Pharmacy Access Scheme
On 20th October 2016, as part of the two-year final funding package imposed upon community pharmacies in England, the Department of Health (DH) confirmed the introduction of a Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS), with the stated aim of ensuring that a baseline level of patient access to NHS community pharmacy services is protected. DH states that the PhAS will protect access in areas where there are fewer pharmacies with higher health needs, so that no area need be left without access to NHS community pharmaceutical services.
Qualifying pharmacies will receive an additional payment, meaning those pharmacies will be protected from the full effect of the reduction in funding from December 2016.
Two Pharmacies in Liverpool are eligible for PhAS payments. A list of PhAS pharmacies can be found HERE.
The LPC have reviewed the PhAS criteria, and have found just one other pharmacy that may be eligible due to them being in a deprived area and less more than 0.8 miles from a neighbouring pharmacy. This pharmacy has been notified and support offered.
More information can be found on the PSNC Website