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Gateway Criteria

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Gateway Criteria Report

Gateway Criteria Report Guidance

PSNC Gateway Criteria News Alert

LPC Briefing 2: Gateway Criteria

To qualify for payments related to successfully meeting the elements of the Quality Payments, contractors must first meet five gateway criteria on the day of the review (15th February 2019):

  1. The contractor must be offering at the pharmacy Medicines Use Review (MUR) or New Medicine Service (NMS); or must be registered for NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service Pilot;
  2. The NHS.UK entry, including bank holiday opening hours for the pharmacy must be up to date;
  3. The results of the last completed Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire is publicly available on the pharmacy’s NHS.UK page or for distance selling pharmacies it is displayed on their website;
  4. Pharmacy staff at the pharmacy must be able to send and receive NHSmail from their shared premises NHSmail account, which must have at least two live linked accounts; and
  5. The contractor must have consulted the NHS Digital Warranted Environment Specification (WES) and/or their System Supplier(s) and have assured themselves, and can demonstrate, that all their operating system and browser versions currently in use in their pharmacy to link to NHS Digital systems, such as the Electronic Prescription Service and Summary Care Record, comply with the WES; and are therefore supported by NHS Digital for connectivity to NHS Spine systems.

(source: PSNC)


Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Support


  • I did not meet the gateway criteria for the June 2018 review point. Am I still eligible to take part in the Quality Payments Scheme if I meet the gateway criteria by the February 2019 review point?
  • Will I get a Quality Payment for passing the gateway criteria?
  • How do I check whether my pharmacy meets the gateway criteria?
  • More FAQs
I did not meet the gateway criteria for the June 2018 review point. Am I still eligible to take part in the Quality Payments Scheme if I meet the gateway criteria by the February 2019 review point?

Yes. If you meet the gateway criteria for the February 2019 review point, then you are eligible to take part in the Quality Payments Scheme and claim for the quality criteria achieved.

source: PSNC

Will I get a Quality Payment for passing the gateway criteria?

No. Passing the gateway criteria will not itself earn a Quality Payment for the contractor.

source: PSNC

How do I check whether my pharmacy meets the gateway criteria?

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) publishes a gateway criteria compliance report which is updated every week to show whether contractors have met four out of the five gateway criteria. Contractors are assessed whether or not they have met the Advanced Services, NHS website, Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire and NHSmail gateway criteria.

This document is accessible on the following LINK.

For cyber security reasons, confirmation of the fifth gateway criterion – compliance of the NHS Digital Warranted Environment Specification – will be sent by NHSBSA to each contractor’s shared NHSmail accounts (some companies have requested that information about the WES gateway criterion is emailed to a representative at their head office rather than to individual pharmacy premises-shared NHSmail accounts).

source: PSNC

More FAQs

Further FAQs about the Gateway Criteria can be found on the following PSNC page:

Quality Payments FAQs


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