Family Health Services Appeal Unit
The NHS LA is responsible for ensuring a prompt and fair resolution of appeals and disputes between primary care contractors and NHS England. Primary care contractors include GPs, dentists, opticians and pharmacists. This area of work is handled by our Family Health Services Appeal Unit (FHSAU) which encompasses the following services:
· Determining appeals against decisions in accordance with the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005, the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012 and the NHS (Pharmaceutical & Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 concerning the provision of NHS pharmaceutical services. Such appeals generally relate to the proposed opening of a new pharmacy, relocation of an existing pharmacy, or the provision of dispensing services by GPs;
· Determining contractual disputes between primary care contractors and NHS England;
· Determining disputes over the assessment of GP Registrars’ allowances under relevant Directions;
· Determining other occasional appeals and applications under various regulations governing primary care
Determinations are made by either the Pharmacy Appeal Committee, an Oral Hearing Panel appointed by the NHS LA or an Officer of the NHS LA dependent upon which Regulations apply. For those who wish to refer to them, decision letters issued following consideration of the above are available on this website.
The NHS LA also has certain obligations with regard to Fitness to Practise procedures which are also handled by the FHSAU. These are:
· Maintaining a database of primary care contractors who have had restrictions placed upon their inclusion on Performers Lists: and
· Carrying out Fitness to Practise checks against the restrictions database.