PQS: Data collection period for the diabetes quality criterion has now finished

PQS: Data collection period for the diabetes quality criterion has now finished

February 1, 2020

Community pharmacy contractors can now stop checking that all patients with diabetes aged 12 years and over have had foot and eye checks (retinopathy) in the last 12 months in order to meet the diabetes quality criterion of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS).

To meet this quality criterion, contractors were required to check that all patients with diabetes aged 12 years and over who presented between 1st October 2019 and 31st January 2020 had attended foot and eye screening for retinopathy in the last 12 months, had recorded the patient’s response on the PMR or appropriate form/patient record and had signposted/referred patients as appropriate.

When contractors complete the PQS declaration on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Manage Your Service portal between 9am on 3rd February 2020 and 11.59pm on 28th February 2020 they will be required to declare:

  • The total number of patients who:
    • agreed to discuss their diabetes with a member of pharmacy staff;
    • declined to discuss their diabetes with a member of pharmacy staff;
    • could not be contacted;
  • The total number of patients that have had:
    • a retinopathy screen in the last 12 months;
    • foot check in the last 12 months;
  • The total number of patients that:
    • have not had a retinopathy screen in the last 12 months;
    • have not had a foot check in the last 12 months;
    • did not know if they have had a retinopathy screen and/or foot check in the last 12 months;
  • Where patients have been appropriately signposted/referred, the total number of patients:
    • referred for retinopathy screening;
    • referred for a foot check;
    • referred as the patient did not know if they have had a retinopathy screen and/or foot check in the last 12 months.

Contractors who have completed a paper record of this information should therefore ensure that this is stored in a safe location, so it is easily accessible for when contractors come to make their PQS declaration between 3rd – 28th February 2020.



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