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Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2020/21


The Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for the first part of 2020/21 ensures that community pharmacy contractors and their teams have put in place all reasonable measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting both themselves and the people using their services.  This scheme and the second part of PQS in 2020/21, which was developed for the second half of the year, replace the original 2020/21 scheme which, prior to the start of the pandemic, had been due to commence in April 2020.  Completion of and claiming for the Part 1 scheme is a Gateway requirement for the Part 2 scheme.

You can access the main PSNC PQS Hub here and FAQs here.


PSNC Resources: PQS Part 1

PQS announced for first part of 2020/21

PQS Part 1 Main Page

Briefing 024/20: PQS Essential Criteria Checklist for COVID-19

Digital Guide to PQS 2020/21 Part 1 Video

Digital Guide to PQS 2020/21 Part 1 Slides

Pharmacy Quality Scheme: Staff briefing record sheet

PSNC Resources: PQS Part 2

Initial information on PQS Part 2 for 2020/21

PQS Part 2 full details published

PQS Part 2 Main Page

Digital Guide to PQS 2020/21 Part 2 Video

Digital Guide to PQS 2020/21 Part 2 Slides

NHSE&I Guidance

Drug Tariff Part VIIA Pharmacy Quality Scheme

PQS Guidance 2020/21 (Part 2)

LPC Guidance

PQS Presentation (21st October 2020)

PQS 2020/21 Domains Suggested Timeline

PQS 2020/21 Introduction & Domain 1

PQS 2020/21 Domain 2

further documents to be published shortly…


Training Resources

Virtual Outcomes PQS Part 1

Virtual Outcomes PQS Part 2

PQS Domains and Criteria

  • Gateway Criterion
  • Domain 1 – Infection Prevention & Control and AMS
  • Domain 2 – Prevention
  • Domain 3 – Risk Management
  • Domain 4 – Primary Care Network – Prevention
  • Domain 5 – Primary Care Network – Business Continuity
  • Aspiration Payment
  • PQS Declaration
Gateway Criterion

To qualify for a PQS Part 2 payment, contractors will have to complete all the requirements within the PQS Part 1 Essential Criteria Checklist and then submit a declaration on the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by 23:59 on 29th January 2021.

Find out more about the PQS 2020/21 Part 1 scheme

Contractors meeting the gateway criterion will only receive a payment if they meet the requirements of one or more of the domains listed below.

Domain 1 – Infection Prevention & Control and AMS

Contractors must meet both quality criteria listed below:

Infection Prevention and Control criterion

Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) criterion

For full details, please visit this PSNC PAGE.

Supporting documents & links:

https://www.coventrywarksapc.nhs.uk/mf.ashx?ID=a7ff5ff9-034a-4d77-afcc-d4a7c2db3ecf

https://www.coventrywarksapc.nhs.uk/DocLib/a7ff5ff9-034a-4d77-afcc-d4a7c2db3ecf

https://www.coventrywarksapc.nhs.uk/Search?SearchTerm=Antimicrobial+&C=0

Domain 2 – Prevention

Contractors must meet all three quality criteria listed below in the Prevention Domain to be able to claim payment for this domain.

Suicide awareness and action plan

Sugar sweetened beverages

Weight management

For full details, please visit this PSNC PAGE.

Domain 3 – Risk Management

The aim of this criterion is to ensure that all pharmacy professionals understand the risks associated with their professional practice (specifically focusing on the risks of missing signs of sepsis or missing red flag symptoms) and understand how to review, assess, prioritise and mitigate against risks in their workplace.

For full details, please visit this PSNC PAGE.

Supporting documents:

Risk Review Template

Domain 4 – Primary Care Network – Prevention

The aim of this domain is to reduce the risk of harm from the influenza virus for all patients aged 65 and over and to reduce pressure on the NHS during winter, by incentivising community pharmacy and general practice through the PQS and the Impact and Investment Fund (IIF) respectively, to work collaboratively to increase the number of eligible people vaccinated.

For full details, please visit this PSNC PAGE.

Supporting Documents & Resources:

Additional guidance on PQS PCN Domains published

PSNC Briefing 030/20: PQS Guidance for LPCs on the PCN domains

PSNC Briefing 031/20: PQS Guidance for Pharmacy Contractors on the PCN domains

PSNC Briefing 032/20: PQS Guidance for Pharmacy PCN Leads on the PCNdomains

PSNC PCN Resources

LPC PCN Resources

Domain 5 – Primary Care Network – Business Continuity

The aim of this domain is to encourage pharmacy teams to work collaboratively with other primary care providers to maintain business continuity across the PCN following the temporary closure of individual pharmacies or general practices to minimise the impact on patient care.

For full details, please visit this PSNC PAGE.

Aspiration Payment

If contractors wish, they can claim an Aspiration payment for this scheme, to assist with cash flow. The Aspiration payment must be claimed between 09:00 on 14th September 2020 and 23:59 on 9th October 2020 through MYS portal.

The aspiration payment is optional for pharmacy contractors and not claiming it will not impact on the pharmacy contractor’s ability to claim a payment for the PQS 2020/21 Part 2.

For full details, please visit this PSNC PAGE.

PQS Declaration

The main payment declaration for the PQS must be submitted online via the MYS portal.

The PQS must be claimed for between 09:00 on 1st February 2021 and 23:59 on 26th February 2021.

For full details, please visit this PSNC PAGE.

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