Monday, 18 December 2017

Who is Simon Dukes PSNC Chief Executive

Simon Dukes took over from Sue Sharp previous Chairman to the PSNC in 2017.

Simon was previously the as CEO at Cifas between 2013-2017. Prior to this, he worked for the UK Government in a variety of roles and specialisms including:

  • Counter-terrorism
  • Serious and organised crime investigations
  • Defence and security policy
  • Public affairs; media 
  • Communications strategy
  • Cyber security

As Head of Cyber Security for the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, Simon worked on the first Cyber Security Strategy - focusing on increasing cyber security awareness in those companies of greatest value to the UK. In addition to being Cifas Chief Executive, Simon is also on the Oversight Board of the Home Secretary's Joint Fraud Task Force; and the Management Board of the NCA-led Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Task Force.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Independent Pharmacist Prescriber

Are you a pharmacist who is also a prescriber? We have grouped together to make an association and private WhatsApp group to share best practice, you can join using this link:

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Demise of Pharmacy PGD

It is probably no surprise to you that seems to have gone out of business. On the front page of their site it states:

We have done a little bit of research and pulled up some articles from the Chemist and Druggist, namely:

In the article, it goes on to explain, not very much. Essentially, it seems like they have closed their doors due to unforeseen circumstance. In the wider community pharmacy arena there is much speculation on the topic.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Untethered Travel Clinic PGDs

You may have missed our launch of the all new Travel Core 2.0 so here are some of our product launch videos. The first one is for Pharmacists who are managers of pharmacies. The idea of the Travel Core 2.0 is to get as many pharmacists under one umbrella as possible, so we can all benefit from our economies of scale.

The second video is meant for pharmacies locums:

If you would like to sign up to the new Travel Core 2.0 please give us a call on: 

020 7971 7777

Monday, 14 March 2016

New Travel Clinic 2.0 Package

After 6 months of research, design and development, today we have released a brand new Travel Clinic package. It is far superior to our previous iterations as we feel we have improved on every aspect of the service. The package has been expertly curated by Mike Bereza our lead clinician.

Highlights include:
  • 3 hours + of updated HD training videos, with real pharmacy practice examples.
  • Online decision making tool to aid you in your clinical decision making.
  • More PGDs, including the popular Meningitis B vaccine Bexsero.
  • Prescriber phone support, which can send you private prescriptions directly if you are uncertain about specific patients.
  • All yours from £300!
These are just some of the exciting new developments. If you are interested in signing up please go to or give Mike a call on: 020 7971 7777.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

PGD and Independent Prescribing

Can independent prescriber nurses/pharmacists use PGDs in their daily practice?

In short no. PGDs should only be used in the absence of a prescriber, if the prescriber can write a prescription there should be no need for a PGD. However, as with most things in life, this issue is not so black and white. PGDs are generally used in primary care for those high volume, generally safe medicines which can be given to a well defined group of patients which is usually established via the Specific Product Characteristic (SPC) of the medicine. Whereas healthcare professionals who can prescribe, do not need a well defined group but base their decision on an individual basis i.e. writing a prescription is a type of Patient Specific Direction.

The only possible reason why a prescriber would use a PGD is that although they can prescribe any medicine, they can only prescribe within their own specialty. For instance, if a nurse prescribers specialty was diabetes you would assume that they could prescribe things like:

  • Insulin  
  • Oral hypoglycemics
  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • etc
You would not expect them for instance to be trained to prescribe Emergency Hormonal Contraceptives (EHC) or Hair Loss medication as this would be outside of their scope of practice. In this case the prescriber is in limbo land on one hand they are excluded from using PGDs because they are a prescriber but they cannot prescribe the medicine as this is not in their scope of practice. The easiest answer to this is to undergo some sort of training as per best practice whether this is a course endorsed by the GPhC or NMC.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Pharmacy Influenza Commissioning 2015

PSNC have confirmed a nationally commissioned NHS influenza service for 2015/16 on Monday 20 July 2015. The service is open to any suitably qualified pharmacist working within a pharmacy with a PREM 1 certified consultation room. The NHS England, national commissioning forms the basis of pharmacy vaccination services which may be augmented locally with additional PGDs.

Pharmacies will be reimbursed the cost of the vaccine, and receive £9.14 per administered dose (comprising remuneration of £7.64 plus an additional fee of £1.50 to cover the costs of providing the service).  There will be no separate funding for initial set-up costs, as the £1.50 per dose is intended to cover these.  The service is being funded from NHS England’s annual flu vaccination programme budget.

Key points

  • Available to all pharmacies in England from September 2015.
  • Commissioned on an annual basis.
  • The National PGD only covers NHS vaccinations for those in risk categories above 18 years of age as defined in DoH Flu letter Appendix A.
  • Locally, health authorities may wish to add additional patient groups and vaccines so make sure you are in regular contact with your LPC.
Action points
If you want to take part in this service look at training now:
  • No national training is offered - we can provide you with the training required for this service.
  • Train more than one pharmacist - to cope with demand covering high volume of patients and holiday periods.
  • Involve your pharmacy team - we have videos in our training to support the service
  • Speak to local GPs to work together to ensure patients aren’t confused and targets are met.

Why choose us?

  • 2 hours of HD, in pharmacy footage of how to operate your new service.
  • Ongoing support and point of sales materials to support your training.
  • Training in techniques that suit all vaccination services such as NHS-commissioned services and private PGD travel services.
  • A wider choice of vaccines through an open flu PGD.