What is Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS)?
Networks can recruit new roles to expand their primary care team with NHSE&I under the Primary Care Network DES. It is expected that at least 26,000 additional staff will be working in general practice by 2024. This suggests that on average, each PCN will have approximately 7 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff new positions by 2020/21. This is expected to rising to 20 FTE by 2023/24 via the ARRS. The funding covers the salary and on costs, although PCNs can also allocated funding to cover recruitment and or management fees, from a third party. All roles are 100% reimbursable, affording the extra flexibility for PCN networks.
The key aim of the ARRS is to utilise the additional roles to solve the general practice workforce shortage allowing each network to have the flexibility to determine which roles form a core list they require based on their patient population requirements.
Clinical Pharmacists – working as part of the multidisciplinary team in a patient-facing roles can clinically assess and treat patients. They use their expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas, and to reduce polypharmacy. The Clinical Pharmacist can be independent prescribers or through the CPPE national pathway become one. The maximum reimbursable amount for this role per annum is £55,670 and varies annually and there is no limit on the number eligible for reimbursement.