Community pharmacy

The Government’s white paper Liberating the NHS, recognises pharmacies' roles in helping to drive some of the changes in primary care, to improve patient services.
NHS Employers work supports this by developing the community pharmacists work - providing clinical as well as dispensing services to deliver better outcomes for patients.
We are leading on a number of areas, including:

Guidance and support

Our web pages provide a range of guidance and practical tools for area teams and primary care practitioners, including:
For details on our other primary care work on the GP contract, see our General Medical Services (GMS) contract web pages.





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Working with hospital pharmacy

There is a clear need for greater joint working between hospital colleagues and community pharmacy to get patients' medicines right when they transfer between care providers and to help them get the most value out of their medicines.

Filing documents

Clinical governance requirements

The clinical governance requirements are classed as an essential service, meaning that all pharmacies must be compliant with them.


Community pharmacy contractual framework changes

Learn more about the community pharmacy contractual framework changes as they happen.

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Medicines Use Reviews (MURs)

Information on Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) including all the latest changes.

Doctor consultation

Negotiating team

NHS Employers negotiating team leads our community pharmacy work. This page gives details of the full team.

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New Medicine Service (NMS)

The New Medicine Service (NMS) is a pharmacy advanced service that was negotiated by NHS Employers and the PSNC, and agreed by the Department of Health and NHS England. The NMS was introduced from 1 October 2011.


Seasonal influenza vaccination advanced service

From 1 September 2015, eligible patients will be able to access their free seasonal influenza vaccination from community pharmacies.

Doctor reading

Working with General Practice

The professional relationships group is a working group focusing on improving professional relationships between GPs and community pharmacists for patient benefit.

Related News

National community pharmacy audit on emergency supply of medicines

Dates have been confirmed for the national 2014/15 audit which must take place over specific dates in March/April 2015, find out more and access the guidance documentation.

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Community pharmacy contractual framework changes 2014 - 2015

Learn more about the community pharmacy contractual framework changes announced on 22 September 2014.

View article

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