New guidance for contractors in England and Wales on implementing The NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2020 has been published.
The regulations were published on 19 October and introduced nationally agreed changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework. Specifically, the Guidance covers:
The regulatory changes being introduced from 1 January 2021 are promotion of healthy living (ch 10), and the requirement for pharmacies to have an area for confidential consultations (ch 11).
The regulatory changes on 15 February 2021 are the NHS Discharge Medicines Service (ch 8), while from April 2021 distance selling contractors are required to have a website with an interactive page that promotes healthy lifestyles (ch 12).
An assessment of compliance for the promotion of healthy living template is also available to support contractors with meeting the requirements from January 2021.