Pharmacy Quality Payments – Guidance for the June 2018 Declaration – provides information to contractors on how to claim quality payments and demonstrate that they meet any of the eight quality payment criteria for the June 2018 declaration.
There are approximately 11,700 pharmacies in England. Since April 2017, over 90 per cent of pharmacies – 11,410 pharmacies – have taken part in this pharmacy quality scheme.
The scheme sets the community pharmacy sector development targets including:
- More effective treatment of asthma – referring asthma patients who have been dispensed too many short-acting reliever inhalers without any preventer inhaler for an asthma review.
- Better care for people with dementia – as part of the drive to ensure 80 per cent of all pharmacy staff working in patient-facing roles take part in the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends scheme.
- Increased support for healthy living – so there is a Royal Society of Public Health trained health champion in every one of the 9,474 Level 1 Healthy Living Pharmacies across England.
Three guidance documents have been produced to support pharmacy contractors with the Quality Payments Scheme:
- The Pharmacy Quality Payments – Gateway Criteria Guidance, which was published in December 2016, outlined the first steps which community pharmacies across England needed to take to prepare for the new Quality Payments Scheme which runs from December 2016 to March 2018.
- The Pharmacy Quality Payments – Quality Criteria Guidance, which was published in February 2017, provided information to contractors on how to claim quality payments and demonstrate that they meet any of the eight quality payment criteria.
The guidance to support contractors with the November declaration has been removed from this webpage as it has been superseded, if you would like a copy of this please email ENGLAND.CommunityPharmacy@nhs.net.