Advanced Services

Links to additional ‘Advanced Services’ information pages are shown in the dropdown menu on the left hand side of this page.

Please click each sub-section to view all available content as required and appropriate.

The second tier of the NHS contractual services (CPCF) are the Advanced Services. There are currently six such services that a community pharmacy may choose to provide

Advanced Service are not mandatory; unlike the Essential Services, although most pharmacies will provide at least two of the services available.

Community pharmacies can choose to provide any of these services as long as they meet the requirements set out in the Secretary of State Directions.

The table below links to all the national resources, guidance & service specifications from the PSNC website.

We advise that you maximise the uptake and delivery of your MUR, NMS and flu service to ensure we can retain the commissioned service for the future and also to maximise your income.

National Service National Resources , Guidance and Service Specifications
Medicines Use Review (MUR)
New Medicines Service (NMS)
Flu Vaccination Service

Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS) …details to be added
Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service During the COVID-19 outbreak

…commissioned during emergency pandemic only , initially defined as 9th April 2020 to 1st July 2020

Stoma Appliance Customisation (SAC)
Appliance Use Review (AUR)
NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Service (NUMSAS)… decommissioned 2019



In LLR as of October 2016:

    • 10 pharmacies in LLR currently do not deliver any MURs
    • 23 Pharmacies in LLR currently do not deliver any NMS

In the month of June 2016:

    • Delivery of MUR varied from 0-65 MUR and 0-48 NMS

Performance versus the national benchmark:

      • NMS +2.29% (1662 delivered)
      • MUR -1.64 % (4820 Delivered, an average of 21 per pharmacy)


We also encourage all pharmacies to participate in the flu service which has significant income potential; some of this being untapped at this time. This will help to offset the reduction in income many contractors are facing.

    • 60 Pharmacies out of 224 participated in the NHS flu service delivering 8,947 vaccinations for the 2015-16.
    • Statistics for 2016-17 are not available at this time

Quality Payments Scheme (QPS)

To be eligible to claim the quality payment you must meet the four gateway criteria one of which includes the provision of one specified advanced service in addition to other criteria 

For more information on the quality payments and achieving them click;

To be eligible to collect the points necessary to claim the Quality Payment, the contractor must meet four gateway criteria:

Contractors passing the gateway criteria will only receive a Quality Payment if they meet one or more of the criteria listed in the table under the ‘Quality Payment criteria’ subheading below. Therefore, meeting the gateway criteria will not, in itself, attract a Quality Payment; it is subject to how many of the quality criteria the contractor meets.