Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) Declaration of Competence

Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) Declaration of Competence

May 14, 2021

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must complete the Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) Declaration of Competence (DoC) before providing DMS, which became an Essential service in February 2021.

Pharmacies must ensure staff have completed the relevant training and are competent to offer the service. Even pharmacies not yet receiving referrals from hospitals should be ready to provide the service.


Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who will provide the service should:

  1. Read the DMS section of the NHS England and NHS Improvement guidance on the regulations
  2. Read the DMS toolkit
  3. Complete the CPPE eLearning and assessment
  4. Complete the DMS Declaration of Competence (DoC) after undertaking appropriate learning
  5. Update the CPPE learning record (step 5 on the DMS DoC) to confirm they have signed their statement of declaration

Further information on DMS can be found here.

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