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Temporary safeguarding payments

PharmData tracks data on a range of NHS pharmacy reimbursement, including the temporary safeguarding payment arrangements put in place where a pharmacy contractor’s dispensing business is negatively affected if prescribers systematically increase prescription duration length on a significant proportion of their prescription items, due to direct or indirect coercion by the local CCG.

Want to know if your pharmacy or pharmacies have potential claims under the Temporary Safeguarding Payments scheme? Try the PharmData TSP service for free

What is the temporary safeguarding payments scheme?

Not to be confused with safeguarding (protecting vulnerable people from harm and abuse), temporary safeguarding payments are a scheme laid out in part XIVC of the Drug Tariff to allow for payments to be made to contractors in England who have suffered from local prescribers increasing the prescription duration on a large proportion of prescriptions; for example, if a local GP surgery were to move from 28-day prescribing to 56-day prescriptions or 90-day prescriptions.

There are 2 types of temporary safeguarding payments available:

For more information on the scheme, visit the PSNC page on temporary safeguarding payments

Be careful! Submitting a type 2 claim to NHSBSA will lead to them calculating what money, if any, you might be owed due to a reduced number of items being dispensed compared to what was expected. However, if they determine that you dispensed more items than would be expected, you might receive a negative payment instead!

To see if your pharmacy might be eligible for a claim under the Temporary Safeguarding Payments scheme, try the PharmData TSP service.

Top 10 pharmacies by total Claim 2 remuneration

Total remuneration Pharmacy
£58,074 COHENS CHEMIST (FHG71)
CROFT HOUSE SURGERY, MANCHESTER RD,SLAITHWAITE, HD7 5JY
£57,652 COHENS CHEMIST (FXP85)
WATERS GREEN MEDICAL CTR, SUNDERLAND STREET, SK11 6JL
£44,969 PEAK PHARMACY (FPL14)
202-204 FINNEY LANE, HEALD GREEN, SK8 3QA
£44,451 COHENS CHEMIST (FMD55)
12-13 MARIAN SQUARE, GLOVERS LANE, L30 5QA
£43,983 COHENS CHEMIST (FAW42)
MOOR PARK HEALTH CENTRE, BRISTOL AVENUE, FY2 0JG
£43,075 COHENS CHEMIST (FGE12)
WATERS MEETING HEALTH CTR, WATERS MEETING ROAD, BL1 8SW
£41,270 COHENS CHEMIST (FNP14)
23 SEEDLEY ROAD, SALFORD, M6 5WN
£40,370 GROUP PHARMACY (FM310)
GLEBE STREET, PENNY MEADOW, OL6 6HD
£36,166 COHENS CHEMIST (FKJ31)
68 BROOK ROAD, BA14 9DL
£35,663 COHENS CHEMIST (FW861)
THE HEALTH CENTRE, HOLME LANE, CROSSHILLS, BD20 7LG

Bottom 10 pharmacies by total Claim 2 remuneration

Total remuneration Pharmacy
£-4,225 DAY LEWIS PHARMACY (FXX17)
49 LONDON ROAD, PO7 7EX
£-1,325 VILLAGE PHARMACY (FQH29)
36-38 HULLBRIDGE ROAD, CM3 5NG
£-959 MAYORS CHEMIST (FCV86)
51-53 BOW ROAD, E3 2AD
£-850 LLOYDSPHARMACY (FX893)
1756-1758 COVENTRY ROAD, YARDLEY, B26 1PB
£-637 CHURCH ROAD PHARMACY (FVM01)
91 CHURCH ROAD, PLYMSTOCK, PL9 9AX
£-363 FOCUS PHARMACY (FL059)
THE KEPPEL BUILDING, ASHTON RD WEST,FAILSWORTH, M35 0AD
£-349 BURRAGE PHARMACY (FRE57)
57 BURRAGE PLACE, PLUMSTEAD, SE18 7BE
£-329 COLEHILL PHARMACY (FLX51)
42 MIDDLEHILL ROAD, COLEHILL, BH21 2SE
£-303 JUDDS CHEMIST (FKE26)
73 PITFIELD STREET, LONDON, N1 6BT
£-285 CORNWELL'S CHEMISTS LIMITED (FCP54)
11 HIGH STREET, NEWCASTLE, ST5 1RB