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NHS England narrows criteria to receive quality payments

MURs are one of the three advanced services you can provide to receive quality payments

Pharmacies must deliver either medicines use reviews (MURs), the new medicine service (NMS) or the upcoming urgent supply pilot if they want to receive quality payments, NHS England has confirmed.

The Department of Health (DH) announced in October that English pharmacies wanting to claim quality payments, which could amount to up to £6,400 per pharmacy, need to first meet four gateway criteria – including delivering “at least one specified advanced service”.

NHS England confirmed in new guidance published last week (December 23) that to meet this criteria, pharmacists must specifically deliver either MURs, NMS or be registered for the government’s urgent supply pilot.

Pharmacists will need to provide evidence of this if they want to be eligible to receive the first round of payments in April.

Delivering other advanced services, such as the prescription intervention service or the national flu vaccination service, will not be considered when assessing eligibility, NHS England confirmed.

NHS Choices criteria

A separate gateway criteria for receiving the payments is: “NHS Choices entry for the pharmacy must be up to date”.

NHS England used its latest guidance to stress that “an inaccurate NHS Choices profile may jeopardise the entire payment claimed for under the Quality Payments Scheme”.

Responding to the new guidance, Pharmacy Voice chief executive Rob Darracott said it is “essential that community pharmacies embrace the [payments] scheme”.

“Significant amounts of money are on offer for following and demonstrating good practice. In the context of the reduced funding overall, there is an opportunity to recoup at least a portion of what is being lost.”

“I am sure the majority of colleagues will be able to qualify for these significant payments  many with only minor adjustments or by keeping more detailed records," he added. 

"Local pharmaceutical committees up and down the country are, I know, already putting in place programmes to support achievement of the criteria.” 

More details about the payment scheme can be found here, and further guidance is due to be published in January.
 

8 Comments
Question: 
Do you meet the quality payments criteria?

Uma Patel, Community pharmacist

NHS England used its latest guidance to stress that “an inaccurate NHS Choices profile may jeopardise the entire payment claimed for under the Quality Payments Scheme”.

I hope PSNC is not going to accept this statement.

What about all the inaccracies,mistakes and delayed or non payments by NHS

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

I'm sure the PSNC and Super Sue will come out with all guns blazing... or maybe not.

A Hussain, Senior Management

To make professionals carry out these silly tasks is bordering on the comical.  But we will have to do them if we don't want to say goodbye to over £6000.

I do most of these things already.  I also do many more things that are of greater value to my patients, but are obviously not valued by the DH.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

“NHS Choices entry for the pharmacy must be up to date” 

&

 “an inaccurate NHS Choices profile may jeopardise the entire payment claimed for under the Quality Payments Scheme”

Is it not their job to update ??????

Jupo Patel, Production & Technical

It would be difficult to make up some these hilarious hoop jumping exercises. It's a good job the general public are spared most of this farce.

Jupo Patel, Production & Technical

Stay on that wheel you hamsters.......

C A, Community pharmacist

"there is an opportunity to recoup at least a portion of what is being lost.”

 

It's existing money, similar to when MURs were introduced, more work for the same money...

Jonny Johal, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

I think pharmacy is being played, I sense pharmacies are being turned into second class clinics to relief pressures in other areas of the NHS cheaply (only £6400 per pharmacy per year - and the article did not make clear whether this is additional money, or exisiting money but currently claimed differently). It is enitrely probable that the DoH wants to end the BMA's strangle hold and pharmacies are being used.

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