Essential Services


The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework Essential Services consists of the following elements:

  • Dispensing Medicines
  • Dispensing Appliances
  • Repeat Dispensing
  • Disposal of Unwanted Medicines
  • Public Health (Promotion of Health Lifestyles)
  • Clinical Governance
  • Signposting
  • Support for Self Care
  • Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) (15.02.2021)

For information on the above please visit PSNC’s main site HERE

DISCHARGE MEDICINES SERVICE (DMS) – Now Live – FREE training for Sheffield Community Pharmacies

  • Do you understand the background to the Discharge Medicines Service?
  • Are you aware that it is now a mandatory Essential Service?
  • Are you and your Team aware of the requirements and that all trained Team Members can support the delivery of the service?
  • Are you clear about the three stages to the service?
  • For support access Virtual Outcomes online training.
Direct link to the course HERE.  See Course Flyer HERE.

SHEFFIELD UPDATE:  Local work is ongoing to explore referral options that the Trust can rollout as they were not one of the Trusts that were involved in the TCAMs project.  A cross sector DMS Strategy Group has also been set up to try and ensure that the new DMS is used as effectively as possible and avoids duplication of work that may already be being done at practice/PCN level.  This is a new service and will require changes in practice not just for Community Pharmacies but for the Trust, PCN Pharmacists and GP Practices.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work across all Pharmacy Sectors and implement a service that could make a big difference to patient safety at the point of transfer of care. Whilst this work continues we would encourage Contractors and their Teams to undertake the above training.  There may be occasions where you could receive a referral from a Hospital outside of Sheffield or you may receive hospital discharge information via email from STH for example for a MDS patient so make sure you are routinely checking your nhs mail.

BACKGROUND INFO:  As per previous communications, the NHS Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) started on Monday 15 February 2021.  As it is an Essential Service under the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework, it must be provided by all Community Pharmacy Contractors in England.  This 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.  From 15 February 2021, NHS Trusts are able to refer patients who would benefit from extra guidance around new prescribed medicines for provision of the DMS at their community pharmacy. The Service has been identified by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSE&I) Medicines Safety Improvement Programme to be a significant contributor to the safety of patients at transitions of care, by reducing readmissions to hospital.  Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, has written HERE to Community Pharmacy colleagues, copied to PCN Pharmacy Teams, marking the launch of the service and setting out information including a service overview, the importance of collaborative working, and links to the resources available on the NHSE&I website.

Community Pharmacy Contractors should ensure that they have read the Guidance (chapter 8) and the DMS Toolkit, which provides a checklist for Contractors to follow. To note, a similar letter has also gone to secondary care colleagues as the service requires effective cross-sector working to support patient and medicines safety.  NHSE&I is developing additional resources including webinars to support the service, and these will be launched at an appropriate time.  If you have any questions on the NHS DMS, please do email england.communitypharmacy@nhs.net.

See PSNC info HERE and below for ready reference:

Additional DMS resources published

Resources to support the rollout of the service within pharmacies are available on our DMS webpage and an additional resource – a DMS worksheet – has been published. The worksheet can be used by pharmacy contractors where they do not yet have access to an IT system to support the creation of full clinical records for the service.  See HERE.  NHS England and NHS Improvement, and NHS Digital are helping pharmacy IT system suppliers to develop functionality within their systems to support the provision of the DMS, including the transfer of the necessary data to the NHS Business Service Authority’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal.

 

DMS:  This service, which all pharmacy contractors have to provide, 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.

From 15 February 2021, NHS Trusts were able to refer patients who would benefit from extra guidance around new prescribed medicines for provision of the DMS at their community pharmacy. The service has been identified by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSE&I) Medicines Safety Improvement Programme to be a significant contributor to the safety of patients at transitions of care, by reducing readmissions to hospital.

See letter from Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer – HERE

 

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