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COVID-19 support: Free access to wellbeing apps

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have issued information on the first in a series of psychological support for all NHS staff, including those working in primary care, during the COVID-19 outbreak. NHSE&I note the importance of healthcare workers looking after their own health and wellbeing, whilst supporting patients and their family. The initial offer...

16 hours ago

COVID-19: PSNC Negotiations Update

PSNC has today (27th March) published a list of the possible action points that we are in urgent negotiations with the NHS and Government about to ensure that community pharmacy teams are fully supported in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include discussions on an urgent funding rescue package, recognising the enormous financial pressures...

2 days ago

COVID-19 Response – PSNC Negotiations Action List

This briefing outlines the scope of the urgent discussions that are ongoing between PSNC, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) to ensure that community pharmacy teams have the support they need to play their role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. PLEASE NOTE: This document...

2 days 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