The Future Of Community Pharmacy

The Future Of Community Pharmacy

August 20, 2019


As many of you should be aware by now we have just had the announcement of the 5 year deal for Community Pharmacy and the proposed changes to the CPCF. Community Pharmacy Sheffield appreciates this is still an uncertain time for Community Pharmacy teams as we await further detail of the negotiations and what this will mean for contractors.

Looking at the positives; it is a 5 year deal and so will bring some stability to the sector, it appears that there is a commitment to expand clinical service delivery and it may be a step towards a delivery based contract.

CPS will do whatever it can to help support contractors to adapt to changes in the CPCF and be ready and able to deliver on new service opportunities such as the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS) due to be launched in October.

For full details of the 5 year deal please visit the PSNC website here

We have also seen the introduction of a new 5 year contract for General Practice. One of the major changes is the introduction of the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES), a package of funding and support for the creation and staffing of Primary Care Networks (PCNs). PCNs will have a population size of 30-50,000 and are being introduced to strengthen and redesign health and social care, bringing together a range of professionals to work together to provide enhanced personalised and preventative care for their local population. There will also be the development and implementation of 7 national service specifications. Many of these will require PCNs to collaborate with other providers such as community pharmacies to deliver.

Priorities for Community Pharmacies in PCNs:

NHSE sees the initial priorities for Community Pharmacy engagement in PCNs to be:

  • Provision of integrated urgent care services e.g. NUMSAS and DMIRs
  • Work on prevention (building on the work of HLPs)

Local engagement will be key to try and identify other priorities with PCN leaders.

Why pharmacy contractors and their teams need to engage:

Primary care funding will flow through PCNs so it is essential that contractors engage now to build relationships to maximise the chance of integration and inclusion. Projects like the DIO work and Shared Care Hypertension Service will hopefully be key enablers in greater integration.

Community Pharmacy will need commissioning of local services as much as possible to ensure long-term viability.

What will CPS do to facilitate engagement:

CPS has already undertaken mapping work to map all Sheffield Pharmacies with the 15 PCNs and is working on a local integration plan. We have made contact with local leaders who are supporting the development of PCNs to ensure that Community Pharmacy is included in support and development plans. However this is not something we can do alone – we need volunteers from the pharmacies to act as a representative for Community Pharmacy in each PCN (further details will be given at our AGM Update Event on 24thSeptember). We will arrange training and support for these PCN leads and explore opportunities for funding.

How can contractors and pharmacy teams get involved:

  • Consider how you can develop or enhance your relationships with your GP practices and other local health care providers
  • Engage in local opportunities for collaborative working
  • Consider whether you would be willing to act as a community pharmacy lead for your PCN
  • Start a conversation with other local pharmacies about how you can collaborate within your PCN.

If we are not part of PCNs then the system will likely by pass Community Pharmacy and opportunities to better use our skills will be lost.

The PSNC website has further information and resources on PCNs. See here.

To find out more about the new CPCF and local PCN development come a long to our AGM event on 24th September (buffet available from 6.30pm). This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions of our PSNC Regional Representative Garry Myers (who is also part of PSNC’s national negotiating committee) about the 5 year deal and NHS Sheffield CCG colleagues about PCNs.

To book a place click here

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