Pharmacy Quality Scheme


The Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) forms part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF).

It supports delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan and rewards community pharmacy contractors that achieve quality criteria in the three domains of healthcare quality: clinical effectiveness, patient safety and patient experience.

Visit the PSNC PQS hub page for full details of the 2021/22 scheme including a full range of resources and guides.


Quality Criteria & Domains

Further details regarding the domains can be found on the PSNC website.


PQS Training Requirements

Staff training is a focus of Gateway and Quality Criteria Domains. Eight of the twelve training requirements have been included in previous PQS; if staff have previously completed the training and, where applicable, successfully passed the e-assessment, there is no requirement to complete this again. We strongly recommend that you start to work on any gaps now to leave sufficient time to complete other PQS actions.

PSNC has published a briefing which includes a table listing the training requirements and summarises who needs to complete the training.


Resources & Briefings

More information regarding PQS and the PSNC resources which are currently available can be found on the PSNC PQS hub page.