Your endorsement of NHS prescriptions plays a vital role in making sure we have the correct information for reimbursement and remuneration.
No NCSO endorsements have been agreed by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Welsh Government for February 2019 dispensed prescriptions.(last updated 8 February 2019)
Sorting, submitting and endorsing prescription forms
The appropriate endorsing of NHS prescriptions by dispensing contractors, where applicable, is essential to make sure that NHS Prescription Services has the correct information for reimbursement and remuneration.
Many prescription forms are now being endorsed via a printer linked to a computer. However, this can cause some problems which may lead to payment delays:
- Endorsements printed in a different order to the prescribed items on the form. NHS Prescription Services staff then have to link each endorsement with the appropriate item.
- Endorsements which do not relate to any prescribed item on the form. Endorsements should match items prescribed on the form.
- No gap between consecutive item endorsements. Please ensure that items are separated, and that it is clear where one endorsement ends and another starts.
- Endorsements are not printed in the left hand column, printed upside down, only partially printed, or printed on the back of the form. It helps us if endorsements are checked before being sent to us. Illegibility can result in incorrect reimbursement.
- Faint endorsements where the printer ribbon needs to be changed
- Superfluous endorsements - the input required for proper endorsement is minimal - anything more is unnecessary.
- Incorrect endorsements may result in a referral of the form back to yourself, delaying your reimbursement.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain publishes guidance which includes the following:
'Pharmacists are advised to exercise caution in the use of automatic prescription endorsing systems. A pharmacist who submits a claim for prescriptions is responsible for the accuracy of the endorsements.'