Ask PSNC: Pharmacy Quality Scheme FAQs

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Ask PSNC: Pharmacy Quality Scheme FAQs

January 6, 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. Will I get a PQS payment for passing the gateway criteria?
A. No. Passing the gateway criteria will not itself earn a payment for the contractor.

Q. Is publishing the Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) on the NHS website still a requirement of the PQS?
A. No, the CPPQ gateway criterion has been retired from the PQS. However, there is still a contractual requirement to complete the CPPQ each year and publish the results of the survey. Further information on the CPPQ requirements can be found at: psnc.org.uk/cppq

Q. The gateway criterion states that 80% of pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy have achieved level 2 safeguarding status for children and vulnerable adults in the last two years prior to the date of their declaration; does this include locums?
A. Yes. This includes locums, so contractors should encourage temporary staff, such as locum pharmacists, to undertake the training and assessment.

Q. How will my PQS payment be affected if I have not achieved all of the quality criteria in a domain?
A. If you have not achieved all the quality criteria in a domain, you will not be able to claim payment for that domain. For example, if you do not meet the five quality criteria in the Prevention domain, you will not be eligible to claim payment for that domain.

Q. Does the written patient safety report need to be submitted to NHS England and NHS Improvement?
A. No. The report does not need to be submitted routinely to NHS England and NHS Improvement, but contractors should ensure that a copy of the report is kept in the pharmacy.

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



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