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Drug Tariff Watch: September 2018 changes

The Preface lists additions, deletions and alterations to the Drug Tariff. Below is a quick summary of the changes due to take place fromĀ 1st September 2018. Part VIIIA additions Category A: *Glucose 50% solution for infusion 50ml vials (25) Category C: Atovaquone 750mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free n (226ml) – Wellvone Benzalkonium chloride 0.5% shampoo...

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NICE publishes quality standard on medicines management for people receiving social care in the community

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a quality standard on medicines management for people receiving social care in the community, which covers assessing if people need help with their medicines and deciding what medicines support they need to manage their medicines. Four quality statements have been published as part of...

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Prescription Services Notice to contractors

Prescriptions Services announce they are no longer able to return documents incorrectly submitted with your end-of-month bundle. It is important to check that you only include forms and paperwork intended for Prescription Services along with your FP34C. Common incorrect paperwork sent to Prescription Services include: NHS Minor Eye Conditions service Nicotine Replacement Therapy vouchers Hospital...

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Advanced Services

There are four Advanced services within the NHS community pharmacy contract. Community pharmacies can opt to provide any of these services as long as they meet the requirements set out in the Secretary of State Directions.

Information on the services can be found by clicking on the links below which will redirect you to the PSNC website.

Flu Vaccination Service


Medicines Use Review (MUR) and Prescription Intervention Service

Secondary Care Referral for Targeted Medicine Use Review and New Medicine Service

MUR Submissions 


New Medicine Service (NMS)

NMS Submissions


NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS)


Appliance Use Review (AUR) Service

Stoma Appliance Customisation (SAC) Service



Provision of advanced services by pharmacy and dispensing appliance contractors.

West Yorkshire Area Team policy

This policy includes details about the provision of MURs off-site, in patients’ homes and over the telephone.  This is a nationally agreed policy which Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has had no input in to. We will be considering the implications of this policy at our next meeting. 

NHS England policy on advanced services

Forms for completion (PREM2 forms) can be found on the PSNC website by here.

You should send completed forms to your West Yorkshire Area Team contact. These can be found on our website by clicking here.



NMS & MUR Submissions

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) now administers the collection of completed MUR and NMS electronic reporting templates from pharmacy contractors on behalf of NHS England.  Pharmacy contractors will no longer receive any reminder and will therefore need to remember to submit their completed quarterly MUR and NMS electronic reporting templates to the NHSBSA via the Information Services Portal.

For further information please click on the link below:




Secondary Care Referral for Targeted Medicine Use Review and New Medicine Service

Secondary Care Referral Form

Guidance for the use of secondary care referral form 



NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS)

NUMSAS Service Specification


NUMSAS Toolkit 

The updated NUMSAS toolkit has now been published online and can be accessed here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/primary-care/pharmacy/national-urgent-medicine-supply-advanced-service-numsas-pilot/.

Tackling inappropriate supplies of Controlled/High Risk Drugs

There have been a significant increase in incidents reported to NHS England where patients have frequently presented through the Pharmacy NUMSAS Service; attended OOH GP Care Providers or A&E Departments and successfully managed to obtain supplies at multiple sites across the Yorkshire and Humber region in a very short period of time.  Furthermore there has been a report of a patient who consecutively attended five different A&E Departments in our region and managed to obtain supplies of Pethidine.  

All these incidents have highlighted the potential for patient harm.  Each one of us has a duty of care to identify, manage and reduce risk within our organisations.  A multidisciplinary approach has been established to tackle this issue of inappropriate requests for supplies of controlled drugs/high risk medicines.    

Access to the Summary Care Record is an invaluable tool and should be checked to support decisions for any requests for urgent supply of medicines.

Please read the letter below to find out more detail on the safeguards that have been out in place for General Practices and pharmacies:

NHS England Letter - NUMSAS: Inappropriate Supplies of CDs


Signing up to provide the service

Before signing up to provide NUMSAS there are a number of tasks that community pharmacy contractors should complete. PSNC Briefing 033/17: Checklist for the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) contains a checklist of tasks to complete before providing NUMSAS.

Contractors are able to notify NHS England of their intention to provide the NUMSAS pilot by completing the notification form on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website.

All contractors that meet the requirements set out in the service specification for the NUMSAS, including the requirement that the pharmacy has a shared NHSmail mailbox, are able to register; however, contractors will only be able to receive referrals from NHS 111 and provide the service when the service goes live in the contractor’s area (see ‘Roll out of the service’ section). 


Requirement for a shared NHSmail mailbox

A requirement in the service specification is that if a contractor intends to provide the service, they must have a shared NHSmail mailbox for each of the pharmacy premises from where the service will be provided. Contractors should not register for the service until they have such a mailbox.

To access a shared NHSmail mailbox, users must have their own personal NHSmail address which is linked to the shared mailbox. This is to allow different staff members to access the mailbox without sharing of login details. Currently, only a small number of pharmacies have premises specific shared NHSmail mailboxes.

Information on how to obtain an NHSmail account



Key benefits of using the PharmOutcomes service for community pharmacy contractors are:

  • Structured service templates – These allow registration and follow up of all patients accessing the service. This makes the identification of repeat users easily identifiable that in turn can trigger relevant discussions about medicines management and medicines optimisation.
  • Clinical record – A clinical record of all supplies and the ability to show a clear audit trail of activity and claims made.
  • Automated GP notification – Saving data will automatically generate and send a notification form to the patient’s GP practice.
  • NUMSAS submission tokens – The PharmOutcomes service will allow the required information, which needs to be included on the FP10DT EPS dispensing tokens, to be printed on the forms in a clear legible format.
  • NUMSAS claim submission form generation – The NUMSAS claim form will be automatically system generated using recorded data and made available for printing on the 1st day of every month (please note this form must be posted to the NHS Business Services Authority, it cannot be submitted via PharmOutcomes).

Communicating with GP practices

Notifying the patient’s GP practice when a supply of a medicine or appliance is made is a requirement of the NUMSAS. 


Contractors must ensure that a notification is sent to the patient’s GP practice on the same day the medicine or appliance is supplied or as soon as possible after the pharmacy opens on the following working day. This can be undertaken by secure email or secure electronic data interchange. If necessary the pharmacy should contact the GP practice for details of their secure email address. Where electronic notification is not possible, the pharmacy contractor should send the notification via post, hand delivery or “safe haven” fax (this should only happen where the pharmacy has confirmed with the GP practice the number of the fax and that it is a “safe haven”).

Where the notification to the GP practice is undertaken via hardcopy/fax the national GP Practice Notification Form should be used:

NUMSAS – GP practice notification form (Word)

NUMSAS – GP practice notification form (PDF)

NUMSAS Briefing for GP Practices


Claiming payment

To claim payment for this service, contractors must complete the NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Advanced Service Pilot claim form and submit it to the NHS BSA, along with the completed FP10DT EPS dispensing tokens (completed as part of the NUMSAS), not later than the 5th day of the month following that in which the urgent supply was made.

The process will be separate to the submission of other FP10 forms, do not send the claim form with your prescription bundle at the end of the month. The completed form should be sent to Prescription Services, Bridge House, 152 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6SN in a secure manner that enables tracking and tracing of the delivery. 

PSNC Briefing 034/17: NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) – checklist for completing an FP10DT EPS dispensing token and end of month submission process contains a checklist for completing an FP10DT EPS dispensing token after each referral and a checklist for submitting the tokens and claim form at the end of the month. 

PSNC Briefing 035/17: Services Factsheet – NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) – how much will I be paid?  is a quick reference guide to see how much contractors will be paid for each referral they receive depending on the outcome of the referral.




Additional information can be found on the PSNC website at http://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/urgent-medicine-supply-service/

If you have any queries please contact Melissa Burnley, melissa@cpwy.org.



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Flu Vaccination Service 

The service specification and Patient Group Direction (PGD) for the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18 have been published and can be accessed on the links below.

Publication of the service specification and the PGD means that contractors now have further information on the service to use in finalising their preparations for provision of the service. The necessary amendments to The Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services) (England) Directions 2013 (the Directions) have been made and contractors can begin to offer the service from the 1st September 2017.

The specification and PGD set out information about provision of the service and they should be read alongside PSNC’s detailed guidance on the service.

Service Specification for the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18

PGD for the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18

PSNC Briefing 055/17: Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18

The last 2 pages of this comprehensive briefing (annex 1) include a helpful checklist for pharmacies to work through to ensure they have everything in readiness for this year's flu service.  You may want to print out this checklist and start to work through the actions so that your pharmacy is ready to provide NHS flu vaccines to patients as soon as vaccines are available after the 1st September 2017. 

Notifying NHS England of intention to provide the Flu Vaccination Service

Contractors can now notify NHS England of their intention to begin providing the Flu Vaccination Service by completing the notification form available on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website.

This must be done annually therefore even if a contractor provided the service in 2016/17 they must complete this sign-up process again.

Contractors need to complete this form for all their pharmacies from which the Flu Vaccination Service will be offered.

If the form is not completed before provision of the service, claims for payment will not be accepted by the NHS BSA.

The electronic form on the NHS BSA website asks for the Pharmacy Organisation Code; this is the ODS or F code for the pharmacy that is used on the end of month submission to the Pricing Authority. If the form is incorrectly completed it may result in a delay in payment for the service.


Training Requirements for the National Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18

PSNC have produced a useful summary of the training requirements for the national Flu Vaccination Service. See here: http://psnc.org.uk/our-news/training-requirements-for-the-national-flu-vaccination-service-201718/

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire is not providing vaccination training for pharmacists. See the PSNC website for a list of organistions that provide vaccination training for pharmacists. Click here: http://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/flu-vaccination-training/

General Resources

PSNC #getreadyforflu webinar - http://psnc.org.uk/psncs-work/our-events/register-your-interest-in-our-webinar/flu-vaccination-advanced-service-webinar/
Frequently Asked Questions http://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/flu-vaccination-faqs/

Flu Newsletter 17/18

PSNC Flu Checklist

Patient Questionnaire IT Guidance Document


Service Delivery Resources

CPWY Flu Poster 17/18

Tear Off Appointment Slip / Flyer

Key facts about flu and flu vaccination - to support discussions with patients

Myth Buster - to support discussions with patients

Identifying carers for flu vaccination

Patient Leaflet - PHE Flu Vaccination 2017/18 

Patient Leaflet - PHE Flu Vaccination (easy read version)

Patient Leaflet - PHE Pregnancy & Flu

Patient Leaflet - Pregnancy & Flu (Kirklees)

Patient Leaflet - Carers

CPWY Flu Poster - 65 and Over

CPWY Flu Poster - Asthma

CPWY Flu Poster - COPD

CPWY Flu Poster - Diabetes

CPWY Flu Poster - Heart Condition

CPWY Flu Poster - Pregnant

CPWY Flu Poster - Carer

Chapter 19 of the Immunisation Against Infectious Disease, “The Green Book”, can be downloaded here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/influenza-the-green-book-chapter-19


It's Not too Late to Vaccinate Poster

Manchester LPC have kindly shared this poster which may be useful for pharmacy teams to display to alert patients that it is not too late to get their flu vaccination.  Please see the poster below.

It's Not too Late to Vaccinate Poster


Flu Service Updates

Update - 9th August 2017 

Update - 3rd January 2018

Update - 8th March 2018 

Flu Service 18/19 Update - June 18


PharmOutcomes Guide - Flu Vaccination Figures


PharmOutcomes & Claiming Payment 

The NHS Flu Service will be available on PharmOutcomes by 1st September 2017. 

If you are using PharmOutcomes to record your flu vaccination delivery for the Advanced Service it is important to remember that for the national Flu Advanced Service PharmOutcomes will NOT automatically make a claim for payment. It does however generate a pre-populated pharmacy monthly return which you will need to print off and submit to the Prescription Pricing Authority with your monthly prescription bundle submission.  Details of how to do this are in Provider User Guides on the Help tab on PharmOutcomes. 

The pharmacy monthly return is available to download on the first day of every month from the claim tab.

To receive payment, the claim form must be submitted to the Pricing Authority with the pharmacy’s prescription bundle no later than the 5th day of the month following that in which the vaccination was administered.

Payment claims for March 2018 – Payment claims for vaccinations administered during March 2018 MUST be submitted to the NHS BSA by 5th April 2018 in line with the FP34C submission document process.

Late claims will not be processed and contractors will not receive payment for vaccinations claimed for.



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Flu Vaccination for Carers

Now that carers can have a free NHS flu jab at their local pharmacy, Carers Trust has produced a range of resources to help pharmacy teams identify carers and offer them support.

Further information can be found at:  https://professionals.carers.org/flu-vaccinations-carers-guidance-community-pharmacies


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