Over 10,700 pharmacies to benefit from earlier advance payments on 13 June

10,752 pharmacy contractors who declared their May 2022 FP34C submission figures through the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by 7 June 2022 will receive earlier advance payments on Monday 13 June 2022 (circa.20 days earlier than the normal advance payment timetable).

Approximately 500 contractors will not receive any earlier advance payments on 13 June for any late FP34C submissions made through MYS (after 7 June). These contractors will receive their advance payments in accordance with the normal payment timetable i.e. on 1 July 2022.

Contractors had until the 7 June 2022 to submit their FP34C declaration through the MYS portal for NHS pharmaceutical services delivered in May 2022. Due to the Platinum Jubilee Bank holiday weekend occurring in the first five days of June, a one-off extended submission deadline was granted by Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to ensure contractors had sufficient time to submit their FP34Cs through MYS in order to receive earlier advance payment. However, earlier this week, PSNC was made aware of an issue affecting access to the MYS portal on the NHS Business Services (NHSBSA) website. The portal was unavailable for several hours on Monday 6 June, preventing community pharmacy contractors from completing their FP34C declarations through MYS. The issue was rectified the same afternoon. Despite the MYS outage, the number of contractors (10,752) who submitted their May FP34Cs before the deadline (on 7 June) closely reflected those that submitted their FP34Cs on time the previous month (10,797 contractors submitted their April FP34Cs before 6 May).

If the FP34C submission document and prescription bundle is received very late by the NHSBSA (usually after the 20th of each month), contractors will not receive any advance payment but instead will only receive the final reconciliation payment. The FP34C submission cut-off dates for normal advance payments are published on the NHSBSA’s website. Contractors should note that the final reconciliation payment date remains unchanged i.e. this will continue to be paid on the 1st working day of the month approximately two months after contractors have submitted the appropriate FP34C form and prescriptions for pricing. Please note that from April 2022, the NHSBSA may apply an administrative deduction of £25 if a prescription bundle is submitted late.

For any queries regarding payments please contact nhsbsa.contractorpayments@nhs.net