June 2017: A NUMSAS toolkit for Pharmacy Staff has been published and can be accessed at www.england.nhs.uk/publication/nhs-urgent-medicine-supply-advanced-service-pilot-toolkit-for-pharmacy-staff/
Community pharmacies across England can now continue to register with NHS England to provide the NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS).
The Service will allow community pharmacies to supply a repeat medicine at NHS expense, following a referral from NHS111 and where the pharmacist identifies that the patient has an immediate need for the medicine and that it is impractical to obtain a prescription without undue delay.
The service specification for the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service pilot (NUMSAS), which sets out information about provision of the service, including the funding for the service has been published by NHS England.
The pilot, which was announced as part of the Department of Health’s imposition of a two year funding package on community pharmacy, is being commissioned as an Advanced Service. Funding from the Pharmacy Integration Fund is being used to test and evaluate the service in order to inform possible future commissioning, ie the funding for the service is not from the main community pharmacy contractual framework funding.
Community pharmacy contractors are now able to notify NHS England of their intention to provide the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) pilot by completing the notification form available on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website.
All contractors that meet the requirements set out in the service specification for the NUMSAS, including the requirement that the pharmacy has a shared NHSmail mailbox, are able to register now; however, contractors will only be able to receive referrals from NHS 111 and provide the service when the service goes live in the contractor’s area (there is a phased roll out for the service).
PSNC has issued advice on the NUMSAS; we would advise that contractors read this advice before they register their intention to provide the service.
The service specification, information on shared NHSmail mailboxes, the rollout of the service and PSNC’s advice on the NUMSAS can be found at: psnc.org.uk/numsas
The electronic form on the NHS BSA website asks for the Pharmacy Organisation Code; this is the ODS or F code for the pharmacy that is used on the end of month submission to the Pricing Authority.
Please find below documentation which will assist in the provision of the NUMSAS service:
- NUMSAS Quick Guide
- Patient Pathway
- NUMSAS flowchart
- Annex C for your locality – these will appear on the PharmOutcomes system.
- To link to PharmOutcomes user guide, Click here.
- NHS Digital user guides for the premises specific shared mailbox account: Guide for Community Pharmacies using NHSmail and Giving delegate access to your mailbox