Market Entry activity resumed

Market Entry activity resumed

May 15, 2020

Today, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has announced that, as part of its overall recovery plan to restore services paused during the lockdown, staff are now being returned to their Market Entry roles and resuming work to process applications and that full market entry function will be resumed from 1 June 2020.

Many of those with existing applications have received letters from Primary Care Support England (PCSE) this week and it is understood that priority will be given to those with applications relating to – business or pharmacy service continuity – or where there are pressing reasons for the contractor.

Business or pharmacy service continuity could include consolidations, closures (for example, as part of a business merger), relocations and change of ownership applications. Pressing reasons for contractors might involve, for example, issues associated with leases and health and safety requirements (e.g. social distancing concerns).

Granted applications where deadlines have passed or where they are close to passing – for example, where there is a Notice of Commencement to be submitted – and other related issues should be raised urgently with NHSE&I. PSNC can assist with advice on the regulations. NHSE&I are seeking to take a pragmatic and fair approach to resolving any issues, with national oversight, and are taking mitigating steps so that issues for contractors and other applicants are minimised.

NHSE&I and PSNC are also seeking changes to the NHS regulations to assist the process for contractors as the practical difficulties of keeping to specified timescales during the COVID-19 outbreak may continue.

For more information see our clarification announcement on 28 April 2020.

For any queries, please contact Gordon Hockey, PSNC’s Director of Operations and Support.

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