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The Scottish Government has confirmed that £1 million will be available for community pharmacist supplementary and independent prescribing clinics for 2017-18.

 NHS Circular: PCA (P)(2017) 10 states that some NHS Boards do not now anticipate using their full share of the funding this year, while others have asked for additional funding. As a consequence, the allocation has been adjusted as follows:

NHS Board Full Year funding (£)
Ayrshire & Arran 75,000
Borders 19,800
Dumfries & Galloway 21,100
Fife 73,900
Forth Valley 69,016
Grampian 102,700
Greater Glasgow & Clyde 265,716
Highland 46,800
Lanarkshire 127,516
Lothian 148,600
Orkney 0
Shetland 0
Tayside 49,850
Western Isles 0
Total 1,000,000

“Clinics should continue to be targeted in accordance with guidance for prior year(s). These funds constitute part of the overall community pharmacy contractor funding package,” says the letter. “Boards will be expected to provide no later than March 30 2018 a report on how the funding has been deployed along with lessons learnt.”

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Rose Marie Parr added: “I intend to work with Directors of Pharmacy to consider how this funding in future years can be best aligned to the objectives of the recently published strategy, ‘Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care’.”

Links:
NHS Circular: PCA (P)(2017) 10  
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