Further Extensions to PQS Deadlines

The PSNC, NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have agreed further extensions to meeting the requirements of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2021/22.

Pharmacy contractors now have from 1st April 2021 until 5th April 2022 to claim payments for the completion of a minimum of 20 completed New Medicine Service (NMS) provisions; this is a Gateway criterion and previously contractors needed to have provided the twenty NMS by 5th January 2022.

For the other scheme requirements, contractors have until 31st March 2022 to complete the domains and until 30th June 2022 to gather the evidence to demonstrate compliance, except for the following:

  • PCN Domain – this requires collaborative work on flu vaccination uptake which must be completed by 31st December 2021. The focus of the flu vaccinations is usually up to the end of the calendar year, so the deadline for this work will not be extended.
  • Advice on return of unwanted and used inhalers (Respiratory Domain) – the end of the period during which pharmacy teams should have conversations with patients dispensed an inhaler is still 31st January 2022.

There is no change to the declaration period which is between 9am on 31st January 2022 and 11.59pm on 25th February 2022.

If a contractor has been unable to complete the requirements in a domain before the declaration window closes, they can make a declaration that they will complete the domain before 31st March 2022 and that they will have the evidence to demonstrate compliance with the domain by 30th June 2022.

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