To be eligible to collect the points necessary to claim Quality Payments, community pharmacy contractors must meet five gateway criteria, one of which is that on the day of the review:
‘The contractor must have consulted the NHS Digital Warranted Environment Specification (WES) and/or their System Supplier(s) and have reassured themselves, and can demonstrate, that all their operating system and browser versions currently in use in their pharmacy to link to NHS Digital systems, such as the Electronic Prescription Service and Summary Care Record, comply with the WES; and are therefore supported by NHS Digital for connectivity to NHS Spine systems.’
Computer systems which access NHS Digital services through the Spine (which require a Smartcard) have to meet certain technical standards. The Warranted Environment Specification (WES) defines the systems that NHS Digital supports.
This is a new gateway criterion for the February 2019 review point. (source: PSNC)