Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and NHS Improvement have finalised the structure of the transitional payments for 2019-20.
As per the new agreement, community pharmacy contractors would automatically receive monthly transitional payments as part of the five-year CPCF settlement from October.
Payments range from a minimum of £100 a month for the lowest dispensing pharmacies, to £833.33 a month for those dispensing 19,168 items or more per month.
The transitional payments are intended to support preparations for a more service-based role and they are being made in recognition of costs associated with changes such as the implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive and integration into Primary Care Networks.
“The transitional payments are a core part of the five-year CPCF deal and they recognise the work that all pharmacies will have to undertake to deliver the range of new services that have been agreed. PSNC was pleased to agree the payments which also recognise contractors’ costs in implementing the requirements of FMD,” said Simon Dukes, PSNC chief executive.
The monthly payment is separate to the additional one-off transitional payment worth £900 and £600, which is available to pharmacies signing up to provide the new NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation Service by December 1st, 2019 and January 15th, 2020 respectively.
PSNC said negotiations on funding distribution, including transitional payments, for 2020-21 are still ongoing.