Quality Payments – Provision of one specified Advanced Service

Quality Payments – Provision of one specified Advanced Service

To be eligible to collect the points necessary to claim a Quality Payment, community pharmacy contractors must meet five gateway criteria, one of which is that on the day of the review:

‘The contractor must be offering at the pharmacy Medicines Use Review (MUR) or New Medicine Service (NMS); or must be registered for NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service Pilot.’

Click on a heading below for more information.

NHS England guidance

NHS England has published guidance for the February 2019 review point of the Quality Payments Scheme. The new guidance should be read in conjunction with NHS England’s previously published gateway criteria and quality criteria guidance:

  • NHS England – Pharmacy Quality Payments Gateway Criteria Guidance (published 23rd December 2016); and
  • NHS England – Pharmacy Quality Payments Quality Criteria Guidance (published 27th February 2017).

These documents are available on the NHS England website.

How to achieve this gateway criterion

Community pharmacies must be satisfactorily complying with their obligations under Schedule 4 to the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations (terms of service of NHS pharmacists) in respect of the provision of Essential Services and in respect of an acceptable system of clinical governance to be able to deliver any Advanced Service.

Does your pharmacy provide MUR or NMS? If not, could you start to provide one of those services or could you register to provide the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS)?

Providing MURs

Providing NMS

Registering to provide the NUMSAS

If a contractor is declaring that they provide MURs and/or NMS at the pharmacy to meet the Advanced Services gateway criterion, they should ensure that either or both of these services are listed on their NHS website (NHS.UK) profile (this does not apply to distance selling pharmacies).

The declaration process

Contractors will be required to declare through the NHSBSA online declaration portal (the portal will go live on Monday 4th February 2019 at 9am and will be available until Friday 1st March 2019 at 11.59pm) which of these services they are offering or are registered for when they claim for a Quality Payment.

Validation of criterion

The NHSBSA will review the contractor against three datasets:

  • Contractors who have claimed for an MUR and/or NMS in the previous year
  • Contractors who are registered to provide NUMSAS
  • Contractors who have listed that they are offering MURs and/or NMS on their NHS website profile

Contractors appearing in these datasets will be assessed as meeting this criterion and will not be required to provide any further evidence. Those contractors that do not appear in these datasets will not be validated and will be asked to provide evidence of how they meet the requirements of this criterion.


Q. Do I need to make a declaration anywhere that we offer MURs and/or NMS, or that we are registered for/offering NUMSAS?
If a contractor is offering MUR and/or NMS, they must ensure this is stated on their NHS website profile, in the ‘Services’ section. Contractors will not be able to advertise that they offer NUMSAS as per the NUMSAS service specification; therefore there is no option to list NUMSAS on the NHS website.

More FAQs on the Quality Payments Scheme are available on the Quality Payments – FAQs page.

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