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May 2020 Price Concessions – final update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today (29/05/2020) set the FINAL price concessions for May 2020. The new additions to the May 2020 price concession list are below: Drug Pack size Price Concession Carbocisteine 375mg capsules 120 £6.87 Clarithromycin 250mg/5ml oral suspension 70ml £8.60 Clonidine 25microgram tablets 112 £13.62 Duloxetine 20mg gastro-resistant capsules...

5 hours ago

PSNC considers next steps for the sector at May meeting

The PSNC Committee met virtually last week, holding detailed discussions on which activities community pharmacies should stop, start or continue to do in the current and coming environment. Immediate priorities such as the NHS Flu Vaccination Service were considered as well as the role that pharmacies could play in future COVID-19 services such as testing....

6 hours ago

Supply Notification: Stanek® (levodopa/ carbidopa/ entacapone) tablets – various strengths – Update

Update – availability now expected to be:  100mg/25mg/200mg – Mid July 2020 150mg/37.5mg/200mg – Early August 2020   Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Stanek® (levodopa/carbidopa/entacapone) tablets – various strengths Stanek® tablets (various strengths) are out of stock. The anticipated re-supply dates range between mid June 2020...

7 hours ago

Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS)

 

The Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS)  is the new name for the Quality Payments Scheme, which forms part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF).   

In July 2019, a new PQS was announced for the remainder of 2019/20 as part of the five-year deal for the CPCF. The new scheme has funding of £75 million and a review period in February 2020.

   

Important PQS Dates for the Diary

Please find the document below PSNC has produced which details the important PQS dates that contractors must work towards to enable qualification of the relevant criteria to ensure maximum payment acheived.

Important PQS 2019/20 Dates for the Diary 

  

 

PSNC Key Information

PSNC has information on their website and are producing resources to support community pharmacy contractors with the PQS.   The PQS page on the PSNC website can be found here

A list of Commmunity Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) Checklists, that include important information around PQS can be found on the PSNC website here

Please ensure you are signed up to PSNC e-newsletters at: psnc.org.uk/enews  to ensure you receive updates on when resources are published.  

 

 

Virtual Outcomes e-Learning Modules - Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS)

Do you know what the four Gateway Criteria are for the PQS?  Do you understand all the Quality Criteria Bundles? 

To make it easier to navigate, the Virtual Outcomes training is divided into separate modules allowing you and the team to easily access the information you require to implement the PQS.  

The five modules are: 

 

1. Overview and Gateway

2. Risk Management

3. Medicines Safety and Quality

4. Prevention

5. Asthma, PCNs and Digital Enablers


More information about the PQS modules can be found in the flyer below:

Pharmacy Quality Scheme e-Learning Modules

 

 

Last Updated: 7th November 2019