Discharge Medicines Service (DMS)
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have today (15th January 2021), published the NHS Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) Toolkit for Pharmacy Staff in Community, Primary and Secondary Care.
The toolkit aims to assist and support cross sector implementation of the DMS as an Essential service in all NHS community pharmacies in England. It sets out the shared responsibilities and roles of pharmacy teams in community pharmacy, NHS Trusts and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in ensuring patient safety, better patient outcomes and medicines reconciliation on discharge.
In preparation for the DMS becoming a new Essential service within the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) from 15th February 2021, contractors should review their staff training and competence to ensure relevant staff, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, who will be involved in providing the service, have the necessary knowledge and competence to undertake it safely.
In addition, contractors are reminded that they must also have a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the service, which all staff participating in provision of the service must be familiar with and follow.
To assist contractors with preparation, PSNC has published a checklist that contractors may use to guide them through some of the required actions.
Contractors are also recommended to review the DMS pages on the PSNC website which include additional resources to further assist contractors with preparation and implementation.
Preparing to provide the DMS
January 4, 2021
To support contractors preparing to provide the Discharge Medicines Service (DMS), which will become an Essential service for contractors on 15th February 2021, PSNC has published some additional resources on the DMS page of our website.
These additional resources include:
- A DMS Contractor checklist to assist contractors to work through the actions needed to get ready to provide the service;
- A Briefing sheet: Introduction to the DMS for general practice and PCN clinical pharmacy teams, to provide contractors with a short introduction to the service that they can use to engage their local GPs and clinical pharmacists; and
- A DMS briefing for pharmacy teams to help contractors brief their pharmacy team members on what the DMS service entails.