Dispensing practices participating in the Dispensing Services Quality Scheme (DSQS) are being allowed to deliver fewer medication reviews this year due to the current pandemic.
In July, NHS England wrote to GPs saying the DSQS would be reinstated from August 1, but that talks were ongoing with the GPC about the details, with further information to follow.
The Primary Care bulletin of August 6th has now announced that the scheme’s requirements in relation to delivering medication reviews will be reduced to 7.5% of dispensing patients. This is a reduction on the standard requirement of at least 10%.
Other DSQS requirements will remain the same. NHS England is amending the Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE) to reflect this and will send a letter to practices confirming the change.
Practices should prioritise patients who are considered higher risk or who will benefit most from the service. Reviews may take place remotely, if the patient is happy to do so and it is clinically appropriate.