PQS 2020/21 Part 2

Further details of Part 2 of the 2020/21 Pharmacy Quality Scheme can be found on the PSNC website at https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/pharmacy-quality-scheme/pqs-2020-21-part-2/ and in the current Drug Tariff at https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pharmacies-gp-practices-and-appliance-contractors/drug-tariff

Part 2 of the 2020/21 PQS scheme, formally commences on 1st October 2020, but contractors can start work on the domains they wish to undertake as soon as they wish. This second part also focuses on the response to and the recovery from the pandemic

Completion of and claiming for the Part 1 scheme is a Gateway requirement for the Part 2 scheme.


Domains within the current PQS include requirements for members of the pharmacy team to complete relevant learning, covering topics such as

  • Infection prevention and control
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Obesity
  • Suicide prevention
  • Risk management

We’ve produced a simple outline of the training requirements alongside a suggested plan for phasing this learning to support pharmacy teams with this. This guide must be used in conjunction with the more detailed information available from PSNC and in the Drug Tariff.

Supporting Resources

We will also provide additional supporting resources which will aid completion of any action plans for each of the related domains below.

Please note that this is work in progress – if you know of a resource which will support contractors in the county please let us know




Domain 1: Infection Prevention & Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship
Domain 2: Prevention
Domain 3: Risk Management
Domain 4: Primary Care Network – Prevention
  • Details coming soon
Domain 5: Primary Care Network – Business Continuity
  • Details coming soon