Friday Letter 22/11/2019

Friday 22nd November 2019

Upcoming deadlines PQS and CPCS

Pharmacy Quality Scheme Gateway criteria – NHS.UK profile

30th November 2019– Final date to update NHS.UK for advanced services. Note: This is gateway criterion and MANDATORY to participate in the PQS 2020.

To meet the gateway criterion contractors are required to edit or validate three sections of their NHS website (NHS.UK) profile between 00:00 on 1st October 2019 and 11:59pm on 30th November 2019.

For more information on how to meet this criterion, see the PSNC website.

Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Updating your DOS profile

As part of the digital enablers domain of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme, you are required to update your DOS profile

‘On the day of the declaration, the pharmacy must have updated its NHS 111 DoS profile via the DoS updater, including its opening hours for Easter Sunday 2020 and public and bank holidays including Christmas Day 2019, Boxing Day 2019, New Year’s Day 2020, Good Friday 2020, Easter Monday 2020, Early May Bank Holiday 2020 and Spring Bank Holiday 2020, and must promptly update its profile as information changes, to ensure information is accurate for real time referrals, e.g. from NHS 111 providers. The update window for the February 2020 declaration is between 00:00 on 1st October 2019 and 23:59 on 30th November 2019.’

For more information on how to meet this criterion, see the PSNC website for guidance.

CPCS – Final week to receive the full payment!

If you have not already signed up for CPCS, next week is the final week to ensure you receive the full transition payment supplement of£900 – The deadline is 1st December 2019

Participating pharmacies will be required to provide the service at all times during their full opening hours, so please ensure that all staff are prepared and know how to provide this service, including all locum pharmacists.

Pharmacy contractors can now register to provide the service and claim the Transition payment supplement (£900 if claimed by 1st December 2019).

If you sign up between 2 December 2019 and 11:59pm on 15 January 2020, you’ll receive £600 and any registrations after 16 January 2020 will not receive a transition payment.

For further support, the NHS BSA have published a CPCS Toolkit to assist in preparing contractors and pharmacist staff, please click here to view download from the BSA website.

PSNC have also published further support and guidance including FAQs and , click here to view the PSNC website.


November 2019 Price Concessions – 2nd update

An update for November 2019 Price Concessions has been granted.

Click here to view on the PSNC website


SSP02 and SSP03 updates

SSP02 – Extension and Amendment

SSP02 for Fluoxetine 30mg capsules has been extended until 18th December 2019.

There has also been an amendment to SSP02 – In cases where it is appropriate to follow the protocol, pharmacists must now supply Fluoxetine 10mg capsules instead of tablets – i.e. for every Fluoxetine 30mg capsule supply 1 x Fluoxetine 10mg capsule, plus 1 x Fluoxetine 20mg capsule.

SSP03 – Expired

The SSP03 for Fluoxetine 40 mg capsules expired Wednesday 20th November as there is now sufficient stock is now available to supply normal demand for Fluoxetine 40mg capsules.

For more information and the latest versions of the current and archived SSPs, please see the PSNC website


Educational Meeting Invitation 23rd Nov 2019

Please see the following flyer for an educational event for this Saturday 23rd November 2019.

This session will be dedicated to Bone Health, Dermatology and Diabetic Foot Health.

The meeting will have CPD accreditation.


Medicines Alerts from this week

Class 2 Medicines recall: Ranitidine 75mg Tablets, (Various Liveries)

These medicines have been recalled by OTC Concepts Ltd, Relonchem Ltd, Noumed Life Sciences Ltd and Medreich Plc as a precautionary measure due to possible contamination with an impurity.

Click here to view the full alert and take the appropriate actions in your pharmacy.

Please also be reminded of the recent Medicines Recall for Ranitidine Oral Solution 30mg/ml and Ranitidine 150mg Tablets, published on Tuesday.

Creo Pharma Limited and Tillomed Laboratories Limited are recalling all unexpired stock of the products listed in this alert.

Click here to view the full alert, and take the appropriate action in your pharmacy, if you have not done so already

If you have any questions, contact MHRA on

Class 3 Medicines Recall: Folic Acid Tablets BP 5mg, 

The following Class 3 Medicines recall for Folic Acid Tablets BP 5mg was published Monday 18th November.

Please click here to view and read through the following recall in full for more details and take the required action in your pharmacy.


City maps phone scam

We have had reports of a a scam that is attempting to bill pharmacies retrospectively for an agreement around updating maps.

The contractor has attached a copy of a fax they received in branch and then a follow up call as below;

The LPC’s in the areas affected have investigated further and found reports of similar scams in vetinary surgeries (see articles below)

College warns of potential PSS phone scam

Warning of ‘scam’ that could cost thousands

Please inform us of any similar calls in the local area.


PSNC Pharmacy systems survey – Please submit your views

PSNC and the Community Pharmacy IT Group (CP ITG), are conducting a survey on pharmacy PMR systems, asking pharmacy teams which enhancements they would like to see prioritised.

Please ask all pharmacy staff to submit their views to ensure your priorities and thoughts are considered.

Click here for more information and link to the survey on the PSNC website

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