PSNC Statement on Community Pharmacy Funding Negotiations

PSNC Statement on Community Pharmacy Funding Negotiations

April 23, 2018

Community pharmacy contractors and LPCs may be aware that the All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) has today made a statement on the upcoming negotiations on community pharmacy funding.

This follows communication between Sir Kevin Barron MP, who is Chair of the All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG), and the Pharmacy Minister Steve Brine.

The Minister said he had been very interested in the APPG’s work hearing evidence on community pharmacy and the management of long-term conditions and he noted PSNC’s proposals for the development of community pharmacy services.

PSNC discussed proposals for the future of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework at its January meeting and these were put to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England. Further details on PSNC’s proposals can be found below.

PSNC has not yet received a mandate for the negotiations on funding for the 2018/19 financial year from NHS England and the DHSC, but hopes these discussions will begin soon.

PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe said:

“PSNC’s ambition is to move to a funding framework that fairly rewards community pharmacies for offering a wide range of patient care and services including the dispensing of medicines. This is in line with the sector’s shared vision for its future, and would include allowing pharmacies to offer more patient care, particularly for people with long-term conditions.

The Minister has given no detail on what the substance of our negotiations with the DHSC and NHS England for 2018/19 will be, but we hope that we will be able to have substantive discussions on the future of community pharmacy. Given the very difficult financial situation that many community pharmacy contractors now find themselves in it is vital that we start to make meaningful progress towards achieving the sector’s vision.”

PSNC’s Proposals

PSNC’s proposals were intended to provide a possible mechanism to move towards a community pharmacy funding arrangement that fairly rewards community pharmacies for providing more patient care and support for people with long-term conditions.

The documents below set out the proposals in more detail.

Community Pharmacy: Developing Services for the Future
This briefing outlines PSNC’s proposals. Whilst it was created to explain PSNC’s proposals to external stakeholders, those working in community pharmacy may also find it a useful summary.

Introducing the Universal Community Pharmacy Care Framework
An infographic describing the Care Framework.

Community Pharmacy Care Plan: The Patient Journey
An infographic describing the support a patient could receive from their community pharmacy as part of the Care Plan.

PSNC Proposals for Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) Developments
This Powerpoint presentation sets out PSNC’s proposals for developing the CPCF, covering how they were developed, the changes they would bring to community pharmacy and how we are taking them forward. An editable version is available here for LPCs to use.

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