NHS Scotland confirms prescribing clinic funding

NHS Scotland has confirmed that £1 million will be made available for community pharmacist supplementary and independent prescribing clinics in 2019-20.

Following a review of the funding model it has be decided that the funding will continue each financial year until further notice on a NRAC basis, according to NHS Circular PCA (P)(2019) 11. NRAC is a formula developed by the NHS Scotland Resource Allocation Committee to split funding equitably between the 14 territorial Health Boards in Scotland).

The funds are part of the overall community pharmacy contractor funding package (non-global sum) and are ring fenced to pay community pharmacy contractors for providing clinics. The existing two payment levels continue unchanged at £150 per clinic session and a one-off payment of £750 for new clinics starting up.

  • Community Pharmacy Scotland is advising contractors that the UTI and Impetigo Pharmacy First services are now covered by central Global Sum funding as the first stage in the evolution of the existing Minor Ailment Service into a broader ‘Pharmacy First’ service for April 2020.

It is the intention to pay the UTI and impetigo consultations on activity from April 2019. Since some Health Boards don’t ask pharmacies to routinely capture this information CPS is providing an interim basic template to capture information.

More information will be provided by Scottish Government in due course as to the exact details of how to claim.

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