Discharge Medicines Service guidance published

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have today confirmed that the Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) will not become an Essential service for contractors until 15th February 2021 and they have published guidance on the service.

The decision to launch the DMS in mid-February followed representations from PSNC recognising the pressures that contractors are under and the time needed to prepare for a new service.

Read the NHSE&I regulations guidance

Alongside the guidance on the DMS, in January 2021, NHSE&I will publish a DMS Toolkit for hospitals, Primary Care Networks, community pharmacy teams and others involved in the rollout of the service.

From 15th February 2021, NHS Trusts will be able to refer patients who would benefit from extra guidance around new prescribed medicines for provision of the DMS at their community pharmacy.

NHSE&I will initially adopt a light touch approach to contractual assurance with regards to the service and contractors should also note that not all Trusts will be fully ready to make referrals at the time the service commences.

Contractors providing the full service will be paid a fee of £35. Where only part of the service can be provided, in certain circumstances defined in the Drug Tariff, contractors will be paid a partial payment; you can find further details on the DMS page of the PSNC website.

Contractors will also be paid a setup fee of £400 to cover the costs of preparing to provide the service, principally training staff and putting in place a standard operating procedure for the service.

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