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Sue Sharpe on…

Sue Sharpe gives her views on issues across pharmacy... The costs of EPS dispensing This year we’ve seen a massive roll out of EPS by GP practices. While this has some benefits for contractors, there is universal reporting that EPS dispensing adds time the process. There are a number of reasons why this is the case, and the theoretical time savings that HSCIC calculate are just not borne out in practice, partly because of the burden of printing paper is largely transferred from GPs to pharmacies. There may be some aspects that can be sorted by addressing the process requirements, but as we are seeing a massive ramp up for use of the system we do need to see that we capture and get agreed costs, and see that these are recognised in future funding. When I’ve talked to LPCs, groups of contractors and individual large chains, all have been adamant that there is a significant additional cost.’ The EPS study process ‘We plan to get the costs by the end of the year, and I expect that this will feed into the negotiations for 16/17. We already have a model from a study undertaken by two of the large multiples as a starting point, and the next step will be to agree the methodology with NHS England.’

‘You can do amazing things with data’

Gary Warner ‘could do with a bit more sleep’, after years of developing a pioneering platform for pharmacy service commissioning.

Prepare for the great leap forward

After a barrage of national initiatives and consultations is the future direction any clearer?

Action stations - the Pharmacy Call to Action

NHS England’s Community Pharmacy Call to Action is the profession’s big chance to secure its future.   

The importance of the Call to Action

NHS England’s Call to Action on community pharmacy is going to be extremely important says Alastair Buxton.  

Pharmacy's message to NHS England?

P3 asks what are the key strengths of community pharmacy that policy makers should be aware of?

Pharmacy's place in the new healthcare system

The new system for commissioning is complex but pharmacy can still play its role, says Mike Smith I’ve been reading the NHS Confederation report ‘Health on the High Street – rethinking the role of community pharmacy’ about where pharmacy fits into the new healthcare architecture. The system of commissioning is complex and I have heard comments from some areas that it is not working very effectively. I have discussed this before, but I think it is time for a refresh.

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Pharmacy Winter action – take to social media today!

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Call to extend NHS health checks

The NPA has responded to a report by think tank ResPublica which calls for community pharmacy to provide health checks...

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OTC prescribing: where local policy is taking the lead

Dudley CCG’s decision on self care medicines is an interesting approach, says Noel Wicks It seems that the saga surro...

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