Service spec for NHS Urgent Meds Supply Advanced Service published

Service spec for NHS Urgent Meds Supply Advanced Service published

November 30, 2016

The service specification for the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service pilot (NUMSAS), which sets out information about provision of the service, including the funding for the service has been published by NHS England.

The pilot, which was announced as part of the Department of Health’s imposition of a two-year funding package on community pharmacy, is being commissioned as an Advanced Service. Funding from the Pharmacy Integration Fund is being used to test and evaluate the service in order to inform possible future commissioning, i.e. the funding for the service is not from the main community pharmacy contractual framework funding.

What this means for contractors 

Publication of the service specification means that contractors now have further information on the service and its funding to use in deciding whether they will sign up to provide the service; please also note the PSNC advice to contractors published on the PSNC website.

Contractors will be able to register their intention to provide the service from Thursday 1st December 2016 on the NHS Business Services Authority website, however, most contractors will not be able to start providing the service immediately, as NHS England is rolling out the service as a phased geographical rollout; the registration process is to register contractors’ intention to provide the service.

For further information, including the service specification and PSNC’s advice to contractors, visit



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