PQS and service changes agreed to create extra capacity (Updated February 2021)

PQS and service changes agreed to create extra capacity (Updated February 2021)

December 22, 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have agreed to PSNC’s request for more flexible timings for completion of the work within the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) Part 2 2020/21 and the removal of some Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) requirements for 2020/21.

The following changes have been agreed to provide additional capacity for contractors to implement the Discharge Medicines Service on 15th February 2021 and to support the ongoing provision of key pharmacy services during the pandemic:

  1. The PQS Part 2 2020/21 declaration will take place this year however, contractors will have until 30th June 2021 to complete many of the elements of the scheme they have declared as having met. Please see PQS: Preparing to declare – additional FAQs : PSNC Main site for details of more information. Following their declaration, contractors will still receive any PQS payment due as part of the overall payment made by the NHSBSA to contractors on 1st April 2021;
  2. Contractors are not required to complete an NHSE&I determined national clinical audit during 2020/21;
  3. Contractors are not required to undertake a contractor chosen clinical audit during 2020/21;
  4. Contractors are not required to undertake the Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire during 2020/21;
  5. The Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework will not run in 2020/21, but this will run as normal in 2021/22; and
  6. No action will be taken against contractors who have not completed the Data Security and Protection toolkit for 2019/20, provided they are working to complete the toolkit for 2020/21. Contractors have an extended deadline for completion of the 2020/21 toolkit, with submissions required by 30th June 2021.

Commenting on these changes, Gordon Hockey, PSNC Director of Operations and Support, said:

“PSNC is very pleased to have agreed these measures which should help contractors to manage some of the ongoing workload pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and to prepare for the launch of the new Discharge Medicines Service (DMS). We had sought these measures separately to our bids for additional financial support for the sector on which we are still awaiting a response – we will provide any updates on that as soon as we know more.”

A summary of the current changes to contractual requirements made to support core pharmacy service provision during the pandemic will be published on this website shortly.


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