Discharge Medicines Service (DMS)


Discharge Medicines Service (DMS)

The Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) becomes a new Essential service within the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) from 15th February 2021.

The service seeks to ensure better communication of changes made to a patient’s medicines in hospital and its aims are to:

  • Optimise the use of medicines, whilst facilitating shared decision making;
  • Reduce harm from medicines at transfers of care;
  • Improve patients’ understanding of their medicines and how to take them following discharge from hospital;
  • Reduce hospital readmissions; and
  • Support the development of effective team-working across hospital, community and primary care networks pharmacy teams and general practice teams and provide clarity about respective roles.

Click here for more information on the PSNC website.

NHSE Discharge Medicines Toolkit.

PMR Recording notes

DMS Training FAQ