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New commissioning model reveals vital role of LPNs

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Local professional networks (LPNs) will be the linchpin in the development of pharmacy services in England’s new-look NHS, according to a commissioning published last week (22 June 2012).

The new operating model for commissioning primary care services, developed by the NHS Commissioning Board Authority, sees the LPNs working with clinical commissioning groups to develop "innovative solutions" for medicines management, spread the healthy living pharmacy model and promote the use of pharmacies for health promotion.

Each LPN will have a small clinical team that will work with the NHSCB’s local area teams to help commission high-quality services, according to the report.

LPNs will also be expected to provide local clinical leadership in medicines optimisation and engage with pharmacy representative groups, including local pharmaceutical committees, it says.

The NHSCB is due to take over primary care trusts’ responsibility for commissioning enhanced services. The commissioning of other pharmacy services will be negotiated locally between individual contractors and their CCGs, with remuneration also determined at a local level, the report says.

Under the new commissioning model, the NHS Business Services Authority will continue to handle pharmaceutical payments. The NHSCB’s responsibilities, which are likely to be handled by the local area teams, will include dealing with performance concerns, controlling market entry and exit and distributing prescription forms.

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