CPCF changes 2016/17 and 2017/18

CPCF changes 2016/17 and 2017/18

On 20th October 2016, the Government imposed a two-year funding package on community pharmacy, with a £113 million reduction in funding in 2016/17. 

This will take total funding to £2.687 billion for 2016/17. This is a reduction of 4% compared with last year, but it will mean that contractors will see their funding for December 2016 to March 2017 fall by an average of 12% compared with current levels. This will be followed by a reduction in 2017/18 to £2.592 billion for the financial year, which will see funding levels from April 2017 drop by around 7.5% compared with current levels.

The imposition, which was announced by minister David Mowat in Parliament, comes after PSNC unanimously rejected the package on 14th October 2016. Read Sue Sharpe’s response to the imposition here.

This hub page provides links to other pages on the website, which provide further details on the changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF):

Funding changes

Pharmacy Access Scheme

Pharmacy Integration Fund

NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service pilot (NUMSAS)

Quality Payments

Changes to regulations to allow pharmacy mergers

Reimbursement reforms

How you can help with continued lobbying

Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond campaign hub page


PSNC webinar series

Funding changes webinar: What do these changes mean for you? (on-demand recording)

Pharmacy Access Scheme and Regulations webinar (on-demand recording)

Quality Payments webinar (on-demand recording)

Urgent Medicine Supply Service webinar – (on-demand recording)


PSNC Briefings and slide deck on the changes

PSNC Briefing 057/16: Funding imposition for 2016/17 – Information for Contractors

PSNC Briefing 058/16: Funding imposition for 2016/17 – Frequently Asked Questions

PSNC slide deck on the changes for LPC use (PowerPoint) (updated 26/2/17)

PSNC slide deck on the changes (PDF) (updated 26/2/17)


The Department of Health (DH) documents

DH has published the following documents related to the changes:

Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond: Final package

Impact assessment

Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond: The pharmacy access scheme

DH list of pharmacies eligible for PhAS



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