Negotiations have begun for the community pharmacy contractual framework for 2019-20
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have come together to discuss the community pharmacy contractual framework, which sets out the terms for the provision of NHS pharmaceutical services in England.
The negotiations will support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan’s vision for the future of primary care, in which all providers collaborate to make the best use of their skills for the benefit of patients.
The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) sets out the terms for the provision of NHS pharmaceutical services in England, including the funding paid to pharmacy contractors.
In opening the negotiations, DHSC has now shared proposals for the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) for 2019 to 2020 and beyond, with the PSNC.
A series of regular meetings will now take place between DHSC, NHS England and the PSNC to discuss this further.
Health secretary, Matt Hancock said: “Community pharmacies are at the heart of the NHS and are crucial for our prevention agenda to help more people stay well, a core part of the NHS Long Term Plan.
“I am pleased we are beginning discussions with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee on the future Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework, guided by our new public health minister, Seema Kennedy.
“As part of the Long Term Plan for the NHS we want to see pharmacies deliver a wider range of more efficient services and give patients more control over their care and personal health.
“The start of these negotiations signals an important step in delivering that ambition.”