New Pharmacy Access Scheme for 2022
THE NEW PHARMACY ACCESS SCHEME – IS YOUR PHARMACY GOING TO RECEIVE PAYMENTS?
If your pharmacy currently receives additional payments via the Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS) then you should check if you are already on the list for the new scheme starting in 2022 by using the link at the bottom of this post.
The scheme rules have changed (ie a requirement for the pharmacy to provide the CPCS service) and the distance requirement from the closest pharmacy has been amended so that it could be as little as 0.8 miles (for deprived areas), or even less if the shortest walking route is not practical for patients to use.
A review process is available, so if you believe your pharmacy should have been included but it was not, then it is possible to challenge the NHS’s decision to exclude you. Distance Selling pharmacies cannot apply and are excluded from the scheme.
The grounds on which it is possible to apply for a review of the 2021 to 2022 PhAS eligibility are restricted to the distance criteria, that is:
inaccuracies in pharmacy premises location and physical feature anomalies (such as a semi-permanent roadblock or a steep hill) meaning the viable route between two pharmacies is not as the NHS believed it was.
The review process should start in early January 2022 and contractors will have four weeks to submit applications for a review. This is a “hard” deadline so you cannot miss it if you want a review.
Please get in touch if you need help with your review application or need any other help.
LIST OF PHARMACIES CAN BE FOUND AT: