Changes to coding of NHS England locally authorised payments

Changes to coding of NHS England locally authorised payments

April 8, 2019

NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) will be making some minor changes to the way payments for Enhanced Services are described on the monthly contractor Schedule of Payments (FP34).

A national menu of services has been defined, which will be applied to all services commissioned by NHS England, for which payments are transacted via the Local Payments Application (LPA) process. These payments to contractors are made by the NHSBSA and they are listed on contractors’ monthly FP34 schedule of payments.

Use of the national menu of codes will mean that there is consistent coding of locally commissioned services on the FP34 schedule of payments, for example, locally commissioned screening services will always be coded as Local Scheme 4. The full menu of services can be found below.

The national menu will be applied to April 2019 Enhanced Services claim submissions, i.e. to Enhanced Services completed in March 2019 and will be paid to contractors by the NHSBSA on 1st May 2019 appearing on the FP34 ‘Dispensing month: Feb 2019.’

Impact on contractors

The change in coding has no impact on how contractors claim for payments; they should continue to follow the usual local processes to claim payments for services, e.g. submitting claim forms to local NHS England teams or using web-based systems, such as Sonar and PharmOutcomes.

The appearance of the FP34 schedule of payments will not change, however, there may be a different Local Scheme number listed on the FP34. When contractors are reconciling their payments, they will need to check against the national menu of services to identify which service they have been paid for.

Why are the changes being made?

The national menu has been developed to simplify data collection and reconciliation of payments. It will enable NHS England to determine overall expenditure for each locally commissioned service and it will help contractors to clearly identify which service they are being paid for.

The national menu

LPA code

Service to be assigned to this code

Service description (reference letters relate to the list of Enhanced services in the Secretary of State Directions)

Additional Pharmacist Access Services Additional Pharmacist Access Services Out of Hours Services (ref m)
Local Pharmaceutical Services Local Pharmaceutical Services LPS Payments – All LPS payments should be entered through this expense head
Local Scheme 1 Minor Ailment Scheme Minor Ailment Service (ref j)
Local Scheme 2 Medication Review Service Medication Review Service (ref h)
Local Scheme 3 Gluten Free Food Supply Gluten Free Food Supply (ref d)
Local Scheme 4 Screening Service Screening Service (ref q)
Local Scheme 5 Medicines Assessment and Compliance Support Service Medicines Assessment and Compliance Support Service (ref i)
Local Scheme 6 Patient Group Direction (PGD) Service Patient Group Direction Service (ref n)
Local Scheme 7 Emergency Supply Service Emergency Supply Service (ref u)
Local Scheme 8 Disease Specific Medicines Management Service Disease Specific Medicines Management Service (ref c)
Local Scheme 9 Digital Minor Illness Referral Service (DMIRS) Minor Ailment Service (ref j)
Local Scheme 10 On Demand Availability of Specialist Drugs Service On Demand Availability of Specialist Drugs Service (ref l)
Local Scheme 11 Sharps Disposal Service
Needle and Syringe exchange service Needle and Syringe exchange service Needle and Syringe exchange service (ref k)
Advice to Care Homes Advice to Care Homes Care Home Service (ref b)
Advances for high cost – Rem Advance Payment for High Cost Drugs
ETP Allowance (DAC only) ETP Payments
Pre-registration Trainee Pre-registration trainee
Withheld payments for breach of service Withheld payments for breach of service



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