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Contractor notification – retrospective price adjustment

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have retrospectively determined that the reimbursement prices for the following items will be: Glyceryl trinitrate 400micrograms/dose aerosol sublingual spray (180 dose) – £3.43 (instead of £3.37) between April and June 2019 Telmisartan 80mg/Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg tablets (28 pack) – £16.79 (instead of £16.72) for June 2019. Payment for...

2 hours ago

PCN engagement – implementation guidance and resources update (June 2019)

This update has been issued to support LPCs in engaging with Primary Care Networks (PCNs). It builds on PSNC Briefing 015/19: Supporting community pharmacies to engage with Primary Care Networks – potential actions for LPCs. PSNC has identified four phases of community pharmacy engagement with PCNs over the next 12 to 24 months. Focussing on...

3 days ago

PCSE invitation to contractors to test market entry online

Last month (May 2019), we shared with pharmacy contractors, the PCSE Engagement team’s invitation to test the market entry online portal. PCSE have confirmed that it will be hosting an initial introduction to user acceptance testing to Market Entry PCSE online on Tuesday 9th July at the Arlington Business Centre in Leeds, the session will...

4 days ago

EPS Nominations

It is important if contractors are starting to collect nominations that they are aware of:

  • No inducements can be offered for patients to nominate your pharmacy for EPS R2. This means that money, gifts, points and discounts (along with anything else that may be classed as an inducement) must not be offered or given. The LPC is aware that some contractors do currently offer inducements for signing up to Prescription Collection Services. This must not happen for EPS R2 nominations.
  • Pharmacies must have ‘local accountable auditable processes' for obtaining explicit consent. Consent cannot be assumed to have been given just because a patient is signed up to your PCS service (even if your PCS leaflets make reference to EPS). As part of this consent process there is a range of information that must be given to the patient. Connecting for Health has produced a leaflet called "Explaining the Electronic Prescription Service - Information for patients and carers in England which can be downloaded here. These leaflets can be ordered from the Department of Health's Publication Orderline by clicking here or contacting 0300 123 1002.
  • Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has produced an EPS Nomination Form to enable you to capture consent for nomination.
  • You may find it useful to have an SOP to cover your nomination processes. Both the NPA and Numark have developed template SOPs.
  • You will not currently be notified if a patient changes their nomination. It is the most recent nomination that counts.
  • Nominations can only be made on an EPS Release 2 system and by an individual with an EPS R2 smartcard. NHS England will be able to track all nominations and will use this data to investigate any issues. You must not share your smartcard with anybody else.
  • You must be aware of the NHS England 'Nomination: what you need to know' document which can be downloaded by clicking here.