Quality Payments: Have you had an email about the WES gateway criterion?

Quality Payments: Have you had an email about the WES gateway criterion?

March 12, 2019

Community pharmacy contractors who, prior to today, have not had confirmation that their pharmacy has been validated as meeting the Warranted Environment Specification (WES) gateway criterion should have received an email today from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) to their premises-shared NHSmail account*. This email will state whether their pharmacy has now been assessed, in the fifth assessment period, as having met the WES gateway criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme.

For a pharmacy to be assessed to see if it meets the WES gateway criterion in the fifth assessment period, contractors will need to have accessed the Summary Care Record (SCR) portal from their pharmacy between 22nd February 2019 – 7th March 2019. If the SCR portal has not been accessed from the pharmacy, NHS Digital will not have been able to capture the pharmacy’s operating system and browser details. Therefore, NHSBSA will not have been able to assess if the pharmacy has met the WES gateway criterion.

The email will detail one of three possible scenarios:

  1. The SCR portal has been accessed and the pharmacy has been validated as having met the WES gateway criterion;
  2. The SCR portal has been accessed and the pharmacy cannot be validated as the pharmacy does not currently meet the WES gateway criterion (due to the operating system and/or the browser used to access the SCR portal not conforming to the WES requirements); or
  3. The SCR portal has not been accessed so compliance has not been able to be assessed.

If the pharmacy has been validated as having met the gateway criterion

Contractors are advised to retain the email confirming that they have been validated, as evidence of compliance with the WES gateway criterion.

If the pharmacy cannot be validated as the pharmacy does not meet the gateway criterion

Contractors who are assessed as non-compliant are expected to work with their system suppliers to update to an operating system and browser that complies with the WES requirements, as outlined on page 21 of the NHS England guidance.

When this has been completed, contractors should access the SCR portal again between 8th March 2019 – 21st March 2019 to allow compliance to be reassessed. Contractors do not need to access an individual patient’s SCR for validation of this criterion; contractors just need to open the ‘Find a patient’ screen for NHS Digital to be able to capture the pharmacy’s operating system and browser details.

Contractors who completed an online declaration for their pharmacy by the declaration window deadline, 11:59pm on Friday 1st March 2019, will receive a further email week commencing 25th March 2019 which will advise if they have met this gateway criterion in the next assessment period (8th March 2019 – 21st March 2019).

If the pharmacy’s compliance cannot be assessed as the SCR portal has not been accessed

Contractors should access the SCR portal between 8th March 2019 – 21st March 2019 so that the pharmacy’s compliance with the gateway criterion can be assessed and either validated as having met the gateway criterion or contractors can be advised that the pharmacy does not meet the WES requirements, allowing corrective action to be taken. Contractors do not need to access an individual patient’s SCR for validation of this criterion; contractors just need to open the ‘Find a patient’ screen for NHS Digital to be able to capture the pharmacy’s operating system and browser details.

Contractors who completed an online declaration for their pharmacy by the declaration window deadline, 11:59pm on Friday 1st March 2019, will receive a further email week commencing 25th March 2019 which will advise if they have met this gateway criterion in the next assessment period (8th March 2019 – 21st March 2019).

Contractors are reminded that the SCR portal must be accessed to enable the assessment of WES compliance to be undertaken. Failure to access the SCR portal will mean the pharmacy cannot be validated and therefore a Quality Payment cannot be made.

Further information on the WES gateway criterion can be found at psnc.org.uk/qpwes

*The following companies have requested that the WES gateway criterion email is sent to a representative at their head office rather than to individual pharmacy premises-shared NHSmail accounts:

ASDA; Boots; Britannia Pharmacy; WM Brown (kinghurst) Ltd; Daleacre Healthcare Ltd; Day Lewis plc; Dean & Smedley Ltd; Gorgemead t/a Cohens Chemists; Hollowood Chemists Ltd; The Hub Pharmacy Ltd; Jardines (UK) Ltd; Knights Chemists Ltd; Lincolnshire Cooperative Ltd; LloydsPharmacy; HA McParland Limited; JN McGill Ltd; Manichem Ltd; Medicine Clinic Ltd; Medipharmacy Limited; Midcounties Co-operative Pharmacy Group; Morrisons; MW Phillips Chemists; Paydens Ltd; PCT Healthcare; Pharmacy Care Plus Ltd; Raylane Ltd; Rowlands Pharmacy; Safedale Ltd; Shaunaks Ltd; Steven Lo / Lo’s Pharmacy; Superdrug; Tesco; Waremoss Ltd / Kamsons; Warwick Healthcare Ltd; H I Weldrick Ltd; Well; and X-Pharm Ltd.

WES emails schedule

The NHSBSA Provider Assurance Team will continue to send out emails to contractors who do not meet the WES gateway criterion and to those who have not accessed the SCR portal for their WES compliance to be assessed. The email schedule is detailed in the table below.

Assessment period Contractors will need to access the SCR portal between these dates to be assessed as to whether they meet the WES gateway criterion Dates when the NHSBSA Provider Assurance Team will email contractors to advise if they have been assessed and whether they meet the WES gateway criterion
1 Between 14th November 2018 – 10th January 2019 16th January 2019
2 Between 11th January 2019 – 24th January 2019 28th January 2019
3 Between 25th January 2019 – 7th February 2019 12th February 2019
4 Between 8th February 2019 – 21st February 2019 27th February 2019
5 Between 22nd February 2019 – 7th March 2019 12th March 2019
6 Between 8th March 2019 – 21st March 2019 Week commencing 25th March 2019

 

 



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