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Ramadan – coronavirus resources for pharmacy teams

Community pharmacy contractors may receive a higher number of queries about the use of the coronavirus vaccine or coronavirus tests from patients who are Muslim during the month of Ramadan, which starts this week.* During Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, and consuming medicines is also not...

15 hours ago

Ask PSNC: FAQs on the C-19 test distribution service

The Services Team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS community pharmacy COVID-19 lateral flow device distribution service. Below are some of the questions asked this week. Q. If I supply as one transaction, four boxes of test kits to a person requesting kits for four people, do I get paid four transaction...

22 hours ago

COVID-19 Therapeutic Alert: inhaled Budesonide for adults with COVID-19

This afternoon (12th April 2021), a CAS alert has been issued containing guidance for prescribers in primary care and community pharmacies in relation to the therapeutic use of inhaled budesonide in adults (50 years and over) with COVID-19. This follows the recent announcement of the interim results from the National Institute for Health Research supported...

2 days ago

Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS)


The 2020/21 Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) has two parts. The focus of Part 1 is ensuring 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.  The scheme is also a gateway requirement for Part 2, which is also focused on activities that support the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part 2 of the scheme has been developed to incentivise quality improvement in areas that support the COVID-19 response by including criteria that improve patient safety and outcomes. 

For information about Parts 1 and 2 of the PQS, please see the PSNC website here: https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/pharmacy-quality-scheme/pqs-2020-21-part-2/



Aspiration payment - 14th September 2020 to 9th October 2020 

Contractors can claim an Aspiration payment for PQS. The Aspiration payment must be claimed between 09:00 on 14th September 2020 and 23:59 on 9th October 2020 through MYS portal. Contractors are strongly advised to make a claim for the aspiration payment as this will provide a welcome boost to pharmacy cashflow.  For further details see PSNC website:  https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/pqs-aspiration-payment-window-opens/


PQS for First Part of 2020/21

The Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for the first part of 2020/21 focuses on ensuring 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.

Scheme Requirements

To meet the requirements of the new scheme, contractors need to complete all 14 actions set out in a checklist, all of which relate to the response to the pandemic; many contractors will already have undertaken most if not all of the actions in the checklist over the last few months. View the Part 1 2020/21 PQS Checklist and PSNC support materials.

Funding and Claims

The funding made available for the scheme is £18.75m and all contractors meeting the requirements can claim a payment of £1,630 via the NHSBSA’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal. Claims via MYS can be made between 14th July 2020 and 23:59 on 29th January 2021.

PQS: Part 2 2020/21

The PSNC has now published additional guidance regarding the Domain criteria and actions relating to PQS part 2 20/21.


Scheme Requirements

There are five domains each with its own component criteria to achieve; all criteria in a domain must be completed to be able to claim a payment for that domain.

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


See the PSNC website for the full requirements: https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/pharmacy-quality-scheme/pqs-2020-21-part-2/


Funding and Claims

The funding will be divided between qualifying pharmacies based on the number of points they have achieved up to a maximum £96 per point. Each point will have a minimum value of £48, based on all pharmacy contractors achieving maximum points and relative to the volume of prescriptions dispensed over a 12 month period. The document below, provides an illustration of the value of each domain to your pharmacy.

Payment Calculation - Non PCN 



Useful Local Information


Domain 1 - Infection Prevention & Control and AMS  

Details of the local antibiotic formularies can be found in the dispensing section of the CPWY website here: http://www.cpwy.org/pharmacy-contracts-services/essential-services/dispensing.shtml#APC


Any contractor seeking guidance or support with PQS should contact us via info@cpwy.org.
Last Updated: 24th September 2020