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Document What is the eligibility for the Pharmacy Access Scheme?

Pharmacies do not need to apply to the scheme to be eligible; eligibility has been calculated nationally by Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), based on data relating to how many prescription items a pharmacy dispensed in 2015/16, to assess their size and data relating to the distances between pharmacies.

A pharmacy will be eligible for the PhAS if it meets all of the following three criteria:
  • the pharmacy is more than a mile away from its nearest pharmacy (measured by road distance);
  • the pharmacy is on the pharmaceutical list as at 1 September 2016; and
  • the pharmacy is not in the top 25% largest pharmacies by dispensing volume.
Distance-selling pharmacies (e.g. internet pharmacies) are not included in the scheme; this is because the scheme is intended to protect physical access to bricks and mortar pharmacies. Pharmacies that hold local pharmaceutical services (LPS) contracts with NHS England have not been included in the scheme, because their contracts are funded outside of the CPCF, although they may receive similar payments depending on the terms of their contracts. Appliance contractors and dispensing doctors are also not included in the scheme.

The scheme will run from 1 December 2016 to 31 March 2018.

During this time, eligibility will be fixed to the pharmacies that are deemed eligible in the list published on 20 October 2016, available on the website. No new pharmacies will be added to this list during the period of funding. 


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