Quality Payments: Have you accessed the SCR portal to validate whether your pharmacy meets the WES criterion?

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Quality Payments: Have you accessed the SCR portal to validate whether your pharmacy meets the WES criterion?

January 22, 2019

Community pharmacy contractors who have not been validated as meeting the Warranted Environment Specification (WES) gateway criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) are reminded of the need to access the Summary Care Record (SCR) portal by Thursday 24th January 2019 if they want their pharmacy to be assessed to see if, by then, their pharmacy meets the WES gateway criterion (please note, contractors have until 15th February 2019 to meet the WES gateway criterion; accessing the SCR by 24th January 2019 will just allow contractors to be assessed as to whether they currently meet the WES gateway criterion so they can be confident of this before they make their declaration).

Contractors do not need to access an individual patient’s SCR for their pharmacy to be assessed; contractors just need to open the ‘Find a patient’ screen, as shown below, for NHS Digital to be able to capture the pharmacy’s operating system and browser details. NHSBSA can then use this data to assess whether the pharmacy has met the WES gateway criterion.

Contractors who have not been validated as meeting the WES gateway criterion (this was detailed in an email sent to contractors by NHSBSA on 16th January 2019) will receive an email next week (week commencing 28th January 2019) which will state if they have then been validated as meeting the WES gateway criterion.

Data used to validate whether a contractor has met the gateway criterion will cover the period 11th January 2019 – 24th January 2019.



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