Funding for CPCS IT Systems – recent updates

Pharmacy contractors providing CPCS will be required to procure their own IT system from March 2022. Read the full update here

The NPA has agreed with PharmOutcomes to become an affinity group to enable NPA Members to minimise the cost due to the move to the provider pays model.

The price has been set to 65p (exc VAT) per successful referral for the first three months and we aim to keep the price low going forward. The more NPA Members who join the better the price we can provide.

Register now with the PharmOutcomes Direct Portal and choose NPA as your Affinity Group.

This hub will help you navigate the service and provide supporting guidance and documents

The CPCS Advanced Service replaced the NUMSAS and DMIRS pilots in October 2019 and connects patients with community pharmacies who have minor ailments or need an urgent supply of medicine. From November 2020, GP CPCS allows patient referrals into the service for minor illness consultation. Each completed consultation is worth £14 to the pharmacy.


Implementation guidance

  • Understand the service flow and the role of the community pharmacy in urgent care and minor ailmentsRegister on the MYS portal to deliver the CPCS
  • Have access to SCR, NHSmail and the CPCS IT system
  • Train and up-skill yourself and your team
  • Have access to NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries for pharmacists to support clinical assessment of patients
  • Ensure pharmacists are up-to-date with emergency supply regulations and how they apply under CPCS

NHSBSA CPCS Advanced Service Specification

NHS England and NHS Improvement set out the requirements of the CPCS Advanced Service in the service specification.

NHS IT requirements

CPCS buyer’s guide and CPCS IT provider “Switching” guide to help procure the best IT system for you


A range of learning resources for pharmacists to prepare to provide the CPCS, including a self-assessment framework which helps identify knowledge gaps