A CLOSER partnership working payment of £1.129 million will be distributed to pharmacy contractors in Scotland as part of the financial settlement for 2016/17 to foster closer working relationships with GP practices. Contractors will receive a single flat rate of £900.
In addition, contractors will also receive a flat payment of £1,600 to support the implementation of quality improvement methodology within the community pharmacy network from a quality improvement methodology pool of £2 million. Both payments will be paid in October with further details expected in the coming weeks.
The global sum, which was increased by £1 million (announced in May) to £178.359 million will be distributed as follows:
Annual pool payments
Dispensing — £74.063 million
CMS capitation — £36.01 million.
Establishment — £27.936 million
Minor ailment service — £15.031 million
Operations and development — £4.307 million
Quality and efficiency — £5.648 million
Public health service — £4.512 million
Pharmaceutical needs weighting — £3.843 million
Care home dispensing — £3.816 million
Stock order on cost — £1.43 million
Essential small pharmacies — £0.124 million
For the dispensing months April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 achievement criterion for high risk and new medicines assessments following CMS registration will be removed, so checks E25, E26 and E27 will no longer need to be performed during 2016.
Checks on completed assessments of registered patients, outlined in Circular PCA (P) (2015) 15 will, however, remain in place.
For further information, see the Community Pharmacy Scotland website.