Is pharmacy ready for IR35?

Laura Smith is a Partner at Wylie & Bisset. We kick off a new season of podcasts on Pharmacy in Practice by talking to her about IR35. We have published a number of articles recently on this topic so thought it was time to have a chat with the experts. If you enjoy this episode and the PIP podcast please feel free to leave a review on your podcast player. It helps others to find us.

For tax advice please contact your accountant. Every situation is different and will potentially require advice specific to you.

Previous coverage of the IR35 topic on PIP

Could IR35 be good for pharmacist locums?

Will IR35 change locum life forever?

Is IR35 a potential tax time-bomb for pharmacist locums?

About our guest

Laura Smith CTA joined Wylie & Bisset in April 2016 as a Manager in the WB Healthcare team, was promoted to Head of Healthcare in July 2018, with a further promotion to Director in July 2019 and now partner with effect from 1st April 2021. Until joining Wylie & Bisset in April 2016, Laura spent the majority of her career working with a top 10 accountancy firm in Glasgow. Whilst developing her tax career and experience in the professional services sector, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector, Laura qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2013. Laura heads up the WB Healthcare team in all aspects of accounting and taxation matters, under the lead of partner Tom McGuire. In addition to the review of accounts for Healthcare sector clients, her expertise covers personal taxation including capital gains tax planning, remuneration planning, and advising on inheritance tax issues and planning considerations.

The Pharmacy in Practice podcast is kindly supported by Glasgow based Wylie & Bisset LLP chartered accountants.

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Is community pharmacy representation in need of an overhaul?

Professor David Wright

 

David Wright, Professor of Pharmacy Practice from the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia has lead an independent review of the roles and structures underpinning Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and the Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) in England.

 

The review has been called at a time when the community pharmacy landscape is rapidly changing and local representation and support has never been more important. The purpose of the review was to result in recommendations which will optimise PSNC and LPC contractor representation and support and ensure that the national network structure is working as efficiently for contractors as it can and is fit for the future.

 

The review team has made 33 recommendations, including the introduction of an independent governance and strategy oversight committee, replacement of the PSNC with a council constituted with LPC chairs and significantly increased funding for national negotiation activities.

 

You can read the full report here.

 

This report goes much further than many people expected and as such we were very pleased to discuss the findings with Professor Wright on the PIP podcast.

 

 

 

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The potential legal ramifications of pharmacies using volunteers

 

Our guest for this podcast was Andrea James. Andrea is a regulatory lawyer advising doctors, pharmacists, vets, teachers & other highly regulated professionals.

 

Andrea is a partner at Brabners. She leads their Professional Discipline and Healthcare Regulatory team, providing vital insight to our wider Regulatory team and Healthcare sector group. You can contact Andrea to engage her services by clicking here.

 

In the first of two podcasts, we discussed how the recent fast-moving legislative changes and action by the GPhC may impact on the practise of pharmacy in the UK.

 

In this second podcast, we have a discussion about the use of volunteers to deliver medicines. NHS England announced a new essential and advanced delivery service. The services involve community pharmacy contractors being used to work with volunteers to deliver medication during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Whilst we discussed all relevant aspects of the delivery service and use of volunteers Andrea made interesting comments on potential liability issues that may arise during the running of the services.

 

Please note that this podcast was recorded before the RPS and GPhC published their joint statement on the impact on ‘pharmacy professionals’.

 

Essential listening if you are a pharmacy contractor about to engage with this service.

 

 

We discussed and recommended the Royal Pharmaceutical Society guidance on ethical professional decision making during the pandemic.

 

We also chatted about the Headspace app. You can access and download it here. If you are under pressure and feel that you need support at this time click here.

 

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Andrea James on the legal impact of COVID-19 on pharmacy

 

Our guest for this podcast is Andrea James. Andrea is a regulatory lawyer advising doctors, pharmacists, vets, teachers & other highly regulated professionals.

 

She also loves animals, laughter and fairness.

 

Andrea is a partner at Brabners. She leads their Professional Discipline and Healthcare Regulatory team, providing vital insight to our wider Regulatory team and Healthcare sector group. You can contact Andrea to engage her services by clicking here.

 

In the first of two podcasts, we discussed how the recent fast-moving legislative changes and action by the GPhC may impact on the practise of pharmacy in the UK.

 

  • Is there temporary deregulation of the pharmacy happening at the moment?
  • What advice do you have for pharmacists having to make difficult ethical professional decisions?
  • What advice would you give to pharmacists making a difficult ethical professional decision?
  • How do you think things will change the new era after COVID-19?

 

 

We discussed and recommended the Royal Pharmaceutical Society guidance on ethical professional decision making during the pandemic.

 

We also chatted about the Headspace app. You can access and download it here. If you are under pressure and feel that you need support at this time click here.

 

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The art of automation in community pharmacy

Gary Paragpuri

 

Gary Paragpuri is the former editor of the Chemist and Druggist magazine. He is now CEO of the specialist consultancy firm called Hub and Spoke Innovations.

 

Hub and Spoke Innovations aims to help pharmacists and dispensing GPs grow their businesses and provide a better service for their patients through technology.

 

Their flagship product is the Pharmaself24, which is a vending machine for prescription medications. This product allows people to collect prescriptions from a community pharmacy at any time of day or night.

 

Tune in to the PIPcast below to find out how Gary is driving change in UK community pharmacy using this technology. We talked about the role of automation in community pharmacy and the seismic shifts in this regard but we also had a fascinating chat about Gary’s time as editor of C&D magazine. We talked about how the internet has revolutionalised publishing in the online and offline world.

 

 

 

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What is a pharmacist?

Gavin Birchall

 

Gavin Birchall is a pharmacist, designer and marketer who has created, led and marketed businesses at senior level and carried out the first research into the brand of pharmacy on the planet. Having spent 15 years in community pharmacy, practising in both independent and multiple owned pharmacies, Gavin has worked in academia, primary care and representation.

 

He was instrumental in setting up a 21 strong community pharmacy group where he was Operations and Marketing Director and Superintendent Pharmacist. 

 

Frustrated by the lack of recognition received by pharmacy, Gavin completed research into the brand of pharmacy as part of a Masters In Graphic Design and in 2015 set up a pharmacy specialist design and marketing agency, DOSE Design and Marketing Ltd, to support pharmacies to present and promote themselves more effectively. Gavin and his associates now support a range of clients in community pharmacy and beyond.

 

On the podcast, we had a wide-ranging conversation about pharmacy now and into the future. I asked Gavin the following questions:

 

  • What is a pharmacist?
  • How is pharmacy as a profession perceived?
  • As pharmacists have we lost our entrepreneurial spark?
  • Why are there very few start-up community pharmacies?
  • If you were starting a business again tomorrow what would your strategy be?
  • Has pharmaceutical care been forgotten?
  • How does technaceutical care fit into the future agenda of pharmacy?
  • Why have General Practitioners protected their brand so effectively compared to pharmacists over the years?
  • What is the importance of independent prescribing to the future of the pharmacy profession?
  • What will the effect of the erosion of the community pharmacy contractor model have on our profession?

 

 

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