Ask PSNC: Quality Payments FAQs


Ask PSNC: Quality Payments FAQs

March 14, 2017

The team at PSNC has been receiving a number of queries on the Quality Payments Scheme; below are some of the questions asked over the last week.

  1. The safeguarding quality criterion states that 80% of registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy have achieved level 2 safeguarding status for children and vulnerable adults in the last two years; does this include locums?
    Yes. This includes locums, so contractors should encourage temporary staff, such as locum pharmacists, to undertake the training and assessment.
  1. Am I required to upload the results of the 2015/16 CPPQ to my NHS Choices page to meet the CPPQ quality criterion?
    No. Only the CPPQ results of the last 12 months (covering 2016/17) must be uploaded to the pharmacy’s NHS Choices page to meet the quality criterion.
  1. Will there be a national template form for the referral of patients with asthma that contractors can use for the clinical effectiveness criterion?
    No. There will not be a national template form; however, PSNC produced a template data collection form which pharmacy teams can choose to use.
  1. How do I claim payment for the Quality Payments Scheme?
    To claim for a Quality Payment, contractors will need to complete a declaration via the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website (the link to the declaration page will go live at 09:00 on Monday 10th April).
  1. Do I need to submit evidence to the NHS BSA to show that I have met the gateway and quality criteria when I submit my declaration?
    No. Evidence does not need to be submitted during the declaration process. However, contractors’ declarations of compliance with the gateway and quality criteria may be subject to spot checks by NHS England or NHS BSA as part of their usual monitoring process for the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (‘the contract’).

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