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Community pharmacy contractors can claim aspiration payment before October 9 through the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal as payment window for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2020-21 Part 2 is now open.

The aspiration payment is optional for pharmacy contractors and not claiming it will not impact on the contractor’s ability to claim a payment for the PQS 2020-21 Part 2.

Once contractors have reviewed the requirements of the PQS 2020-21 Part 2, they will need to decide which domains they intend to meet at the February 2021 declaration period, when they make their aspiration declaration.

“Additionally to qualify for a PQS Part 2 Aspiration payment, contractors will have to declare that they will complete all the requirements within the PQS Part 1 essential criteria checklist and will submit a declaration for Part 1 on the MYS portal by 23:59 on January 29, 2021,” said the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.

The maximum number of points for which a pharmacy can be paid an aspiration payment is 70 per cent of the number of points within the band they are placed in.

The value of the point for the aspiration payment is set at £48. This means the minimum value of a point for the PQS 2020-21 Part 2.

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