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A national procurement model in place to support community pharmacy contractors with the delivery of the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) has been extended to the end of March 2022.

The model was due to terminate on 1st October, but it is extended to provide contractors additional time to complete the transition to their own CPCS IT systems.

It is recommended that the contractors start considering which supplier they want to choose well in advance. From the autumn, contractors will be able to transition to their contractual arrangements with one of the four assured IT providers:

  • Cegedim (providers of the Pharmacy Manager PMR system)
  • Positive Solutions (providers of the Analyst PMR system)
  • Sonar Informatics
  • PharmOutcomes

An NHS buyer’s guide will be made available to support pharmacy contractors making choices about the right IT solution for them. The guide will recommend that any contracting decision be made well in advance.

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