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PSNC responds to RCGP's forecast of increasing waits for GP appointments

PSNC has today responded to a warning from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) that patients across England face waiting longer than a week for a GP or practice nurse appointment on more than 100 million occasions by 2022. The press release from RCGP states that, if current trends continue, the number of instances when patients...

13 hours ago

Ask PSNC: NUMSAS FAQs

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) since the service has gone live. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q.Q. How do I claim payment for provision of NUMSAS? Contractors must complete the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service Claim submission...

20 hours ago

July 2017 Price Concessions/NCSO (further update)

The Department of Health has granted the following price concessions for July 2017: Drug Pack size Price concession Betahistine 16mg tablets 84 £11.95 Betahistine 8mg tablets 84 £5.85 Buspirone 10mg tablets 30 £9.57 Dapsone 50mg tablets 28 £46.19 Diamorphine 30mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.52 Exemestane 25mg tablets (new) 30 £65.00 Levetiracetam 1g...

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.