A circular released by Scottish government this week informs community pharmacy contractors of the intention to continue funding for Community Pharmacist Supplementary and Independent Prescribing Clinics in 2018-19. Each Board is being provisionally assigned funds at the same level as funding available in 2017-18.
Matt Barclay director of operations at Community Pharmacy Scotland commented;
“We are pleased that community pharmacy prescribing funding has been maintained. Importantly though there is recognition of the need to review how funding works going forward to ensure consistent and sustainable prescribing arrangements within the pharmacy network to support patients. Also alongside other prescribing initiatives, this should align to support the aims of Achieving Excellence and the CPS Vision.”
The table below shows the amount of funding provisionally available to draw down in respect of prescribing clinics supported during the period April 2018 – March 2019.
|Health board||Funding 2018/19|
|Ayrshire & Arran||£75,000|
|Dumfries & Galloway||£21,100|
|Greater Glasgow & Clyde||£247,700|
A review of community pharmacy supplementary and independent prescribing clinics will be conducted over the course of this year to consider whether any changes are necessary to ensure an appropriate and stable funding model. The outcomes of this review will be used to inform the arrangements from 2019/20.
The circular can be viewed HERE.