GP referrals into the CPCS is being rolled out under a “soft” launch. This is because there are some important local discussions between interested surgeries and all the pharmacies within that vicinity (and potentially wider) to ensure that the governance requirements of the national service specification are met and that patients have an equitable choice of pharmacies to be referred to via agreed pathways.
The LPC is in discussion with our local CCGs/ICS about coordination of interest into a plan for supported rollout, which again will involve a wider range of partners.
UPDATE 3rd MARCH 2021
ALL pharmacies should have had at least ONE STAFF MEMBER that attended one of the three GP CPCS Annex F Webinars Feb March 2021 incl DMS held by Suffolk and Norfolk LPC. It is advised that pharmacies who did not attend one of the events watch the webinar and then read all of the information below. If after completing all of these actions you have any questions please contact your LPC team.
Create a brief action plan for implementing the new referral pathway in the pharmacy, including plan to update SOP. This fulfils Annex F requirement d).
All relevant staff members to read and understand the updated CPCS service specification and pharmacy toolkit. Keep a record of completion (e.g. using the LPC Staff Briefing Record template). This fulfils Annex F requirement e).
Claim Annex F engagement and setup payment (£300) via MYS. If you are not currently signed up to CPCS, this can also be done via MYS (ensuring all relevant training is completed as stipulated in service specification). Free CPCS training is available for Pharmacists via RPSGB
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners are providing free CPCS workshops for pharmacists.
The workshops, funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement, via Health Education England, will help pharmacists to build their confidence and practice the skills they need to help people when providing the CPCS.
To find out more and book your free place visit the Royal Pharmaceutical Society website.
Suffolk LPC also commissions Virtual Outcomes on behalf of all our contractors:
- Visit www.virtualoutcomes.co.uk
- Select the required modules and
- Use your Pharmacy ODS code to access and register.
General Practice Resources
NHS E&I have produced a GP CPCS Presentation that is useful to explain the referral journey, conditions suitable for referral and how GP practice teams can make a referral.
For more information please see PSNC Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS service) website page.