Minor Ailment Service
Published: 28 June 2016
Dispensing Reimbursement, Remuneration and Volume
As part of 'Delivery for Health' The Right Medicine [660 kb], the Scottish Executive's eHealth strategy for pharmaceutical care in Scotland has given direction for these new services. Information Services Division (ISD), part of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), played an integral role in developing these services with the resultant roll out in 2006 of the Minor Ailment Service, the first service to be implemented from the ePharmacy Programme.
The Minor Ailment service (MAS) aims to support the provision of direct pharmaceutical care within the NHS by community pharmacists. It allows eligible people to register with a community pharmacist of their choice for the consultation and treatment of common self limiting conditions. The pharmacist advises, treats or refers the persons (or provides a combination of these actions) according to their needs. A person must be registered with a Scottish GP practice and fulfil certain criteria to be eligible for the service (see the Community Pharmacy website for further details). Information on the number of registrations and the treatment options by the NHS Board to which the contractors belong can be found in the reports detailed below.
This report and tables are published annually in June. The publication summary includes key points from the data tables and some key background information. The publication report includes key points and further commentary on the data, more detailed background information, and meta-data.
Minor Ailments Service Publication Summary: 2014/15 Minor Ailments Service Publication Summary
Minor Ailments Service Publicatin Report: 2014/15 Minor Ailments Service Publication Report
The registration data tables include the number of MAS registrations each month in Scotland, and the number of community pharmacies by the number of patient registrations. They also show the number of registrations by NHS Board, and per head of NRS population.
|Publication date||Registration data tables|
|June 2015||Number of patients registered for MAS to March 2015 [122kb]|
|June 2014||Number of patients registered for MAS to March 2014 [122kb]||June 2013||Number of patients registered for MAS to March 2013 [139kb]|
|June 2012||Number of patients registered for MAS to March 2012 [97kb]|
|June 2011||Number of patients registered for MAS to March 2011 [108kb]|
|March 2011||Number of patients registered for MAS to September 2010 [146kb]|
The treatments data tables include data on the number and costs of treatments dispensed under the MAS scheme. This is at Scotland and NHS Board level. It also includes information on the type of treatments at Scotland level, including a Top Ten, and data on all treatments. The files contain data for only the most recent financial year.
|June 2015||Number of dispensed items and cost of MAS items to March 2015 [338kb]|
|June 2014||Number of dispensed items and cost of MAS items to March 2014 [338kb]|
|June 2013||Number of dispensed items and cost of MAS items to March 2013 [305kb]|
|June 2012||Number of dispensed items and cost of MAS items to March 2012 [243kb]|
|June 2011||Number of dispensed items and cost of MAS items to March 2011[243kb]|
|Sept 2010||Number of dispensed items and cost of MAS items to March 2010 [225kb]|