NUMSAS pilot extended until end of March 2019

NUMSAS pilot extended until end of March 2019

September 10, 2018

Steve Brine, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care has announced in response to a parliamentary question that the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) pilot has been extended until the end of March 2019. This was put into effect by the amendment Directions issued by the Department of Health and Social Care at the end of August 2018.

NHS England has today published an updated service specification to capture the above and a few other changes:

  • community pharmacy teams are required to have access to Summary Care Records (SCRs);
  • the SCR should be accessed during the telephone or face-to-face consultation with the patient; and
  • if the SCR was not accessed, the reason for not doing so must be recorded.

Actions for community pharmacy teams providing NUMSAS:

  • ensure you are familiar with accessing and using SCR, if not already:
  • review any Standard Operating Procedures that may relate to this service, and update them as appropriate; and
  • ensure any staff members involved in the service are aware of the updated requirements.

Further information on NUMSAS is available on

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