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NHS Long Term Plan published (England): where does community pharmacy fit within it?


What is coming in 2019? Read superintendent update for full details:

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) plans (England, Scotland and Wales)
Falsified medicines Directive (FMD) – refer to the NPA FMD webpage and FMD checklist and summary resource
Quality Payments Scheme (QPS) (England only) – refer to the NPA QP webpage and QP checklist and summary resource
Brexit – potential impact on medicines supply chain and medicines shortages – new legislation proposed by DHSC: Serious Shortages Protocol (SSP)

How to make 2019 a success?

Check your top growing OTC classes/products

See if you are potentially losing money – use the NPA Business Efficiency Solutions pack (England), Supporting members in Wales through change (Wales) and Community pharmacy operational support (Ops) pack (UK)

  • Northern Ireland and Scotland: Supporting members packs coming in early 2019

NPA Medication Safety Officer (MSO) and patient safety reports

During 2018, the top three types of patient safety incidents reported were handing out errors (3.7%), delivering medicines errors (3.5%) and Controlled Drugs (CD) errors (3.5%). Use the following resources to reduce patient safety incidents:

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)

All the information you need to ensure compliance with FMD

The Quality Payment Scheme

Information and suite of resources to assist in meeting each of the Quality Payment criteria

Patient Safety Incident Reporting (MSO)

Report dispensing incidents and get patient safety updates, alerts and resources

Business Support

Everything you need for your business: Business Partners, Clearing House, Employment, Health & Safety, and the NPA Business Efficiency Solution pack

Community pharmacy operational support (Ops) pack

The NPA Ops pack has been developed by the NPA Pharmacy team to help meet the needs of independent community pharmacists throughout the UK.

Essential SOPs

Standard operating procedures, including those amended to include the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) steps

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018

All the guidance and templates required to be compliant with relevant data protection legislation

Patient Group Directions (PGDs)

Interested in expanding the services you offer privately? We offer a range of private PGDs to help you tailor your services locally.

Flu service (NHS and Private)

Resources and support for providing the NHS and private flu vaccination services

Controlled Drugs (CDs)

Changes in legislation regarding CDs, including cannabis

General Pharmaceutical Council inspections

An extensive suite of support to help your prepare for an inspection, including tips to help you achieve the required standards.

NPA news and events

The latest news, superintendent updates and events to keep you informed of what's happening