New suppliers assured to provide CPCS IT solutions
Cegedim and Positive Solutions have both now been assured by NHS Digital to provide IT solutions for the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS). These new integrated solutions allow clinical services to be streamlined with dispensing activities.
There are now four assured CPCS IT suppliers in total to choose from:
|System and supplier||Supplier comment||Validation status*|
|Pharmacy Manager (Cegedim), video||“Pharmacy Services is integrated to Pharmacy Manager to deliver notifications. Integrations with NHS solutions such as PDS for NHS number lookup, MYS for claiming and DoS to forward referrals save time.”||Validated|
|PharmOutcomes (Pinnacle Health), video||“Referrals will be sent directly from the NHS 111 system into the pharmacy IT platform in use as an ITK message.”||Validated|
|HxConsult (Positive Solutions), video||“HxConsult integrates with the Positive Solutions Analyst system to create an end-to-end solution that lets you manage the referral process seamlessly, from receiving a prominent alert, to automatically informing the patient’s GP and generating the payment claim.”||Validated|
|Sonar, video||“Our solution is available to all contractors. Register with Sonar and we will provide this module (and our GP CPCS module) for free until April 2023.”||Validated|
*Some suppliers’ solutions will only work as part of a Patient Medication Record (PMR) system.
The national provision of CPCS IT solutions ended on 31st March 2022.
From 1st April 2022, pharmacy contractors became responsible for the choosing and using their CPCS IT systems. Contractors and CPSC IT suppliers should ensure that suitable contractual agreements are in place with each other.
Contractors that have yet to enter an agreement should register with their chosen IT supplier (via the appropriate weblink above) to avoid service interruption.
The following resources are available to support contractors:
- CPCS IT Provider ‘Switching/confirming guide’
- NHS Transformation Directorate CPCS IT Buyers guide.
- PSNC guidance on ‘Choosing/changing a system supplier’.