PSNC has been lobbying the Department of Health for many years for contractors to have full transparency of their payments from the NHS. Work commenced in 2012 on a joint programme between PSNC and NHSBSA to deliver this transparency over three phases.
Phase I delivered the introduction of NHSBSA’s Information Services Portal in 2015 (ISP – to access, click here) which gives all registered users access to their FP34 Schedules of Payment.
Phase II sees the delivery of a new detailed prescription item payment report that has been made available this week to all pharmacy contractors who have registered for the ISP. This report allows contractors for the first time, to see a full breakdown of every payment made to their business, at individual prescription item level.
Contractors will be able to reconcile the values on their payment schedules with those on the new item payment report to a certain degree but there will be some manipulation required in order to do this. There is a variety of supporting documentation available to help assist contractors and any feedback on these documents should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Phase III of the programme will see contractors having the ability to access scanned images of prescriptions dispensed within their pharmacy. There is no release date for this phase as yet.
Whilst the new item payment report will offer a level of better transparency, PSNC will continue to work with NHSBSA to ensure that contractors are given more meaningful transparency through access to prescription images which will help reconcile any individual payment back to the pharmacy’s internal records.
If you have not yet registered for access to the ISP, you can register here.
For more information regarding the portal please contact;
Telephone Number: 0191 203 5050