(NUMSAS) NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service

NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS)

On 20th October 2016, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England announced that as part of the 2016/17 and 2017/18 community pharmacy funding settlement, money from the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) would be used to fund a national pilot of a community pharmacy Urgent Medicine Supply Service. The service was commissioned as an Advanced Service, initially from 1st December 2016 to 31st March 2018, but in November 2017, NHS England announced that the service would continue to be commissioned for a further six months, i.e. the service will operate until the end of September 2018.

The decision to commission the service came after PSNC proposed a community pharmacy emergency supply service as part of its counter proposal to the NHS and Government, but was clear that any new national service would need additional funding rather than being funded from within the existing community pharmacy funding envelope. DHSC then proposed that the PhIF could be used to fund a pilot scheme to test and evaluate such a service in order to inform possible future commissioning.

NHS England has shared the following slide sets to provide updates on progress with the service:

For more information on the following please click here to visit the PSNC NUMSAS pages

The service specification, Directions, Guidance and Updated Toolkit


PSNC’s advice to contractors

Signing up to provide the service

Requirement for a shared NHSmail mailbox

PharmOutcomes support

Communicating with GP practices

Patient questionnaire

Claiming payment


Related resources

NUMSAS webinar and Slide Deck

LPC NUMSAS and PURMS comparison

The LPC have created the following document to help contractors differentiate between the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) service and the Pharmacy Urgent Repeat Medicine Service (PURMS):

NUMSAS and PURMS comparison V1.1