Changes to the NMS knowledge and skills requirements


Changes to the NMS knowledge and skills requirements

June 30, 2020

Changes have today (30th June 2020), been made to the knowledge and skills requirements for pharmacists that are preparing to provide the New Medicines Service (NMS). This removes the need for a pharmacist providing the NMS to have an MUR certificate.

In discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement, PSNC sought this change to the NMS requirements because the MUR service will be decommissioned at the end of March 2021, so the need for pharmacists to be accredited to provide the service will fall away.

Before they are able to provide NMS, it is still necessary for pharmacists to have the necessary knowledge and skills and they are required to complete and sign the NMS self-assessment form to declare this. The completed form should be kept as a record by the community pharmacy contractor.

To reflect the removal of the requirement to have an MUR certificate, as part of the NMS knowledge and skills requirements, an updated NMS self-assessment form has been published. This should be completed by any pharmacists that are preparing to provide NMS, who have not previously completed the former version of the self-assessment form.

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