NHS Pharmacy First Plus Scotland service

12th August 2020

Scottish Government and CPS have determined a £3.3m allocation for 2020-21 to support pharmacy contractors provide an independent prescribing extension to the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service to be known as NHS Pharmacy First Plus. NHS Circular PCA(2020)(P)16 provides the service specification for NHS Pharmacy First Plus, the service claim form and explanation of the planned career pathway for community pharmacists which will increase the number of independent prescriber (IP) pharmacists available for patients to access from pharmacies. NHS Pharmacy First Plus aims to support patients with acute common clinical conditions out with the scope of NHS Pharmacy First Scotland to be advised and receive treatment within the pharmacy rather than be referred to another healthcare professional setting. NHS Pharmacy First Plus will utilise IP pharmacists competency in common clinical conditions to support shifting the balance of care into the community.

The circular sets out the intention for support to be provided this year to pharmacy contractors to increase the number of National Education Scotland (NES) foundation pharmacists who will progress to fully funded independent prescribing (IP) courses, and common clinical conditions training.  NHS Boards this year will transfer to local funding or discontinue existing nationally funded IP community pharmacy clinics.  Pharmacy contractors who agree to fulfil NHS Pharmacy First Plus service specification and will provide the service for a minimum of 25 hours a week for at least 45 weeks of the year will receive a payment of £2000 a month.  For full details of the service objectives and standard, responsibilities of the pharmacy contractor and the IP, and the claim form for submission to NHS national Services Scotland as an agreement to provide and claim for NHS Pharmacy First Plus, read PCA(2020(P)16 at https://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/pca/PCA2020(P)16.pdf