NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) Update

NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) Update

June 4, 2018

An NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) update was emailed by NHS England to all providers on 31st May 2018.

Key progress has been reported as:

  • 3,857 community pharmacies registered for NUMSAS as of 28th May 2018;
  • 66,191 referrals to NUMSAS registered pharmacies from December 2016 to January 2018;
  • Controlled Drugs amounted for approximately 3.8% of total items requested which is a small proportion of medicines requested through NUMSAS; and
  • the service is having a significant impact on GP out-of-hours (OOH) appointments and the national pictures shows more referrals for urgent repeat medication are being directed to pharmacies that offer NUMSAS than GP OOH services for the first time.

Contractors participating in NUMSAS are reminded:

  • the patient survey response rate has been low so please support in encouraging patient participation, especially as the patient survey questions were updated in March 2018;
  • the NUMSAS Toolkit was updated in March 2018 to make it more user friendly;
  • to ensure that medication name, type, dosage and the ‘No Supply code’ are included (where applicable), accurate and complete data entry will aid monitoring the service, highlighting inappropriate use and for the service evaluation;
  • some Clinical Commissioning Groups have issued guidelines to local GP OOH services on the supply of medicines liable to misuse and these should be taken into consideration where available; and
  • to feedback on NUMSAS, where appropriate, to england.pharmacyintegration@nhs.net (please include the name and address of your pharmacy so the appropriate Regional Pharmacy Integration Lead can respond).

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