Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


Second mandated health campaign of 2021/22: Winter vaccines

NHS England and NHS Improvement and PSNC have agreed that contractors will be asked to participate in a Winter vaccines campaign as the second mandated health campaign for 2021/22, which contractors must undertake as part of their NHS contractual requirements. This will be part of the national campaign which commenced today, which seeks to encourage...

PQS reminder: One week left to claim Aspiration payment

Community pharmacy contractors have one week left to claim an Aspiration payment for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2021/22 as the window for claiming this payment closes at 11.59pm on 29th October 2021. The Aspiration payment is optional; if contractors do not want to claim it, it will not impact on the contractor’s ability to...

Reminder: Updated prescription sorting and FP34C submission requirements

Many changes were implemented to the Drug Tariff from October 2021. Pharmacy contractors and their teams should familiarise themselves with the below and adjust their processes where required. Earlier advance payments for all contractors From November 2021, all contractors can access advance payments around 20 days earlier by submitting your FP34Cs using the Manage Your...

Share your views on Pharmacy IT infrastructure 

PSNC, working with the Community Pharmacy IT Group (CP ITG), launched a survey to gather feedback about community pharmacy IT infrastructure. This survey will help shape the digital priorities of the CP ITG and system suppliers going forward. The survey should only take around 5-10 minutes to complete and all community pharmacy contractors are invited...

PNA guidance for LPCs published

PSNC and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have both published guidance on pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs). The PSNC guidance aims to assist LPCs engagement with the development of PNAs, particularly those who sit on the local authority steering groups established to support the drafting of PNAs. The guidance includes information on the...

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments Guidance for LPCs

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs) were first drafted by primary care trusts in 2005 following the introduction of the, then, new community pharmacy contractual framework. The briefing below provides updated guidance on PNAs for LPC Chief Officers and their teams. PSNC Briefing 045/21: Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments Guidance for LPCs Note: To access this briefing, you will...

NHSE&I announces support for community pharmacy integration

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have announced funding for Integrated Care System (ICS) based community pharmacy integration leads. Money from the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) will be used to fund the leads for two years, from 2022/23. NHSE&I have said these leads will be instrumental in spearheading the implementation of community pharmacy services locally...

October 2021 Price Concessions 2nd Update

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Clomipramine 50mg capsules 28 £8.60 Glyceryl trinitrate 400micrograms/dose pump sublingual spray 180 £2.83 Hypromellose 0.5% eye drops 10 £1.17 Lercanidipine 10mg tablets 28 £2.99 Lercanidipine 20mg tablets 28 £2.96 Loratadine 5mg/5ml oral solution...

NHS and Government owe pharmacy a great debt, says outgoing PSNC CEO

The resilience of community pharmacy teams during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of this to the health service and public, has been highlighted by Simon Dukes, as he leaves PSNC. Addressing delegates at the Pharmacy Show on Sunday morning (17th October), Mr Dukes, who stepped down from his role as PSNC Chief Executive this...

Upcoming RPS inclusion and diversity events

At the Annual LPC Conference in September, PSNC invited the Head of Professional Belonging at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), Amandeep Doll, to give the attending LPC Chief Officers, Chairs and Members a presentation about the importance of inclusion and diversity to the pharmacy profession and patients, what an inclusive and diverse environment looks like...