Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2020/2021 Part 2

Part 2 of the 2020/21 PQS scheme, formally commences on 1st October 2020, but contractors can start work on the domains they wish to undertake as soon as they wish. This second part also focuses on the response to and the recovery from the pandemic. As we settle towards a new normal where COVID-19 remains in circulation, the PQS has been developed to incentivise quality improvement in areas that support the COVID-19 response by including criteria that improve patient safety and outcomes.

The full details were first published in the September 2020 Drug Tariff, but PSNC published an early view of the requirements, to support early contractor engagement with the scheme on 6th August 2020.

The remainder of the £75m PQS annual budget (£56.25m plus any unclaimed funding from the £18.75m attributed to PQS Part 1) will be applied to this scheme.

Completion of and claiming for the Part 1 scheme is a Gateway requirement for the Part 2 scheme.

The Part 2 scheme includes an Aspiration payment, which will be made to contractors to support cash flow. The Aspiration payment is optional for pharmacy contractors and not claiming it will not impact on the pharmacy contractor’s ability to claim payment for the PQS 2020/21 Part 2. For further information, refer to the Aspiration Payment subheading contained within the link below.

There are five domains each with its own component criteria to achieve; all criteria in a domain must be completed to be able to claim a payment for that domain.

Note there are stronger requirements with regard to working together within a PCN.

For more information on the domains and criteria please click here for PSNC site