CPAF screening process to start later this month

The 2022/23 Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) screening questionnaire will be available for completion from approximately 1am on Monday 18th July 2022 until midnight on Wednesday 31st August 2022.

As a result of NHS regulations introduced at the end of 2020, completion of CPAF is now a requirement of the Terms of Service. Therefore, contractors must complete the screening questionnaire and, if required, the full CPAF questionnaire.

The short screening questionnaire consists of 10 questions. Contractors who use the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Manage Your Service (MYS) portal will be required to complete the questionnaire on the portal. Contractors who are not yet signed up to MYS will be able to complete the questionnaire online.

The questions have been published on the NHSBSA website ahead of the 18th July 2022 go-live date to give contractors advance notice of these.

Once the screening questionnaires have been completed, NHS England will then select a small number of pharmacies for a monitoring visit and/or to complete the full CPAF questionnaire.

PSNC has published a Briefing to provide guidance on the screening process.

Read the briefing

Community pharmacies should receive information and instructions on how to complete the screening questionnaire either via email from the 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 Tuesday 19th July 2022, or if they have any problems or queries completing the questionnaire.