Community pharmacy contractual framework

NHS Employers formerly negotiated changes to the community pharmacy contractual framework (CPCF) on behalf of NHS England with the representative organisation for pharmacy contractors, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). We also provided support towards the implementation of agreed changes, working with PSNC and NHS England to produce service specifications, guidance and other supporting documentation.

From 1 April 2017, we no longer support NHS England in community pharmacy and all questions relating to the CPCF should be addressed to NHS England directly. There is further information on its website here

For details on our other primary care work on the GP contract, see our General Medical Services (GMS) contract web pages.

Community pharmacy 2016/17 and 2017/18

In October 2016, the Department of Health and NHS England announced changes to the community pharmacy contractual framework for 2016/17 and 2017/18.


Seasonal influenza vaccination advanced service

From 1 September 2015, eligible patients will be able to access their free seasonal influenza vaccination from community pharmacies.

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Medicines Use Reviews (MURs)

Information on Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) including all the latest changes.

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New Medicine Service (NMS)

The New Medicine Service (NMS) is a pharmacy advanced service that was negotiated by NHS Employers and the PSNC, and agreed by the Department of Health and NHS England. The NMS was introduced from 1 October 2011.

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Clinical governance

The clinical governance requirements are classed as an essential service, meaning that all pharmacies must be compliant with them.

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Working with General Practice

The professional relationships group is a working group focusing on improving professional relationships between GPs and community pharmacists for patient benefit.

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Working with hospital pharmacy

There is a clear benefit to joint working between hospital colleagues and community pharmacy to ensure patients have the correct medicines when they transfer between care providers.

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