Completing COVID-secure preparations and the Part 1 PQS


Completing COVID-secure preparations and the Part 1 PQS

September 21, 2020

Pharmacy contractors and their teams will be aware from national media reports of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections and the actions being taken by the Governments across the UK to tackle local outbreaks.

This morning at a Government press briefing, Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer and Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser, highlighted the risks to the nation that this increase in infections brought. This has enhanced media and public speculation that new COVID-related restrictions will be introduced in England in the near future.

This provides a context in which it is of the utmost importance that contractors have put in place appropriate measures to make their pharmacies COVID-secure and have undertaken appropriate measures to seek to protect their staff.

Those measures include the elements set out in the Part 1 Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2020/21 checklist, in particular the offer and, where accepted, completion of individual COVID-19 risk assessments for each member of staff. Guidance on how to undertake individual risk assessments is available from several organisations, with links to these available in our COVID-19 hub.

Undertaking all the elements of the Part 1 PQS checklist will allow the contractor to make a claim for a payment of £1,630 via the NHSBSA’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal and that also qualifies the contractor to participate in the Part 2 PQS, as completion of the Part 1 scheme is the Gateway requirement for the Part 2 scheme. If you have not completed all parts of Part 1 and declared completion, you will not be eligible for Part 2.

Up until 5th September 2020, just over 6,000 contractors had submitted a claim for the Part 1 scheme to the NHSBSA, which means around 5,000 contractors have still to do so.


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