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Ask PSNC: Pharmacy Quality Scheme FAQs

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS). Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q. I completed the CPPE risk management training and assessment over two years ago. Do I need to complete the training and assessment again? A. If you have completed...

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Make use of community pharmacists' skills, says NICE

Community pharmacy teams have the potential to play a greater role in health promotion and prevention says NICE, in a new draft quality standard. The draft quality standard calls for community pharmacy services to be included in existing care and referral pathways. This will allow community pharmacy teams to accept as well as make referrals to...

2 days ago

Supply Notification: Clonidine 25mcg tablets – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected mid/end February 2020 First published 20th December 2019 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Clonidine 25mcg tablets. Limited supplies of Clonidine 25mcg tablets will be available until at least mid-January 2020 due to manufacturing issues. The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide...

4 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