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Community pharmacy contractors eligible under the revised PhAS (Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS)) will receive their first of the new monthly payments with the January reconciliation payment due on April 1, 2022.

Details of the revised version of the PhAS that commenced from January 1, was published in August 2021, with contractors receiving letters from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) indicating their eligibility in the Autumn, PSNC said in an update.

Payments under the scheme are dependent on registration on NHSBSA’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal to provide the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS).

Meanwhile, the review application window is now open for contractors, which would enable the NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) to correct inaccuracies related to a pharmacy’s distance criteria/calculation.

The review application window that started on January 4, 2022 is open till midnight on February 4, 2022.

The two grounds of review are ‘inaccuracies in distance determination’ and ‘physical feature anomalies’.

PSNC has advised contractors applying for a review to read through PhAS and keep all the evidence ready before starting the process.

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