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CPPE Corner: Consulting with the avatar patient

PSNC News - 23 October 2018 - 11:04am

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has developed a new approach to learning with the ability to interact with an avatar patient. We spoke to Lesley Grimes, CPPE lead pharmacist, learning development, to find out more.

We are excited to announce the launch of two new and innovative e-learning programmes, which use interactive avatar consultations to test and improve your consultation skills.

COPD – Consulting with the avatar patient and Emergency contraception – Consulting with the avatar patient give you the opportunity to take your person-centred consultation skills on a test drive in a safe environment, with direct feedback to help you develop your skills.

This is a completely new approach to learning for CPPE and promotes live learning. The avatar will speak directly to you to provide feedback on what elements of the consultation went well and what could be improved.

As this is a new concept we have developed an instructional video to support learners in navigating through either of the new e-learning programmes.

In COPD – Consulting with the avatar patient learners will meet James Keating, who has had a recent hospital admission due to an exacerbation of his COPD. Your job is to establish how James uses his medicines and explore and ideas, concerns and expectations he may have.

Emergency contraception – Consulting with the avatar patient introduces Stephanie and her story. You will meet her request for emergency contraception appropriately and address any safeguarding issues you may be concerned about.

Both of these cases have been designed to support you in establishing a flexible structure to your consultation whilst addressing the patient’s agenda and priorities.

The programmes have been developed in collaboration with Keele University and NHS Education for Scotland. There are an additional two avatar programmes under development – keep an eye on the CPPE website for more information coming soon.

Access COPD – Consulting with the avatar patient

Access Emergency contraception – Consulting with the avatar patient

 

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Share your views on point-of-care testing

PSNC News - 23 October 2018 - 9:04am

The University of Oxford is inviting community pharmacists to take part in a paid online survey as part of a research project to investigate point-of-care tests (POCTs) in community pharmacy practice. Participating pharmacists will receive a £10 Amazon voucher for completing the survey.

The researchers want to find out which conditions, illnesses and medications community pharmacists feel that POCTs would be most useful for. The survey also explores how often community pharmacist would use the POCTs and other facilitating factors such as remuneration. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous.

Click here to take part and for more information

If you have any queries about this research project, please email Jan.Verbakel@phc.ox.ac.uk

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PSNC webinar: Making sense of the 2018/19 funding settlement

PSNC News - 22 October 2018 - 2:21pm

Following the announcement of community pharmacy funding for 2018/19, PSNC will be holding a webinar to discuss the settlement on Tuesday 30th October at 7.00pm.

On the night Simon Dukes, PSNC Chief Executive, and Mike Dent, PSNC Director of Pharmacy Funding, will be available to answer your questions about the settlement and what it means for your pharmacy and for the sector more broadly.

The webinar will outline the 2018/19 community pharmacy funding settlement and the background to its agreement, as well as explaining the changes to the Single Activity Fee and Category M prices. It will describe the differences that community pharmacy contractors will see in their payments from the NHS and explain to listeners where to find resources to help estimate the potential changes to your income.

Lasting about an hour and a half, the webinar will give you plenty of opportunity to ask the presenters questions live and we’ll also be tweeting on the night so follow #pharmacyfunding to keep up with all that is going on.

This webinar is being organised at short notice* because PSNC is keen to share as much information about the funding settlement as we can and to answer any questions from contractors.

*Please note that our FMD webinar will now be held on Wednesday 7th November at 7pm. If you have signed up for this webinar you will be automatically notified of the change.

Register for our Funding 2018/19 webinar

Unable to attend the webinar?

It is still worth registering for the event so that you will be sent a link to the recorded version of the webinar as soon as it is available.

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Community pharmacy funding announcement: funding of £2.592bn agreed for 2018/19

PSNC News - 22 October 2018 - 11:00am

Announcement summary

Contractor information

Community pharmacy funding levels will be maintained for 2018/19, with total funding set to £2.592bn. This will be split, as previously, to deliver £1.792bn in fees and allowances and £800m in medicine margin.

In order to deliver the £1.792bn in fees and allowances, the Single Activity Fee will be set to £1.26 from the November Drug Tariff, but this will remain under review throughout the rest of the year.

Alongside this, Category M prices will reduce by £10m per month from November for the next five months (until March 2019). This is to repay excess margin earned by pharmacies in previous years, in particular 2015/16 for which the results of the margin survey show that there was a significant over-delivery of margin.

The price reductions follow the pause in margin recovery which PSNC agreed over the summer to help ease cash flow for contractors, and they reintroduce the recovery at a lower monthly rate (£10m monthly reductions, rather than £15m monthly) than it had been previously.

After rigorous analysis of funding and margin delivery rates and a very difficult debate at the October PSNC meeting, PSNC unanimously agreed to accept the funding offer from DHSC on the grounds that:

  • Community pharmacy is in the very early stages of rebuilding a constructive working relationship with HM Government, its only payer, and needs to demonstrate its desire to move away from the adversarial relationship that has halted progress for the past two years.
  • Previous plans revealed through the Judicial Review process had been to reduce community pharmacy funding by £33m this year.
  • In the context of widespread austerity and immense financial pressures on the health service, and pending substantial discussions on the long term future of community pharmacy, maintaining funding levels was felt to be the priority and the best likely offer.
  • The agreed levels of margin recovery have been set to repay a conservative estimate of excess margin and has been spread over the longest period possible to avoid greater shocks to the market.

In accepting the offer, PSNC expressed to HM Government its deep concerns about the financial pressures facing community pharmacy contractors and the fact that they would increasingly be unable to reinvest, given pressures from rising staff costs and business rates.

PSNC stressed the need for its goodwill in accepting this funding offer to be recognised in future negotiations, and also called for progress to be made in amending the current margin delivery system to smooth adjustments, and to remove the inequity in delivery caused by the proliferation of branded generics, as recognised by DHSC.

PSNC has expressed its desire to begin negotiations on community pharmacy funding for 2019/20 and beyond as soon as possible, and our intention remains to work towards a multi-year settlement that will give more certainty for contractors about future funding. This will necessarily involve substantive discussions with HM Government about its ambitions for community pharmacy in the long term and PSNC is keen to explore ideas about the development of pharmacies’ role in line with the emerging NHS long term plan which we have sought to influence working together with the other pharmacy organisations.

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes said:

“We know that many community pharmacy contractors will be disappointed to hear that there is no more money available for pharmacies this year, and accepting this funding offer was a difficult decision for PSNC to make. But we were very mindful of the proposals we had seen previously to reduce funding by £33m this year, and in that context, along with the backdrop of uncertainty in the wider economic climate, we knew that pharmacy was not going to get a better offer from HM Government.

Since starting at PSNC in May, I have been struck by how hard community pharmacies are working on behalf of the NHS and patients, and we will continue to work with the other pharmacy organisations to ensure that HM Government sees the value that pharmacies are delivering. We must not underestimate the scale of the challenges ahead and we must make our case using evidence, through strategic influencing and by demonstrating that we are a sector innovating and embracing change and new technologies to deliver the outcomes that HM Government wants. If we can do all of this, then I do believe we will be able to create positive opportunities for community pharmacies.

Being able to reach a negotiated settlement for 2018/19 moves us forward in this process and away from the adversarial position that has halted progress over the past two years. We hope that HM Government will see this agreement as a signal of our willingness to work with them in the future, and we have stressed our desire to start negotiations on 2019/20 with them as early as possible.”

PSNC Funding Webinar

PSNC is keen to share as much information about the funding settlement as we can and, to give community pharmacy contractors the opportunity to ask questions about it, we will be holding a funding webinar on Tuesday 30th October at 7pm*.

The webinar will be presented by Mike Dent, PSNC Director of Pharmacy Funding, and Simon Dukes, PSNC Chief Executive. Click here for further details and sign up information.

*Please note that this webinar will now replace the FMD webinar previously scheduled for this time. The FMD webinar will now be held on Wednesday 7th November at 7pm. If you have signed up for this webinar you will be automatically notified of the change, or you can sign up here.

Further Information and FAQs

To help community pharmacy contractors and others to understand the impact that this funding settlement will have on their businesses and the background to its agreement we have produced a number of briefings and resources:

PSNC Briefing 055/18: How the 2018/19 funding settlement will affect your payments – information for contractors

PSNC Briefing 056/18: Background information on community pharmacy funding and the 2018/19 funding settlement

PSNC Briefing 057/18: Funding 2018/19 – Frequently Asked Questions

PSNC Committee Member Statements

PSNC Vice Chair and Regional Representative Bharat Patel said:

“PSNC agreed to this funding settlement in the one part with a heavy heart, because all our businesses are struggling at the moment, but in the other part with optimism, as although we are in the very early stages of rebuilding our relationship with HM Government, we hope we are starting to move towards more constructive dialogue about the future of pharmacy services.

I know that the contractors and LPCs who I represent will, rightly, ask me why we have not got any more money, particularly when community pharmacy collectively has made strong arguments and put forward a number of evidenced proposals for service development over the past two years. But the financial constraints on health and all public services are very severe indeed, and we are only just emerging from a period in which constructive dialogue about the future of community pharmacy had just not been possible.

Looking to the future, HM Government, as our payer, must have the final say in what it wants us to deliver, and our best strategy for success will be to work with Government, not to try to change what we cannot change, but to find ways to meet their objectives that are as beneficial for community pharmacies and their patients as possible. This is exactly what PSNC intends to do.”

PSNC Funding and Contract Subcommittee Chair Peter Cattee said: 

“PSNC’s Funding and Contract Subcommittee considered the available analysis on margins and funding delivery rates very carefully ahead of the wider PSNC discussion on the funding offer. We know the impact that flat funding has on businesses, and we are particularly concerned that the reductions to Category M prices will once again hit cash flow hard, so only very reluctantly accepted that part of the funding package.

We felt that spreading the margin recovery over five months would minimise the impact on cash flow as much as possible, and we were also only prepared to agree to the recovery of £50m of historical excess margin, pending agreement on the final results of the latest margin surveys.

I believe the retained margin system no longer works in the way that we want it to, and this is something PSNC is exploring in great detail as part of work to explore alternative funding models. Solutions are difficult, but although any new models will bring change and challenge for contractors, they should also bring opportunities for those willing to embrace new ways of working and delivering services.”

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Funding 2018/19 – Frequently Asked Questions (October 2018)

PSNC News - 22 October 2018 - 10:58am

To accompany the funding announcement for 2018/19, PSNC has set out responses to a number of questions to help to answer any queries that community pharmacy contractors may have.

PSNC Briefing 057/18: Funding 2018/19 – Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more information, please contact info@psnc.org.uk.

To browse other PSNC Briefings on PSNC’s Work, click here.

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Background information on community pharmacy funding and the 2018/19 funding settlement (October 2018)

PSNC News - 22 October 2018 - 10:57am

This briefing sets out the community pharmacy funding settlement for 2018/19 and gives background information on what the announcement means and how community pharmacy funding works. This may be of particular use to journalists and others wanting to know more about how community pharmacy funding works.

PSNC Briefing 056/18: Background information on community pharmacy funding and the 2018/19 funding settlement

If you have any queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more information, please contact Mike Dent, Director of Pharmacy Funding.

To browse other PSNC Briefings on Funding and Statistics, click here.

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How the 2018-19 funding settlement will affect your payments – information for contractors (October 2018)

PSNC News - 22 October 2018 - 10:57am

In this briefing, PSNC’s Funding Team explains the 2018/19 community pharmacy funding settlement and how it will affect your pharmacy business. The Briefing highlights the changes that have taken place, shows you how you can estimate the impact on your pharmacy, explains where you can find the relevant payment information in your FP34 Schedule of Payments, and should help you to understand the timing of your payments.

PSNC Briefing 055/18: How the 2018/19 funding settlement will affect your payments – information for contractors

The following appendix to this briefing summarises how and when the funding changes will have an impact on your cashflow.

Appendix 1: Summary of funding changes and pharmacy cashflow impact diagram

If you have any queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more information, please contact Jack Cresswell, Funding Strategy Manger.

To browse other PSNC Briefings on Funding and Statistics, click here.

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Self Care Week 2018

PSNC News - 22 October 2018 - 8:35am

Self Care Week, which is an annual national awareness week that focuses on providing support for self care across communities, families and generations, will be running again this year on 12-18th November 2018.

The campaign aims to provide people-facing organisations such as community pharmacies with a focus to hold a targeted campaign to support people to take care of their health and wellbeing and improve their understanding of doing so.

Choosing Self Care for Life is the strap line for this year’s campaign and organisations are being encouraged to use Self Care Week as a hook to help people choose self care for a healthier, happier life.

A £500 prize is available for the winner of the best Self Care Week initiative. See the criteria for details.

Useful resources

Healthy Living Pharmacies

Healthy Living Pharmacy teams may wish to host a health awareness event/campaign on self care, therefore the resources and training available from the Self Care Forum may benefit those wishing to engage with members of the public on this subject. More information on hosting a health awareness event/campaigns can be found on the PSNC health promotion ideas page.

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Correct prescription reimbursement

NPA News - 13 November 2015 - 7:14am
Certain aspects of the Drug Tariff, which may impact on correct prescription reimbursement, continue to present ongoing queries for the NPA. Two such frequently received queries can be found below.
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Ask Your Pharmacist (AYP) Week 2015

NPA News - 11 November 2015 - 1:00pm
Many pharmacies across the UK have been getting involved with AYP Week (9-15 November). You can still get involved and use this week as a platform for pharmacy public awareness activities.
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Price Concessions - November

NPA News - 11 November 2015 - 11:00am
Price concessions for November are now available.
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Specials manufacturers supplying pre-printed labels for endorsement

NPA News - 10 November 2015 - 10:40am
It has come to our attention that some specials manufacturers/suppliers are providing sticky labels to assist with prescription endorsement. However, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has requested to pharmacy contractors not to use these labels for endorsing purposes.
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Class 4 Medicines Defect Information - Primidone SERB tablets 50mg

NPA News - 10 November 2015 - 10:04am
A medicines defect alert has been issued on Primidone SERB tablets 50mg due to an error with the EAN barcode on the packaging. When the incorrect barcode is scanned, the product is identified as Primidone SERB tablets 250mg and not 50mg.
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Influenza vaccine & warfarin

NPA News - 10 November 2015 - 7:00am
Advice in dealing with a situation where a patient taking warfarin is administered with the influenza vaccine using the intramuscular (IM) route.
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Reminder of law regarding single use carrier bag charges

NPA News - 9 November 2015 - 12:45pm
The NPA has been made aware of circulating news and social media rumours surrounding shop branding being present on single use carrier bags (SUCB). This news article is a reminder for NPA Members confirming the legislation relating to single use carrier bag charges in England.
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FAQ: FP10CDF use by a registered nurse in a hospital

NPA News - 6 November 2015 - 10:53am
Is a registered nurse working within a hospital setting required to use the standardised form for requisitioning Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs from a community pharmacy after 30 November 2015?
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FAQ: Red ink on an NHS prescription

NPA News - 6 November 2015 - 10:33am
Can I dispense an NHS prescription which is signed and written by the prescriber in red ink?
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FAQ: Dispensing appliances on an NHS prescription

NPA News - 6 November 2015 - 10:26am
Are all pharmacists obliged to dispense appliances if they are prescribed on an NHS prescription?
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Upcoming NPA events

NPA News - 5 November 2015 - 5:00pm
Events include webinars on Top tips for GPhC inspections, Competition Law and how it affects you, Check34 and a round table Policy & Practice Forum.
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Self Care Week

NPA News - 5 November 2015 - 4:30pm
Pharmacies are encouraged to get involved in Self Care Week (16-22 November), an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities.
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