PQS Part 2 2020/21 update: digital guide for contractors, recent FAQs & contractor bandings

PQS Part 2 2020/21 update: digital guide for contractors, recent FAQs & contractor bandings

October 1, 2020

PSNC has published a digital guide to Part 2 of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for community pharmacy contractors.

The 20-minute guide features Alastair Buxton, PSNC Director of NHS Services, giving an introduction to the scheme’s requirements and explaining what contractors need to do to complete the necessary actions and claim payments.

The guide aims to offer busy contractors and their teams an alternative way to ensure they are aware of what is available to support them in undertaking the scheme and it complements the other information and guidance available in PSNC’s PQS hub.

Watch the digital guide

Recent FAQs:

Q. Do I have to engage with the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS)?
No. The scheme is voluntary – contractors do not need to engage with it – but PSNC recommends that all contractors should seek to meet the Part 1 PQS checklist criteria. There are significant elements of the checklist that will support contractors to additionally comply with elements of Health and Safety legislation. Contractors that successfully meet all the requirements will receive a payment which will be funded from a £18.75m budget.

It has been agreed that completion of the Part 1 scheme may be a Gateway requirement for the Part 2 scheme.

Q. How do I claim the Part 2 PQS Aspiration payment?
Contractors can claim for an Aspiration payment on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Manage Your Service (MYS) application between 09:00 on 14th September 2020 and 23:59 on 9th October 2020.

There is no requirement to have claimed for a previous PQS to claim an aspiration payment for PQS 2020/21 Part 2. Once contractors have reviewed the requirements of the PQS 2020/21 Part 2, they will need to decide which domains they intend to meet at the February 2021 declaration period, when they make their Aspiration declaration.

Q. Do I have to have met the Gateway criterion (completing the Part 1 PQS scheme) before I can make a claim for an Aspiration payment?
No, however, contractors will need to have met the Gateway criterion on the day of their PQS declaration.

Part 2 PQS contractor bandings published:

Pharmacy contractors will already be aware that a new approach to allocating the funding has been introduced in the Part 2 Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for 2020/21, with each domain having points allocated to it, but these varying dependent on the prescription volume of the contractor.

Each PQS domain has a varying number of points dependent on the participating contractor’s total prescription volume in 2019/20; each contractor is placed in one of the six volume bands set out in tables that are available on the PSNC news story below, based on their 2019/20 prescription volume.

So that contractors can be sure of which volume band they sit within the scheme, the NHSBSA has now published their allocation of contractors to the bands. You can view these on the link below.

View the contractor bandings

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