The pharmacy market is highly regulated, and securing permission to open new pharmacy premises or relocate existing pharmacies can be challenging. This area of work is often known as ‘pharmacy licensing’ or ‘pharmacy contracts’.
There are two key points during the process for a new pharmacy, the first is to make an application to the NHS England Area Team for inclusion in the pharmaceutical list, and secondly, the pharmacy premises must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Applications for new pharmacies or relocations of existing premises are now governed by the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013, which came into force in April 2013. There are significant changes from the ‘old’ 2005 or 2012 Regulations, and pharmacists need to be aware of the impact those changes could have on their businesses or plans.
New Pharmacy NHS contracts are very hard to obtain unless there has been a change in circumstances. At Healthcare plus consulting, we will work closely with the contractor to research the area and assess the needs of patients. Our experience in this sector is substantial. We have been successful over the years at securing new contracts and pharmacy relocations, but we also understand how applications can be successfully opposed.