PQS: Updated resources available on the asthma quality criterion

PQS: Updated resources available on the asthma quality criterion

September 17, 2019

Support is now available from PSNC and on PharmOutcomes to assist community pharmacy contractors with meeting the asthma quality criterion of the 2019/20 Pharmacy Quality Scheme.

Contractors are therefore encouraged to review this support and consider implementing a process (many contractors may already have a process in place to identify patients to meet this criterion, as this was a quality criterion at the previous Quality Payments Scheme and there have been no changes in the requirements) to ensure they are able to meet this quality criterion by the declaration period.

PSNC has published Briefing 042/19: Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Referrals for asthma review, which provides background information on the asthma quality criterion as well as the following template resources:

  • Suggested processes for identifying suitable patients – For pharmacy teams to consider following or adapting to incorporate this quality criterion into their daily practice;
  • Briefing document for GP practices – Can be used by contractors to talk local GP practices through the referral process;
  • Letter to GP practices – Can be used in addition to the above GP Briefing document;
  • GP notification form – Can be used to refer a patient to their GP practice to advise that the patient may need their asthma management to be reviewed; and
  • Data collection form – Contractors may be required to provide evidence to NHS England and NHS Improvement to show that they have met the quality criterion; this form could be used to aid this process.

These resources are all available as standalone documents at: psnc.org.uk/pqsasthma

PharmOutcomes support

Contractors can also access support on PharmOutcomes for this quality criterion. This support has been made available to all contractors, as PSNC has agreed to use their licence to provide access to the two asthma referral services on PharmOutcomes.

There are two services available; one for patients for whom more than six short-acting bronchodilator inhalers were dispensed without any corticosteroid inhaler within a six month period and one for children who have not been prescribed a spacer device and/or don’t have a personalised asthma action plan. These can be accessing by logging into PharmOutcomes, selecting ‘Services’; and then the two services are listed under the heading ‘Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Quality criteria’:

  1. Quality criterion – Asthma referrals; and
  2. Quality criterion – Children’s asthma referrals.

The PharmOutcomes services allow contractors to record patient details who have consented to be referred to their GP practice. When this data is saved on PharmOutcomes, a referral will automatically be sent to the patient’s GP practice (if an NHSmail email address is held for that GP practice within PharmOutcomes).



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