The new Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (2019/20 – 2023/24) to support delivery of the NHS Long term plan has now been agreed.
The new contract builds on the reforms started with the introduction of the Quality Payments Scheme to move pharmacists and their teams towards a much more clinically focused service. The Quality Payments Scheme, which was introduced in 2016, will continue under the new name of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS).
The NHS England guidance for meeting the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) requirements has not yet been finalised. We are currently working on the development of a bespoke Pharmacy Quality Scheme webpage which will be launched in line with the NHS England PQS guidance document.
However, there is some key learning and assessments which you can complete to help you in working towards meeting some of the elements of the PQS. To support you in taking the first steps in achieving the risk management and safety composite bundle of PQS, we have developed an interim webpage which tells you how to get started.
The Pharmacy Quality Scheme-Getting started webpage contains details of learning and assessment linked to risk management, sepsis and look-alike, sound-alike (LASA) errors. Take a look at the webpage now to take your first steps for the PQS.
Please note that completion of the CPPE learning and assessment listed on the Getting started webpage alone does not meet all the elements of the PQS. You will be required to complete additional actions to meet the criteria fully. These steps will be outlined fully on the bespoke PQS webpage once NHS England PQS requirements are finalised.