Quality Payments Information
On 20th October 2016, the Government imposed a two-year funding package on community pharmacy – this included the introduction of the Quality Payments (QP) scheme. Up to £75 million will be available for this in 2017/18. What is not paid out as part of the Quality Payments scheme will be paid out in other fees and allowances. It will be funded from the overall funding for 2017/18 of £2.592 billion.
There are two review points during the year, at which a Quality Payment can be claimed. These are:
Friday 28th April 2017; and
Friday 24th November 2017.
At each review point, in order to receive payment where the gateway criteria and some or all quality criteria have been fulfilled, pharmacies will need to make a declaration to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) using the approved form (available online from 10th April 2017).
PSNC Briefing 026/17: Quality Payments – Completing the NHS BSA Quality Payments declaration
The NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) declaration page for community pharmacy contractors to be able to make their declaration for the Quality Payments Scheme went live at 9am on Monday 10th April 2017.
Completing the declaration
The portal, which is now open will remain open until Friday 12th May 2017 11.59pm for contractors to complete their declarations. Although the first review date is not until Friday 28th April 2017, contractors can start adding data and will be able to re-enter the portal to add information later before the portal closes. However, contractors must remember to re-enter the portal and submit the declaration before Friday 12th May 2017 11.59pm otherwise they will not be entitled to a Quality Payment.
Contractors can also submit their declaration before the review point, if they know they will definitely meet the criteria they are claiming for before the review date. Contractors are, however, reminded that once their declaration has been submitted, even if submitted in error, it cannot then be altered. It is therefore imperative that contractors are satisfied that the information they submit is correct.
NHS England has released the declaration and evaluation questions which will be included in the declaration so contractors can view these ahead of making their declaration. PSNC Briefing provides information on making the declaration and the questions which will be asked.
PSNC Briefing (November 2016):
NHS Digital (NHSmail)
Quality Payments Resources: