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Pharmacy Access Scheme

Data used in Pharmacy Access Scheme calculations (1 December 2016 - 31 March 2018)

The Pharmacy Access Scheme forms part of the changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework announced by the Department of Health & Social Care on 20 October 2016.

Details of changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework can be found here. A briefing 'Community Pharmacy in 2016/17 and Beyond: The Pharmacy Access Scheme' about how eligibility for the Pharmacy Access Scheme was calculated can be found here.

If you want to know if you are eligible to receive Pharmacy Access Scheme payments you can find this out here.

Distance Selling Pharmacies (DSPs) and Local Pharmaceutical Services (LPS) contractors are not eligible for Pharmacy Access Scheme payments. NHS England local teams will be considering the impact of changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework on their LPS contractors and may consider a contract variation.

This spreadsheet (Excel: 1.9MB - updated 3 November 2016) provides the information that was used to calculate eligibility for the Pharmacy Access Scheme. It is a later version of the spreadsheet published earlier. The earlier published version was corrupted, however the version used for the calculations did not contain any errors. LPS contractors were included in the calculations (because all providers of community pharmacy services, excluding DSPs, were included in the calculation to show patient access to services) but are not eligible for Pharmacy Access Scheme payments. You can search for information about your pharmacy by using the ODS (F) code.

Applications for reviews will need to be made within three months of the start of the scheme (1 December 2016). Reviews will be administered and completed by NHS England; including the assessment of and decisions taken on all applications for reviews. NHS England will advise applicants of the outcome of the review. Applications for review in cases relating to physical feature anomalies will be considered beyond this three month period, but only if the application relates to a change in circumstances which occurs after the end of the three month period. In such cases, the application for review must be brought within three months of the change in circumstances. Please see this flowchart (PDF: 71KB) for details of what that process will involve.  Applications for review will be accepted from 1 November 2016 and should be made using the NHS England PhAS review application form. Once complete application forms should be sent to NHS England will aim to complete a review within six weeks of receiving a request. 

You can find the answers to frequently asked questions regarding Pharmacy Access Scheme reviews here (PDF: 77KB).