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CMS Ready Reckoner for Contractors as of 23/02/2015

The CMS Ready Reckoner (23/02/2015) is now available to download.

Supply of Pregabalin

CPS has learned today (18th Feb) that generic pregabalin has entered the supply chain.  Members can refer to the information sheet provided for more information on the issues for pharmacies.

ALISS Search Box

As you will see we have added the ALISS search box to our homepage this week. ALISS is a search and collaboration tool for Health & Wellbeing resources in Scotland Read more...

Vision Issue 32 - February 2015

The latest edition of Vision is available to download. Topics include; Automation of Payments for Instalments, Gluten Free Food Service & Automated Multi-Compartment Compliance Aids.

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Operational Logbook February 2015

The CPS Operational Logbook for February 2015 is now available to download.

Additions to Parts 7S and 7U from 1st February

CPS has been in talks to add more items to the drug tariff parts 7S and 7U. Download our Additions to Part 7S and 7U document for further details on the items proposed for 1st February, these will be confirmed when the tariff is published on our website.  It will no longer then be necessary to seek authorisation from the NHS board to dispense these items.

Introduction of Automation of Payment for Instalments

From 1st February 2015, PSD will commence automation of payment for electronic instalment dispensed claims. Our key facts document may also assist members understanding of the implications of the change.

Follow Up Courier Service Webcast

This new webcast outlines in further detail the submission procedure.

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Influenza Vaccine Supply Arrangements 2015-16: Key Facts

This is the key facts document relating to Circular PCA(P)(2014)28 for flu procurement for 2015-16 season.

PCA(P)(2014)27 - Key Facts

We have created a key facts document for the circular PCA(P)(2014)27 (Amendments to Remuneration Arrangements from 1 January 2015) for contractors to reference.

Important:- Remove GP10 Right Hand Side Repeat Information Form Prior to Submitting to P&CFS

P&CFS Scanning Services have noticed an increase in forms submitted for processing with the right hand side counterpart of GP10s still attached. It is highly important that the unused counterpart of the prescription form is removed as part of the dispensing process. Read more...

NES Return to Practice Course

NES are running a three day course at the University of Strathclyde in January (Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st January 2015). This course will be of interest to those pharmacists or pharmacy technicians wishing to return to practice after a career break, or those planning to change sector, e.g. from hospital into community pharmacy practice.

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Courier Service Mailing Webcast

We have created a short webcast on the Courier Service Mailing. The mailing should arrive with you within the next couple of days. It would be great if you could take the time to watch our video to familiarise yourself with the process. 

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University of Strathclyde Student Placements

For members who are expecting students the week commencing Monday the 24th of November the University has produced an experiential learning handbook. We hope members and students have a productive time next week.

PCR Smoking Cessation Service Survey

Thanks to everyone who responded to our PCR Smoking Cessation Service Survey. The following report has been compiled to give to the Scottish Government.

Parcelforce bags for prescription uplifts

The new set of the Parcelforce bags for prescription uplifts will be sent out to contractors by mid November. These bags should be used from your first pick up on 22nd January 2015. Read more...

CPS Charity Golf Day 2015

The third Community Pharmacy Scotland Charity Golf Day will take place at Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort on Friday 29th May 2015. The charity that we have chosen to support is CCLASP. If you would like to enter a fourball team please register online now or visit our event page for more information.

Stockley’s Interactions Checker and Survey

You can now access a new feature through MedicinesComplete, the Stockley’s Interactions Checker. Read more...

4 Week Data Should Be Submitted For All Patients

The office has received feedback from Health Boards that the number of 4 week data set submissions from the PCR is very low compared with the number of quit dates set. Members are reminded that all patients who access the service should have data submitted for their quit date and their smoking status at 4 weeks post quit. The 4 week data is required for Health Boards to monitor quit rates. There is a £15 fee for submitting data at week 4.

Please see our PCR guide for helpful information.

Remuneration Changes from 1st October 2014

Circular PCA(P)(2014)19 advises of changes to remuneration arrangements with effect from October 2014 dispensings. We have also created a Key Facts document about the changes.

Healthy Start Vitamin Trial Extension

The healthy start vitamin trial has been extended to May 2015.

This letter describes the opt-in process pharmacies should follow to claim an opt in fee and for ongoing guidance.

Financial Framework 2014-15

The financial framework document has been updated to set out the details for remuneration and reimbursement during 2014/15.

Microsoft Office 2007 Discs

We have received a new supply of Microsoft Office 2007 discs for contractors from the Scottish Government. If you would like a copy, please email us, stating your contractor code. If you do not want the disc sent to your listed pharmacy please provide an alternative address. Please note that only one disc per pharmacy is permitted.

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.

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)(2015)4 - Amendment to Pt 11: Discount Clawback Scale for Proprietary Drugs

An amendment to the Drug Tariff Part 11 concerning the discount clawback rate to apply in respect of reimbursement of proprietary drugs to contractors.

PCA(P)(2015)3 - Amendment to Drug Tariff

Arrangements in the Scottish Drug Tariff with respect to the discount clawback rate in respect of reimbursement for items listed at Pt 7 for dispensings from 1 March 2015 onwards for non ZD items. 

PCA(P)(2015)2 - Updated Public Health Levonorgestrol PGD

This circular contains the updated PGD to allow supply of Levonorgestrol under the Public Health element of the pharmacy contract.

PCA(P)(2015)1 - Pharmaceutical Services: Amendment to Pt 11: Discount Clawback Scale for Proprietary Drugs.

Amendment to the Drug Tariff Part 11 concerning the discount clawback rate to apply in respect of reimbursement of proprietary drugs to contractors.

PCA(P)(2014)30 - Gluten Free Food Trial Extension

This Circular advises NHS Boards, contractors and other interested parties of a 6 month extension to 30 September 2015 of the Gluten Free Food Additional Pharmaceutical Service.

PCA(P)(2014)29 - Seasonal Influenza Immunisation 2015-16

This circular summarises the vaccine supply arrangements in relation to non-dispensing GP practices.

PCA(P)(2014)28 - Seasonal Influenza Immunisation 2015-16

This circular sets out the arrangements which will apply for remunerating and reimbursing contractors for the supply of seasonal influenza vaccine in 2015-16.

PCA(P)(2014)27 - Amendments to Remuneration Arrangements

This Circular advises of changes with respect to remuneration arrangements for the dispensing quarter January- March 2015, in particular with respect to the introduction of two temporary payments for that period.

A key facts document is available for contractors to reference.

PCA(P)(2014)26 - Pharmacist Assistant Training Grant Funding

This Circular provides details of the financial support being made available for Pharmacist Assistant training for the financial year 2014-15.

PCA(P)(2014)25 - Community Pharmacy Contract: Infrastructure Support - Staff Training

This Circular provides details of the financial support being made available for staff training for the financial year 2014-15.

PCA(P)(2014)24 - Pharmaceutical Services Amendments to Drug Tariff in Respect of Advance Payment Arrangements from 1 December 2014

This Circular advises of changes in the Drug Tariff to advance payment arrangements.

PCA(P)(2014)23 - Additional Pharmaceutical Services Public Health Service Directions 2014

This Circular advises of revisions to Directions in respect of the Smoking Cessation Service available through Community Pharmacy.

PCA(P)(2014)20 - Amendment to Drug Tariff - Discount Claw-back Rate Pt 7 Generic Drugs

This circular advises of the discount claw-back rate in respect of reimbursement for items listed at Pt 7.

PCA(P)(2014)19 - Remuneration Changes from 1st October 2014

Remuneration Changes from 1st October 2014. View our Key Facts Sheet on this circular.

PCA(P)(2014)18 - Pharmaceutical Services: Amendment to Drug Tariff in respect of claim arrangements for PHS and EHS

An updated form is to be used with immediate effect in respect of claims for provision of Public Health Service –Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC).

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

This Circular informs 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.

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Contractor News

February Drug Tariff Amendments

The following amendments take effect from 1st February 2015.

February 2015 Wallchart

Diary Wall Chart of Payments, Claims and Tasks February 2015 to March 2015.

February 2015 Monthly Mailing

Community Pharmacy Scotland's Monthly Mailing for February 2015.

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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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