The PFS will be a new advanced service that will replace the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS). The full service will consist of three elements:
- Pharmacy First (clinical pathways) – new element
- Pharmacy First (urgent repeat medicine supply) – previously commissioned as the CPCS
- Pharmacy First (NHS referrals for minor illness) – previously commissioned as the CPCS
About this service
The PFS will include 7 new clinical pathways and can be found on the NHS England website. These will enable pharmacists to:
- offer advice to patients
- supply NHS medicines where clinically appropriate (including some prescription-only medicines under Patient Group Directions), to treat 7 common health conditions
These conditions are:
- sore throat
- infected insect bites
- uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women
The NHS Pharmacy First self-assessment framework for the service has been developed by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education. This includes the key skills and learning resources against which to assess competence to deliver the PFS.
How to register
To register for the PFS and claim the initial fixed payment you’ll need to complete the opt-in process on the Manage Your Service (MYS) Portal before 31 January 2024. This includes contractors already registered to deliver CPCS.
Claims for completed CPCS consultations
If you do not opt-in to the PFS, your declaration will act as your 30 day notice to cease provision of this service, if provided. If your notice occurs fewer than 30 days before 31 January 2024, the notice period will be reduced to the number of days remaining before this date, and the final date of CPCS provision will be 30 January 2024.
Claims for completed CPCS consultations submitted on or before the final date of service provision will be paid according to payment arrangements in the Drug Tariff.