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An introduction to PSNC. Representing NHS Community Pharmacies September 2014. About PSNC. Established in 1976 Recognised by the Secretary of State for Health as representative of community pharmacy on NHS related matters

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an introduction to psnc

An introduction to PSNC

Representing NHS Community Pharmacies

September 2014

about psnc
About PSNC
  • Established in 1976
  • Recognised by the Secretary of State for Health as representative of community pharmacy on NHS related matters
  • c.11,600 pharmacies in England with NHS contract fund PSNC through levies paid to their Local Pharmaceutical Committee
  • Close working relationship with Community Pharmacy Wales
psnc s role
PSNC’s role
  • To promote and support the interests of all NHS community pharmacies in England
  • This includes:
    • working with DH and NHS England to negotiate the contractual terms for the provision of NHS community pharmacy services
    • lobbying and influencing parliamentarians, policy makers and other relevant groups
    • operating the Prescription Audit Centre which audits the prescription processing activities of the NHS Business Services Authority
psnc s role1
PSNC’s role
  • To work closely with Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) to support their role as the local NHS representative organisations
    • advice on service development, commissioning and contracting
    • guidance for LPCs
    • training sessions and events for LPC members
    • advice on managing local issues and challenges
the committee
The Committee

The Committee is comprised of 32 members:

  • A non-executive Chairman
  • 13 elected regional representatives
  • 12 nominated by the CCA
  • 3 nominated by non-CCA multiples
  • 2 nominatedby the NPA
  • 1 nominated by CPW
committee meetings
Committee meetings
  • Six meetings a year
  • Held around the country to allow liaison with LPCs
  • Agendas and minutes are published on the website
  • Five sub-committees:
    • Funding and Contract
    • LPC and Implementation Support
    • Resource Development and Finance
    • Service Development
    • Health Policy and Regulation
psnc team
  • PSNC’s policy and support teams are based in King’s Cross, London
    • Policy team (8)
    • Information team (3)
    • Margins survey team (3)
    • Other support team members (9)


* - part time

  • PSNC is responsible for national negotiations with DH and NHS England (and NHS Employers):
    • Agreeing the terms and conditions of the NHS community pharmacy contractual framework
    • Agreeing the overall funding and distribution of funds
    • Detailed negotiation around reimbursement for individual products (Drug Tariff)
nhs funding
NHS Funding
  • Reimbursement
    • for items dispensed against a prescription (includes cost of containers, cost of medicines, additional costs such as posting or packaging costs)
    • cost is re-charged to CCG’s budgets
  • Remuneration
    • financial reward for providing pharmaceutical services
    • paid as fees and allowances
    • cost is charged to NHS England (bar funding from retained purchase margin)
communications networks
Communications networks
  • Website
  • Email news to contractors/ subscribers and LPC members
  • Community Pharmacy News
  • Events