Pharmacy Review Steering Group (RSG) – vote opens soon!

As announced previously, the Pharmacy Review Steering Group (RSG) has reached agreement on a proposed way forward to ensure that the support and services offered by PSNC and the LPCs are fit for the future. The proposals have now been published and can be found at: https://pharmacy-review.org/contractor-proposals/Contractors will have four weeks to read the proposals after which they will be asked to vote to either accept, or reject, the proposals in full. A three-week voting period will start on Friday 27th May, during which contractors can cast their vote using a secure and trusted online voting system.Contractors will soon receive a pre-vote notice from Civica Election Services (formerly the Electoral Reform Society) who are managing and overseeing the vote, also acting as Independent Scrutineer, to ensure the impartiality and integrity of the process. The pre-vote notice contains important information about the vote and will be sent to contractors’ NHS.net email addresses and where possible also by post. Contractors will also receive a voting notice nearer to the vote. Only individual contractors will be eligible to vote and the vote results are due to published in June 2022.

Upcoming contractor briefing eventsTo help contractors to understand the proposals, the RSG has now announced plans for several contractor briefing events during the pre-vote period in May, including three national contractor briefing events and seven regional briefing events: one per NHS region. These events will be an opportunity for contractors to hear directly from RSG members about the proposals, and to ask them questions. These are summarised below:

Contractor briefing events

Regional contractor briefing events are now concluded, however your LPC is investigating the option of an event for Staffordshire contractors; we will announce any developments on this in due course. Alternatively, there is a further National briefing event – click the link below to book your place:

National Contractor Briefing Event: Tuesday 7th June 2022, 7pm – 9pm

Alternatively, an on-demand recording of one of the previous national briefing events is now available here.

Your LPC strongly recommends that contractors should read the proposals when published, attend one of the briefing events, and engage in the voting process – this will have a significant impact on the way your pharmacy businesses will be represented and supported by PSNC and LPCs in the future.

Information about the proposals and the events is available on the RSG website here.