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Pharmacy Quality Scheme - Community Pharmacists

The Pharmacy Quality Scheme

Forming part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF), the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) requires registered healthcare professionals, working in community pharmacy, to undertake training to support patients accessing community pharmacy and maximise patient outcomes.

If you are currently locuming in a community pharmacy setting, you may be asked to support with the completion of some of the activity elements of the PQS. This may include input into risk reviews and action plans, data collection, inhaler technique checks as part of an NMS consultation, pro-active conversations about weight management, GP referrals and delivery of Treating Your Infections reviews, which will support key patient interventions.

Updates for 2023

The PSNC recently shared there is a new requirement in the 2022/23 Scheme that may mean that healthcare professionals are required to repeat training and e-assessments that they have completed previously. This training can also contribute to the Continuing Professional Development component of GPhC revalidation. The table in PSNC Briefing 031/22: Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Summary of the training requirements for the 2022/23 Scheme details the validity periods and the dates in which the training and e-assessments must be completed within. Please see below for a list of the required training to be completed:

  • CPPE - Sepsis – training and assessment
  • CPPE - Risk management – training and assessment
  • elfh - Safeguarding webinar
  • CPPE - Domestic abuse awareness – training and quiz
  • CPPE - Inhaler technique for health professionals: getting it right – training and quiz
  • PSNC – Inhaler Disposal Fact sheet
  • CPPE - Weight management for adults: understanding the management of obesity – training and assessment
  • elfh - Infection Prevention and Control Level 2 – training and assessment
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship for Community Pharmacy – training and assessment
  • elfh - Let’s Communicate Cancer E-learning (BOPA) Module 1 – training and quiz

PSNC Briefing 031/22: Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Summary of the training requirements for the 2022/23 Scheme alongside other useful information can be found here on the PSNC website. 

If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to our team.

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Posted on 16 January 2023 by Hannah Phipps
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