Quality Payments – Provision of one specified Advanced Service

Quality Payments – Provision of one specified Advanced Service

The Quality Payments Scheme has now ended for 2017/18. The review points have now passed and contractors can no longer claim payment for the scheme. 

No decisions have been made by the Department of Health and NHS England on the future of the Quality Payments Scheme beyond 2017/18. 

To be eligible to collect the points necessary to claim a Quality Payment, community pharmacy contractors must meet four gateway criteria, one of which is:

‘On the day of the review, the contractor must be offering at the pharmacy Medicines Use Review (MUR) or New Medicine Service (NMS); or must be registered for NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service Pilot.’

Click on a heading below for more information.

NHS England guidance

NHS England has published new guidance ahead of the November review point of the Quality Payments Scheme:

  • NHS England – Pharmacy Quality Payments Guidance for the November 2017 declaration (published 2nd October 2017)

The November guidance, should be read in conjunction with NHS England’s gateway criteria guidance and the quality criteria guidance which was issued ahead of the April review point:

  • NHS England – Pharmacy Quality Payments Gateway Criteria Guidance (published 23rd December 2016); and
  • NHS England – Pharmacy Quality Payments Quality Criteria Guidance (published 27th February 2017).

All three documents are available on the NHS England website.

PSNC strongly encourages all contractors to read the new NHS England guidance, as well as the previous guidance, to ensure they are fully briefed on the requirements of the Quality Payments Scheme ahead of the November review point.

How to achieve this gateway criterion

Does your pharmacy provide MUR or NMS? If not, could you start to provide one of those services or could you register to provide the NHS Urgent Medicine Advanced Service (NUMSAS)?

Providing MURs

Providing NMS

Registering to provide the NUMSAS

If a contractor is declaring that they provide MURs and/or NMS at the pharmacy to meet the Advanced Services gateway criterion, they should ensure that either or both of these services are listed on their NHS Choices profile (this does not apply to distance selling pharmacies).

The declaration process

Contractors will be required to declare through the NHS BSA online declaration page which of these services they are offering or are registered for when they claim for a Quality Payment.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Quality Payments can be found on the Quality Payments – FAQs page of the PSNC website.

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