The Pharmacy Earlier Payment Scheme (PEPS) gives community pharmacies early access to their monthly advance payment for the provision of NHS pharmaceutical services.
Scheme members receive an estimated early payment, based on their submission history, before we receive their submission document. This means community pharmacies can access funds up to 60 days earlier. There will be one payment date at the beginning of the dispensing month.
Submitting your batches
You must continue to send your batches to us in good time to facilitate the scheme.
Your actual monthly submission will be offset against the estimated early payment you receive.
You will forfeit your membership of the scheme if you fail to submit your batches in line with the normal timetable, as set out in the Drug Tariff.
If the earlier payment date falls on a weekend or bank holiday, payment will be made on the next available working day.
The key benefit of PEPS is that you will have access to funds at the beginning of the dispensing month.
If your dispensing history changes month to month, this will be reflected in the estimated early payment value. This is because of the way the calculation is arrived at - we use your dispensing history over the past 12 months to provide an average estimated payment. This is paid to you at the beginning of the dispensing month then reconciled against your actual payment when it is due.
In the majority of cases, if you continue to make regular and consistent submissions, this estimated early payment will be an accurate reflection of your actual average payment due.
Exiting the scheme
You can exit the scheme free of cost by giving 30 days' notice in writing by email. Contact email@example.com.
After exiting the scheme, you will no longer be able to receive early payments. The NHSBSA will resume making your payments directly in accordance with the standard processing timetable. You will be advised on when payments will be made after opting out of PEPS.
Contractors should make sure they have sufficient capital to fund the period between leaving the scheme and normal payments resuming.
If your company enters administration or receivership you will automatically be opted out of the scheme and the NHSBSA will resume making your payments.
If you're a pharmacy contractor and you have any questions about PEPS, contact the Contractor Payments team at firstname.lastname@example.org.