Discharge Medicines Service


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

This service, which all pharmacy contractors have to provide, was originally trailed in the 5-year CPCF agreement, with a formal announcement regarding the service made by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in February 2020. From 15th February 2021, NHS Trusts were able to refer patients who would benefit from extra guidance around new prescribed medicines for provision of the DMS at their community pharmacy.

The service has been identified by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSE&I) Medicines Safety Improvement Programme to be a significant contributor to the safety of patients at transitions of care, by reducing readmissions to hospital.

For further reading and FAQ’s please see PSNC’s DMS page HERE

DMS toolkit for pharmacy staff

PDF version of DMS presentation held April 2021 for UHD

PDF version of DMS presentation held April 2021 for DCH

FAQ’s from DMS events in April 2021

DMS – Top Tips!

VirtualOutcomes – Discharge Medicines Service FREE* Online Training Module for the Whole Pharmacy Team – HERE