Since 2016, the Pharmacy Integration Fund has funded and tested several operational service models throughout England that can be used to enhance community pharmacy’s role in urgent care provision.
Using the evidence from these pilots, the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service
(CPCS) is being commissioned as an Advanced Service from 29 October 2019, with the
expectation that additional strands to the service will continue to be tested and developed in the future. At the time of service commencement, the referrals to community pharmacies will be made by NHS 111 or Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Assessment Services (IUC CAS).
CPCS replaces the NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) and the Digital Minor Illness Referral Service pilots; these services will continue to be commissioned until 28th October 2019.