The pilot was announced as part of the Department of Health’s much-discussed two-year funding package for community pharmacy, and is being commissioned as an Advanced Service. The objective of the service are to:
Monies from the Pharmacy Integration Fund are being used, rather than the main community pharmacy contractual framework funding. This is to test and evaluate the service to help inform possible future commissioning.
Most pharmacies will not be able to begin providing the service straightaway, as it is subject to a phased geographical rollout. However, all contractors can register their intention to provide it on the NHS Business Services Authority website from 1 December.
PSNC is helping contractors navigate the new service. Contractors can access information on their website.