Monthly planner - May

Things to do and things to know in community pharmacy across the UK.

Quality Payments: Edit or validate your NHS Choices entry now
Contractors can now edit or validate the three sections of their pharmacy’s NHS Choices pro le to meet the gateway criterion for the review point of the quality payments scheme on 29 June 2018. Contractors must validate their pro le between April 9 and June 29. They should do this even if their NHS Choices pro le is correct otherwise they will not meet the gateway criterion and will therefore not be entitled to claim for a Quality Payment.

Things you must edit or validate:

  • Opening hours, including Bank Holidays for 2018/19
  • The facilities the pharmacy provides e.g. consultation room, parking etc;
  • The services the pharmacy provides e.g. Medicines Use Reviews

(MURs), New Medicine Service (NMS), etc.

A User Guide is available on the NHS Choices website for contractors to support them in updating or editing their NHS Choices pro le.


Read up resources on GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will introduce
new elements and signi cantly enhanced requirements regarding data protection in comparison to the current UK Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. Get ready to meet the requirements of the GDPR and understand the GDPR, its principles, roles, responsibilities and processes. The NPA has resources which are available to download from its website; these include support resources, a webinar presentation and community pharmacy GDPR working party cross- sector guidance.


Read up on guidance for FMD

With less than 12 months to go until the EU Falsi ed Medicines Directive (FMD) comes into action it is important that community pharmacies start to understand how it works. The “Way Forward for FMD in Community Pharmacy” covers key assumptions about FMD, high level processes for incorporating authentication in to existing dispensing work ows, handling stock transition, what IT systems will need to deliver and implications for patient safety. The UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy says that the guidance is intended to build understanding of the options open to pharmacy contractors and to “start conversations” between pharmacies and IT system suppliers. It is not a complete and nal implementation plan for FMD, because many important details from the Government are still missing and each pharmacy owner will have to make their own decisions about how FMD is implemented within their own business. The guidance paper has been published on www.fmdsource.co.uk, the authoritative portal for FMD information run by the UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy.


For more information about these issues call 01727 891 800 or email pharmacyservices@npa.co.uk.

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