Committee Blog – The New Community Contractual Framework

Committee Blog – The New Community Contractual Framework

September 18, 2019

The new Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework

Gordon Couper

Hello and welcome to the first of our committee member blogs. I am Gordon Couper, Chair of the LPC and an independent pharmacy contractor with two pharmacies, one in Chester and the other on the Wirral. This blog is in two parts, this first one covering the new Pharmacy contract followed by one on Primary Care Networks.

You will have no doubt read that recently PSNC announced that they have agreed a 5-year framework for the new pharmacy contract.

There are some changes that we will all be familiarising ourselves with, such as the reduction and subsequent removal of Medicine Use Review service and the introduction of the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS).

This is going to be a significant shake up of how contractors receive their income from the contract and we will all need to give ourselves the best chance of transforming in a sustainable manner.

To do this, I would like to encourage all contractors and their teams to take the following 4 actions:

  1. Watch the webinar (click here) that PSNC have produced on the new framework.
  2. Plan how you can setup your pharmacy to deliver the parts you want to – consider the new patient flows that services such as the CPCS is likely to bring – at first it will be NHS 111 patients, but online and GP will no doubt follow quickly and so planning how to deal with a different type of referral and ensure. Our checklist that has just been launched (click here) will help you here.
  3. Ensure you register for the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal and register for CPCS in good time – the service goes live on the 29th October 2019 and so for those contractors already delivering NUMSAS, they must register for MYS by the 1st October and CPCS by the 8th to ensure all the DOS profile links can be setup for a smooth transition. You can also claim £900 as an early transitional payment for completing the registration before the 1st December.
  4. Attend our information evening. The LPC is preparing four information evenings during October that cover both the new contractual framework and Primary Care Networks – the dates can be seen here: https://www.cpcw.org.uk/our-news/cpcw-events-cpcf-pqf-and-pcns/. Come and learn more and meet other contractors in your area.


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