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Funding cuts – are you prepared?

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Funding cuts – are you prepared?

The NPA has launched a new web page dedicated to the funding package called ‘The Pharmacy Imposition’

The Department of Health’s community pharmacy funding ‘final package’ presents a significant challenge to community pharmacies across England. To help members cope with the changes, the NPA has launched a new web page dedicated to the funding package called ‘The Pharmacy Imposition’. Designed as a ‘one-stop shop’ on the funding cuts, it contains key information about the implications for your pharmacy, and what you can do to improve your business, maximise income and thrive.

Included on the Pharmacy Imposition page are links to a suite of new NPA resources to help members to understand the funding cuts and what to do about them. We will continue to update these resources over the coming weeks and months. Our new resources will guide you through:

An overview of the funding cuts

  • Where the cuts are being applied
  • How the cuts will affect your income.

Eligibility criteria for the Pharmacy Access Scheme and the review process

  • How the payments work
  • Who is not included
  • How and where to apply (NHS England will be accepting applications between 1 November 2016 and 28 February 2017). It is important members fill out the application form accurately to ensure they have the best possible chance for the review application to be accepted.

How to attain ‘quality points’ as part of the quality payments scheme

  • Includes a comprehensive table with information on how to achieve the gateway and quality criteria
  • Includes all the tools available to help members to start accumulating the points.

Case studies – covers different pharmacy scenarios

  • How the funding cuts can affect the income from providing NHS Essential Services
  • How a pharmacy can boost its income.

Staff engagement

  • Assigning roles to individuals and linking these roles to meet the gateway and quality criteria
  • Setting clear objectives and expectations.

The NPA has published answers to several frequently asked questions on the funding cuts, for example:

Q: My pharmacy is 0.9 miles away from the nearest pharmacy. I do not currently qualify for the Pharmacy Access Scheme. Can I appeal this?

A: Yes, provided that your pharmacy meets the eligibility criteria for review. NHS England is currently accepting applications for review. Please refer to the “Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond: final package (Pharmacy Access Scheme)” factsheet for further information.

Q: When will Establishment Payments be reduced?

A: Establishment Payments will be reduced by 20% compared to 2015/16 levels from December 2016 to March 2017. There will be a further 20% reduction against 2015/16 levels from April 2017. It is expected that Establishment Payments will cease to be paid by the end of 2019/20.

To access the Pharmacy Imposition page visit and for further help and support please contact the NPA Pharmacy Services team on 01727 891800 or email

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