Claiming for Early May Bank Holiday payments

Claiming for Early May Bank Holiday payments

May 25, 2020

Community pharmacy contractors are now able to claim payment for being required by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) to open between 2pm to 5pm on the Early May Bank Holiday (Friday 8th May).

Contractors must submit their claim for the £250 per hour payment using the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal between the 25th May 2020 and 22nd June 2020, with payment due on the 1st July. This payment will not appear on the FP34 Schedule of Payment but NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) will provide confirmation of payment via individual contractor letters.

Contractors who remained open on the Early May Bank Holiday (Friday 8th May) as per a local agreement with NHSE&I should only claim for payment as outlined above for up to 3 hours per day based on the number of hours they were open. If they were open for more than 3 hours, the balance must be claimed from the regional team as per local agreement. Pharmacy contractors must not duplicate claims for the same opening hours by claiming on MYS and through local arrangements.

Guidance on COVID-19 related payments can be found here.


FAQs

Q. How will I claim for opening between 2-5pm?
Claims for payment for this service must be made between 25 May 2020 and 22 June 2020 via the MYS platform provided by the NHSBSA.

The NHSBSA will make appropriate payments on 1 July 2020. The payment will not be separately itemised on the FP34 Schedule of Payments. However, the NHSBSA will issue letters to contractors who claimed to inform them of the payment made to them.

Q. What if I was directed locally to open for longer hours?
Contractors who remained open on the bank holiday as per a local agreement with NHSE&I should only claim for payment for up to 3 hours per day based on the number of hours they were open. If they were open for more than 3 hours, the balance must be claimed from the regional team as per local agreement. Pharmacy contractors must not duplicate claims for the same opening hours by claiming on MYS and through local arrangements.

Q. If I was directed to open, do I claim payment for the directed hours or the national announcement?
Pharmacies are able to claim a payment for opening for at least 3 hours. If you were open for 3 hours, you should claim only once – the national announcement takes precedence and the claim should be made through that route.



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