sectors, so contractors can be assured that we will be well equipped and absolutely committed to getting the best possible deal for community pharmacy. Our priority is to seek a sustainable future for community pharmacy to enable us to better utilise the skills and knowledge of pharmacy teams to help people stay well in the community.”

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