The PMS Contract

This page explains what the PMS Contract is, and how it links with CQRS.

What is the PMS Contract

Personal Medical Services (PMS) is a form of core GP contract. It is negotiated and agreed locally by the commissioner, or Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), with a practice or practices. PMS contracts are subject to local variations. [source NHS England].

Other contract arrangements in England include General Medical Services (GMS) and Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS). Most contracts in England are GMS contracts. [source NHS England]

Read more about the GP contract. [link]

The PMS Contract and CQRS

The Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS) is an approval, reporting and payments system for GP practices. It helps practices to track, monitor and declare achievement for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), DES, and Vaccination and Immunisation (V&I) programmes. [source NHS Digital]. Since 1 November 2020, CQRS has been managed by the NHS Commissioning Support Units.

CQRS National facilitates payments in support of GP contracts like the PMS Contract and CQRS Local facilitates payments in support of Locally Enhanced Schemes (LES) and Local Incentive Schemes (LIS) which supplement core services offered by GP practices to meet local population needs and priorities, which are commissioned by Integrated Care Boards (ICBs).