CPCS: Over 114,000 patients benefit from the service in first 10 weeks

CPCS: Over 114,000 patients benefit from the service in first 10 weeks

January 14, 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published a news story on the GOV.UK website highlighting that over 114,000 patients have been referred to the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) in the first 10 weeks of the service, since it launched on 29th October 2019.

Since the scheme began, 114,275 patients who needed an urgent supply of their medicine or had a low acuity/minor illness have been referred from NHS 111 to a community pharmacy for the CPCS.

DHSC has advised that:

  • 64,067 (56%) of the referrals were for urgent medicine supplies; and
  • 50,208 (44%) of the referrals were for low acuity/minor illnesses.

Commenting on the news story, PSNC Director of NHS Services Alastair Buxton said:

“The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service has been a long time coming. But finally, community pharmacists are being asked to use their clinical skills and knowledge to help patients manage minor conditions. The service is a fantastic step forward for community pharmacies: as well as allowing them to put their clinical skills to good use, it gives patients a convenient option for receiving high quality and clinically safe care and advice when they need it, and it helps to relieve some of the pressure on GP practices.

The service should help put the sector at the heart of primary care, and we’re delighted that so many pharmacies are already offering this important service: this has not been easy against the backdrop of flat funding, cost pressures, capacity challenges, winter pressures, flu vaccinations and a significant amount of work related to the Pharmacy Quality Scheme this winter.”

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