The criteria for the second half of the 2018/19 Quality Payment Scheme have been announced with some changes to both the Gateway and the Quality criteria. The review point for this period will be February 15, 2019. We are pleased to see that Healthy Living Pharmacy has been retained with an additional public health capability requirement for the pharmacy team to have completed child oral health training in advance of a planned health campaign on this important topic in 2019. In addition there … [Read more...] about Quality Payment Scheme 2018/19
It is excellent news that we now have 9436 (88%) pharmacies in England declared as Healthy Living Pharmacies, this represents an additional 5% on the November 2017 declaration. For these pharmacies the key will be ensuring that all the HLP criteria continue to be met in order to maintain the status and thus be able to promote the quality mark. Becoming an accredited HLP is just the beginning, its what HLPs then do differently, bigger and better that will define and differentiate them. This … [Read more...] about Healthy Living Pharmacy and the NHS Ten Year Plan
The Government and PSNC have agreed an interim arrangement to extend the current funding arrangements, including the Quality Scheme, until October 2018. The scheme, which began in April 2017, is but the start of a process which aims to drive improved quality and value into the current contractual framework for the NHS and the public. It comes with a £37.5 million budget for the 6-month period and a June 29 review point with a claim period from June 11 - July 13. The direction of travel … [Read more...] about Maintaining and building on QPS
The direction of travel indicated by the NHS Five Year Forward View, government policies and consumer expectations is clear - it’s based on high quality, efficient and effective clinical care in health and wellbeing. As part of the imposed community pharmacy funding arrangements the government included a Quality Payments Scheme consisting of 4 Gateway Criteria and 8 Quality Criteria. The scheme, which aims to drive up consistency of quality and value of pharmacy services comes with a … [Read more...] about Beyond QPS?