Quality Payments: Edit or validate your NHS website (NHS.UK) entry now


Quality Payments: Edit or validate your NHS website (NHS.UK) entry now

December 3, 2018

Community pharmacy contractors can from today, edit or validate the three sections of their pharmacy’s NHS website (formerly known as NHS Choices) profile to meet the gateway criterion for the February 2019 review point of the Quality Payments Scheme. Contractors must validate their profile even if their NHS website profile is correct, otherwise they will not meet the gateway criterion and will therefore not be entitled to claim for a Quality Payment.

Contractors are required to edit or validate their NHS website profile between 00:00 on 3rd December 2018 and 11:59pm on 15th February 2019 to meet the gateway criterion.

Contractors must edit or validate:

  • their opening hours, including the following Bank Holidays:
Friday 19th April 2019 Good Friday
Sunday 21st April 2019 Easter Sunday*
Monday 22nd April 2019 Easter Monday
Monday 6th May 2019 Early May bank holiday
Monday 27th May 2019 Spring bank holiday
  • the facilities the pharmacy provides e.g. consultation room, parking, etc; and
  • the services the pharmacy provides e.g. Medicines Use Reviews (MURs), New Medicine Service (NMS), etc.

A User Guide is available on the NHS website (the User Guide can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the NHS website page and is listed under the ‘User guides’ section as ‘Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme user guide for February 2019 declaration’) which provides step-by-step instructions on how to edit or validate a pharmacy’s NHS website profile.

In addition, if contractors are intending to declare that they meet the Advanced Services gateway criterion because they offer MURs or NMS, they should ensure the service is listed on the pharmacy’s NHS website profile as this will be used as one of the datasets to validate whether a contractor meets the Advanced Services gateway criterion.

*Although Easter Sunday is not officially a bank holiday, NHS England has requested that contractors add their opening hours for this date to assist local NHS England teams and DoS leads so they know which pharmacies will be open over the Easter weekend.

Distance selling pharmacies (DSPs)

DSPs should follow the process outlined on psnc.org.uk/QPNHSwebsite under ‘Distance selling pharmacies – How to achieve this gateway criterion’

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