PQS: Digital guide, workbook and other resources now available
PSNC has today published the following resources to support community pharmacy contractors meet the requirements of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2022/23:
PQS digital guide
This 30-minute digital guide talks contractors, pharmacy teams and Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) through the requirements of the Scheme.
PQS Action and Evidence Portfolio Workbook
This contains questions (based on what contractors are required to declare) for pharmacy teams to answer to see if they are meeting the requirements of the gateway/domains. The Workbook also provides contractors with examples of suggested evidence that they can use to confirm they have the necessary evidence required by the end of 31st March 2023.
Briefing for general practice teams on the changes to the NHS community pharmacy contract in 2022/23
This provides information for general practice teams on the changes to the community pharmacy contract in 2022/23, including the revised PQS.
All of the above resources, plus many others, can also be found on the PSNC PQS hub page.
The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has also published the following resources on their PQS hub page:
New Medicine Service gateway criterion spreadsheet
This allows contractors to check if they have met the New Medicine Service (NMS) gateway criterion. This will be updated on a regular basis throughout the remainder of 2022/23.
The spreadsheet can be viewed by scrolling down the NHSBSA PQS hub page and clicking on the ‘Number of NMS consultations provided in prescription processing month’ link.
Contractors can check which banding they have been placed in for the 2022/23 PQS (to enable them to can calculate how many points their pharmacy will be able to achieve in PQS) by scrolling down the NHSBSA PQS hub page and clicking on the ‘Pharmacy bandings’ link.