Pharmacy Quality Scheme
Pharmacy Quality Scheme
To meet the requirements of the new scheme, contractors need to complete all 14 actions set out in a checklist, all of which relate to the response to the pandemic; many contractors will already have undertaken most if not all of the actions in the checklist over the last few months.
PSNC has also published the following support materials for contractors:
- PSNC Briefing which provides advice on what evidence should be retained to demonstrate that contractors have complied with the scheme;
- answers to frequently asked questions on the scheme;
- a PSNC 10-minute digital guide to the scheme; and
- a record sheet to capture staff briefings, or training sessions.
Full Part 2 PQS details published
August 27, 2020
Key points on the Part 2 PQS
The Part 2 scheme continues the focus of the Part 1 scheme on activities that support the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The scheme formally commences on 1st October 2020, but contractors can start work on the domains they wish to undertake as soon as they wish;
- Completion of the Part 1 scheme is a Gateway requirement for the Part 2 scheme. Contractors have until 23:59 on 29th January 2021 to complete and claim for the Part 1 scheme via the NHSBSA’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal;
- There are five domains, each with its own component criteria to achieve:
- Infection Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship Domain
- Prevention Domain
- Risk Management Domain
- Primary Care Network Domain – Prevention
- Primary Care Network Domain – Business Continuity;
- All criteria in a domain must be completed to be able to claim a payment for that domain;
- Contractors will be able to claim an Aspiration payment if they wish via the MYS portal. Claims for this payment can be made between 09:00 on 14th September 2020 and 23:59 on 9th October 2020;
- The Declaration for the scheme must also be made via the MYS portal between 09:00 on 1st February 2021 and 23:59 on 26th February 2021;
- Total funding for the scheme is a minimum of £56.25m, with any unused funding from the Part 1 scheme also being added to the total; and
- A new approach to allocating the funding is being introduced, with each domain having points allocated to it, but these vary dependent on the prescription volume of the contractor.
Further details and guidance
PSNC are in the process of updating their PQS website hub and associated resources, which will be published shortly.
NHS England and NHS Improvement are also completing the drafting of their guidance on the scheme, which they will publish as soon as possible.
Archive information on the 2019/20 PQS and declaration data from previous schemes is available via the link below: