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Document What is the Community Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS)?

NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with stakeholders to develop the new Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for 2019/20. This service has built upon the success of the previous Community Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme (QPS). This was introduced in December 2016 and formed part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF). 

The Pharmacy Quality Scheme rewards contractors for delivering quality criteria in three quality dimensions: Clinical Effectiveness, Patient Safety and Patient Experience.

The details of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme are outlined in Part VII of the Drug Tariff

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