Quality Payments: Gateway criteria report now available on the NHS BSA website


Quality Payments: Gateway criteria report now available on the NHS BSA website

December 7, 2018

Community pharmacy contractors are now able to view the weekly gateway criteria report on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website, which details contractors who have been assessed, using national datasets, as meeting four of the five gateway criteria (Advanced Services, NHS website, Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) and NHSmail).

This weekly report, as detailed in NHS England’s Quality Payments guidance for the February 2019 review point (page 9), means contractors can check whether their pharmacies meet the four gateway criteria and are therefore confident of this, when they complete their declarations for the February review point (15th February 2019).

Contractors are therefore encouraged to check this report to see if the national datasets show they have met the four gateway criteria as detailed above and if not, take corrective action as soon as possible to ensure they meet the criteria by the review point.

Contractors should also be aware that this report can change on a weekly basis, for example, a contractor could show as meeting the NHSmail gateway criterion if their shared premises NHSmail account has two active linked NHSmail accounts. However, if one of these accounts becomes inactive before the review point, the report could change to show that the contractor no longer meets the NHSmail gateway criterion. Contractors are therefore encouraged to review the report regularly to ensure that their pharmacy continues to meet the four gateway criteria

The gateway criteria report will be updated each week and will be available by close of business every Friday until the end of the declaration window (1st March 2019); the publication schedule for the report can be found below. Any changes made after each Friday will not be shown until the following week’s update. For example, if a pharmacy’s NHS website profile is updated on Monday 10th December 2018 this will not show on the report on the NHSBSA website until the updated report is published on Friday 14th December 2018.

For cyber security reasons, confirmation of meeting the fifth gateway criterion – compliance with the NHS Digital Warranted Environment Specification (WES) – will be sent by NHSBSA to each contractor’s shared NHSmail account during the first two weeks of December 2018 (Please note: after publication of this news story, NHS BSA advised that this email would now be sent in early 2019 – see this update).

Searching for your pharmacy

The report will be found in the ‘Datasets for gateway criteria’ section. Once you have opened it, the simplest way to search for your pharmacy is using a keyboard shortcut: press and hold down the ‘Control’ (Ctrl) key and then press the ‘F’ key or on a Mac, press and hold down the ‘Command’ (Cmd) key and then press the ‘F’ key to open a search box. Enter your pharmacy’s ODS code (F code) and this should then be highlighted. Please check your pharmacy name and postcode are correct on the spreadsheet.

The spreadsheet will display either a green or red box for NHS website opening times, NHS website services and NHS website facilities columns. The dates in these boxes denote when this particular section was last edited or validated; the box will be green if this section has been edited/validated since the 3rd December 2018. If all three boxes are green and there is a green tick in the NHS website column, the NHS website criterion is deemed to be met.

The spreadsheet also displays a green tick if the pharmacy has been assessed as meeting the gateway criterion or a red cross if the pharmacy has not in the NHS website, Advanced Services, CPPQ and NHSmail columns of the report.

Publication schedule

The weekly report will be available by close of business every Friday from 7th December 2018, and will be updated on the following dates:

Friday 7th December 2018 Friday 18th January 2019
Friday 14th December 2018 Friday 25th January 2019
Friday 21st December 2018 Friday 1st February 2019
Friday 28th December 2018 – No Update* Friday 8th February 2019
Friday 4th January 2019 Friday 15th February 2019
Friday 11th January 2019 Friday 22nd February 2019

*Due to the Christmas holidays, there will be no update to the weekly report on Friday 28th December 2018. Any changes made after Friday 21st December 2018 will not show on the updated weekly report until Friday 4th January 2019.

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