(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
Communicating with GP practices
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):