Preparing for GP referrals to CPCS

From 1st November 2020, the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) is being extended across England to include referrals from general practices as well as from NHS 111.

GPs will be able to refer patients to community pharmacies to receive a CPCS consultation for minor illness (unlike NHS 111, GPs cannot refer patients for an urgent supply of a medicine or appliance).

Pharmacies which are already registered to provide CPCS do not need to re-register to receive referrals from GPs, as this is an extension to the existing Advanced service.

General practices can choose whether they want to refer patients to the CPCS and before GPs can make referrals, there must be local discussions to agree how this will work. These discussions will involve pharmacy contractors, the Primary Care Network (PCN) and the member general practices, the NHS and LPCs.

Locally, discussions are taking place about rollout plans; we will keep you informed with progress.

A Toolkit and more information on what you can do now to prepare for GP CPCS referrals is available on the following link: Find out more


Click here to find out more about CPCS, resources and how to register

Learn more about the CPCS workshops

FREE CPCS & GP CPCS training is also available to Humber pharmacies via Virtual Outcomes: Pharmacy Training – Virtual Outcomes