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8,000 pharmacies to receive extra payment of almost £800

PSNC: Contractors will get an estimated £7.71 for every Quality Payment Scheme "point" achieved
PSNC: Contractors will get an estimated £7.71 for every Quality Payment Scheme "point" achieved

The 7,981 pharmacies in England that met all of the Quality Payments Scheme criteria will receive an additional payment of nearly £800, the sector's negotiator has announced.

The points-based Quality Payments Scheme was introduced alongside the pharmacy funding cuts in England in December 2016, and offered pharmacies a maximum of £6,400 for meeting certain requirements, such as healthy living pharmacy accreditation.

The scheme included the potential for a “reconciliation payment”, which would distribute any remaining money from the £75 million fund allocated for the scheme, NHS England said at the time.

Earlier this month, the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) revealed that 11,410 pharmacies took part in the scheme, with 7,981 achieving the maximum 100 points for meeting all the quality criteria.

The pharmacies that took part in the scheme will receive a share of the “remaining money” from the scheme, which it calculates amounts to an estimated £7.71 per point achieved, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) announced yesterday (March 25).

This means nearly 8,000 contractors are likely to receive an additional £771, the negotiator confirmed to C+D.

Contractors will not have to claim for the payment, as it will be paid automatically with March’s Pricing Authority submission, PSNC added.

PSNC director of NHS services Alastair Buxton said that the quality payments data “is a testament to [pharmacy teams'] hard work and commitment to continuously improving the quality of the services they provide to patients and the public”.

Pharmacies participating in the scheme were reviewed in April 2017 and again in November 2017 to determine how many points they qualified for. The Department of Health and Social Care is yet to confirm whether the scheme will be extended to 2018-19.  

PSNC has been in discussions with the DH and NHS England about “transitional arrangements for 2018-19, including the Quality Payments Scheme”, Mr Buxton said earlier this month.

PSNC reiterated this point to C+D today and said “an announcement on interim arrangements [for the scheme] will be made shortly”.

12 Comments
Question: 
Did you take part in the scheme and now qualify for the extra funding?

Wolverine 001 , Pharmacist Director

£800 yippeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! NOT

Chris Locum, Locum pharmacist

Not quite enough to reduce the under-utilisation of new pharmacists who were sold a false 'services are the future' dawn.

Richard MacLeavy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Does anyone else have the feeling they may have spent more money achieving all the quality criterea that they are now being "awarded?"

 

Sue Per, Locum pharmacist

Any of the crumbs reserved for the Pharmacists and locums???.

Nooooooooooooooooooo. we have to pay bonuses to management and special dividend to our shareholders..............

Thank you to the DOH DUH

 

Reeyah H, Community pharmacist

Great. May go on holiday this year then!!

Dodo pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Anyone know what we will be getting paid for anything from April 1st?

Reeyah H, Community pharmacist

Dodo, no changes to fees. New QP declaration in June. So we can happily carry on getting into debt for another 6 months. 

A Hussain, Senior Management

Might buy a couple of boxes of Irbesartan to celebrate!!

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

While I am sure every contractor who qualifies will be glad to receive and extra £800, that is, frankly, a derisory & insulting payment for a professional

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

""The 7,981 pharmacies in England that met all of the Quality Payments Scheme criteria will receive an additional payment of nearly £800""

""The pharmacies that took part in the scheme will receive a share of the “remaining money” from the scheme""

Can the Editor or the rep from PSNC clarify: Is it only the Pharmacy who achieved 100 points will receive the share of this pot or any pharmacy that PARTICIPATED but acheived less than 100 points (say 80) points ???

Dave Downham, Manager

£7.71 per point, so a pharmacy hitting 80 poinys gets 80 x £7.71.

Dave Downham, Manager

PSNC director of NHS services Alastair Buxton said that the quality payments data “is a testament to [pharmacy teams'] hard work and commitment to continuously improving the quality of the services they provide to patients and the public”.

No! This shows the industry's ability to tick boxes to try and make good the shortfall in funding negotiated - sorry, imposed.

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