NHS Terms of Service for DSPs
NHS Terms of Service for DSPs Regulatory changes to the NHS Terms of Service require all distance selling pharmacies (DSPs) to have a website accessible to the public from 1 April. The National Health Service (Charges and Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 introduced regulatory changes to the Terms of Service for community pharmacy contractors.
All DSPs now must have:
- A website that the public can use to access their services
- An interactive page that is clearly promoted when the website is accessed
- A range of up-to-date materials on the interactive page to promote healthy lifestyles by addressing a reasonable range of health issues
- The DSP’s website URL included in its NHS website profile.
For full details, please read the NHS England and Improvement guidance on National Health Service (Charges and Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.
For further information please contact the NPA Pharmacy Services team on 01727 891 800 or email [email protected].
HEE community pharmacy workforce survey 2021
Health Education England (HEE) is repeating its Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey across England this year to better understand the numbers and skill mix in the community pharmacy workforce and inform planning and future investment in education. HEE’s national pharmacy team has commissioned the University of Manchester to carry out the pharmacy workforce survey. They will be working in partnership with pharmacy bodies such as the NPA, PSNC, CCA, AIM, RPS, APTUK, the primary care commissioning team at NHS England & NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care. The NPA will continue to provide more information to contractors ahead of the launch of the survey on 4 May.
Revalidation and CPD requirements for 2021
The GPhC and PSNI have announced their requirements for revalidation and CPD for 2021. PSNI has announced the CPD year 2020/21 will run from 1 September 2020 to 31 May 2021, with a reduced amount of CPD required due to Covid-19 pressures. Full details can be found on the PSNI website. Due to the ongoing challenges and pressures faced by pharmacy professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic, the GPhC has kept a close eye on the current situation and how it may evolve in the coming months. The table below explains the differences on revalidation requirements depending on the registration renewal deadline.