Universal Credit will be rolled out in only a few areas for the moment and as such the prescription form itself will not change for the time being. Patients who are able to produce a valid Universal Credit award letter bearing their name (either as the recipient or because they are a partner or child of the recipient), should sign to declare their exemption and will need to tick the box for “income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance”.
The areas where Universal Credit will be introduced in April 2013 are as follows:
The LPC would like to encourage all pharmacists to make sure their staff are aware of this information.
Further information can be found here:www.nhs.uk/uc-healthcosts andhttp://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/universal-credit/