Pharmacy Quality Scheme Aspiration Payment

Pharmacy Quality Scheme Aspiration Payment - England

The Pharmacy Quality Scheme officially commenced on 1st June 2023 and as in previous years, an aspiration payment can be claimed within the scheme, ahead of contractors completing all of the work on the various domains. The aspiration payment is optional for pharmacy contractors and not claiming it will not impact on the pharmacy contractor’s ability to claim payment for PQS 2023/ 24.

Pharmacy contractors will need to make a declaration to the NHSBSA using MYS and indicate which domains they intend to achieve when making their PQS declaration. The aspiration payment must be claimed between 09:00 on 4th September 2023 and 23:59 on 29th September 2023.

In making a declaration contractors are accepting that a reconciliation will take place and that their final PQS payment will be adjusted to either recover an overpayment or receive further payment based on the quality declaration made within the claim window in February/ March 2024.

The maximum number of points for which a pharmacy can be paid an aspiration payment is 70% of the number of points within the band in which they are placed. The value of each point for the aspiration payment is set at £68.75 (i.e. the minimum value of a point for PQS 2023/ 24).

The Aspiration payment will be paid on 1st November 2023.

Read more about the 2023/24 Pharmacy Quality Scheme