Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme

Image of Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme: Data declaration infographic - April and November 2017Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme: Data declaration infographic – April and November 2017 provides summary information on the number of contractors on who took part in the Community Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme in 2017/8. It highlights the number of contractors who declared overall, and the numbers that declared that they met the individual gateway and quality criteria.

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To note: The declaration website for the second review date of Friday 24 November 2017 has now closed and no more submissions for this second review can now be made.

The Quality Payments Scheme is part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework announced by the Department of Health in October 2016.

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.

N.B. These figures used in the presentation and infographic are based on the April and November declaration data collected by the NHS BSA for 11,410 pharmacies completing the declaration.

The raw data of declaration responses made by each pharmacy can be found on the BSA website.

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: