The Pharmacy Imposition and Quality Payment Scheme

Everything you need to know about the funding package imposed on community pharmacy in England.

On 20 October 2016, the Department of Health (DH) imposed its “Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond: final package” on community pharmacies in England.

This is a two-year funding package, covering 2016/17 and 2017/18.

  • The total sum for 2016/17 is £2.687 billion – a reduction of 4 per cent on 2015/16; however, because this is being applied only to the last four months of the financial year, this will amount to an average reduction of 12 per cent for December 2016 to March 2017
  • For 2017/18, the total sum will fall by a further 3.4 per cent to £2.592 billion – around 7.4 per cent less than current levels


An overview of the funding cuts including where the cuts are being applied and how the cuts will affect your income.

Pharmacy Access Scheme

Want to know the eligibility criteria and the review process? Includes information on how and where to apply

Quality payment scheme

A comprehensive table with information on how to achieve the gateway and quality criteria, including all tools available to help members to start accumulating the points.

Category M

A range of resources to help pharmacy contractors with recent changes to Category M

Business support

A range of business solutions and advice to support you, promote and grow your business

Case studies

Different pharmacy scenarios and how a pharmacy can boost its income

Experts' opinion

What does the property and banking sector say on the funding cuts


Registration information and standard operating procedure

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