Community Pharmacy Scotland

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Welcome

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

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.

CMS Ready Reckoner for Contractors as of 21/04/2014

CMS Ready Reckoner (21/04/2014) is now available to download.

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.

Operational Logbook April 2014

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

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...

Flu Vaccines Arrangements - Key Points to Note

Circular PCA(P)(2014)01 sets out the arrangements for the supply of the seasonal influenza vaccine in 2014-15. Read the Flu Vaccine Key Points online now.

Stoma Update

As of 1 January, the fees for the provision of stoma items have been reduced. This is to avoid an overspend on the global sum for these products. The fees now stand at £7.18 for dispensing, £5.77 for customisation and £4.49 for delivery. ISD continues to monitor prices to make sure the agreed global sum is delivered.

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...

CMS Capitation Payment Variations in January

It has been brought to our attention that PSD have processed September registered CMS assessments instead of November for the most recent CMS Capitation payments paid January. Some contractors may notice slight variations in this payment element from what they were expecting. Read more... 

Operations and Development Payment

Contractors are reminded that the Operations and Development payment now has a criteria that each pharmacy must have performed a quantity equivalent to 4% of their CMS registered patients for High Risk and New Medicines Interventions Read more...

CMS Serial Prescription SOP

An example SOP for the management of CMS serial prescriptions has been developed. This can be amended for individual pharmacy requirements.

New Podcast: Gluten Free Food Service

We have just launched our second podcast which provides an insight into the Gluten Free Food Service. Listen online now.

Gluten Free Foods - Pharmacy Support Material

NES Pharmacy have produced an Implementation and Support Pack to help pharmacy teams with the delivery of the Gluten Free Food service. A Gluten-Free Food Requirement Order Form is also now available to download. For more information on the service visit our Gluten Free page.

Consultation

The Scottish Government has announced a consultation on Control of Entry regulations and NHS Board powers around dispensing practices in Scotland. CPS will be preparing a response and the deadline for any submissions is the 20th of February 2014.

Part 7U

After consultation with CPS, the Scottish Government has introduced a new section to the Drug Tariff — Part 7U. Read more...

PCR Update

The new version 8.0 of the Pharmacy Care Record is now available. A rundown of what is new is available here.

Operations and Development Payment

From October 2013 the Phasing Payment for CMS will be superseded by an Operations and Development Payment. The criteria is laid out in circular PCA(P)(2013) 26 and our key facts document for this can be accessed here.

Changes to Remuneration - October 2013

The Board of Community Pharmacy Scotland unanimously agreed at its meeting on 9th October to proposals which would see implementation of a further stage in the move away from the transitional payment system. Full details are available to download now.

Financial Settlement Agreed for 2013/14 and 2014/15

Circular PCA(P)(2013)21 outlines the latest financial agreement for pharmacy contractors. A two year settlement has been agreed and the key points are illustrated here.

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SG Circulars

PCA(P)(2014)07 - Remuneration Arrangements

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

PCA(P)(2014)06 - 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)05 - 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)04 - 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)01 - 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.

PCA(P)(2014)02

This Circular is intended to provide a summary for non dispensing GP practices only of the actions for them related to the ordering of influenza vaccines for the 2014-15 flu season.

PCA(P)(2014)03

This Circular advises of an amendment to the Drug Tariff to correct an anomaly in respect of remuneration payments to a small sub set of nominal Essential Small Pharmacies for the dispensing months October 2013 to March 2014.

PCA(P)(2013)29 - Gluten Free Food (GFF)

03/12/2013 - This Circular announces the introduction of the new GFF Additional Pharmaceutical Service on a trial basis. It details a timetable, includes Directions and the service specification and details remuneration arrangements under the Drug Tariff.

PCA(P)(2013)32 - Introduction of new Pt 7U

29/11/2013 - Advises of the introduction of a new Pt 7U to the Drug Tariff effective from 1 December 2013.

PCA(P)(2013)31 - Discount Clawback Scale for Proprietary Drugs

29/11/2013 - 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 for dispensings from 1 December 2013.

PCA(P)(2013)30 - Discount Claw Back Rate Pt 7 Generic Drugs

29/11/2013 - 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 December 2013 onwards for non ZD items.

PCA(P)(2013)22 - Staff Training Grant

21/11/2013 - This circular provides NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors with details of the financial support being made available for staff training for the financial year 2013-14.

PCA(P)(2013)27

This Circular updates NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors on the Public Health Service (PHS) poster campaign topics for 2013-14. 

PCA(P)(2013)26

This circular advises of changes in the Drug Tariff to remuneration arrangements effective from October 2013 Dispensings

PCA(P)(2013)25

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 with effect from 1 October 2013.

PCA(P)(2013)24

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 September 2013 onwards for non ZD items Read more...

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Contractor News

Table of Shortages/Adjusted Prices

To view the Adjusted Price Items for April 2014 please click here.

Changes to October payments and Advance Payment Calculation

Changes to the remuneration arrangements which came into effect from 1 October are reflected in the latest set of payment schedules. Read our fact sheet to find out about the key remuneration changes. The method for calculating the advance payment was changed to one based on the previous month’s gross value. Contractors who were paid for flu vaccines on October stock orders have received an over-inflated advance whichwill be corrected at the end of January. Contractors are advised to make appropriate financial arrangements.

April 2014 Drug Tariff Amendments

The following amendments take effect from 1st April 2014.

April 2014 Wallchart

Diary Wall Chart of Payments, Claims and Tasks April 2014 to May 2014.

April 2014 Monthly Mailing

Community Pharmacy Scotland's Monthly Mailing for April 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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