PSNC Briefings 2013

Published on: 16th April 2014 | Updated on: 15th March 2022

As part of the of support services it offers, PSNC often sends out briefings to LPCs and pharmacy contractors.

The briefings PSNC sent out in 2013 are archived below.

If you have any questions on the briefings, please contact the relevant PSNC team member as indicated.


PSNC Briefing 115/13: A brief guide to NHSmail (December 2013)
NHSmail is the central email and directory service available to all NHS staff in England. This PSNC Briefing gives an introduction to NHSmail, as well as an update to the NHSmail2 project.

PSNC Briefing 114/13: Everyone Counts – NHS England’s planning guidance for 2014/15 to 2018/19 (December 2013)
In late December 2013 NHS England published Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2014/15 to 2018/19, the new planning guidance for NHS organisations. It also sets out a requirement for local commissioners to develop 5 year strategic plans over the next few months. The key points in the document are summarised in this PSNC Briefing. LPCs will want to be aware of the key points in the document, as they will influence future local commissioning by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England area teams (ATs). LPCs will want to seek to influence the development of the strategic plans to ensure community pharmacy services feature prominently.

PSNC Briefing 113/13: Update on the Health and Care Landscape (December 2013)
This briefing is part of a series issued regularly by PSNC to inform pharmacy contractors and LPCs of developments in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy.

PSNC Briefing 112/13: NHS England’s Direct Commissioning Assurance Framework (December 2013)
This PSNC Briefing summarises NHS England’s recently published Direct Commissioning Assurance Framework. This document details how the NHS England will assess how well its direct commissioning functions, which include the commissioning of community pharmacy, are performing against their plans. LPCs may find it helpful to be aware of this process, as it will impact on the work of staff responsible for community pharmacy service commissioning in Area Teams.

PSNC Briefing 111/13: NHS England’s Community Pharmacy Call to Action – guidance for LPCs (December 2013)
On 10th December 2013 NHS England published Improving health and patient care through Community Pharmacy – a Call to Action. The Call to Action seeks the views of community pharmacy and other interested stakeholders on how community pharmacy services should be developed in the future in order to best meet the needs of patients. The responses will be used by NHS England as it works to develop a strategy for future primary care services. This PSNC Briefing gives background information on the Call to Action (CTA) and suggests actions that may be taken by LPCs.

PSNC Briefing 110/13: An update on NHS England’s Urgent Care Review and NHS winter planning (December 2013)
This PSNC Briefing provides an update on the work being undertaken by NHS England to review urgent and emergency care. It also provides a summary of the resources that have recently been developed to facilitate commissioning of community pharmacy services to support urgent and emergency care services this winter.

PSNC Briefing 109/13: Information: To Share or not to Share – Government Response to the Caldicott Review (December 2013)
This PSNC Briefing summarises Information: To Share or not to Share – Government Response to the Caldicott Review which was published by the Department of Health (DH) in September 2013.

PSNC Briefing 108/13: NHS England’s mandate for 2014/15 and the NHS Outcomes Framework 2014/15 (December 2013)
This briefing summarises NHS England’s refreshed mandate for 2014/15 and highlights the associated NHS Outcomes Framework 2014/15. The mandate sets out the goals that the Department of Health (DH) expects NHS England to achieve and it consequently will inform the organisation’s national and local commissioning priorities. LPCs and pharmacy contractors may want to consider this information when they discuss service developments with NHS England’s Area Teams (AT) and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

PSNC Briefing 107/13: Changes to the GMS contract in 2014/15 (December 2013)
This briefing summarises changes being introduced to the GMS contract (the GP contract) in 2014/15 and highlights those aspects of the changes that may have an impact on community pharmacies.

PSNC Briefing 106/13: Update on the Health and Care Landscape (November 2013)
This briefing is part of a series issued regularly by PSNC to inform pharmacy contractors and LPCs of developments in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy

PSNC Briefing 105/13: Guide to NHS Standard Policies and Procedures (November 2013)
NHS England has produced a number of standard policies and procedures which should be followed by their Area Teams. This briefing provides a central listing of the main policies which have been adopted by NHS England, along with additional details.

PSNC Briefing 104/13: Update on the Health and Care Landscape (October 2013)
This briefing is part of a series issued regularly by PSNC to inform pharmacy contractors and LPCs of developments in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy.

PSNC Briefing 103/13: PSNC’s Information Team – how it supports contractors on Drug Tariff problems (October 2013)
This briefing outlines the work which the PSNC Information Team undertake to support contractors with medicines supply problems.

PSNC Briefing 102/13: How does PSNC work to help contractors with medicines supply problems? (October 2013)
This briefing outlines the work which the PSNC Information Team undertake to support contractors with medicines supply problems.

PSNC Briefing 101/13: A Guide to the Rural Working Group (October 2013)
PSNC is recognised by the Secretary of State for Health as the body that represents NHS pharmacy contractors.  Most of PSNC’s work affects all pharmacy contractors to a greater or lesser extent, but exceptionally, its work on rural matters affects only a small number of pharmacies, that are established in rural areas. This briefing introduces the Rural Working Group and details the work they do on Rural Issues.

PSNC Briefing 100/13: The Integration Transformation Fund (October 2013)
In the June 2013 Spending Round, the Chancellor set out Government plans for a £3.8bn Integration Transformation Fund (ITF) to ensure closer integration between health and social care. The full detail on the operation of the fund has not yet been finalised, but interim information has recently been jointly published by NHS England and the Local Government Association (LGA). This PSNC Briefing summarises the recently issued guidance.

PSNC Briefing 099/13 Guide to the Regional Representative Elections (October 2013)
Thirteen of PSNC’s members are independent chemists, with the current members holding office until 31 March 2014. This briefing details the election process and actions required for those seeking to stand for election.

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 097/13: Guide to the Market Entry Regulations (September 2013)
1st April 2013 brought in a new era for Market Entry Regulations. This briefing introduces the changes and answers a number of common queries.

PSNC Briefing 096/13: Update on the Health and Care Landscape (September 2013)
This briefing is part of a series issued regularly by PSNC to inform pharmacy contractors and LPCs of developments in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy.

PSNC Briefing 095/13: Direction of Prescriptions (September 2013)
This PSNC Briefing includes summaries of the regulations and guidance relevant to this topic, as well as an update on PSNC’s work in the area, and may be of use to contractors and LPCs affected by the issue.

PSNC Briefing 094/13: Local commissioning challenge checklist (September 2013)
PSNC receives requests for advice from LPCs each year on how to tackle commissioners’ 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.

PSNC Briefing 093/13: Urgent and Emergency Care (September 2013)
Urgent and emergency care in England is currently under review.  This Briefing has been issued to assist LPCs in their discussions on urgent care at local level to promote community pharmacy’s role in tacking these challenges, and to highlight key areas where community pharmacy can support the provision of care and reduce demands on GPs, NHS 111 and A&E.

PSNC Briefing 092/13: Business Case for Minor Ailment Service (September 2013)
This Briefing provides an evidence based business case for a Minor Ailment Service which LPCs can use at a local level and is intended to assist in making their negotiations more efficient.

PSNC Briefing 091/13: NHS Complaints Procedure (September 2013)
This briefing contains updated information on the NHS Complaints Procedure. It also contains links to application forms and templates, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link or by going to psnc.org.uk/complaints.

PSNC Briefing 090/13: PSNC’s Ongoing Funding Work (September 2013)
This briefing is intended to inform pharmacy contractors and LPCs about the full range of work that PSNC carries out to negotiate and monitor the delivery of community pharmacy funding.

PSNC Briefing 089/13: Changes to the GMS contract in 2013/14 and development of a strategic framework (September 2013)
This briefing is an update to a briefing issued earlier in 2013 (PSNC Briefing 047/13) which summarises the changes to the GMS contract in 2013/14 and highlights those aspects of the changes that may have an impact on community pharmacies. The briefing also highlights the NHS England call to action for general practice which was published in mid-August 2013 as part of the wider development of a primary care strategic framework.

PSNC Briefing 088/13: Update on the Health and Care Landscape (August 2013)
This briefing is part of a series issued regularly by PSNC to inform pharmacy contractors and LPCs of developments in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy.

PSNC Briefing 087/13: Advanced services and Pre-registration Trainees (August 2013)
Following media reports that pre-registration trainees have been allowed to provide MUR and NMS consultations without supervision by a pharmacist, PSNC has issued guidance to pharmacy contractors.

PSNC Briefing 086/13: Medicines Wastage and Prescription Duration (August 2013)
This PSNC Briefing updates a document from 2007 which summarises information on prescription duration and medicines wastage.

PSNC Briefing 085/13: PSNC Vision narrative – a summary (August 2013)
This PSNC Briefing provides a short summary of PSNC’s Vision narrative document issued in August 2013. More information on PSNC’s Vision and the narrative can be found in the PSNC’s Work section of this website.

PSNC Briefing 084/13: The Equality Act 2010 (August 2013)
This PSNC Briefing updates the guidance issued by PSNC on the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, to reflect the publication of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s guidance on the better use of multi-compartment compliance aids.

PSNC Briefing 083/13: Enhanced Services VAT and Lloyds Bank Interest Rates (August 2013)
This briefing provides an overview of VAT for LPCs, particularly on Enhanced Services, and highlights a change to the collective LPC banking arrangements with Lloyds Bank.

PSNC Briefing 082/13: Seasonal Influenza 2013-14 (August 2013)
This PSNC Briefing consolidates the information already provided to LPCs this year on seasonal flu and vaccination services (PCLS 064/13 and 065/13) and summarises the Flu Plan: Winter 2013 to 2014. It also includes an update on the NICE good practice guidance on PGDs published at the start of August 2013

PSNC Briefing 081/13: NCSO and Price Concessions (July 2013)
A background briefing on the systems to deal with generic shortages and PSNC’s work in this area.

PSNC Briefing 080/13: Update on NHS England (July 2013)
This PSNC Briefing contains an update on a number of matters related to NHS England which will either be of interest to pharmacy contractors and LPCs or may require action at a local level

PSNC Briefing 079/13: Changes in NHS organisational responsibilities in relation to NHS IT: Update  (July 2013)
Details of the new process for NHS England authorising GP Deployments. Also includes update on new HSCIC web site.

PSNC Briefing 075/13: Update on the Health and Care Landscape (July 2013)
This briefing is part of a series issued regularly by PSNC to inform pharmacy contractors and LPCs of developments in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy.

PSNC Briefing 070/13: NICE public health guidance: Tobacco – harm reduction approaches to smoking (June 2013)
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended wider use of licensed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for smokers who struggle to quit, in landmark national public health guidance on how healthcare professionals should help smokers who find it difficult to give up.

PSNC Briefing 069/13: Exemplar Business Case for an NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Service (June 2013)
This briefing includes an exemplar business case template for an NHS funded flu vaccination service, for use by LPCs.

PSNC Briefing 066/13: Working with CCGs and GPs – a suggested checklist for LPCs (June 2013)
This PSNC Briefing contain a suggested checklist for LPCs related to working with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and GPs.

PSNC Briefing 056/13: Update on the Health and Care Landscape (May 2013)
This briefing is part of a series issued regularly by PSNC to inform pharmacy contractors and LPCs of developments in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy.

PSNC Briefing 053/13: Which? Report into Community Pharmacy (May 2013)
A briefing containing key messages which LPCs and contractors may be able to use in response to concerns about the quality of advice given in pharmacies.

PSNC Briefing 047/13: Changes to the GMS contract in 2013/14 (May 2013)
This briefing summarises changes being introduced to the GMS contract in 2013/14 and highlights those aspects of the changes that may have an impact on community pharmacies.

PSNC Briefing 044/13: A summary of the Caldicott Review on information governance (May 2013)
Dame Fiona Caldicott undertook an independent review of information governance within the NHS in England and her report Information: To Share or Not to Share? was published in April 2013. This PSNC Briefing summarises the key points in the report.

PSNC Briefing 040/13: Parliamentary Debate on Community Pharmacy (April 2013)
Information on a Parliamentary debate about the role of pharmacies including a summary of the Minister’s response.

PSNC Briefing 033/13: Developing a specification for Weight Management Services (April 2013)
In England, most people are now overweight or obese and the Government has published a policy for reducing obesity and improving diet: Healthy Lives, Healthy People: a call to action on obesity in England. This PSNC Briefing summarises the Government policy on obesity and guidance on the development of service specifications for weight management services.

PSNC Briefing 029/13: Sexual Health Services (March 2013)
This PSNC  Briefing summarises two documents published in early 2013: A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England; and Commissioning Sexual Health services and interventions.

PSNC Briefing 022/13: New Patient Exemption – Universal Credit (March 2013)
This PSNC Briefing highlights the governments introduction of the Univeral Credit scheme which is currently being piloted in a number of areas in England.

PSNC Briefing 015/13: IT Transition Planning (February 2013)
This briefing includes a high level summary of the transition arrangements as NHS IT projects responsibility moved from the PCTs.

PSNC Briefing 004/13: Patient Group Directions (January 2013, updated August 2013)
Previously PGDs were mainly authorised by PCTs but this needed to change when the new NHS organisational structures were implemented in April 2013. This briefing summarises the process which needs to be followed locally when PGDs are transferred to a new organisation.

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.


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