Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Primary Care Networks

Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Primary Care Networks

Community pharmacy contractors passing the gateway criteria will receive a payment for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme if they meet one or more of the domains. The Primary Care Networks domain consists of one quality criterion, which is:

‘On the day of the declaration, the pharmacy must be able to demonstrate that their pharmacy, and all of the other pharmacies within the PCN footprint who wish to engage with a PCN, have agreed a collaborative approach to engaging with their PCN. This approach must include agreement on a single channel of communication by appointing a named lead representative for all of the community pharmacies who wish to engage with their PCN in the PCN footprint. The Pharmacy PCN Lead must have provided their name to the Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) in which the PCN lies and must have demonstrable evidence that they have started the engagement process with the PCN, i.e. they have made initial contact with the Clinical Director for the PCN either by contacting them through correspondence
(post/mail) or by arranging a meeting with them or by meeting them.

All pharmacies claiming for this domain must submit the name of their appointed Pharmacy PCN Lead and the pharmacy name and ODS code for the Pharmacy PCN Lead as described in the Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2019/20 Guidance available at

The Pharmacy PCN Lead must declare:
– that they are the appointed Pharmacy Lead for that PCN;
– the name of the PCN;
– that they have notified this to the LPC in which the PCN lies; and
– that they have evidence of having

NHS England and NHS Improvement guidance

How to achieve this quality criterion (includes PSNC resources

PSNC has published two Briefings to support community pharmacy contractors and LPCs on working together to enable contractors to meet the PCN domain of the PQS:


FAQs on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme can be found on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme – FAQs page.

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