PQS: Antibiotic review data published
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The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has published a spreadsheet showing which community pharmacy contractors have submitted data for their antibiotic review as part of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2022/23.
On the spreadsheet, contractors have been allocated a colour:
Green: These contractors have added data for 30 patients and have submitted their data. No further action is required by these contractors to meet this quality criterion.
Orange: These contractors have added data for fewer than 30 patients (or have not identified any patients for the review over a eight week period) and have submitted their data. This may be correct if contractors have carried out the audit for eight weeks (if the minimum number of patients is not achieved within four weeks, contractors are required to complete this over eight weeks) and have still not been able to speak to 15 patients for each leaflet. Therefore they may have added the data for the patients they did speak to during this period (or ticked the box to indicate that there is no patient data to add) and submitted this.
However, PSNC has been made aware that several contractors have mistakenly submitted their data before they had entered all their patient data. Therefore, contractors that are showing as orange are advised to check their data number is correct and if not, email the NHSBSA Provider Assurance Team on firstname.lastname@example.org for further support as soon as possible.
Red: These contractors have either not started the audit or have started it but have not yet submitted their data to NHSBSA. If contractors are planning on completing the antibiotic review, the deadline for starting the audit is 4th February 2023 (which is eight weeks until 31st March 2023, the deadline for completing the PQS requirements).
Contractors are also reminded that if they have conducted the audit over eight weeks but did not identify any patients for the review, they are still required to declare that no patients were identified as being suitable for review on the antibiotic review data collection tool on MYS by the end of 31st March 2023.
Entering all your data before submission
As highlighted above, some contractors have submitted some of their data to the NHSBSA before they have entered all their patient data. If you have not finished entering your patient data, you should click ‘Continue’ on the below screen on the antibiotic review data collection tool on MYS. You should only tick the declaration in the grey box when you have added all your patient data to MYS (and have therefore finished the antibiotic review), which will then allow you to submit all your data to NHSBSA.