Pharmacy Quality Scheme Update

Pharmacy Quality Scheme Update

September 27, 2020

Completing COVID-19 secure preparations and the Part 1 PQS

The increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections and the actions being taken by the Governments across the UK to tackle local outbreaks means it is of the utmost importance that you have put in place appropriate measures to make their pharmacies COVID-secure and have undertaken appropriate measures to seek to protect their staff.

Those measures include the elements set out in the Part 1 Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2020/21 checklist, in particular the offer and, where accepted, completion of individual COVID-19 risk assessments for each member of staff. Guidance on how to undertake individual risk assessments is available from several organisations, with links to these available in PSNC COVID-19 hub.

Undertaking all the elements of the Part 1 PQS checklist will allow you to make a claim for a payment of £1,630 via the NHSBSA’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal and that also qualifies you to participate in the Part 2 PQS, as completion of the Part 1 scheme is the Gateway requirement for the Part 2 scheme. If you have not completed all parts of Part 1 and declared completion, you will not be eligible for Part 2.


PQS Aspiration Payment window now open

The Aspiration payment window for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2020/21 Part 2 is now open. Contractors who wish to, can claim an Aspiration payment for this scheme, to assist with cash flow. The Aspiration payment can be claimed up until 23:59 on 9 October 2020 through the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal.

The Aspiration payment is optional. To qualify to receive it, contractors will need to decide which domains they intend to meet at the February 2021 declaration period, and declare that they will complete PQS Part 1 by 23:59 on 29 January 2021.

Learn more about the Aspiration payment


Resources to support PQS

Full PQS supporting materials and information are available on the PSNC website.

Download the LPC Training summary for PQS 2 HERE.




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