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Health & Care Review

Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and...

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Corticosteroids: rare risk of central serous chorioretinopathy with systemic and local administration

The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued advice on the risk of central serous chorioretinopathy. This has been associated with systemic use of corticosteroids but recently it has also been reported after local administration of corticosteroids via inhaled, intranasal, epidural, intra-articular, topical dermal and periocular routes. The MHRA is advising healthcare professionals...

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CPPE launches New Medicine Service e-course

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched an e-course which will enable learners to gain the key knowledge, skills and behaviours to support delivery of the New Medicine Service (NMS) and to ensure they are delivering a patient-centred, high-quality service. The course will give pharmacy professionals the opportunity to learn in live online...

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Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF)

The NHS England Area Teams are responsible for monitoring community pharmacies compliance with the contractual framework.

Each year as part of the monitoring of the Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework, NHS England will be asking each community pharmacy nationwide to complete a return about current processes and procedures within each pharmacy, declaring how that pharmacy complies (or is working towards complying) with the terms of service in relation to essential and advanced services.

For 2013/14 the NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team have requested that community pharmacies complete a contract assurance self-assessment on PharmOutcomes and submit this to them by the 30th September 2013.

Completion of the CPAF self-assessment is not a mandatory requirement of the Terms of Service.  However the completion and submission of the CPAF self-assessment by pharmacies on PharmOutcomes can streamline the process and in most cases remove the need for a full contract monitoring visit to take place.

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire, with PharmOutcomes, have produced a CPAF guide to outline how to access, complete and submit the CPAF assessments.

CPAF - Full Guide

CPAF - Short Guide