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CPCS pilot launching for referrals from urgent care settings

The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) has been extended in some areas of England to include referral from urgent care settings, as part of a pilot. In a service agreement and specification notice, published this month (November), NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) said the pilot would begin by 1 December and end on 30 June…
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CPCS: Pharmacists need more scope to prescribe for minor ailments

The role of community pharmacists should be expanded to include the supply of certain prescription-only medicines if the community pharmacy consultation service (CPCS) is to be successful, health bodies have recommended.  This conclusion comes alongside a list of recommendations drawn up by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) after they jointly held a workshop in…
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GP CPCS: ‘It’s a great way to collaborate’

Makinder Suri, superintendent pharmacist at Grewal Pharmacy in Beeston, Nottingham and PCN lead for Nottingham West PCN, talks to Saša Janković about the success of her local GP CPCS service. Service type: GP Community Pharmacy Consultation Service Name and location of pharmacy: Grewal Pharmacy, Beeston, Nottingham Name of superintendent pharmacist: Makinder Suri When did you start offering this…
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GPs to sign up to CPCS by December to access £250m cash injection

General practices in England are being encouraged to sign up to the community pharmacy consultation service (CPCS) before 1 December if they want to access a £250m winter access fund announced today (14 October), NHS England (NHSE) has said. NHSE has published a plan for improving patient access to appointments, saying that patients’ ability to…
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RCGP supports potential for CPCS to help with Covid backlog

Pharmacists can ‘without a doubt’ help GPs clear the backlog of patients resulting from the pandemic, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners has said. Responding to a question at Health and Social Care Committee meeting today (21 September), Professor Martin Marshall CBE said that pharmacies can help GPs cope with their high workload…
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Hancock to ‘propose solutions’ to CPCS issues

The health secretary wants to ‘propose solutions’ to issues with the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS), following reports of little to no referrals in some parts of the country since its launch. Responding to a question asked by the Pharmacist at a webinar hosted by Sigma Pharmaceuticals yesterday (23 June), Matt Hancock said he would…
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Weight loss clinic: ‘We talk to patients about services during CPCS consultations’

Pharmacist and IP Ali Hashemian is director of Bath and District Pharmacy Limited, which owns Pulteney Pharmacy and Bathampton Pharmacy in Bath. He tells Saša Janković about the benefits his customers are seeing from their weight loss service  Service type: Weight loss clinic  Name and location of pharmacy: Pulteney Pharmacy, Bath  Name of pharmacist: Ali Hashemian  Why did you start offering this service?   We started offering…
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Pharmacies could pick up 10% of online GP consultations via CPCS

Around 10% of online GP consultations could potentially be referred to pharmacies via the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS), according to NHS England’s head of pharmacy integration. In an NHS England webinar on 30 March, Anne Joshua said that ‘some early work’ coming from practices in the London area had shown that ‘10% of online…
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CPCS: How to make the most of your NHS 111 referrals

The very nature of the community pharmacist consultation service (CPCS) is unpredictable, with the distribution of NHS 111 referrals meaning some pharmacies are seeing very few patients compared with others. The service, which was launched last October, has seen 10,600 out of 11,600 pharmacies across England sign up as of 13 January. Pharmacists are paid…
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Pharmacy bodies welcome CPCS ‘success’

Pharmacy bodies have reacted positively to the news that over 100,000 patients have already received the community pharmacist consultation service (CPCS). The CPCS was announced as part of the new English community pharmacy contract in July and launched in October. Pharmacists are paid £14 for each same-day consultation resulting from an NHS 111 referral for…
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