Pharmacy Quality Scheme

A Community Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme (QPS), which forms part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF), was introduced in December 2016. The QPS was designed to reward community pharmacies for delivering quality criteria in all three of the quality dimensions: clinical effectiveness, patient safety and patient experience.

With the announcement of a five-year (2019/20 to 2023/24) agreement for the CPCF, and building upon the success of the previous schemes, NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with stakeholders to develop the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for 2021/22. Details are also published in the September 2021 Drug Tariff.