Published on: 22nd September 2014 | Updated on: 12th May 2023
Ordinarily, community pharmacy contractors must undertake a clinical audit each year, the topic of which they choose.
In addition to this contractor-chosen clinical audit, they must also complete an audit on a topic that has been determined by NHS England.
No clinical audit requirement in 2023/24
However, as the reduced Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2023/24 contains a clinical audit, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England have agreed to Community Pharmacy England’s request to remove the clinical governance requirement for contractors to undertake a contractor-chosen and an NHS England determined clinical audit in 2023/24.
If contractors choose to not participate in PQS, and therefore do not complete the anticoagulant clinical audit, there is still no requirement to complete two clinical audits in 2023/24.
DHSC and NHS England has also committed to consider, during 2023/24, the removal of the requirement for a contractor-chosen clinical audit permanently.
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Since the introduction of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework in 2005, community pharmacies have been required to carry out an annual audit where the topic of the audit was determined locally by the Primary Care Trust or latterly by the local NHS England team. It was agreed that in 2014/15, rather than audit topics being chosen by local NHS England teams, one nationally agreed audit would be undertaken by all pharmacies.
|Financial year||Audit topic|
|2022/23||National clinical audit on valproate|
|2021/22||Recognising the challenges that were experienced by pharmacies and the contribution of the pharmacy workforce during the pandemic and to the COVID-19 vaccination programme, Community Pharmacy England reached agreement with NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care that the requirement for pharmacy teams to complete an NHS England national audit during 2019/20 to 2021/22 would be waived.|
|2018/19||National clinical audit on flu vaccination for people with diabetes|
|2014/15||National clinical audit on emergency supply|
The annual clinical audit, the topic of which is chosen by the pharmacy, can focus on an appropriate topic of relevance to the practice of the individual pharmacy team. Guidance on undertaking clinical audits can be found via the link below, alongside template audits developed for use by pharmacy teams.
It is not a requirement in the terms of service to send your pharmacy chosen clinical audit results to NHS England. However, pharmacy contractors should be prepared to demonstrate they have carried out a clinical audit at the time of any contract monitoring visit carried out by NHS England.