Monthly payments

Monthly payments

This section contains detailed information on the payments made to NHS community pharmacies by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

The Schedule of Payments is a document which provides contractors with a summary breakdown of reimbursement for drugs and appliances provided against NHS prescriptions including the fees payable for any additional NHS services provided for example, Advanced Services and any locally authorised payments from your NHS England Area team. Pharmacy contractors can expect to receive their Schedule of Payment from NHSBSA 5 working days before the payment date.

 

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Summary of new payments including claiming deadlines

Payment type Claim method
(deadline to claim for payment)
Payment due Payment amount How payment will appear on the Schedule of Payments under section of ‘Details of other amounts authorised’
Covid-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service
MYS
(by the 5th day of the following month) Appropriate payments, will correspond to the weekly reporting cycle, on the same payment date as other payments for NHS Pharmaceutical Services.
Monthly £1.50 + VAT Service fee per transaction ‘COVID Testing Kit’
Covid-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service Set-Up Fee
MYS One-off payment £250 + VAT ‘COVID Test Kit Set up Fee’
Pandemic Delivery Service (Essential service)* Automatic Monthly

Self-isolating patients only (from 1st April 2021 onwards) as confirmed by NHS Test and Trace (for the 10-day self-isolation period). This service will continue until 23:59 on 30th June.
Paid on the same line as ‘Transitional Payment’. It will show as a total figure
Pandemic Delivery Service (Advanced service)* MYS
(by the 5th day of the following month)
Monthly – service currently extended until 30th June for all people notified of the need to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace (for the 10-day self-isolation period) living in England £6 (including VAT) per delivery Payment will be listed as ‘Additional advance payment’ under section titled ‘Summary of Payment Amounts’
CPCS –GP referral pathway engagement and set up MYS
(Deadline extended to 11:59pm 5th July)
Payments will depend on when the claim is submitted by a contractor and processed and verified by the NHSBSA. November 2020 Schedule of Payments due to be paid 1st February 2021 is the first available Schedule to include payments for GP referral pathway engagement activity £300 ‘GP Referral Pathway Engagement Fee’
Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) MYS
Note: DMS commenced on 15th February 2021
Monthly – the first service payment is due on 30th April for any claims submitted in February (after 15th) ‘Discharge Medicine Review Fee’
COVID-19 vaccinations MYS Monthly
(First payments will be made on 1st April)

£12.58 is paid for each vaccination given

Additional £10.00 payment per vaccine for housebound and care home patients.

‘Covid Vaccine Claim’
Hepatitis C testing service MYS
(by the 5th day of the following month after completion of a test)
Monthly in the same payment month as other payments for NHS Pharmaceutical Services £36 per test performed ‘Hep C Provision of Testing Service’
Hepatitis C Point of Care Test (POCT) kit MYS
(by the 5th day of the following month after completion of a test)
Monthly in the same payment month as other payments for NHS Pharmaceutical Services Cost of the POCT kit at manufacturer’s list price + VAT ‘Hep C Test Kit Reimbursement’

*Excludes distance -selling pharmacies

Services where the claim deadline has expired

Payment type Payment due Payment amount How payment will appear on the Schedule of Payments under section of ‘Details of other amounts authorised’
Covid-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service Early Sign-Up Fee Registrations made from 29th March – 31st March will be paid on the March 2021 Schedule of Payments for payment date 1st June 2021. Registrations made from 1st – 18th April will be paid on the April 2021 Schedule of Payments on payment date 1st July 2021. £200 + VAT Early sign-up fee (providing contractor has signed up before 11:59pm on 18th April 2021) COVID Test Kit Registration Fee
Pandemic Delivery Service (Essential service)*

Monthly

For all clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) patients living in England, the service will continue until 23:59 on 31 March

Paid on the same line as ‘Transitional Payment’. It will show as a total figure
Pandemic Delivery Service (Essential service)* Monthly – service extended until 31st March for all clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) patients living in England

Payment bands up to end of February 2021

Paid on the same line as ‘Transitional Payment’. It will show as a total figure
Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2020/21 Part 2 1st April The funding will be divided between qualifying pharmacies based on the number of points they have achieved up to a maximum £96 per point. Each point will have a minimum value of £48, based on all pharmacy contractors achieving maximum points. Visit www.psnc.org.uk/pqs for further information. ‘Total of other amounts authorised’
Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) set up fee 1st April £400 ‘Discharge Medicine Review Fee’
PPE claims (standard) Payments will depend on when the claim is submitted by a contractor and processed and verified by the NHSBSA. November 2020 Schedule of Payments due to be paid 1st February 2021 is the first available Schedule to include payments for PPE ‘PPE Claims’
PPE claims (exceptional) As above Depends on amounts claimed ‘PPE Claims’

*Excludes distance -selling pharmacies

Timing of monthly payments

Normal payment option

An estimated 100% of the Advance payment for prescriptions is made by the NHSBSA for prescriptions submitted one month earlier (dispensed two months earlier). Payments are made on the 1st of each month, where this falls on a weekend or bank holiday payment will be made on the working day prior.

Normal payment option timeline

For example, June payment will comprise of the 100% estimated Advance payment for prescriptions submitted in May (dispensed in April) with the full value of the priced prescriptions less the recovery of the estimated 100% Advance payment for prescriptions submitted in April (dispensed in March).

Pharmacy Earlier Payment Scheme (PEPS)

This scheme gives pharmacy contractors early access to their monthly estimated 100% Advance payment.

PEPS, introduced in April 2013, is a privately financed, voluntary arrangement, as part of a broader initiative by the UK Government, to allow community pharmacies early access to their monthly Advance payment.

Only those contractors who register for the scheme and ensure their bundles are received by the NHSBSA by the set dates (see table below) will be able to access the early payments (subject to interest).  On 1st July 2018, Taulia, a new service provider managed by the NHSBSA, (Business Services Authority), took over from Citibank as the Scheme provider. New contractors can also join the Scheme which requires a minimum 30-day notice period. For further details on PEPs, click here.

Pharmacy Earlier Payment Scheme (PEPS) submission and payments timeline

 

*If days referred to above fall on a weekend or Bank holiday, the next available working day will be applied.

Further Resources

Reconciling payments page

Information Services Portal (ISP) by the NHSBSA

Getting Px Reports factsheet

Factsheet: Using Your Schedule of Payments to Monitor Performance

Factsheet:  Claiming for EPS prescriptions on time

PSNC Briefing 010/20: Community Pharmacy Funding in 2020/21

PSNC Briefing 011/20: CPCF in 2020/21 – Frequently Asked Questions

Summary of funding changes



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