Quality Payments


The Department of Health (DH) is introducing a Quality Payments Scheme as part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework in 2017/18. This will involve payments being made to community pharmacy contractors meeting certain quality criteria, with funding taken from the overall funding for 2017/18 of £2.592 billion.

Contractors and their teams will need to decide how to approach achieving the gateway and quality criteria in a way that works for them; there will be no ‘one size fits all approach’, but we suggested one approach which contractors may want to consider adopting. The plan covers all elements of the Quality Payment Scheme and we have prioritised the plan so that criteria that can be achieved at both review points are generally first, as it is important that an early start is made on achieving them.

For guidance and a plan on how to manage the funding cuts please read the following documents

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NHS England Guidance documents:

CPPE support

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has published a document which highlights their available resources and materials to support contractors in meeting the quality criteria