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NHSE publishes DSQS requirements for 2020-21

Reduced percentage for medication review indicator

September 10th 2020

Tagged: Dispensary guidance news England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

NHSE has published details of the DSQS arrangements from August 1.

In a letter, NHSE states that the DSQS medication review requirement to include “at least 10 per cent of dispensing patients” has been reduced to a minimum of 7.5 per cent this year, in light of the current circumstances.

Practices are asked to prioritise patients who they consider to be higher-risk or would benefit most from a review. Practices will also be able to undertake these reviews remotely.

The letter also advises of protection payments to cover the period April 1-July 31, during which time the DSQS was suspended.

Commissioners are told to take a “supportive approach” to DSQS given the current circumstances. This includes taking a proportionate approach to the requirement for practices to partake in one clinical audit of dispensing services, and have due regard to the impact of COVID-19 on practices’ training plans.