Discharge Medicines Service (DMS)
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) confirm that the Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) will become an Essential service for contractors from 15th February 2021.
Guidance on the new service will be published during January 2021 alongside a DMS Toolkit for hospitals, Primary Care Networks, community pharmacy teams and others involved in the rollout of the service.
From 15th February 2021, NHS Trusts will be able to refer patients who would benefit from extra guidance around new prescribed medicines for provision of the DMS at their community pharmacy.
NHSE&I will initially adopt a light touch approach to contractual assurance with regards to the service and contractors should also note that not all Trusts will be fully ready to make referrals at the time the service commences.
Contractors providing the full service will be paid a fee of £35. Where only part of the service can be provided, in certain circumstances defined in the Drug Tariff, contractors will be paid a partial payment. Further details on the payments are on the following PSNC website page:
Contractors will also be paid a setup fee of £400 to cover the costs of preparing to provide the service, principally training staff and putting in place a standard operating procedure for the service.
Further information on the service is available on the following PSNC & NHS.uk website pages:
- Discharge Medicines Service guidance published – PSNC website
- Discharge Medicines Toolkit published – PSNC website
Planned updates to PharmOutcomes can be read in the following LLR LPC website news article: