Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


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. These leads will be instrumental in spearheading the implementation of community pharmacy services locally and help support...

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...

Contractor notice: New paper FP34C forms and changes to sorting requirements

From October 2021, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) will be posting out a new version of the paper FP34C form which will continue to be issued until March 2022 (for prescriptions dispensed in February 2022), after which FP34C submissions through the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal will become compulsory. The revised paper FP34C form to...

PNA guidance for local authority health and wellbeing boards

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today published guidance on Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs). PNAs are a crucial part of the market entry system, and support commissioning decisions based on patient needs. HWBs must prepare PNAs to national comparable standards and the new DHSC guidance to Health and Wellbeing Boards updates the existing...

CEO job opportunity at Kent LPC

Are you an exceptional strategic thinking individual who can provide innovative solutions to support and develop community pharmacy? If so, this may be a good job opportunity for you. Kent LPC is looking to recruit an experienced Chief Executive Officer to support them in driving the LPCs strategic plan, working closely with the LPC Office to produce...

October 2021 Price Concessions 1st Update

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today (15/10/2021) granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Glyceryl trinitrate 400micrograms/dose pump sublingual spray 200 £2.83 Lamotrigine 5mg dispersible tablets sugar free 28 £8.43 Methocarbamol 750mg tablets 100 £12.37 Pioglitazone 45mg tablets 28 £2.40 Timolol 0.25% eye drops 5...

Toolkit to support local commissioning of PGD services launched

A toolkit designed to support Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) to work with commissioners to consider how patient group direction (PGD) services may provide additional care to patients at the right place and the right time has been launched by PSNC today. The toolkit considers how an Extended Care Service could be used to support local...