New Pharmacy Contractor Welcome and Resources
As an LPC we are aware that recent pharmacy business sales have led to many people taking over a pharmacy in the county as an independent contractor. We endeavour as an LPC when we know there has been a change of ownership to contact your pharmacy via email on your store nhs.net email which is compiled as follows
However, it is our understanding that, there have been a number of administrative delays around accessing new nhs.net emails. We have therefore included our welcome information here for easy access.
If you have not received a notification that we have added your store nhs.net email to our newsletter circulation you should sign up as soon as possible. The newsletters contain useful updates around local commissioning, support resources, reminders about deadlines etc. The newsletters are weekly and concise. You can add additional email addresses if you wish so you ensure the communication reaches all of your relevant team members. In order to do this click here to complete the sign up form. The newsletter is the main source of communication for important updates from us as an LPC.
Previous newsletters can be found on our website here. https://pharmacylincolnshire.org/latest-news/community-pharmacy-lincolnshire-newsletters/
You should also make sure you are signed up to receive Community Pharmacy England newsletters. Theyproduce a regular email newsletter for those working in community pharmacy. The newsletter is sent on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with occasional news alerts on important information. The newsletter contains key updates from CPE’s website covering a range of topics relating to NHS community pharmacy. These include changes to contractual requirements, updates to the Drug Tariff and funding arrangements, and updates to the wider healthcare landscape. Those signed up to the newsletter mailing list also receive regular updates on price concessions. You can sign up on their website here.
We are a small team at the LPC, The Chief Officer works part time Tues-Thurs with the Executive and the Committee to support contractors. You can find out more about the work of the LPC at our website here https://pharmacylincolnshire.org/. There are lots of support resources on the website. For example, the steps to follow if you have an unplanned closure can be found here https://pharmacylincolnshire.org/resources-a-z/unplanned-pharmacy-closures/
We also currently have a Services Implementation Support Lead Stuart Hellon working 11.5 hours per week for us, who supports our pharmacies in getting to grips with services like CPCS, DMS etc. His email is Stuart.Hellon@pharmacylincolnshire.org
We have a well-developed relationship with our local Integrated Care System, sitting on various boards and working groups to ensure the voice of pharmacy is heard. We also work collaboratively with our colleagues from general practice, optometry and dentistry across the four pillars of primary care to raise the profile of primary care within the county and gain recognition for the work we all do as the first point of access for many patients.
On 31st October the GPhC, NUS England and Community Pharmacy England held a webinar for new contractors, Unfortunately this was not recorded, but the slides from the webinar which contain lots of useful information can be found here:
We hope the above is useful. When you have a chance, take some time to look round our website.
Welcome to Lincolnshire – we look forward to supporting you as a pharmacy contractor and key part of the healthcare system in the county.