Scottish community pharmacy pandemic funding details revealed


The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland has written to the community pharmacy network in Scotland to inform them of the arrangements around additional funding to the network in Scotland.


The circular (see below) sets out the agreed initial additional financial support measures for the community pharmacy network in responding to the COVID-19.


The Scottish Government have agreed on a set of additional financial support measures with Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) to address an increase in dispensing activity, extended Minor Ailment Service consultations and treatments and the provision of pharmaceutical care services provided on Good Friday and Easter Monday to support the wider NHS.


An initial payment of new funding totalling £5.58 million has been agreed and will be made to pharmacy contractors for the increased dispensing activity, additional worked hours, a contribution for reasonable adjustments made to premises for the purposes of social distancing and the purchase of personal protective equipment in advance of the current arrangements being put in place. A breakdown of how this will be paid is set out.


  • Allocation and payment of the £5.58m money released as an initial payment to recognise the immediate impact on workload during March.
  • £700 paid March 2020 (to bank May 20) to each pharmacy for reasonable adjustments.
  • £1,000 paid March 2020 (to bank May 20) to each pharmacy for recognition of staff costs.
  • Balance of £3.442m paid as each individual pharmacy’s proportion of the overall prescription item volume increase in March 2020 vs March 2019. CPS accepts that this can only be paid when the data becomes fully available and the working assumption is May or June 2020 for data availability with payment to bank July.


In a letter to the network, Rose Marie Parr thanked community pharmacy teams for their efforts and commitment at this difficult time.


Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Scotland Harry McQuillan made comment about the announcement in the now regular YouTube video. You can view the video below.




This circular is being shared under the Open Government Copyright licence.



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