The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) held its first new-style quarterly meeting in London on 6-7 of February and agreed to the strategic plan for 2019-20.

The 2019-20 plan aims to establish a Community Pharmacy Technology Forum to consider new technologies in community pharmacy. It also offers support to contractors with the implementation of FMD and secure funding from DHSC or NHS England.

The work plan also promises support to contractors and LPCs to implement any changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF).

PSNC’s six subcommittees – Service Development; Legislation and Regulatory Affairs; Funding and Contract; LPC and Contractor Support; Communications and Public Affairs; and Resource, Development and Finance – held detailed discussions and their work plans have fed into the 2019-20 strategic plan.

The committee discussed various other topics including Brexit preparations, Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs), Quality Payments, NHS Long Term Plan, price concessions, service updates and a five-year framework for GP contract reform.

PSNC Committee explored on what community pharmacy would need to do to make the most of all the opportunities the recently announced NHS policies offer and how community pharmacy should work to integrate itself into the emerging Primary Care Networks.

Julie Wood, Chief Executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, addressed the committee members and explained what she expects the reforms of primary care to mean for CCGs, and how community pharmacy will need to fit into that.

Demonstrating the value of community pharmacy at a local level and getting involved in a local integrated care systems planning, should be a priority, and at a national level the sector should seek involvement in the NHS Assembly, she said.

PSNC will work with the national pharmacy organisations and coordinate efforts for the actions identified for pharmacy in 2019-20, said a statement.

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