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CPCS goes live

The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) launched on 29th October 2019 as an Advanced Service.

CPCS is a national Advanced Service to refer patients requiring low acuity advice, treatment and urgent repeat prescriptions to community pharmacies.

The service will replace will replace the NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) pilot and the NHS 111 Digital Minor Illness Referral Service (DMIRS) pilot.

CPCS aims to reduce pressure on the primary and urgent care system, particularly Accident and Emergency and GP out of hours, by supporting the integration of community pharmacy.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have agreed with PSNC that any claims for referrals received between 29 October and 31 October will be incorporated into the November 2019 submission claim.

Pharmacy contractors who sign up to CPCS between 1 September 2019 and 11:59pm on 1 December 2019, will receive a £900 transition payment. Those who sign up between 2 December 2019 and 11:59pm on 15 January 2020, will receive £600.

Register for CPCS via the Manage Your Service portal.

Or for more information, visit the CPCS page of the NHS England website.

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Kate Blush

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NHS Business Services Authority

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