The PQS forms part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF).

It supports delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan and rewards community pharmacy contractors that achieve quality criteria in the three domains of healthcare quality:

  • clinical effectiveness
  • patient safety
  • patient experience.

Details of the PQS are outlined in Part VIIA of the Drug Tariff.

Gateway criteria 

To qualify for the PQS 2022/23 payment, you must meet all the gateway criteria in Table 1 by the end of 31 March 2023. You must claim payment for the PQS 2022/23 during the declaration period. This is between 09:00 on 6 February 2023 and 23:59 on 3 March 2023.

Meeting the gateway criteria will not, in and of itself, earn a PQS payment. These payments are also subject to the payment conditions relating to the domains, which are made up of the quality criteria set out in section 2.


Pharmacy contractors who have evidence demonstrating that they’ve met all of the gateway criteria by the end of March 2023, which must be made between 09:00 on 6 February 2023 and 23:59 on 3 March 2023 will receive a PQS payment. This is providing they declared as having met and also have evidence demonstrating meeting one or more of the domains in Table 2.

Contractors must meet all the quality criteria in each domain to be eligible for a PQS payment in respect of that domain. The only exception to this is for the Healthy Living Support Domain. More information can be found in Table 2.

The overall level of the PQS payment will depend on how many of the domains the pharmacy contractor declares it meets.

View the Gateway criteria and Domains in Part VIIA of the Drug Tariff.

Claiming payment

Pharmacy contractors will need to make a declaration to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) using the Manage Your Service (MYS) application.

The declaration window will be between 09:00 on 6 February 2023 and 23:59 on 3 March 2023. No late submissions will be accepted. 

Payment for the PQS will show on your schedule of payments under ‘Details of other amounts authorised’.