PQS: lithium audit support materials published

PQS: lithium audit support materials published

November 7, 2019

Resources to support community pharmacy contractors to meet the lithium* quality criterion of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) have now been published, so contractors may now want to consider when they are going to start completing the audit (if they have not already started).

Contractors must have started the lithium* audit by 29th November 2019 at the very latest, to be able to meet the requirement to complete the audit over a consecutive three-month period. However, contractors are strongly encouraged to start their lithium* audit well before this date to reduce the risk of missing this deadline and allow themselves more flexibility on the date when they make their PQS declaration. For example, if a contractor does not start their audit until the pharmacy opens on 29th November 2019, they will not complete their audit until 28th February 2020, which means they will also have to also make their PQS declaration on that day (as this is the final day for making a PQS declaration).

*Contractors are only required to complete ONE audit to meet this quality criterion in the following order of preference: lithium; methotrexate; amiodarone; or phenobarbital. See PSNC Briefing 054/19 below which guides contractors through the process of selecting the correct audit to complete to meet the quality criterion.

Briefing 054/19: PQS: Flow chart – How to meet the lithium audit quality criterion

PSNC has published Briefing 054/19: PQS: How to meet the lithium audit quality criterion, which provides contractors with a flow chart on how to meet the quality criterion.

Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group – Patient safety quality criteria guidance

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group has published guidance on meeting the patient safety quality criteria of the PQS, which includes information on the lithium audit*.

Recording patient data

Contractors can choose to collect the patient data for the audit by using the appropriate NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) audit data collection table (available as Annexes 6-9 in the NHSE&I PQS guidance) or on PharmOutcomes.**

NHSE&I audit data collection tables

If contractors would prefer to use one of the NHSE&I data collection tables, PSNC has made these available as standalone documents:

PSNC has also created template GP referral forms that contractors can choose to use if they need to refer a patient to their GP. A GP referral form has been created for each of the four audits:

PharmOutcomes

If contractors decide to use PharmOutcomes, additional patient information will need to be collected (which is not required on the NHSE&I audit data collection tables). Therefore, contractors are advised to either enter the data directly onto PharmOutcomes or use the relevant PharmOutcomes data collection form below for collecting patient information.

**The lithium, methotrexate, amiodarone and phenobarbital audits on PharmOutcomes are freely available to all contractors; PSNC has agreed to use their licence to provide access. 

Further information on meeting the lithium* audit quality criterion can be found at: psnc.org.uk/pqslithium

FAQs

Q. I have checked my PMR and I only have one ongoing patient that I have dispensed lithium for in the last three months. Can I still complete the lithium audit and meet the lithium quality criterion?
A. Yes, if the pharmacy only has one ongoing patient for whom they have dispensed lithium for in the last three months, the pharmacy should complete the lithium audit in order to meet the lithium audit quality criterion.

Q. Can I pick the audit which I would prefer to complete (out of lithium, methotrexate, amiodarone or phenobarbital) to meet the quality criterion?
A.
No. Contractors must complete the appropriate audit, which is dependent on whether they have any ongoing patients who they have dispensed any of the four medicines for during the last three months, in the following order of preference: lithium; methotrexate; amiodarone; or phenobarbital. See PSNC Briefing 054/19 which guides contractors through the process of selecting the correct audit to complete to meet the quality criterion.

Q. How do I access the audits on PharmOutcomes?
A.
Once a contractor has logged into PharmOutcomes, the audit can be accessed by clicking on ‘Services’; and then the audits are listed under the title ‘Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Quality criteria’.



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