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CPCF Actions you should consider NOW!

Last week PSNC and DHSC announced an agreed contractual framework and funding settlement for 2019-20 through until 2023-24 - you can find full details at:

Your LPC Officers met this week to consider how we can best support our contractors and teams in preparation for the implementation of the various streams in the new framework - and whilst there are still many unknowns, we have drawn up a list of items that contractors can (and should) take action on before we get into a very busy autumn season.

This is an excellent opportunity to hear more about the new Contractual Framework and ask questions of the PSNC team - book early to avoid disappointment.
This will be held from 10am to 12 noon on Sunday 29th September 2019 at:
The Village Hotel, Tempus Drive, Walsall WS2 8TJ
CLICK HERE to book in to the event

Here are our other "top tips" for now!

Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2019-20
Quality Payments have morphed into the Pharmacy Quality Scheme, and contractors have the ability to claim an Aspiration Payment of  70% of the Quality Payments claim from 2018-19 as an advance payment on engagement in QPS for 2019-20.
To receive an aspiration payment, contractors will need to be meeting the gateway criteria and state which of the composite bundles/standalone criteria they expect to achieve. This declaration will need to be undertaken by the end of October, with the aspiration payment being made by the end of November. Further details on how to claim an aspiration payment will be published shortly, however our advice is ensure your compliance with the Gateway Criteria well before the process commences. These are:
  1. Advanced Services: Offering NHS community pharmacy seasonal influenza vaccination and/or the New Medicine Service;
  2. Pharmacy staff at the pharmacy must be able to send and receive NHSmail from their shared premises NHSmail mailbox, which must have at least two active linked accounts;
  3. Update NHS website profile for opening hours (including Bank Holidays), services and facilities and promptly update as information changes to ensure information is accurate for the public; and
  4. 80% of all pharmacy professionals have achieved level 2 safeguarding status for children and vulnerable adults in the last two years.
The latest PSNC briefing on PQS can be found HERE.
Finally, requirements around NHSmail, SCR and DoS will become Essential terms of service for community pharmacy contractors in April 2020 - see below!
Terms of Service changes from April 2020
From April 2020, all pharmacies will be required by the Terms of Service:
  • to be able to process electronic prescriptions
  • to have an active shared NHS mailbox
  • to be able to access SCR and keep the pharmacy DoS profile updated
  • and to have attained HLP Level 1 status.
Many pharmacies will have achieved the HLP Level 1 status as part of the Quality Payments criteria over the last two years; however the HLP status requires re-accreditation every TWO years so most contractors will need to address this over the coming months before next April.
If you have not previously been accredited as an HLP Level 1 then you MUST prepare to do so now!
To start this process now will give you the maximum amount of time to achieve compliance in advance of that date; you can find full details of how to achieve the requirements for HLP Level 1 on the PSNC's website at:
Note much of the information relates to HLP Quality Criteria however we believe the information is still relevant, to the best of our knowledge.
NOTE: If you have NOT previously been accredited as an HLP then there are further requirements to meet BEFORE you can self-accredit as an HLP: Whilst again, these were requirements for the old Quality Payments scheme, it would be wise to ensure compliance with these requirements in case they remain in place with reference to HLP become part of the Terms of Service.
Community Pharmacist Consultation Service

A new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) will be launching in October 2019 as an Advanced Service. The service will connect patients who have a minor illness with a community pharmacy as their first port of call.

The CPCS will take referrals to community pharmacy from NHS 111 initially, with a rise in scale with referrals from other parts of the NHS to follow. The CPCS will relieve pressure on the wider NHS by connecting patients with community pharmacy, which should be their first port of call and can deliver a swift, convenient and effective service to meet their needs.

Funding for the CPCS will include an initial transitional payment for contractors. Those contractors who are ready to provide the service from December 1st 2019 will receive £900, and those who are ready by January 15th 2020 will receive £600. Each consultation will attract a payment of £14 once the service is in operation.

Although there is yet to be clarity on what the criteria will be for being "ready to provide the service" actually means, your LPC advises that as a minimum you should put the above dates in your diary to ensure that you are able to both claim the £900 (or £600) and be ready to start accepting referrals when they start.

There's more on the CPCS on the PSNC website.
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