GP CPCS in Surrey and Sussex

The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) has been extended across England to include referrals from general practices as well as from NHS 111.

Called GP-CPCS it is a new pathway that enables GP practices to refer patients with a minor illness for a same day consultation with a community pharmacist.

When a patient with a minor illness symptom phones the practice requesting an appointment, they can be referred for a private consultation with a community pharmacist and with their consent, an electronic referral message will be sent to their chosen pharmacy.

Upon receiving the referral, the pharmacist can contact the patient by phone, video consultation or arrange for the patient to attend the pharmacy if necessary. The pharmacist may access the patient’s Summary Care Record (see S for summary care record) and ask about current symptoms and medication. Following the consultation, the pharmacist will offer self-care advice and may sell an over the counter product if appropriate.

Where symptoms suggest something more serious, the pharmacist will help the patient to arrange an urgent GP appointment or escalate to another provider if necessary. The pharmacist will record the outcome and send this to the patient’s GP.

The service has been introduced following successful pilots around the country, which shows it to be very popular with patients and practices alike.

Our Sussex, Surrey and Frimley local on-boarding plans involve a lot of engagement and negotiation behind-the-scenes as it is important that local referral pathways are right for both GP and pharmacy teams taking account, for example, of the software both use and if it is compatible.

Thank you for your patience while we work through this locally with ICSs, PCNs and individual GP and community pharmacy teams, who are all working at different speeds across Sussex, Surrey and Frimley.


These locality based updates were published on the dates shown. Click on a heading for more information

UPDATE 29th March 2022 for Surrey Heartlands ICS

Surrey Heartlands is using the EMIS integrated Patient Access CPCS module and PharmRefer for non-EMIS practices. This greatly enhances the referral process for GP practice staff and fully integrates with the Community Pharmacy PharmOutcomes system. GP CPCS referrals will be received at the pharmacy by the same route as NHS 111 CPCS referrals are. The link here shows the status for each PCN.


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UPDATE 1st March 2022 for Frimley ICS

Frimley ICS has started to go live with the GP CPCS service

Frimley is using the EMIS integrated Patient Access CPCS module and PharmRefer for non-EMIS practices. This greatly enhances the referral process for GP practice staff and fully integrates with the Community Pharmacy PharmOutcomes system. GP CPCS referrals will be received at the pharmacy by the same route as NHS 111 CPCS referrals are.

Surrey Heath PCN sites now live are:

  • Camberley Health Centre
  • Station Road Surgery

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UPDATE 1st March 2022 for Sussex ICS

Sussex is using the EMIS integrated Patient Access CPCS module and PharmRefer for non-EMIS practices. This greatly enhances the referral process for GP practice staff and fully integrates with the Community Pharmacy PharmOutcomes system. GP CPCS referrals will be received at the pharmacy by the same route as NHS 111 CPCS referrals are.

The following surgeries have already gone live with referrals, with the practices highlighted in red due to go live shortly:

East Sussex

  • Carisbrooke Surgery
  • Downlands Medical Practice
  • Foundry Healthcare Lewes
  • Harold Road Surgery
  • Lighthouse Medical Practice
  • Manor Park Medical Centre
  • Mid Downs Medical Practice
  • Old School Surgery
  • Park Practice
  • Seaford Medical Practice
  • Seaside Medical Centre
  • Station Practice
  • Victoria Medical Centre
  • Wadhurst Medical Group
  • The Meads Medical Centre
  • Grove Road Surgery
  • Sidley Surgery
  • Old Town Surgery
  • Rotherfield Surgery

West Sussex

  • Adur Health Partnership
  • Bridge Medical Centre
  • Broadwater Medical Centre
  • Dolphins Practice
  • Fitzalan Medical Group
  • Langley Corner Surgery
  • Lavant Road Surgery
  • Leacroft Medical Practice
  • Lime Tree Surgery
  • Modality Mid Sussex
  • Newtons Health Centre
  • Northlands Wood Surgery
  • Pound Hill Medical Group
  • Rudgwick Medical Centre
  • Southbourne Surgery
  • Southgate Medical Group
  • St Lawrence Surgery
  • The Arundel Surgery
  • The Barn Surgery
  • The Coppice Surgery
  • The Croft Surgery
  • The Witterings Health Centre
  • Victoria Road Surgery
  • Woodlands and Clerklands Partnership
  • Worthing Medical Group
  • Ball Tree Surgery
  • Holbrook Surgery
  • Orchard Surgery
  • Park Surgery
  • Riverside Surgery
  • Selsey Medical Centre
  • Strand Medical Group
  • West Meads Surgery

Brighton & Hove

  • Ardingly Court Surgery
  • Benfield Valley Healthcare Hub
  • Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre
  • Broadway Surgery
  • Carden Surgery
  • Hove Medical Centre
  • Mile Oak Medical Centre
  • Pavillion Surgery
  • Portslade Health Centre
  • School House Surgery
  • St Peters Medical Centre
  • University of Sussex Health Centre
  • Warmdene Surgery
  • Wish Park Surgery
  • Woodingdean Medical Centre
  • Montpellier Surgery
  • Park Crescent Health Centre
  • Regency Surgery
  • Seven Dials Medical Centre
  • Wellsbourne Health Centre

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Further updates will be posted as our three local implementation projects move forward and there is more news to tell.


Putting national policy into local practice in Surrey and Sussex

This local update was posted on  28 April 2021.  

A national service specification has been created but the implementation details have been left open for local customisation. Work is underway across Surrey and Sussex to achieve this as soon as is reasonably practical.

In our local video briefing below, CEO Julia Powell sets out the background to our three local implementation projects across Sussex, Surrey and Frimley. The video is a recording of a webinar held on 21 April 2021 which over 140 Surrey and Sussex pharmacy contractors booked to attend.

 


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