07 / 8 / 2015 4pm
On 20 July 2015, NHS Employers (on behalf of NHS England) and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) announced changes to the community pharmacy contractual framework (CPCF) for 2015/16, including a new seasonal flu vaccination advanced service.
Funding for 2015/16 will be £2.8 billion, comprising £2 billion for fees and allowances and £800 million for medicines margin.
Seasonal influenza vaccinations
From September 2015, adult patients (aged 18 or over at the time of vaccination) defined in the annual flu letter will be able to access seasonal flu vaccinations in participating community pharmacies. Pharmacy staff will be expected to identify eligible patients and encourage them to be vaccinated.
This advanced service will be paid at £7.64 per vaccination administered, with an additional £1.50 payment in recognition of costs incurred such as training, revalidation and disposal of clinical waste relating to the service. Funding for this service is separate from, and in addition to the £2.8 billion funding envelope for 2015/16.
For more information, please see our seasonal flu vaccinations web page.
Electronic Prescription Service
A working group, which includes representatives from NHS Employers, PSNC, NHS England and Health and Social Care Information Centre, has commissioned a review of any benefits and disbenefits to community pharmacies that may be associated with the operation of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). The review project is being undertaken by Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC), who will visit approximately 200 randomly selected community pharmacies across England from 25 January 2016. For more information please visit PSNC's website.
Prevention of fraud
Later this year, pharmacies will be required to point out to patients who claim exemption from prescription charges, where no evidence is presented, that the NHS routinely checks claims for exemption and takes action whenever inappropriate claims are made.
As was the case in 2014/15, the NHS England agreed that audit for 2015/16 will be a nationally specified audit. The audit topic is being finalised and more information will follow at a later date.
Publication of earnings
NHS England, NHS Employers and PSNC will also work together to take forward an agreement in principle on the publication of earnings for NHS pharmacists. This is in line with other healthcare professionals.
For more details on the changes set out above, please see the Summary of 2015/16 community pharmacy contractual framework agreement.