PQS announced for first part of 2020/21

PQS announced for first part of 2020/21

July 13, 2020

A new Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for the first part of 2020/21 has been announced today (13th July 2020). The focus of the scheme is ensuring community pharmacy contractors and their teams have put in place all reasonable measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting both themselves and the people using their services.

This scheme and the second part of PQS in 2020/21, which is being developed for the second half of the year, replace the original 2020/21 scheme that PSNC had agreed with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), and which, prior to the start of the pandemic, had been due to commence in April 2020.

Scheme requirements

To meet the requirements of the new scheme, contractors need to complete all 14 actions set out in a checklist, all of which relate to the response to the pandemic; many contractors will already have undertaken most if not all of the actions in the checklist over the last few months.

Download the Part 1 PQS 2020/21 Checklist for the COVID-19 response

PSNC has also developed the following support materials for contractors:

Funding and claims

The funding made available for the scheme is £18.75m and all contractors meeting the requirements can claim a payment of £1,630 via the NHSBSA’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal.

Claims via MYS can be made between 14th July 2020 and 23:59 on 29th January 2021.

Any residual funding not paid to contractors within the Part 1 scheme will be distributed as part of payments in the Part 2 2020/21 scheme. Payments will be made by the NHSBSA as soon as possible after a claim has been submitted, with, for example, any claims submitted by 5th August 2020 being paid on 1st September 2020.

Commenting on the publication of the scheme’s details, Alastair Buxton, Director of NHS Services at PSNC said:

“During the pandemic, pharmacy contractors and their teams have been the local healthcare heroes within their communities, keeping the door to primary care fully open for their patients. To achieve this, they have had to make many significant changes to the way they have operated.

“This first PQS scheme for 2020/21 has been developed to recognise all that prior work by contractors and their teams and to encourage them to check that all appropriate actions have been taken to protect their staff, patients and the continuity of their service to the community, as we continue our journey through this pandemic.”

Part 2 2020/21 PQS

PSNC is currently in discussions with NHSE&I and DHSC, working to finalise the detail of the Part 2 PQS scheme, which is expected to commence in October 2020. This will also focus on the response to the pandemic and details will be published as soon as possible and at the latest in the September 2020 Drug Tariff.

The remainder of the £75m PQS annual budget (£56.25m) will be applied to this scheme.

Completion of and claiming for the Part 1 scheme will be a Gateway requirement for the Part 2 scheme.



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