2015 work plan

Published on: 4th September 2017 | Updated on: 15th March 2022

In January 2015 PSNC and its subcommittees agreed their annual work plans in line with PSNC’s overall vision for community pharmacy. In 2015 PSNC will work to:

Community pharmacy services

  • Secure the commissioning of community pharmacy services within the scope of the current NHS England negotiating mandate
  • Promote alignment of GP and community pharmacy contracts and contemporaneous negotiation
  • Develop models of integrated care that demonstrate the benefit of using community pharmacy services
  • Ensure outcome evaluations of community pharmacy services are undertaken and collated, including robust evaluations of the costs and benefits of potential pharmacy services to the NHS
  • Use all opportunities to promote community pharmacy services, within the four domains of PSNC’s Vision, and the benefits of national commissioning
  • Address barriers to community pharmacy service expansion, including how to ensure all patients can benefit from services
  • Work with other pharmacy bodies to promote greater commissioning of community pharmacy services

Community pharmacy funding and pricing

  • Establish a sound basis for future funding of the service providing a fair return to contractors
  • Ensure funding and reimbursement mechanisms are fair to contractors
  • Monitor and analyse funding delivery, and agree changes to current systems that mitigate risks of under and over-delivery of agreed funding
  • Examine options for financial levers to incentivise change and develop NHS England support
  • Ensure EPS is resilient, efficient, and costs to pharmacy are fully funded
  • Monitor payment accuracy and support contractors in resolving queries
  • Resolve Drug Tariff problems where possible, including shortages and price rises, branded generic and brand prescribing policies, demonstrating the damage to NHS finances

External relationships

  • Seek the best possible resolution of prescription direction
  • Secure changes to the regulatory framework governing provision of pharmaceutical services that support and protect the interests of contractors
  • Develop alliances and collaborate with other trade organisations to lobby for desirable changes in legislation governing supply of pharmaceutical services
  • Work with DH, other pharmacy organisations and MHRA to prepare for FMD implementation and ensure financial implications for pharmacy are captured and resolved
  • Develop stakeholder understanding of community pharmacy’s core role and value including finances, the pharmaceuticals market, pharmacy procurement and distribution
  • Pursue action against the current practice of ‘switching’ as advised by Counsel
  • Examine opportunities for a national provider company, implementing if agreed

Supporting contractors and LPCs

  • Assist LPCs to promote pharmacy service provision to local commissioners
  • Promote models of successful LPCs, encouraging federation and mergers
  • Support LPCs in addressing contracting challenges through provider companies and other routes
  • Help LPCs to improve their effectiveness by provision of support and training
  • Provide the best possible information and support to contractors and pharmacy teams

For more information on this topic please email info@psnc.org.uk

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