PSNC promotes and supports the interests of all NHS community pharmacies in England. We are recognised by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care as the body that represents NHS pharmacy contractors. We work closely with Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) to support their role as the local NHS representative organisations.
Our goal is to develop the NHS community pharmacy service, to enable community pharmacies to offer an increased range of high quality and fully funded services that meet the needs of their local communities and provide value and good health outcomes for the NHS and the public.
We work with NHS England and other NHS bodies, and with the Department of Health and Social Care, to promote opportunities for the development of community pharmacy services, and negotiate the contractual terms for the provision of NHS community pharmacy services.
PSNC works closely with its sister body Community Pharmacy Wales (CPW) which represents community pharmacy contractors in Wales. At present most of the English national pharmacy contract negotiated by PSNC is adopted by the Welsh Assembly Government, but where Welsh contractual arrangements differ from those in England, CPW negotiates on behalf of its contractors.
PSNC also operates the Prescription Audit Centre (PAC) based in Enfield, London. A percentage of all prescriptions sent to NHS Prescription Services are checked and any errors in pricing are corrected.
PSNC last reviewed its structures and made changes to its composition in 2010.
With effect from 1 April 2010 the PSNC has 32 members on its main committee:
- 13 members elected on a regional basis from England (see PSNC regional representatives)
- 1 member nominated by Community Pharmacy Wales
- 2 members nominated by the Board of the National Pharmacy Association
- 12 members nominated by the Company Chemists’ Association
- 3 members elected from the non Company Chemists’ Association multiples
Plus a non-executive chairman.
There are six sub-committees:
- Funding and Contract;
- Legislation and Regulatory Affairs;
- LPC and Contractor Support;
- Resource Development and Finance;
- Service Development; and
- Communications and Public Affairs.
PSNC Subcommittee Remits (revised May 2018)
All members of PSNC adhere to corporate governance principles adopted by the Committee in April 2003. Members are also required to adhere to a Code of Conduct.
Complaints about PSNC
Concerns and issues about PSNC or its work may be raised in a variety of ways. Formal complaints or concerns from a contractor may be raised through the PSNC member who represents the contractor (i.e. the member they have appointed or elected), or through the contractors’ LPC. Complaints from contractors, LPCs or from anyone else, including patients, may also be raised with any PSNC member including subcommittee Chairs; or directly with the Chief Executive, staff members or the Chair of PSNC. Anyone can raise a complaint about PSNC by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Complaints sent to this e-mail address are considered by the Chair of the Review and Audit Panel or by the Chief Executive, as appropriate.