Contractor Update: Serious Shortage Protocols

Contractor Update: Serious Shortage Protocols

July 2, 2019

On Monday (1 July 2019) legislation will come into force allowing the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to issue Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs).

SSPs are a potential way to help pharmacies manage any serious shortages of medicines that may occur, without needing to refer patients back to prescribers.

If an SSP is issued, community pharmacy contractors must, under their Terms of Service, consider the SSP, so it is important that contractors are aware of the legislation and the new requirements.

To help contractors to do this, PSNC has today issued a contractor briefing and flowchart diagram:

PSNC Briefing 023/19: Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) – A guide for community pharmacy teams (June 2019)

PSNC Flowchart: Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) – Dispensing and Claim Process Steps

This briefing explains the legislation and what pharmacies should do if an SSP is issued, including worked examples of the endorsing requirements.

PSNC will also be holding a webinar to help contractors to understand SSPs and what they mean for pharmacies on the evening of Thursday 18th July – sign up details will be available soon.

For more information, please see this news story.

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