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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
£81,659 LINCOLN CO-OP CHEMISTS LTD (FJX51)
5 PROCTORS ROAD, LN2 4LA
£78,718 CLEADON PARK PHARMACY (FP823)
10 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, NE34 8PS
£76,481 COHENS CHEMIST (FXP85)
WATERS GREEN MEDICAL CTR, SUNDERLAND STREET, SK11 6JL
£68,289 COHENS CHEMIST (FG314)
NORTH ORMESBY HTH VILLAGE, 9 TRINITY MEWS, N.ORMESBY, TS3 6AL
£63,896 COHENS CHEMIST (FWW83)
4 DICKSON HOUSE, CROWN HEIGHTS,ALENCON LNK, RG21 7AH
£63,764 COHENS CHEMIST (FMD55)
12-13 MARIAN SQUARE, GLOVERS LANE, L30 5QA
£60,862 COHENS CHEMIST (FW861)
THE HEALTH CENTRE, HOLME LANE, CROSSHILLS, BD20 7LG
£58,074 COHENS CHEMIST (FHG71)
GROUND FLOOR, GLOBE MILLS, HD7 5JN
£57,405 WOODHOUSE PHARMACY (FNX07)
1 MARKET SQUARE, WOODHOUSE, S13 7JX
£56,757 COHENS CHEMIST (FCL84)
ESSEX HOUSE, ESSEX ROAD, RG21 8SU

In October 2023, a total of 88 pharmacies made successful Temporary Safeguarding Payments claims for a sum of £132,659.11

Our TSP tool estimated that up to 3,427 pharmacies could have had potential TSP claims for that month. To see potential claims for your pharmacy, try out our TSP tool for free.