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Quality Payments: New declaration process

Following the publication of NHS England's guidance for the Quality Payments Scheme February 2019 review point, NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) will today distribute via email* further information on how contractors can claim for a quality payment when the declaration window opens on Monday 4th February 2019. Contractors will be able to claim for...

2 days ago

Quality Payments: Gateway criteria report now available on the NHS BSA website

Community pharmacy contractors are now able to view the first weekly gateway criteria report on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website, which details contractors who have been assessed, using national datasets, as meeting four of the five gateway criteria (Advanced Services, NHS website, Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) and NHSmail). This weekly report,...

2 days ago

Brexit: Health Secretary letter to healthcare professionals

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has today (December 7th) written a series of letters, including one to healthcare professionals, to give an update on the Government's planning for a no-deal Brexit. In his letter to frontline healthcare providers Mr Hancock once again stressed that healthcare providers should not stockpile medicines. He said they should advise their...

2 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.