Discussions between NHSE&I and PSNC about the level of provision needed began almost immediately after Easter, with PSNC pressing for a decision to be made as soon as possible.

Pharmacists have just eight days left to make a declaration to claim the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) payment for the 2019/20 Scheme.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee suggested pharmacists to submit their PQS declarations through the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Manage Your Service (MYS) app by 11.59 pm, February 28.

Pharmacists have to declare that they meet the four gateway criteria and the domains they are claiming payment for (except if they plan to meet the Sugar Sweetened Beverage quality criterion by March 31, 2020).

According to NHSBSA’s declaration data, 10,970 pharmacists are eligible to claim the PQS payment as they met both the NHS website gateway and Directory of Services (DoS) quality criteria.

PQS has funding worth £75 million and the sum will be divided between qualified pharmacies based on the domains and corresponding points they have achieved.

If claimed, the payment will be made on April 1, 2020.

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