To claim a PQS payment, contractors will be required to make a declaration between 9am on 3rd February 2020 and 11.59pm on 28th February 2020 on the NHSBSA MYS application. Contractors will be required to declare that on the day of making their declaration, that they meet the gateway criteria and that they meet the domains they are claiming payment for (except if they plan to meet the Sugar Sweetened Beverage (SSB) quality criterion by 31st March 2020).
Each domain has a designated number of points shown in the table in ‘The quality criteria’ section on pages 3-7. The maximum number of points that a pharmacy can qualify for is:
- 110 points for a PCN lead; and
- 100 points for a non-PCN lead.
The £75 million funding budget will be divided between qualifying pharmacies based on the number of points they have achieved up to a maximum £128 per point. Each point will have a minimum value worth £64 based on all pharmacy contractors achieving maximum points. Payments will be made to eligible contractors depending on how many domains they have met and hence points claimed.
In the event that the value of a point will be £128 (the cap on the value of each point), the number of any unused points for the PCN lead payment (i.e. 10 points per unclaimed PCN lead) will be equally distributed amongst all contractors who are eligible for the PQS payment.
Payment for the PQS 2019/20 will be reconciled with the Aspiration payment and will be paid to contractors on 1st April 2020.