CPAF screening process begins


CPAF screening process begins

June 4, 2018

Please note this story has been updated to reflect an extension of the deadline until Friday 6th July 2018.

The 2018/19 Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) screening questionnaire is now available for completion for four weeks from today (Monday 4th June 2018) until Friday 6th July 2018.

Now in its fourth year, the process asks all NHS community pharmacy contractors to complete a short screening questionnaire consisting of 10 questions; NHS England will then select a small number of pharmacies for a monitoring visit and/or to complete the full CPAF questionnaire.

At the request of NHS England, this year the screening questionnaire has been revised as follows:

  • Retire two questions – prescribed medicines advice (question 2) and owings (question 5);
  • Add two new questions – safeguarding (question 11) and pharmacy-based audit (question 12); and
  • Revise one question – repeat dispensing (question 4).

Like previous years, there remains 10 active questions.

PSNC has published PSNC Briefing 032/18: CPAF screening questionnaire changes which explains the changes and provides clarification on record-keeping relating to prescription-based interventions (question 6), signposting (question 7) and locums (question 9). The appendix contains the screening questionnaire in full so that contractors can view all the information prior to completing it.

Level 2 is the minimum standard expected to demonstrate general compliance with the terms of service.

All pharmacies should have received a link to complete the screening questionnaire either via email from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) or from their own Head Office. A link to the questionnaire, guidance on completing the questionnaire and FAQs are available on the NHS BSA website.

Contractors are advised to contact NHS BSA by emailing if they have any problems or queries.

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