Contract & Service Information

Community pharmacy services

Pharmacy services fall into three categories, which are commissioned differently. The NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework sets out the arrangements and criteria. You can access the final package for 2016/17 here. The Quality Payments section of our website explains how pharmacies can achieve this funding.

Essential services – all contractors provide these under the NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF). They are commissioned by NHS England and include general advice and dispensing of prescriptions.

Advanced Services – these are services within CPCF that pharmacies can provide if they meet the requirements set out by the Health Secretary. They are funded by NHS England. The services are: MUR, NMS, flu vaccination, appliance use reviews, stoma appliance customisation, and the new NUMSAS service (NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service). To meet the Quality Payments gateway criteria, pharmacies must provide MUR, NMS or be registered to provide NUMSAS.

Locally-commissioned enhanced services – these are services that may be commissioned by CCGs or local authorities, depending on local need and priorities, rather than on a national level. They include emergency contraception, needle and syringe exchange, supervised consumption of methadone, etc.

NOTE: If you would like information/advice about how to get commissioned to provide an advanced or local enhanced service, contact us on 0161 228 6163 or via

Locally-commissioned services in Greater Manchester

This page will be updated regularly. It includes information both for services that run across Greater Manchester and locally-commissioned services that may vary between localities / boroughs.

We have produced a series of one-page information sheets about various pharmacy services for patients, the public, and other healthcare professionals. They include EHC, NMS, MUR and the minor ailments service. You are welcome to download and use them in your work.

Greater Manchester-wide services:

The following services run across the Greater Manchester geography (unless otherwise stated). Information can be found on each service by selecting them below:

Asthma Support in Schools Project
Electronic Prescription Service Release 2 – EPS R2

Greater Manchester MEC Service Information

(Bury, Central Manchester, Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop Only)

Greater Manchester Minor Ailments Scheme – Pharmacy First (Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford and Stockport only)
The Transfer of Care Around Medicines project. (Salford, Tameside and Stockport)
Improving Inhaler Technique Through Pharmacy
Medicine Use Review (MUR) Update (06/04/21). This service has now been decommissioned. Community pharmacy contractors are  reminded not to provide any more MURs.
New Medicine Service (NMS)
NHS Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service
Summary Care Records
Community Pharmacy Care Plan Demonstrator Pilot
Dementia Friendly Pharmacy Framework

Locality-commissioned enhanced services:

Information about enhanced services commissioned at a more local level is in the Locality Information section of this site. Each area has its own services page.