As part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual framework (CPCF) requirements, pharmacy contractors must undertake a clinical audit each year, on a topic determined by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I).
For 2019/20 it has been agreed that the national clinical audit will focus on antimicrobial stewardship, specifically aimed at advice provided to patients with upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs).
The audit must be completed by March 31st 2020. It should be undertaken over a period of 5 working days which can be extended up to 10 working days, if necessary to collect data from a minimum of 10 patients.
Once the audit has been completed the data should be submitted to NHSE&I via the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) portal. The portal will open for data submission on March 1st 2020 and will close at 11.59pm on April 28th 2020.
It is expected that this audit will be repeated during 2020/21 to complete the audit cycle.