NHS Pharmacy First Scotland

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NHS Pharmacy First Scotland

Welcome to NHS Pharmacy First Scotland your home to find any and all information regarding the changes that have happened to the current Minor Ailment Services. On 29th July 2020, the Minor Ailment Service which has been delivered by community pharmacies since 2006 was replaced with the new NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service. This is the biggest change to the community pharmacy contractual framework in recent years.

This page contains everything you need to know to stay up-to-date with these changes before they happen. From the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland Webinar to information on how NES will be supporting the delivery of the new NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service.

NHS Pharmacy First Scotland Service - July 29th 2020 Launch

PCA2020(P)13, first published in June 2020, details the launch of NHS Pharmacy First Scotland. The circular encloses the legal Directions, service specification and operational support documents which together outline how the service should operate.

This approved list of products has been developed by representatives of all 14 NHS Health Boards with input from Community Pharmacy Scotland and other key stakeholders.  It details the limited list of items which may be supplied to eligible patients following a consultation in response to presenting symptoms. Wherever possible, providing lifestyle advice and support to manage minor conditions should be the preferred course of action, with treatment supplied and referrals made only where necessary. With the exception of sections 10.1 (Skin: Eczema and allergy) and 6.1 (Cystitis), the items detailed in the Approved List can be supplied across all NHS Boards. In sections 10.1 and 6.1, each NHS Board has indicated the approved items which may be supplied by community pharmacy teams in their area.

Webinar & Podcast

Checkout the latest webinar by CPS's Policy and Development Pharmacist Adam Osprey and former Board Member Kathleen Cowle who discuss everything regarding the new NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service:

Checkout the latest podcast by CPS's Policy and Development Pharmacist Adam Osprey and former Board Member Kathleen Cowle who discuss everything regarding the new NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service: