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The pharmacy earlier payment scheme (PEPS)

As part of a broader initiative by the UK Government to help small and medium sized enterprises, Citigroup, the Government’s provider of electronic banking services, is working with the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) to offer community pharmacies earlier access to their monthly advance payment for the provision of NHS pharmaceutical services.

To sign up to the scheme or for more information, visit the Citi website.

Information for signed up contractors

Signed up contractors should ensure that their batches are received by NHS Prescription Services in good time to take advantage of the benefits offered by the scheme.

First earlier payment date (8th of the month)

To make the first early payment date, you will need to secure delivery of the previous month's prescriptions and correctly completed FP34C declaration to NHS Prescription Services by the 3rd day of the month following that in which the supply was made.

Second earlier payment date (12th of the month)

Earlier payment can be made available by the 12th day of the month if prescriptions and completed FP34C are dispatched, in a secure manner, from the pharmacy not later than the 5th day of the month following that in which the supply was made (as now) and delivered by the 8th of the month.

If prescriptions cannot be delivered to us until after the 8th of the month, earlier payment cannot be assured and payment is likely to be on the normal payment date of the 1st of the month.

Note that access to the earlier payment through Citi is based on the date prescriptions are received by NHS Prescription Services, so it's important that they are dispatched in good time and prepared correctly.

Key dates for signed up contractors

More information on key dates can be found under question 16 on the Citi FAQs web page.