NHS leaders aim to step up community pharmacy engagement

A new report looking at how community pharmacy will work as part of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) lists seven requirements to help bring the best out of the sector.

  Co-authored by the NHS Confederation, the National Pharmacy Association and the Primary Care Pharmacy Association, the report highlights the key themes of a roundtable discussion in July, involving primary care networks, primary care federations and other stakeholders in local systems. Dr Graham Jackson, GP and Senior Clinical Advisor at the NHS Confederation chaired the discussion. He said today: “It is critical that all available clinical capacity is used effectively. Our report examines the opportunities of collaboration with community pharmacy and identifies key enablers available to local systems, as well as addressing barriers.” “We urge PCN clinical directors, primary care federation leaders and others locally to support community pharmacists to navigate the emerging NHS structures and thoroughly consider what pharmacies can bring to the table in terms of urgent care, public health, medicines optimisation and more.” Andrew Lane, NPA chair said: “The covid-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on the value of working collaboratively across systems. Community pharmacy can deliver most as an integral part of the system rather than being seen as an adjunct to the main action. The sector has an important role to play as a full partner within PCNs, with primary care federations and Integrated Care systems.…

From April 2022, pharmacy contractors must submit their FP34C data on the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal (updated 30/03/2022)

From April 2022, pharmacy contractors will be required to submit their FP34C data on the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) will send the last paper FP34C form in February 2022 and this must be submitted in March 2022 for prescriptions dispensed in February 2022. From April 2022, pharmacies will only be able to submit their FP34C data, electronically, through the MYS portal. Many contractors already use the MYS portal to submit their monthly data. Pharmacy contractors who are still using the paper FP34C to submit their monthly declaration are advised to begin electronic submissions via the MYS portal.   Key points for pharmacy contractors: All prescriptions dispensed from March 2022 must submit their FP34C data through the MYS portal no later than the 5th of the following month Pharmacy contractors must print and enclose a copy of the FP34C with their batch submission A new advance payment timetable was introduced in November 2021, where pharmacy contractors benefit from an early advance payment approximately 20 days earlier. In order for contractors to receive this early payment the following criteria must be met: FP34C data to be submitted through the MYS portal by the 5th of the following month in which the prescriptions were dispensed All electronic endorsement messages must be sent by the 5th of the following month in which the prescription were dispensed Early payment will only be made for submissions submitted through the MYS portal Pharmacy contractors who have not already registered for MYS can sign up on the NHSBSA website.…