Community Pharmacist Consultation Service
A new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) will be launching in October 2019 as an Advanced Service. The service will connect patients who have a minor illness with a community pharmacy as their first port of call.
The CPCS will take referrals to community pharmacy from NHS 111 initially, with a rise in scale with referrals from other parts of the NHS to follow. The CPCS will relieve pressure on the wider NHS by connecting patients with community pharmacy, which should be their first port of call and can deliver a swift, convenient and effective service to meet their needs.
Funding for the CPCS will include an initial transitional payment for contractors. Those contractors who are ready to provide the service from December 1st 2019 will receive £900, and those who are ready by January 15th 2020 will receive £600. Each consultation will attract a payment of £14 once the service is in operation.
Although there is yet to be clarity on what the criteria will be for being "ready to provide the service" actually means, your LPC advises that as a minimum you should put the above dates in your diary to ensure that you are able to both claim the £900 (or £600) and be ready to start accepting referrals when they start.
There's more on the CPCS on the PSNC website.