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2nd October 2019
Important Notifications

Funding Announcement: October Drug Tariff Changes

The October 2019 Drug Tariff contains a number of changes relating to reimbursement and remuneration that community pharmacy contractors and their teams need to be aware of.

Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs)
Amendments have been made to Parts I, II and IIIA of the Drug Tariff to recognise SSPs. The new wording provides details of the endorsement requirements, reimbursement and remuneration for supplies made in accordance with SSPs.

Reimbursement is for the medicine or appliance supplied in accordance with an SSP, not the originally prescribed medicine/appliance. Payment is normally calculated on the basis that the exact quantity ordered by the prescriber has been supplied, apart from any supply made against an SSP for an alternative quantity. Additionally, where a supply is made against an SSP, the reimbursement price will account for VAT payment.

Aside of the usual dispensing fees and allowances for any items supplied in accordance with an SSP, pharmacy contractors will receive an additional SSP fee of £5.35 per item.
  • For guidance on claiming payment for SSPs, click here to view a factsheet.
  • For general information and background on SSPs, click here to view the SSPs page.
Establishment Payment changes
Amendments have been made to Part VIA to update the monthly Establishment Payment levels. This is a continuation of the phasing out of this payment. The table below shows the new amounts for pharmacy contractors in England:
Number of items per month from 1 October 2019 Monthly Establishment Payments from 1 October 2019
2,500 – 2,829 £582
2,830 – 3,149 £605
3,150+ £628
The monies from the Establishment Payment are being reinvested elsewhere to keep the overall funding sum at £2.592bn.

Transitional Payments
Amendments have been made to Part VIA to add Transitional Payments to the Drug Tariff. All contractors will automatically receive Transitional Payments from October 2019. Payments will be paid on a monthly basis according to the number of prescription items submitted and reimbursed by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) in the relevant month, as set out in the table below:
Number of items per month from 1 October 2019 Monthly Transitional Payment from 1 October 2019
0 – 2500 £100.00
2501 – 5000 £700.00
5001 – 19167 £780.00
19168+ £833.33
For more information on the Transitional Payments, click here to view the PSNC news story.

Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) and The New Pharmacy Contract: PSNC HLP Pages Updated

The majority of pharmacies in Greater Manchester are already HLP accredited, but by April 2020 all pharmacies will be required to become HLPs as part of their Terms of Service (this includes DSP).  This will be no longer be optional as it was with the Quality Payment Scheme. Those that are already HLP accredited must assess their pharmacy against the HLP quality criteria every two years.

Public Health England has recently updated the criteria that must be met to qualify for HLP status in this document.

The PSNC website has information regarding HLPs, including guidance, resources and a list of training providers for HLP leaders and champions has also been updated. The link to the PSNC HLP pages can be found here


Health Champion Training – 10th & 11th October 2019

This two-day course enables pharmacy staff to become qualified Health Champions for Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1. Attendees who successfully complete both days and the short assessment at the end will receive a nationally-recognised Royal Society for Public Health Level 2 qualification in Understanding Health Improvement. It’s taking Place on 10th and 11th October at The Studio, Lever Street, Manchester. Find out more & book.

AGM and PSNC Roadshow

Thank you to all the contractors and pharmacy colleagues who attended the AGM, Contractor Support event and PSNC Roadshow on Sunday. You can now view the slides our websiteWe shared both information and the support your LPC will be providing contractors on the:
  • Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF)
  • Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS)
  • Engaging with Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS)
  • Aspirational and transitional payments
  • Locality events
  • Primary Care networks (PCN)
  • RPS Leadership Offer
  • CPPE support and training
At the PSNC Roadshow we heard from Simon Dukes, CEO of PSNC and his leadership team on the background to CPCF and the expectations from the pharmacy sector to deliver. For those who couldn’t attend there is webinar tonight at 7.30pm which can be accessed here. This webinar and the CPCS one will both also be available on demand from this link.

Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) – Diabetes Audit -
have you started?

The PSNC Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) Guidance has been released and as part of the Prevention bundle contractors must check that all patients with diabetes have had a foot and eye (retinopathy) check in the past 12 months. Those under 12 years old only need to have foot checks.

Contractors must make a record of the patients’ responses on the PMR or an appropriate record form and they should be referred as appropriate. The pharmacy must keep a record of the total number of patients that have had the intervention as well as their responses and referral information.

Although the NHS England guidance has not yet been released, the start date for this audit is 1st October 2019 so contractors are encouraged to discuss this with their teams in advance. It may be prudent to contact local surgeries/diabetes teams to inform them of the audit and to ask who to refer patients to in the event someone hasn’t had the appropriate checks.


Flu Advanced Service - Winter Flu Leaflet

This leaflet explains to patients how they can help protect themselves and their children against flu this coming winter and includes information for children, eligible adults and pregnant women, explaining why it’s important that people at increased risk from flu have their free vaccination every year. Hard copies of the leaflet can be ordered free of charge.
The leaflet is also available in a number of different languages which may be useful in supporting pharmacy teams in delivering the service. These are available for download here.


GMLPCs response to the DHSC consultation on community pharmacy reimbursement reforms

Please find below the GMLPC response to the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultation on community pharmacy reimbursement reforms. GMLPCs response to DHSCs consultation September 2019

Report of Safety Concerns with Ranitidine

Over the weekend the BBC reported about safety concerns with Ranitidine in the USA. The 150mg strength mentioned is not available for OTC sales in the UK. The MHRA are investigating the allegations, however no guidance or recall of any stock has yet been issued. Advise patients prescribed Ranitidine to continue taking it and to speak to their prescriber if necessary. For OTC requests you may consider recommending a suitable alternative product.

CPCS Support for Locum Pharmacists

The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) goes live on 29th October 2019, replacing the NUMSAS and DMIRS pilots. Pharmacy contractors are now registering to provide the service and it is expected that most pharmacies will participate in it. Pharmacies that are registered for the service must provide it throughout their full opening hours. As the service is provided by pharmacists, it is important that all community pharmacists, including locums, know how to provide the service.

PSNC have produced the attached guidance to help support locums. Please share this communication with locums who work in your pharmacy. 

What’s new in BNF78? An event for pre-registration pharmacists

Wednesday 6th November 2019
The Hough End Centre, Chorlton, Manchester.

Food is available from 7pm,
Event runs 7.30pm to 9pm.

This free event looks at the new recommendations and information in the BNF. The aim of this event is to enable pre-registration pharmacists to identify how new recommendations and information in the BNF will affect clinical practice. During the event pre-registration colleagues from in hospital and community practice will work together on a series of case studies and to start to build a professional network.

To book go to the CPPE website or phone 0161 7784000 and quote event reference 49566.

Locality news: what's happening in your area

Tameside and Glossop: Transfer of Services to PharmOutcomes

Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like to notify you that as of 1st October 2019, you will be required to submit your claim activity through PharmOutcomes for the following commissioned services:
  • Supervised Consumption
  • Needle Exchange
  • Emergency Hormonal Contraception
  • Minor Ailments Scheme
  • Minor Eye Conditions Scheme
Please view this letter for further information. 

Trafford: Old Trafford Medical Practice and Gloucester House Medical Centre

Following its inspection of Old Trafford Medical Practice and Gloucester House Medical Centre the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated the practice as ‘inadequate’ and a decision has been made to end the current provider contracts. Caretaking arrangements have been put in place until 1 October 2020. For further information see the following documents:

Primary Care Networks (PCN)

Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) - Primary Care Networks (PCNs) Domain

The Primary Care Networks (PCNs) domain of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) is worth

  • 22.5 points and has a value of between £1,440 – £2,880 for a Pharmacy PCN lead; or
  • 12.5 points and has a value of between £800 – £1,600 for a non-Pharmacy PCN lead.

To support contractors to meet this criteria the LPC are running engagement events across Greater Manchester.

Attending the event will provide you with all the information that you need to meet PQS. We will share with you
the details of other contractors in your PCN,  the agreed communication channel for your PCN, the collaborative approach being taken and will support contractors to appoint a PCN Lead.

The dates are booking details are below:

Registration and light buffet available from 6.30pm. Training 7pm – 9pm.

Our PCN Bite size updates are available on our website here.

External Training, Events and Information

CPPE: Greater Manchester events

GMLPC actively supports and promotes CPPE’s events, please find details below. CPPE has published its  events calendar  for September 2019 to March 2020 so you can see what learning & development opportunities they are offering in GM this year.

Perrigo Pharmacy Training

Perrigo are hosting a training evening “Good sleep matters for good mental wellbeing” on October 14th 2019 at Hallmark Hotel, Manchester Airport from 6:30pm. For more information and to book click here.  

Stoptober Roadshow events

The Stoptober Roadshow with Hits Radio are going to be promoting Stoptober. If you wish to go along and help promote, please feel free. Book here.

Please see below the dates available:
  • Oldham: Sainsburys, 60 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DJ  
    • 3rd October - 10am - 4pm
  • Stockport: Tesco Extra, Tiviot Way, Portwood, SK1 2BT
    • 4th October - 10am - 2pm
  • Tameside: Tameside Wellbeing Corner, Ashton Market, Bow St, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6BZ
    • 9th October 10am - 2pm
Useful links

GMLPC understands the immense challenges contractors face, our role is to represent and support you. We would like to remind all contractors that we are here to offer guidance, act as a sounding board and intercede whenever possible. 

CCA / Multiples: Contractors from large or small multiples should always check with their line manager or head office before acting on advice or booking training.
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