CPE promotes and supports the interests of all NHS community pharmacies in England. The committee is recognised by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care as the body that represents NHS pharmacy contractors. CPE works closely with Community Pharmacy local representative bodies to support their role as the local NHS representative organisations.
CPEs goal is to develop the NHS community pharmacy service, to enable community pharmacies to offer an increased range of high quality and fully funded services that meet the needs of their local communities and provide value and good health outcomes for the NHS and the public.
CPE staff work with NHS England and other NHS bodies, and with the Department of Health and Social Care, to promote opportunities for the development of community pharmacy services, and negotiate the contractual terms for the provision of NHS community pharmacy services.
CPE works closely with its sister body Community Pharmacy Wales (CPW) which represents community pharmacy contractors in Wales. At present most of the English national pharmacy contract negotiated by CPE is adopted by the Welsh Assembly Government, but where Welsh contractual arrangements differ from those in England, CPW negotiates on behalf of its contractors.
CPE also operates the Prescription Audit Centre (PAC) which checks a percentage of all prescriptions sent to NHS Prescription Services and identifies any errors in pricing.
CPE last reviewed its structures and made changes to its composition in 2010.