PQS: One month until the declaration period opens


PQS: One month until the declaration period opens

January 3, 2020

There is now one month to go before the window opens for community pharmacy contractors to make a declaration for a Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) payment.

Contractors must use the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Manage Your Service portal to make their PQS declaration between 9am on 3rd February 2020 and 11.59pm on 28th February 2020.

On the day of making their declaration, contractors will be required to declare that that they meet the four gateway criteria and that they meet the domains they are claiming payment for (except if they plan to meet the Sugar Sweetened Beverage quality criterion by 31st March 2020).

Many pharmacy teams are well on their way to meeting the gateway criteria and some if not all the domains for the PQS. Contractors are, however, reminded of PSNC Briefing 059/19: Pharmacy Quality Scheme – PSNC resources, which highlights all the resources available from PSNC to assist contractors with meeting the gateway criteria and domains.

Additionally, the NHSBSA declaration data is available to download on a weekly basis to check whether the national datasets (available under the ‘PQS datasets’ section) show your pharmacy has met three out of the four gateway criteria (please note, contractors needed to have met the NHS website gateway criterion and the Directory of Services quality criterion by 30th November 2019). If your pharmacy is showing as not having met the Advanced Services or NHSmail gateway criteria (but did meet the NHS website gateway criterion by 30th November 2019), contractors should take corrective action as soon as possible to ensure they meet these gateway criteria by the day of their declaration.

PSNC has also recently updated and added new PQS FAQs; these can all be found at: psnc.org.uk/pqsfaqs 

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