2020/21 Pharmacy Quality Scheme

2020/21 Pharmacy Quality Scheme

August 29, 2020

The scheme has two parts, the first of which was announced on 13th July 2020. The focus of the Part 1 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.

Details of Part 2 of the Scheme were published in the September 2020 Drug Tariff. A summary is available on the PSNC website with further details and supporting materials are expected soon.

New PQS payment structure

Total funding for the Part 2 PQS for 2020/21 is a minimum of £56.25m, with any unused funding from the Part 1 scheme also being added to the total.

A new approach to allocating the funding is being introduced in this scheme, with each domain having points allocated to it, but these vary dependent on the prescription volume of the contractor.

This change has been introduced to better recognise the varying workload and hence costs incurred by different contractors complying with the requirements of the scheme. While some costs will be common to contractors of all sizes, most of the elements of this new scheme involve variability of costs related to the number of staff employed at the pharmacy and staffing levels generally vary in relation to prescription volume.

View the PQS domain payment bandings

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