New Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) launches soon

New Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) launches soon

January 18, 2021

The Essential service, which all pharmacy contractors will have to provide, enables NHS Trusts to refer patients who would benefit from extra guidance around new prescribed medicines for provision of the DMS at their community pharmacy.

The service 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. On 20th October 2020 new NHS regulations were laid to introduce changes to the Terms of Service for pharmacy contractors and these included the contractual requirements for the DMS.

The service launches on 15th February 2021.

For more details of the newly commissioned Essential service, please read the following LLR LPC website page:


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