General practice pharmacist scheme evaluation indicates ‘improved capacity’ as the main benefit

General practice pharmacist scheme evaluation indicates ‘improved capacity’ as the main benefit

July 31 2018 General practices employing pharmacists are citing improved capacity to see patients...

Asthma deaths levels increase by a quarter in a decade

Asthma deaths levels increase by a quarter in a decade

July 26 2018 There were 1,320 deaths due to asthma in England and Wales in 2017, the highest...

NPA and Age UK ask for help on building polypharmacy dossier

NPA and Age UK ask for help on building polypharmacy dossier

July 25 2018 The National Pharmacy Association is asking its members for case studies on...

Pharmacy bodies welcome Health Secretary’s pledge to invest in community pharmacy

Pharmacy bodies welcome Health Secretary’s pledge to invest in community pharmacy

July 24 2018 New Health Secretary Matt Hancock has called for investment in primary care and...

NHS Digital seeks views on SCR with Additional Information

NHS Digital seeks views on SCR with Additional Information

July 24 2018 A survey to assess the benefits and/or disadvantages of health professionals...

  • General practice pharmacist scheme evaluation indicates ‘improved capacity’ as the main benefit

    General practice pharmacist scheme evaluation indicates ‘improved capacity’ as the main benefit

    Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:31
  • Asthma deaths levels increase by a quarter in a decade

    Asthma deaths levels increase by a quarter in a decade

    Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:08
  • NPA and Age UK ask for help on building polypharmacy dossier

    NPA and Age UK ask for help on building polypharmacy dossier

    Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:46
  • Pharmacy bodies welcome Health Secretary’s pledge to invest in community pharmacy

    Pharmacy bodies welcome Health Secretary’s pledge to invest in community pharmacy

    Tuesday, 24 July 2018 12:53
  • NHS Digital seeks views on SCR with Additional Information

    NHS Digital seeks views on SCR with Additional Information

    Tuesday, 24 July 2018 12:41

Umesh Modi is a chartered accountant, and Pamini Jatheeskumar is a chartered certified accountant at Silver Levene...
  Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead...
Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead pharmacist, Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England
More inWhite Papers  

NPA logo bigFebruary 17 2016

The National Pharmacy Association has criticised proposals for registration fee changes after the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland identified regulatory discrepancies in its fee structure.

PSNI issued a consultation in November seeking to address the irregularities which had seen charges increase without the required legislation in place, for some aspects since 1994. Changes to legislation requested in 2009 by PSNI, the regulatory body for pharmacists and pharmacy premises in Northern Ireland, had also not been fully incorporated into the necessary legislation.

Fees were due to increase in June 2015, but did not do so following the discovery of the irregularities. Then in November 2015, PSNI issued the consultation as part of its comprehensive review of its fee structure and the legislative basis charging fees. It noted: “Registrants will be aware that the Society has charged some fees that did not have an appropriate or proper legislative basis. The Society wishes to effectively and expeditiously rectify this situation, so far as is practicable.”

In its response to the consultation, the NPA has challenged “any situation whereby registrants are forced to pay inappropriate or incorrect fees which are not reconcilable with regulation.” It has also questioned why the consultation is taking place within the context of the current review of pharmacy regulation and professional leadership in Northern Ireland.

It also re-iterates that PSNI “has a duty to its registrants to control its costs as efficiently as possible to ensure that fees do not rise uncontrollably in relation to the provision of registration and regulation.”

The NPA recognises the transparency with which PSNI has set out the problems that have been identified with the legislation that gives it the powers to charge fees. However, it has noted that “the sharp increase in Fitness to Practice (FTP) and Governance expenditure is the main driver for the current financial position and deficit” in the PSNI’s annual accounts. It adds: “We would question whether or not the Council has considered any options to generate additional income?”

Other concerns raised by the NPA include:

  • a new IT system is being introduced, and being “mindful that IT projects often go over budget ... [it] would be useful to know how the PSNI is managing the project to ensure that new IT will deliver the expected benefits and comes in on or under budget”;
  • due to issues with the online continuing professional development recording facilities in 2015-16, the NPA would like further information on the estimated savings of £10K per year generated by further investment in IT;
  • there were no references in the current consultation to concerns which had been raised in 2014 about how some fitness to practise hearings had been supplied with inaccurate or incomplete information, or appropriate records being kept, so the NPA wondered how processes will be improved and what impact that might have on costs.

The consultation closed on January 25, and the NPA published the response it had submitted to PSNI last week.

Links:

NPA announcement

NPA consultation response

PSNI consultations

PSNI consultation on fees 2016-17

Today’s Pharmacist coverage of PSNI fee consultation

Practice News

July 31 2018 General practices employing pharmacists are citing improved capacity to see patients and workload changes as the main benefits of the scheme.
July 25 2018 Switching to sulfonylureas in type 2 diabetes has been linked with an increased risk of complications compared with staying on metformin, a BMJ study has concluded. However, the study has...