Community Pharmacy Scotland

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Community Pharmacy Scotland is the organisation which represents community pharmacy owners throughout Scotland in almost every aspect of their working lives, and is the voice of these vital healthcare professionals north of the Border, as they deliver pharmaceutical care to the people of Scotland. Read More .. 

Latest News

CMS Ready Reckoner for Contractors as of 15/09/2014

CMS Ready Reckoner (15/09/2014) is now available to download.

Discontinuation of paper format of Unscheduled Care Folder and PGD

NHS24 will no longer be updating the six monthly paper based update of the Unscheduled care pack. This will be only now be updated electronically. See the letter here for details.

Domperidone to be available only as a prescription medicine

The MHRA has announced that with effect from 4th September Domperidone will only be available as a prescription medicine.  A drug alert has also been issued for the recall of the over the counter product.

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Childhood Flu Programme - Year 2 Implementation 2014-15

The purpose of this letter is to provide details about the further implementation of the childhood flu programme which began in October 2013. Read more...

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2014-15

The purpose of this letter is to provide details about the arrangements for the 2014-15 seasonal influenza vaccination programme in adults aged 65 years and over and adults from aged 18 years with “at-risk” health conditions. Read more...

Operational Logbook September 2014

The CPS Operational Logbook for September 2014 is now available to download.

Prescription submission - add your NHS code to the bag

Please ensure that the appropriate NHS Board code letter is written on the outside of each courier bag that is submitted. The labels can be downloaded on our website or the letter can be written on with indelible ink. This will help PSD to process payment efficiently.

PCR setup for those without PCR username and password

Initial setup of a PCR username and password should be done locally through your Health Board contact. The Board will then liaise with the ePharmacy team to allow access to the PCR.

CPS Associate Membership now offered to Pharmacy Technicians

Any technician or pharmacist working and living in Scotland can sign up to become an Associate Member of Community Pharmacy Scotland. Read more...

New Guidance Issued on Carrier Bag Charges

Zero Waste Scotland has issued new guidance on carrier bag charges. See our Carrier Bag Charges page for more details.

Migration to SWAN

Contractors are advised that migration from the established N3 connection to SWAN (Scottish Wide Area Network) will begin during August 2014.

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PCR & Smoking Cessation Support Tool Webcast

We've launched a webcast which gives a practical demonstration of PCR for the new Smoking Cessation Specification.

For more information on the service visit our PHS Smoking Cessation Service page.

Latest Edition of the Scottish Pharmacist Magazine

The lastest edition of the Scottish Pharmacist magazine is now available to download.

New PHS Smoking Cessation Service Webpage

We have created a new PHS Smoking Cessation Service page. Keep a look out for a new webcast which will be added very soon!

Tramadol change in scheduling

Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers’ Network Scotland has produced an FAQ document in relation to the impending changes to tramadol scheduling - this document has been circulated via Accountable Officers network and is also available on knowledge network link.

Control of Entry Regulation Amendments

The amendments to the provisions for the “Control of Entry” application process have laid out recently by Scottish Government after their consultation process. These amendments to the regulations will come into force on 28th June 2014. Visit the Scottish Government website for more details.

CPS response to Prescription for Excellence

See Community Pharmacy Scotland's response to the recent Scottish Government strategy document. Our response is titled 'Prescription for Delivery'.

VISION SPECIAL: Prescription for Excellence

A special edition of our newsletter was released this week. Read Vision Special: Prescription for Excellence online now.

New Vision Newsletter: Issue 29, May 2014

In this issue:

  • Restructuring of Remuneration
  • Prescription for Excellence (PfE)
  • GPhC New Approach to Premises Inspection
  • Gluten Free Foods Additional Pharmacy Service (GFF APS)
  • CPS Associate Membership
  • Smoking Cessation Update for Vision

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CPS Restructuring of Remuneration Webcast

To help contractors with the changes to remuneration from 1 April 2014 CEO Harry McQuillan has recorded the presentation delivered at the roadshow events earlier this year. If contractors have any questions regarding the new payments please contact the office via email or by telephone on 0131 467 7766. View the webcast online now.

Changes to Remuneration from April 2014

Circular PCA(P)(2014)07 outlines the remuneration changes that have been agreed.  This represents the final move from the old transitional payment arrangements.  A Key Facts document has been developed for contractors.

New General Pharmaceutical Council Premises Standards

CPS has produced a guide to the new GPhC premises standards with guidance on how to prepare for an inspection.

We would urge members to read the documents we have added to our GPhC page and visit the GPhC website for any further information on the standards.

Updated Endorsing Guide

An updated Electronic Endorsing guide is now available to download. This guide is produced by PSD, in conjunction with CPS, to allow contractors to understand and maximise their use of electronic endorsing.

Dashboard for Online Reporting

Practitioner Services have implemented a dashboard to help you get the maximum benefit when using online reporting. This enhancement will introduce a quicker way for you to determine and locate which report to use in order to find the information that you are looking for. Read more...

Free Associate Membership now available

Community Pharmacy Scotland is now offering a FREE Associate Membership to all pharmacists working and living in Scotland. Read more...

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SG Circulars

PCA(P)(2014)17 - Pharmaceutical Services: Community Pharmacist Practitioner Champions

This Circular informs NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors of the intention to continue funding for Community Pharmacist Practitioner Champions in 2014-15.

PCA(P)(2014)16 - Community Pharmacist: Supplementary and Independent Prescribing Clinics: Funding for 2014-15

This Circular confirms funding to be made for community pharmacist supplementary and independent prescribing clinics for 2013-14.

CEL 14 (2014) - NHS Independent Prescribers – Amendment to the Definition of Prescriber to include Physiotherapist, Podiatrist and Chiropodist Independent Prescribers

This letter advises NHS Boards of the amendment to the definition of ‘prescriber’ to include additional categories of health care professional who may prescribe as an independent prescriber with effect from 1st May 2014.

PCA(P)(2014)15 - NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2014

This circular details a number of changes to the NHS Regulations which set out the process to be followed for processing applications for inclusion in the pharmaceutical list.

PCA(P)(2014)14 - Pharmaceutical Services amendments to Drug Tariff in respect of Remuneration Arrangements from 1 July - 30 September 2014 - Operation & Development Payment

This circular advises of changes in the Drug Tariff to remuneration arrangements with effect from July 2014 dispensings in respect of the Operations and Development payment.

PCA(P)(2014)13 - Pharmaceutical Services Amendments to Drug Tariff in respect of Remuneration Arrangements from 1 July 2014 - PHS (Smoking Cessation) Payment

This Circular advises of changes in the Drug Tariff to remuneration arrangements already advised with effect from July 2014 dispensings in respect of Public Health Service (PHS) (Smoking Cessation) payments and clarifies payment arrangements in respect of patients already receiving treatment at 30 June 2014.

PCA(P)(2014)12 - Public Health Services (PHS) - Smoking Cessation Service Revised Service Specification

This Circular advises of changes to the Smoking Cessation Service available through Community Pharmacy and includes the revised Service Specification and varenicline PGD.

PCA(P)(2014)11 - Amendment to Drug Tariff Discount Clawback Rate Pt 7 Generic Drugs

This Circular advises of a change in the Scottish Drug Tariff to the discount clawback rate in respect of reimbursement for items listed at Pt 7 for dispensings from 1 June 2014 onwards for non ZD items.

PCA(P)(2014)10 - Amendment to Pt 7: Discount Clawback Scale for Proprietary Drugs

This Circular advises of an amendment to the Drug Tariff Part 11 concerning the discount clawback rate to apply in respect of reimbursement of proprietary drugs to community pharmacy contractors taking effect for dispensings from 1 June 2014.

PCA(P)(2014)9 - Public Health Service Poster Campaigns 2014/15

This circular informs NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors of further Public Health Service (PHS) poster campaign topics for 2014/15.

PCA(P)(2014)8 - Community Pharmacist: Supplementary and Independent Prescribing Clinics: Funding for 2014-15

This Circular advises of funding available to NHS Boards for the provision of community pharmacy supplementary and independent prescribing clinics for 2014-15.

PCA(P)(2014)7 - Remuneration Arrangements

This Circular advises of changes to remuneration arrangements with effect from April 2014.

PCA(P)(2014)6 - Public Health Service Poster Campaigns 2014/15

This Circular informs NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors of the Public Health Service (PHS) poster campaign topics for the first 3 campaigns of 2014/15.

PCA(P)(2014)5 - Pharmaceutical Services: Amendment to Pt 11 Discount Clawback Scale for Proprietary Drugs

This Circular advises of an amendment to the Drug Tariff Part 11 concerning the discount clawback rate to apply in respect of reimbursement of proprietary drugs to community pharmacy contractors taking  effect for dispensings from 1 March 2014.

PCA(P)(2014)4 - Pharmaceutical Services Amendment to Drug Tariff Discount Claw Back Rate Pt 7 Generic Drugs

This Circular advises of a change in the Scottish Drug Tariff to the discount clawback rate in respect of reimbursement for items listed at Pt 7 for dispensings from 1 March 2014 onwards for non ZD items.

PCA(P)(2014)1 - Seasonal Influenza Immunisation 2014-15

This circular sets out the arrangements which will apply for remunerating and reimbursing community pharmacy contractors and dispensing doctors for the supply of seasonal influenza vaccine in 2014-15.

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Contractor News

September 2014 Drug Tariff Amendments

The following amendments take effect from 1st September 2014.

September 2014 Wallchart

Diary Wall Chart of Payments, Claims and Tasks September 2014 to October 2014.

September 2014 Monthly Mailing

Community Pharmacy Scotland's Monthly Mailing for September 2014.

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Web Applications

Part 7 Drug Tariff

Information regarding the prescribing, dispensing and reimbursement of medicines

Branded Shortages

View the contingency arrangements for manufacturers and products

Shortage Reporter

Report problems experienced in obtaining generic medicines due to shortages

Specials Reporter

For issues encountered when sourcing prescribed specials including imports

Guide to Whole Packs

View the list of items which are supplied in packs considered by PSD to be whole packs

Pharmacy Vacancies

If you are looking for an exciting career in pharmacy, you have come to the right place

Ready Reckoner

CMS Ready Reckoner for Contractors

Pharmacy Leaflets

An ideal way for you to communicate to local people the services you offer

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