Initial details of the new Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2022/23

The PSNC and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England have agreed arrangements for the 2022/23 PQS with the scheme officially going live on the 10th October 2022.  There will be £75m funding available and as with previous years contractors are able to claim Aspiration payment if they wish to, later this year.

There has been a reduction in the scope of the PQS and consideration in to the costs and time associated with completing the PQS due to the delayed start of the 2022/23 PQS.

Details of what will be included in the PQS later this year (and for the 2023/24 PQS) have been published in Annex 1 of the Year 4 and 5 contract letter with further details to be published in the Drug Tariff Determination shortly.

Contractors are advised to make a start on the first two areas of the PQS, where staff have the capacity, while awaiting further details of the 2022/23 PQS.

  1. Gateway criterion – New Medicine Service (NMS)

One of the gateway criteria is that contractors are required to have claimed for 20 completed NMS provisions between 1st April 2022 and 31st March 2023.  Contractors are advised to look at the number of NMS claimed since 1st April 2022 to see whether they have met this criteria or not and what action they need to take to be able to meeting this criterion by 31st March 2023.

For more information on the NMS:

NumarkNet New Medicine Service

PSNC New Medicine Service

  1. Training requirements

There are several training requirements that contractors will have to meet across the domains of the 2022/23 PQS.

Several of the training requirements have been included in previous PQS, however, this year there is a new requirement that may mean that staff are required to repeat training and e-assessments that may have completed previously.

The PSNC have published guidance on the training requirements and time periods for staff to complete this training for the new PQS, click here.

Numark’s information service team will publish support and guidance on the 2022/23 PQS as it becomes available.

PSNC 2022/23 Pharmacy Quality Scheme