PQS & CPCS; a locum’s guide – Update for 2020/2021

At Pharmaseekers, we’re always working to keep ourselves informed of the latest trends in service delivery within Community Pharmacy. By staying informed we can assure our customers we’re working to support their needs. It also allows us to provide our locums with the information they need to continue being the most sought-after professionals. Since the Pharmacy funding negotiations in July, two main changes in services have come about within Community Pharmacy. First, the introduction of the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) and second, the rejuvenated Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS), formerly known as Quality Payments Scheme.

We’ve put together a guide for our locums on what each service is about and what is required as a locum to support the delivery of these services.

 

Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS); What is it?

The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) service will replace the successful NUMSAS and DMIRS pilots. It went live on the 29th October 2019.

The CPCS takes referrals to community pharmacy from NHS 111. There are plans for referrals to be taken from other parts of the NHS in the future.

How does it affect me?

The contract that contractors must sign to provide the service states that it must be offered 100% of a branch’s opening hours. That means that any branch contracted to provide the service must always have an accredited professional on site, as a locum, this would be you. We are encouraging our locums to complete the following learning and actions. Please make sure we have your certificates and screenshots.

  1. Engage fully with the CPCS service specification to ensure you’re aware of the what it entails and how to deliver it.
  2. Complete the CPCS Self-Assessment framework to identify any gaps in knowledge and plan how and when to address them to improve future delivery of the service. (Please upload a completed copy of the framework to your account with us; we use this to reassure our customers that you have engaged with the service spec and can deliver the service)
  3. Ensure you have Summary Care Records Access on your Smartcard. It would be most efficient to have SCR access against the locum 5F code on your Smartcard. This would mean you don’t have to get the branch ODS code on your card and then re-apply for SCR every time you book a new store. Your local Registration Authority should be able to help you with guidance on achieving the 5F locum code and subsequently applying for SCR.

 

Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS); What is it?

Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) is a source of funding for pharmacies. It is a criteria based system in which pharmacies must produce evidence of meeting set criteria in order to be eligible for the funding.

How does it affect me?

Part of the criteria requires pharmacies to demonstrate that staff on site have certain accreditations. This means that all pharmacies looking to qualify for PQS funding also want locums working in their branches to have these accreditations. We are encouraging our locums to complete the following learning and actions. Please make sure we have your certificates and screenshots.

Required documents for PQS:

Below is a list of learning and actions you need to complete if you are a locum pharmacist, technician, or ACT:

HEE infection prevention and control Level 2 e-learning and assessment

  • Please upload a copy of your programme certificate. ACCESS HERE

PHE Antimicrobial Stewardship for Community Pharmacy e-learning and e-assessment

  • Please upload a copy of your programme certificate. ACCESS HERE

Antibiotic Guardian

  • Please upload a copy of your guardian certificate or a screenshot of your pledge email. ACCESS HERE

Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) training

  • Please upload a copy of your Step 3 ZSA suicide awareness training certificate. ACCESS HERE

CPPE Risk Management e-assessment

  • Please upload a copy of your e-assessment certificate. It must have been completed after 1st April 2018. ACCESS HERE

CPPE Weight management for adults: understanding the management of obesity e-learning and e-assessment

  • Please upload a copy of your e-learning certificate. ACCESS HERE

 

  • Please upload a copy of your assessment certificate. ACCESS HERE

 

Below is a list of learning and actions you need to complete if you are a locum dispenser:

HEE infection prevention and control Level 1 e-learning and assessment

  • Please upload a copy of your programme certificate. ACCESS HERE

PHE Antimicrobial Stewardship for Community Pharmacy e-learning and e-assessment

  • Please upload a copy of your programme certificate. ACCESS HERE

Antibiotic Guardian

  • Please upload a copy of your guardian certificate or a screenshot of your pledge email. ACCESS HERE

Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) training

  • Please upload a copy of your Step 3 ZSA suicide awareness training certificate.ACCESS HERE

PHE All Our Health bitesize training and assessments on Adult Obesity (AO) and Childhood Obesity (CO)

  • Please upload a copy of your activity record for the All Our Health (AOH) programme to show the AO and CO components are completed. ACCESS HERE and HERE

a. Please contact us if you’re unsure of how to download an activity record from your e-lfh account.

 

FAQS

  • Where can I read more about the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) and Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS)?
    • As always, the PSNC have a lot of useful information to read here and here
  • PQS; Is it really important for me to do this as a locum?
    • Yes,  the declaration day can now be any day between 1st February 2021 and the 26th February 2021. So, for any bookings between those two dates, pharmacies looking to declare will only want to book locums who are PQS accredited. Our system will only show our customers that you are accredited if you have uploaded all pieces of evidence outlined above.
  • I don’t live in England, do I need to do this?
    • Anyone intending to provide locum services in England will need to be PQS and CPCS accredited. So if you don’t live in England but work across the border, then we encourage you to complete the documents.

 

 

Just to remember…

Both the PQS scheme and CPCS service forms part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) and sets out criteria that our pharmacy customers must meet to be able to claim funding.  You can understand why they are keen for the locums that we send to have them!

 

Contact us if you have any questions or queries and we’ll be happy to help.