NHS Prescription Services sends English pharmacists a schedule of payments before payment is made. The aim is to send these out to pharmacists to arrive five working days before the payment date.
Pharmacists are paid on the first of the month unless this date is a bank holiday or weekend, in which case payment is brought forward to the nearest prior working day. The only exception to this is when 1 April falls on a weekend or bank holiday, in which case payment will be made on the next available working day and not brought forward to 31 March or earlier. This is to meet the Department of Health and Social Care's requirement for a maximum of 12 payments to be made in any one financial year. If the payment date was brought forward to 31 March or earlier, this would result in 13 payments in the financial year.
There may be circumstances where the planned date for dispatch and release onto the ISP is changed. The table below gives you information about when we plan to send and release your next schedule to you. If you do not receive your payment schedule by the payment date, please call us on 0300 330 1349.
As of 01 March 2019 the planned payment dates are:
||Planned or actual
||What it is based on
||When we plan to send out your schedule and release onto the Information Services Portal
|01 March 2019
Value of December Schedule
|21 February 2019
|01 April 2019
Value of January Schedule
|22 March 2019