Ask PSNC: Pharmacy Quality Scheme FAQs


Ask PSNC: Pharmacy Quality Scheme FAQs

January 20, 2020

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS). Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks.

Q. I completed the CPPE risk management training and assessment over two years ago. Do I need to complete the training and assessment again?
A. If you have completed the previous version of the CPPE learning and assessment on Risk management then you do not need to complete the new learning programme and e-assessment to meet the quality criterion. However, pharmacy professionals may wish to complete the new learning programme to update their knowledge in areas not covered by the old programme. Completion of the e-assessment will also allow pharmacy professionals to prove their ongoing competence in this important area of practice and provide them with the self-assurance that their knowledge is up to date and in line with current legislation.

Q. Do I need to complete Level 2 safeguarding from a specific provider e.g. CPPE, to meet the gateway criterion?
A. No, this training may be available from a variety of sources, including in-house training.

Q. Are there any resources available to assist me with sharing my learning with my patient-facing staff to ensure they understand alert symptoms for suspected sepsis?
CPPE has a sepsis page on their site which includes resources (such as the NICE pathway for sepsis recognition) which can be used to assist in ensuring patient-facing staff understand alert symptoms to ensure referral of suspected sepsis to a pharmacist. The UK Sepsis Trust also has e-learning, workshops and other training opportunities.

Q. I have checked my PMR and I only have one ongoing patient that I have dispensed lithium for in the last three months. Can I still complete the lithium audit and meet the lithium quality criterion?
A. Yes, if the pharmacy only has one ongoing patient for whom they have dispensed lithium for in the last three months, the pharmacy should complete the lithium audit in order to meet the lithium audit quality criterion.

Q. When do I need to complete the NSAID audit?
A. Contractors can pick a two-week period before they make their PQS declaration to complete the audit; however, contractors are encouraged to not leave completion of the audit until February 2020 in case the data collection period needs to be extended to four weeks if contractors have difficulty finding ten patients to participate.

Further FAQS can be found on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme FAQs page.

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