Community pharmacy workers in Wales will get a pay rise

The Government is adding a further £3m to the 2022/23 Community Pharmacy funding pot, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Andrew Evans wrote in a letter to entrepreneurs earlier this week (September 7).

But access to this funding will be conditional on the “implementation by employers of a salary bonus for staff”, added Mr. Evans. More details include:

  • Employees directly involved in pharmaceutical services must receive a salary increase of “at least” 4% – however, this increase does not need to include non-employees, area or regional directors, or staff head office support
  • Those with an annual salary of more than £45,839 can get a raise of less than 4%, but this should be at least £1,400 – pro-rated for staff working less than 40 hours a week –” in line with NHS staff pay. ”
  • The increase must be effective from April 1 this year, “and if necessary be backdated and must be consolidated”.

The Welsh Government will work with the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership to verify that these wage increases have been implemented by pharmacy owners.

It will take over funding where pay rises have not been given, Mr Evans warned.

How will additional funding be provided to entrepreneurs?

The government’s additional £3m investment will increase 2022/23 funding for pharmacies to £157.2m.

Fees paid to providers for clinical services, pharmacist-independent prescribing services, the quality and safety regime, and the collaborative working regime will all increase by 4%.

Meanwhile, the labor incentive fee will increase by 2%, retroactive to April 2022, Mr Evans wrote.

He reminded entrepreneurs that when the salary increase was announced in July for NHS staff in Wales, Health Minister Eluned Morgan said community pharmacy teams would also receive a “fair, proportionate and equitable pay rise”.

Community Pharmacy Wales welcomes the additional funding, contract services manager Judy Thomas told C+D.

Ms Morgan’s commitment to ensuring pharmacy teams also receive a pay rise – despite the sector not falling under the remit of the NHS pay review body – “is a testament to the hard work of pharmacy staff community during a very difficult time,” added Ms. Thomas.

In July, pharmaceutical bodies expressed concern after public sector pay rises announced for England failed to take into account the community pharmacy sector.

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