PQS announced for first part of 2020/21

A new Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for the first part of 2020/21 has been announced this week. 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.

Scheme requirements

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.

View the Part 1 2020/21 PQS Checklist and PSNC support materials

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.

Part 2 2020/21 PQS

PSNC is currently in discussions with NHSE&I and DHSC, working to finalise the detail of the Part 2 PQS scheme, which is expected to commence in October 2020. This will also focus on the response to the pandemic and details will be published as soon as possible and at the latest in the September 2020 Drug Tariff.

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

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