Deadlines,deadlines…four of them coming up!


Deadlines,deadlines…four of them coming up!

January 23, 2019

Compliance with clinical governance requirements – coming deadlines

The end of the financial year (31st March) is approaching and community pharmacy contractors are reminded of four key deadlines relating to the clinical governance aspects of their terms of service. The clinical governance requirements of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) cover a range of quality related issues. Adherence with the clinical governance requirements is a part of your terms of service. The LPC urges contractors to ensure that they have completed, or are working towards completing, the clinical governance requirements highlighted below to meet the end of year deadline.

Summary of actions to be completed by 31 March 2019

This clinical governance requirement, whilst not due by 31 March, should be completed shortly afterwards and as such it is best to begin work towards achieving this alongside the other requirements.

Data Security and Protection
(formerly IG) Toolkit
To complete and submit an annual Data Security
and Protection Toolkit.*
*Note that PSNC has published new guidance to support submission of the new Toolkit.
31st March 2019
Community Pharmacy 
Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ)
To conduct an annual CPPQ and publish the results. 31st March 2019
Clinical Audit To conduct two audits each year: one on a topic of your choice* and one nationally determined by NHS England.
*Please note, the nonsteroidal antiinflammatory
drug (NSAID) audit for the Quality Payments Scheme cannot be used as the pharmacy own audit.
Pharmacy own audit deadline: 31 March 2019
National audit deadline:
Was midnight on
30 December 2018
Complaints Report To prepare an annual report each year and send a copy to
the local NHS England team.
As soon as practicable
after 31 March 2019

The PSNC have produced a summary of all the actions needed to meet these requirements in their Briefing 004-19 “Upcoming clinical governance deadlines – actions to be completed by 31 March 2019” – CLICK HERE to download your copy NOW.

DSP Toolkit Webinar
PSNC and NHS Digital will be holding a ‘Data Security and Protection (IG) Toolkit Workshop’ on Wednesday 30th January at 7.00pm.
During the 60-minute webinar representatives from PSNC and NHS Digital will discuss the questions in the Toolkit, talk you through the guidance materials available and answer viewers’ questions on how to make the declaration.

With contractors required to finalise their pharmacy’s Data Security and Protection Toolkit submission by 31st March 2019, this webinar provides the perfect opportunity to make good headway in its completion. To make the most of this session, we would advise taking a look at PSNC’s guidance documents and registering for the Toolkit in advance of the webinar. Once registered for the webinar, you can  also submit questions before the event. Registration for this webinar is now available – CLICK HERE!

If you have any questions which you can’t answer by using the links to the PSNC and other websites given then please contact us.

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