CPCS – IT requirements and support

CPCS – IT requirements and support

The CPCS service specification requires that the pharmacy must have IT equipment accessible within the consultation room to allow contemporaneous records of the CPCS consultations to be made within the CPCS IT system (see below).

As with the provision of all community pharmacy IT hardware, the provision of IT equipment in the consultation room is for the pharmacy contractor to arrange. The costs of IT equipment were included in PSNC’s assessment of costs of providing the service which has informed the agreement on the funding for the CPCS, which included a £900 supplement to the Transition payment if contractors registered to provide the service by 1st December 2019.

The CPCS IT systems

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) previously announced that that funding for the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) IT systems was extended for an extra six months – until 30th September 2021 to support the the initiation of the service.

From 1st October 2021, community pharmacy contractors providing the CPCS will need to procure their own IT support from the range of system suppliers in the market offering CPCS functionality.

Two pharmacy IT systems have been validated as having the capability to receive ITK messages and they have been contracted to provide the IT support for the service until 30th September 2021.

We are also aware of two PMR system suppliers that are working to develop functionality to support the service in the coming months:

Software systems will need to meet the CPCS IT standards set by the NHS. These standards will be reflected in the NHS CPCS Technical Toolkit.

See also:  The ‘CPCS/CPCF IT & clinical suppliers’ section of the Supplier list webpage.

The funding for the CPCS is due to be reviewed in the current round of negotiations with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHSE&I. Information on any agreed revisions to the funding will be communicated to contractors as soon as we are able.

Further information

Until 30th September 2021, contractors providing the service must use the above certified CPCS IT systems made available to them by NHSE&I.

The decision that NHSE&I would lead on commissioning this IT support for a temporary period (until 30th September 2021), as opposed to the normal situation of contractors purchasing the IT support themselves, was driven by the relatively short time in which to get the service implemented ahead of the winter period of peak activity for primary and urgent care services and the need for data to be available to the NHS from all pharmacies providing the service to support implementation of the service and its evaluation.

From 1st October 2021, contractors providing the CPCS will need to procure their own CPCS IT system. The future cost of providing the service, including IT system costs, will be something that PSNC will discuss with NHSE&I in the annual reviews of the CPCF, which have been agreed as part of the 5-year settlement.

CPCS clinical record data

CPCS IT supplier webinar for contractors (22nd July 2021, 7pm)

NHSE&I are organising an IT supplier showcase to provide pharmacy contractors and LPCs with the opportunity to hear from the four IT suppliers which plan to align with the toolkit. The event will be held on Thursday 22nd July 2021 from 7pm until 8.30pm. Further registration information will be provided shortly.For more information about the event or the technical toolkit, please contact: digitalpodac@nhsx.nhs.uk.



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