Pharmacy Quality Scheme

Pharmacy Quality Scheme

PQS 2020/21

The Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) Part 1 2020/21 declaration period closed on 29th January 2021 and the PQS Part 2 2020/21 declaration period closed on 1st March 2021. Contractors are therefore no longer able to submit a claim for payment for either part of the Scheme.

Contractors were paid their PQS Part 2 2020/21 payment on 1st April 2021 and the value of one point was £53.88.

Completion of the PQS Part 2 2020/21 work

Due to NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care agreeing to PSNC’s request for more flexible timings for completion of the PQS work, contractors have until 30th June 2021 to meet the following domains they have declared as having met, and collate the evidence to demonstrate that they are compliant with the requirements:

  • Domain 1 – Infection Prevention & Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship;
  • Domain 2 – Prevention;
  • Domain 3 – Risk management; and
  • Domain 5 – Primary Care Network – Business continuity*

To meet this domain, contractors needed to participate in a contractor discussion and for the Lead to collate the information to share with all contractors within the PCN, the PCN, the Local Pharmaceutical Committee and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I).

Where this activity had not commenced or had started, but not concluded, NHSE&I agreed that the collation of the evidence to demonstrate that contractors and Leads are compliant with the requirements could be extended until 30th June 2021 provided the contractor discussion had been undertaken before the end of the declaration period (1st March 2021).

Further information on PQS Part 2 2020/21

PQS 2021/22

Due to the extension of the PQS Part 2 2020/21 until 30th June 2021, the PQS 2021/22 will not start until July 2021 at the earliest. Negotiations on this are ongoing.

Archive information

Archive information on the PQS Part 1 2020/21, PQS 2019/20 and declaration data from previous schemes is available via the link below:

Pharmacy Quality Scheme archive


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