CPCF settlement: 2019/20 to 2023/24

CPCF settlement: 2019/20 to 2023/24

Following negotiations between PSNC, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), HM Government has agreed to make a five-year investment in community pharmacies. The deal secures pharmacy funding and sets out a clear vision for the expansion of clinical service delivery over the next five years, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.

LATEST: PQS: Assessment framework now available

The announcement: Funding negotiations result in five-year CPCF deal

The CPCF agreement document: The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for 2019/20 to 2023/24: supporting delivery for the NHS Long Term Plan

PSNC’s summary of the agreement document: PSNC Briefing 026/19: A Summary of the Five-Year Deal on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework

PSNC answers key questions: PSNC Briefing 027/19: Five-Year CPCF Deal – Frequently Asked Questions

PSNC email series highlighting key actions for contractors: CPCF Checklist emails archive


CPCF Roadshow

PSNC had been running free roadshow events across England to explain the context of the new five-year CPCF agreement and what it means for pharmacies. These have come to an end, but contractors can now access a recording of our Digital Roadshow.

This online event followed the same format as the regional roadshow events, with presentations from the PSNC Chief Executive and his team, followed by a Q&A session. It provides an opportunity to explore what the future holds for your pharmacy and to help prepare yourself and your team for that.

Watch our Digital CPCF Roadshow on-demand


About the CPCF

In each section below we have outlined that element of the five-year CPCF agreement in more detail.

Funding and payments

The community pharmacy sector will receive £2.592bn per year from 2019/20 to 2023/24. However, some of the details of how funding will be distributed in the next financial year are still the subject of urgent negotiations with the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care.

PSNC Briefing 028/19: Information on the community pharmacy contract settlement and funding for 2019/2020 to 2023/24

Drug Tariff changes: To ensure delivery of the correct amount of funding to contractors in 2019/20, Category M reimbursement prices increased by £15 million a month and the Single Activity Fee (SAF) was increased by 1p to £1.27 per item from August 2019. Learn more about the October 2019 Drug Tariff changes here.

Transitional payments: Monthly payments will be paid to help community pharmacy contractors meet costs associated with changes such as integration into Primary Care Networks (PCNs), preparation for Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) and implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). These payments will be linked to dispensing volumes and paid to contractors from October 2019 through to March 2021. Learn more about the agreed levels here.

Establishment Payment: As previously indicated by HM Government, these payments will be phased out by 2020/21.

Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS): this will continue with the current criteria and funding (£24 million a year) until a new scheme is introduced in April 2020. Further details of next year’s funding is expected shortly.

PSNC will publish indicative income tables for contractors in due course to help contractors to predict what their income is likely to be over the next financial year.

NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS)

CPCS is a new Advanced service where patients are referred into community pharmacy by other NHS providers. Commencing October 2019, this service replaces the current NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) and local pilots of the Digital Minor Illness Referral Service (DMIRS).

Funding for the CPCS includes an initial Transition payment supplement of £900 if claimed by 1st December 2019, or £600 if claimed by 15th January 2020.

CPCS webpage

CPCS Toolkit published

CPCS webinar now on-demand

CPCS: Check that your shared NHSmail account is in the pharmacy directory

CPCS service spec published and registration opens

Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS)

PQS is a new name for the Quality Payments Scheme. The gateway and quality criteria from previous years will change on an annual basis, with some becoming CPCF Terms of Service requirements from April 2020.

PQS webpage

PSNC Briefing 041/19: The Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2019/20

PQS 2019/20 webinar

PQS: The Aspiration payment window is now open

NHS England and NHS Improvement Pharmacy Quality Scheme guidance published

PQS: First gateway dataset report published

PQS: Assessment framework now available

Medicines Use Reviews (MURs)

To free up capacity and funding for the CPCS, and also in recognition that NHSE&I does not consider them to offer good value for money, MURs will be phased out over the next two years.

New MUR target requirements from 1st October

Medicines Use Reviews (MURs): Frequently asked questions

Service developments

A range of new services will be piloted and introduced over the course of the five years to support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

CPCF service development grid – a matrix document setting out when each of the agreed CPCF service development pilots may be implemented during the five-year deal

Pharmacy heart checks service pilot announced

Reimbursement reforms

A commitment was made to considering a range of reforms to reimbursement arrangements – step one is running a public consultation.

Consultation on drug reimbursement reforms

PSNC responds to consultation on community pharmacy drug reimbursement reform


For external audiences

The PSNC Communications and Public Affairs Team has created the following resources to help in explaining the five-year CPCF to external audiences. These may be particularly useful for LPCs engaging with local healthcare organisations or other stakeholders.

Community pharmacy presentation – a PowerPoint about community pharmacy reflecting changes to the CPCF.

CPCF summary for external stakeholders (Word document)

CPCF summary for external stakeholders (PDF)

Summary of the Five-Year Pharmacy Deal for general practice teams

An infographic describing the five-year CPCF settlement – please note, this is an early draft and we have commissioned a graphic designer to create the final version.

Also see our webpage Community Pharmacy: Information for GPs

 


If you have a query that isn’t addressed by this webpage, please email cpcf@psnc.org.uk

This page will be updated as more details and resources become available.

 



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