GP referrals to CPCS: Engagement and setup payment

GP referrals to CPCS: Engagement and setup payment

November 11, 2020

From 1st November 2020, the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) was extended across England to include minor illness referrals from general practices as well as from NHS 111. We expect general practices across individual Primary Care Networks to start to make referrals to the service over the next few months, once the preparatory work has been undertaken at a local level.

Contractors registered to provide the CPCS will be able to support this local preparatory work and they can claim a £300 engagement and setup payment if they undertake a range of actions to get ready for rolling out the referral pathway in their area. The requirements are detailed in Annex F of the updated CPCS service specification and further guidance will be issued on this shortly.

Contractors that were part of the pilot for the referral pathway are likely to be able to quickly meet the requirements listed in Annex F and will be in a position to claim the payment. Where local preparations to roll out the referral pathway have not yet progressed in a locality, it is unlikely that contractors will be able to meet the requirements in Annex F at this time; contractors should only claim the payment where they have fully met the requirements of Annex F.

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