Ask PSNC: Quality Payments FAQs

Ask PSNC: Quality Payments FAQs

February 6, 2017

The team at PSNC has been receiving a number of queries on the Quality Payments Scheme; below are some of the questions asked over the  last week.

  1. Do I have to engage with the Quality Payments Scheme?
    No. The scheme is voluntary – community pharmacy contractors do not need to engage with it – but PSNC recommends that all contractors should seek to meet as many of the Quality Payment criteria as possible. Contractors that successfully meet the requirements will receive Quality Payments which will be funded from a £75 million budget that is part of the overall community pharmacy funding budget for 2017/18 of £2.592 billion.
  1. When will more information and guidance be issued on the Quality Payments Scheme?
    PSNC expects NHS England to issue further information and guidance shortly. Contractors are encouraged to sign up to PSNC newsletters at psnc.org.uk/newsletters to ensure they receive the latest information straight to their Inbox when this becomes available.
  1. Will I get a Quality Payment for passing the gateway criteria?
    No. Passing the gateway criteria will not itself earn a Quality Payment for the contractor. 
  1. One of the Quality Payment criterion states that 80% of registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy have achieved level 2 safeguarding status for children and vulnerable adults in the last two years; does this include locums?
    Yes. This includes locums, so contractors should encourage temporary staff, such as locum pharmacists, to undertake the training and assessment.
  1. I have completed the previous version of the Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults e-learning and e-assessment. Do I also need to complete this new e-learning and e-assessment?
    The Quality Payment criterion states that ‘On the day of the review 80% of registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy have achieved level 2 safeguarding status for children and vulnerable adults in the last two years.’ Therefore, if pharmacy professionals have completed the previous version of the CPPE e-learning and e-assessment in the last two years this is acceptable to meet the Quality Payment criterion.

More FAQs on the Quality Payments Scheme can be viewed at: psnc.org.uk/qualityfaqs



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