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The ePharmacy Helpdesk Festive Opening Hours

Please keep a note of the ePharmacy Helpdesk Opening Hours during the festive season.

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.

CMS Ready Reckoner for Contractors as of 15/12/2014

The CMS Ready Reckoner (15/12/2014) is now available to download.

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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Operational Logbook December 2014

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

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.

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 now only 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.


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...

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.


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)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.

CEL 14 (2014)

This letter advises NHS Boards of the amendment to the definition of ‘prescriber’.

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.

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Contractor News

December 2014 Drug Tariff Amendments

The following amendments take effect from 1st December 2014.

December 2014 Wallchart

Diary Wall Chart of Payments, Claims and Tasks December 2014 to January 2015.

December 2014 Monthly Mailing

Community Pharmacy Scotland's Monthly Mailing for December 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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