NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

New Pharmacy Quality Scheme

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.




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