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 QPS, NHS England and NHS Improvement worked with stakeholders to develop the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for 2019/20. We continue to work with stakeholders and the new PQS for 2020/21 consists of two parts:
- PQS 2020/21 Part 1 Essential Criteria Checklist consists of activities that focus on COVID-19. The details of this can be found on the NHSBSA website
- PQS 2020/21 Part 2 will continue to support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, whilst incentivising quality improvement in areas that support the COVID-19 response. Details of Part 2 are published in the September 2020 Drug Tariff. The NHS England and NHS Improvement Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2020/21 Part 2 guidance is published here.