Gluten Free Food Service

Gluten Free Foods (GFFS)

The Gluten Free Food Service (GFFS) was introduced in 2014 as a pilot to investigate the feasibility of a community pharmacy-led supply service for patients with a confirmed diagnosis of Coeliac disease or Dermatitis Herpetiformis and became a permanent aspect of the community pharmacy contract in Autumn 2015.

Pharmacy teams provide an annual health check for people registered at their pharmacy under this service (unless this is done elsewhere), enabling detection of and care planning for any clinical issues. The only “treatment” for coeliac and DH patients is to follow a strict gluten-free diet. Pharmacy teams support people to do this providing advice and managing orders for food items on a monthly basis. The Pharmacy Care Record (PCR) is used to plan and record each health check.

Key Facts Sheet

We have created a Gluten Free Foods Key Facts Sheet to help you understand the requirements of the service. We will continue to add resources to support you with service provision.


Contractors who sign up to be a provider are paid £100 a month for taking part in the service.

Useful Links

NHS Inform Information Pages

NHS Inform have produced a series of information pages for patients and health professionals

A patient information pack and leaflet have also been developed.

Support Materials

NES Pharmacy have produced a support pack to help pharmacy teams with the delivery of the Gluten Free Food service.

You can download a copy of the order form and support tool assessment below.

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