Scottish Financial Framework 2020/2021 announced

12th August 2020

Arrangements for remuneration to Scottish contractors for the period 2020 to 2021 have been published by Scottish Government in NHS Circular PCA (P)(2020)15. The detailed circular describes the payments which have been agreed between Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) and Scottish Government as the funding package this year for Scottish community pharmacy contractors within a three year settlement.

The funding package consists of a global sum component which will increase by 2.5% in all three years and a fixed non-global sum of £1.3mill. The 2020/2021 global sum of £188.148 million consists of a series of payments to cover funding for core community pharmacy services, including the additional investment by Scottish Government of £5mill this year for the new NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service.  The non-global sum will support increasing independent prescribing in community pharmacies. A guaranteed minimum income of £65mill is defined with a further projected mapping of £25mill from the drug tariff, along with profit margin sharing agreements between contractors and the NHS. Clawback agreements have now ceased with any monies due to the NHS being claimed through drug tariff reductions.

Payments, and associated thresholds for contractors including Essential Small Pharmacies are detailed in the circular for all national community pharmacy services.  The Quality and Efficiency Payment for achieving electronic claim targets, is now known as the Service Efficiency Payment and the Operations and Development payment has changed to the Quality and Service development payment to cover the Gluten Free Foods Service and Quality Improvement work streams. Training grants will no longer be provided annually, replaced by a monthly payment of £100 a month per contractor.

CPS have summarised the circular in a 16 Key Facts document, and explain each payment  at Read the circular