Pharmacy Access Scheme


What is the Pharmacy Access Scheme?

The Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS) has been created with the aim of protecting access to pharmacies in areas where there are fewer pharmacies with higher health needs, so that no area need be left without access to NHS community pharmaceutical services.

Qualifying pharmacies (small and medium sized pharmacies that are a mile or more from another pharmacy) will receive an additional monthly payment, meaning those pharmacies will be protected from the full effect of the reduction in funding from December 2016.

Do I qualify?

The list of qualifying Pharmacies in Suffolk is HERE

CAN ALL PHARMACIES PLEASE CHECK IT and see if you are on the list.

Eligibility has been calculated nationally, based on data relating to how many prescription items a pharmacy dispensed in 2015/16, to assess their size (small, medium or large), and data relating to the distances between pharmacies.
If a pharmacy is eligible for the PhAS, their first PhAS payment will be included in their reconciliation payment that relates to prescriptions dispensed in December 2016. These payments will continue monthly until the payment for March 2018

IF THERE IS AN ERROR ON YOUR LISTING (eg postcode) OR
IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE LIST AND THINK YOU SHOULD BE PLEASE CONTACT US:

info@suffolklpc.org.uk

How much will I get?

The exact payment a PhAS pharmacy will receive will be based on the funding it received in 2015/16. In addition, it will incorporate an efficiency saving, of 1% in 2016/17 and 3% in 2017/18

(Note – This efficiency saving is smaller than the saving made by pharmacies who do not qualify for the PhAS : 4.6% in 2016/17 and 8.3% in 2017/18)

DH state that on average, the payment received by each PhAS pharmacy will equate to roughly

  • £11,600 in 2016/17 and
  • £17,600 in 2017/18.
This is roughly
  • £2,900 per month in 2016/17 and
  • £1,500 per month in 2017/18.

(Note that the monthly payment is higher in 2016/17 because the annual payment is split into 4 months (payments for December 2016 – March 2017) whereas the 2017/18 payment is split into 12 months.)

How can I challenge the list?

A review process has been included in the scheme to allow for consideration of extenuating circumstances which may mean that access is not being protected in the way intended by the scheme:

a) Inaccuracies (for example if the pharmacy postcode is incorrect or the distance from the next pharmacy is calculated incorrectly)
b) Physical feature anomalies (such as a semi-permanent roadblock meaning two pharmacies are then more than 1 mile from each other)
c) “Near miss” pharmacies in areas of high deprivation (the LPC will be looking at this data and will be contacting pharmacies in eligible areas)

All applications for review will need to be made within three months of the start of the scheme (1st December 2016) and reviews will be administered by NHS England.Please see this flowchart for details of what that process will involve.

Please contact us if you want advice on how to challenge the list and apply for a review info@suffolklpc.org.uk

Applications for review should be made using the NHS England PhAS review application form. Once complete application forms should be sent to england.phasreviews@nhs.net

You can read the whole DH PhAS document in more detail HERE

You can visit the PSNC FUNDING CUTS HUB PAGE HERE