Services Database Point of Care C-reactive Protein (POC CRP) Testing in Community Pharmacy for Interventions in Respiratory Tract Infections (RTIs)

Service ID



Point of Care C-reactive Protein (POC CRP) used alongside history taking and evaluation of signs and symptoms could reduce antibiotic prescribing without producing a clinically significant increase in the risk of complications or missed diagnoses. This service has been developed to give customers access to the right advice and treatment for non-complex respiratory tract infections (RTIs).

The service will help identify the cause of the customer’s RTI and allow you to give the right advice and access to the right treatment options. The aims of the service are to to evaluate a CRP test in community pharmacy, to assess the acceptability of point of care CRP testing in community pharmacy, and to demonstrate the reduction in GP appointments for non-lower RTI and antibiotic prescribing.

Location of service

North Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent LPC


Other: Schwabe Pharmaa UK Ltd and Ciga Healthcare Ltd

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

Pharmaceutical industry

Service type

C-Reactive Protein test

Other organisations involved


Start date: 01/02/2017
End date: 01/08/2018




  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults training from the CPPE.
  • Attend and successfully complete a Point of Care C-reactive protein face-to-face training session.