Changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for 2014/2015

Doctor consultation

22 / 9 / 2014 11.34am

The NHS Employers organisation, on behalf of NHS England, and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have reached agreement on a number of changes to the community pharmacy contractual framework (CPCF) for 2014/15. These changes form part of the overall community pharmacy funding settlement for 2014/15 and will be implemented shortly. The agreed changes to the CPCF follow complex but constructive negotiations and all parties are pleased to have reached agreement.

In return for a 2014/15 funding package of £2.8 billion, comprising £2 billion from fees and allowances and £0.8 billion from medicines margin, NHS Employers and PSNC have agreed to the following service changes and developments. 

  • The continuation of the New Medicine Service (NMS) following the positive evaluation of the service. Funding for the NMS will come from the overall agreed funding settlement, as is the case for other Advanced Services.
  • A requirement for pharmacists to give advice about the benefits of the repeat dispensing service to appropriate patients. 
  • A requirement for pharmacists to report patient safety incidents to the NRLS on a non-anonymised basis.
  • The addition of a new target group and an increase in the proportion of MURs that pharmacies must provide to patients within the target groups from 50 per cent to 70 per cent. The additional target group will be for patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or another condition which puts them at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Patients will be eligible for a targeted MUR as part of this group if they are regularly prescribed four or more medicines, at least one of which is for the relevant cardiovascular/cardiovascular risk condition. 
  • A requirement for pharmacies to participate in a national two week audit to develop an evidence base on emergency supplies of medicines made by community pharmacies. The audit will take place in March/April 2015.

The implementation dates for some of these changes have not yet been agreed and we will publish more information and guidance in due course. In the meantime more information is available in the Summary of 2014/15 Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework Agreement

Felicity Cox, lead negotiator for the NHS Employers organisation, says:
“We are pleased to have reached agreement with the PSNC on changes to the 2014/15 Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework and believe these will deliver improved care for patients. The continuation of the NMS and introduction of a new target group to MURs will aid in expanding the role of service delivery, harnessing the clinical skills of community pharmacists in an ever increasing way.” 

Sue Sharpe, PSNC Chief Executive, says:
“The negotiations on the 2014/15 settlement have been lengthy and complex, but we are pleased that we have been able to reach agreement on changes which we believe ensure that the NHS and patients receive best value from community pharmacies, while also helping to further cement pharmacy’s role at the heart of NHS services.  Overall we believe that these changes are a clear next step in the development of the CPCF into a framework that rewards the delivery of services rather than purely the supply function; a move that we know is a key NHS intention.”


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