June 2018 Quality Payments Guidance
A Community Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme, which forms part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF), was introduced from 1st December 2016 until 31st March 2018. A total of £75 million was paid to community pharmacies for meeting a number of quality criteria.
As part of the interim arrangement for the first six months on 2018/19 it was agreed a further £37.5 million is to be invested into a six month extension of the scheme, with a June 2018 declaration. This declaration point will operate similarly to previous declarations and will continue to reward community pharmacies who successfully meet the quality criteria.
The interim Quality Payments Scheme 2018/19 is largely similar to the Quality Payments Scheme 2017/18 except for a few minor changes, including changes to the Gateway criteria.
Summary of the changes to the scheme : PSNC-Briefing-016.18-The-interim-Quality-Payments-Scheme-2018-19-–-A-summary-of-changes-to-the-Scheme
To be eligible to collect the points necessary to claim a Quality Payment, the contractor must meet four gateway criteria (click on the links below for more information):
- provision of at least one specified Advanced Service;
- have their NHS Choices entry up to date;
- have the ability for staff to send and receive NHSmail; and
- ongoing utilisation of the Electronic Prescription Service.
Contractors passing the gateway criteria will only receive a Quality Payment if they meet one or more of the quality criteria listed in the table under the ‘Quality criteria’ subheading below. Therefore, meeting the gateway criteria will not, in itself, attract a Quality Payment; it is subject to how many of the quality criteria the contractor meets.
Contractors passing the gateway criteria will receive a Quality Payment if they meet one or more of the quality criteria listed in the table below. The Department of Health and Social Care has weighted these based on an assessment of the difficulty of achieving them and the benefit to patients for doing so, with each criterion being designated a number of points.
The total number of points that each contractor can qualify for is 100.
Click on the links below for more information on each of the quality criteria.
further information is available at : http://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-services/quality-payments/