A toolkit to help pharmacies deliver the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) Pilot was launched by NHS England on 20 June.

The toolkit offers practical guidance on delivering the service, including a step-by-step guide on how to provide the service, record service delivery and claim service payments.

The NUMSAS pilot is a service that manages a referral from NHS 111 to a community pharmacy where a patient has contacted NHS 111 out of hours because they need urgent access to a medicine or appliance that they have been previously prescribed on an NHS prescription, in an attempt to relieve pressure on GP out of hours services. The NUMSAS pilot was launched on 1 December 2016 and will run until 31 March 2018.

PSNC is urging community pharmacy teams who intend to offer the service, or those already offering the service, to read the guidance, as well as the NUMSAS service specification, to ensure they are fully briefed on the requirements of the service.

Commenting on the toolkit, Tess Fenn, APTUK president, said: “It is pleasing to see that the toolkit recognises that the whole pharmacy team is involved in delivering this service. Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Assistants and Medicines Counter Assistants are often the first point of contact for community pharmacy patients or their representatives and, as such, APTUK strongly advises that all are aware of the requirements. It is important that the whole team can support the pharmacist in providing a quality and patient centred NUMSAS to help patients gain the most from their community pharmacy.”

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