Pharmacy First start date confirmed as 31st January

NHS England has today written to community pharmacies and general practices to confirm that the Pharmacy First Service will commence on 31st January.

When the service was first announced last year, a caveat was applied to the start date, as there was a significant amount of IT development work to be undertaken within community pharmacy, general practice and NHS IT systems.

IT system suppliers and NHS England digital teams have been working hard over the last two months to get the IT ready for launch on 31st January and following a stocktake on progress the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England have agreed that the service can commence, as planned.

Community Pharmacy England has posted a news story and comment on this on their website: