£2.8 billion global sum
The global sum for 2015-16 will remain the same as last year. PSNC reported that negotiations with the government had been “extremely difficult”.
EPS costs review
The NHS has committed to review the costs of the electronic prescription service (EPS), in light of PSNC receiving reports that it is “more time-consuming and costly” than dispensing paper prescriptions.
Pharmacists will have to tell patients who claim free prescriptions without evidence that the NHS routinely checks claims, either verbally or through written information. PSNC will be producing template leaflets for contractors.
Under the 2015-16 agreement, contractors will need to publish their earnings from the NHS. PSNC felt it “could not object” to the new requirement because this type of data disclosure was already happening elsewhere in the NHS.
The new service will start in September. Pharmacists will receive £9.14 for every vaccination they deliver as well as reimbursement for the cost of the vaccine. on top of the £2.8 billion funding pot.
Service business cases
The NHS has agreed to help PSNC produce joint business cases for pharmacy services, which is likely to make them more successful. PSNC says it is “too early to say” which services will be considered first.
As per last year, pharmacists will need to take part in a national audit. The subject has not yet been agreed.
No minor ailments service
Negotiations over a national minor ailments service for England have come to a dead end despite lengthy discussions. NHS England revealed it could not reach an agreement on the “price, specification and service model” with PSNC.