Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) promotes and supports the interests of all NHS community pharmacies in England. PSNC is recognised by the UK Secretary of State for Health as the body that represents NHS community pharmacy contractors. It also works closely with Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) to support their role as the local NHS representative organisations.
PSNC's goal is to develop the NHS community pharmacy service, and to enable community pharmacies to offer an increased range of high quality and fully funded services; services that meet the needs of local communities, provide good value for the NHS and deliver excellent health outcomes for patients.
PSNC works with NHS England and other NHS bodies, and with the Department of Health and Social Care, to promote opportunities for the development of community pharmacy services, and negotiate the contractual terms for the provision of NHS community pharmacy services.
PSNC works closely with its sister body Community Pharmacy Wales (CPW) which represents community pharmacy contractors in Wales. At present most of the English national pharmacy contract negotiated by PSNC is adopted by the Welsh Assembly Government, but where Welsh contractual arrangements differ from those in England, CPW negotiates on behalf of its contractors.
PSNC also operates the Prescription Audit Centre (PAC). The PAC team conducts independent checks to verify the accuracy of the pricing of prescriptions by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) and any errors in pricing are corrected.
Learn more about PSNC at: psnc.org.uk
- PSNC. "About PSNC". PSNC Main site. Retrieved 2019-04-29.