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Pharmacy payments

Pharmacy payments

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. 

Planned payment dates

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'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 Information Services Portal of the schedules is changed.  The table below gives you information about when we plan to send and release to you your next schedule. If you do not receive your payment schedule by the payment date, please phone our helpdesk on 0300 330 1349.

As of  01 March 2017 the planned payment dates are:

Payment date Planned or actual What it's based on When we plan to send out your schedule and release onto the Information Services Portal
1 March 2017 Actual Value of December Schedule 21 February 2017
3 April 2017 Planned Value of January Schedule 25 March 2017

Accessing payment information

You can access payment information via the Information Services Portal, including the FP34 Schedule of Payments and a detailed Prescription Item Report.

Helping you understand your FP34 Schedule of Payments

There are two documents available one of which is relative to those pharmacy contractors who are signed up to the Pharmacy Earlier Payment Scheme (PEPS) only

Understanding your payment schedule (PDF) - Pharmacy Contractor

Understanding your payment schedule - PEPS opt-in contractors (PDF)

Charges for Schedule Reprints - Schedule Reprint

Helping you understand your Prescription Item Report

Technical user guide

Pharmacy glossary 

File Specification 

FAQs