A Quality Payments Scheme, which forms part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework, was introduced from 1st December 2016. The original version of the scheme ran until 31st March 2018 and a total of £75 million was paid to community pharmacies for meeting the specified quality criteria.
The scheme was extended in March 2018 for the first six months of 2018/19, as part of interim arrangements prior to substantive negotiations for 2018/19 being undertaken. The extended Scheme had a review point in June 2018 and funding of £37.5 million.
In September 2018, a new Quality Payments Scheme was announced for the remainder of the 2018/19 financial year. The new scheme has funding of £37.5 million and a review point in February 2019. (Source: PSNC)
Further information about Quality Payments can be found on the PSNC website HERE.
A gateway criteria report is available on the NHS Business Services Authority website in the form of a downloadable and searchable Excel file. This file will be updated every Friday at close of business. Contractors are advised to review the report regularly to check whether they meet the 4 gateway criteria.