PQS announced for first part of 2020/21
A new Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for the first part of 2020/21 was announced on 13th July 2020. The focus of the scheme is ensuring community pharmacy contractors and their teams have put in place all reasonable measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting both themselves and the people using their services.
This scheme and the second part of PQS in 2020/21, which is being developed for the second half of the year, replace the original 2020/21 scheme that PSNC had agreed with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), and which, prior to the start of the pandemic, had been due to commence in April 2020.
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 developed the following support materials for contractors:
- 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.
Funding and claims
The funding made available for the scheme is £18.75m and all contractors meeting the requirements can claim a payment of £1,630 via the NHSBSA’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal.
Claims via MYS can be made between 14th July 2020 and 23:59 on 29th January 2021.
Any residual funding not paid to contractors within the Part 1 scheme will be distributed as part of payments in the Part 2 2020/21 scheme. Payments will be made by the NHSBSA as soon as possible after a claim has been submitted, with, for example, any claims submitted by 5th August 2020 being paid on 1st September 2020.
Please click HERE for PSNC Briefing 024/20: Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Essential Criteria Checklist for COVID-19 – Evidence Checklist