CPAF screening process to start in June

CPAF screening process to start in June

May 17, 2019

The 2019/20 Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) screening questionnaire will soon be available for completion from Monday 3rd June 2019 until Sunday 30th June 2019.

The process asks all NHS community pharmacy contractors to complete a short screening questionnaire consisting of 10 active questions which should be answered; NHS England will then select a small number of pharmacies for a monitoring visit and/or to complete the full CPAF questionnaire.

Last year’s CPAF screening process was positive with 98.2% of contractors responding to the CPAF screening questionnaire.

PSNC has worked with NHS England to reflect upon and review contractor feedback from last year’s screening survey. Contractor feedback showed that pharmacies aimed to attain level 3 and exceed their terms of service. Therefore, PSNC agreed with NHS England new wording to the safeguarding question to make it possible for contractors to attain Level 3 without requiring a safeguarding issue to have occurred in their pharmacy. More information will be provided in PSNC’s updated guidance which we are currently finalising.

This year’s screening questionnaire has also been updated so that the pharmacy based audit question relates to contractors’ 2018/19 audit activity. Contractors should have undertaken at least one clinical audit on a topic of their choice; in addition to the NHS England’s nationally determined audit on the provision of advice to people with diabetes on the importance of them receiving an annual seasonal influenza vaccination. Clinical audit guidance is available on the PSNC website.

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

Community pharmacies are able to view the questionnaire here in advance. Please note this is in PDF format and cannot be submitted. Community pharmacies should receive information and instructions on how to complete the screening questionnaire either via email from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) or from their own Head Office. Contractors are advised to contact NHSBSA by emailing nhsbsa.cpaf@nhs.net if they have not received details of the questionnaire by week commencing 27 May 2019, or if they have any problems or queries completing the questionnaire.



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