NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Pharmacy Quality 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.

Pharmacy Quality Scheme

Home Gateway Respiratory Digital Prevention Addressing unwarranted variation in care Healthy living support

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 sees the continuation of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for 2021/2022 to move pharmacy professionals and their teams towards a much more clinically focussed service.

There have been several changes made to the structure and content of both the gateway criteria, and the quality criteria. Some of the quality criteria are bound together in domains, and you will need to achieve all the quality criteria in a domain to receive payment for it. The only exception to this is the Healthy Living Support domain (see section 10 Weight management in the NHS England and NHS Improvement PQS guidance for more information on this).

At CPPE, we offer learning and assessments to support you in achieving criteria relating to the gateway criteria and the following four domains: gateway, respiratory, addressing unwarranted variation in care and healthy living support. For some of these domains, you may be required to complete learning from other providers. When this is the case, we will provide a link to this learning. The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have prepared the PSNC Briefing 025/21: Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Summary of the training requirements for the 2021/22 Scheme which summarises the training requirements for different staff groups, presented in a table.

Click on the buttons at the top of this page to learn more about the steps you need to take to work towards meeting the training requirements for the gateway criteria and the quality criteria within the different domains.

Before you start the learning and assessment listed under the gateway criteria and different domains, you may wish to access the key resources, which fully explain the gateway criteria, and the quality criteria included in the different domains.