16 / 8 / 2011 1.23pm
In 2011, the Professional Relationships Working Group wrote to Local Medical Committees (LMCs) and Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) to encourage them to facilitate local conversations between GPs and pharmacists about the New Medicine Service (NMS) and targeted Medicines Use Reviews (MURs). They also published a briefing for GP practices which outlines the benefits of these services and how they will work. This was updated and republished in 2013 following the changes to the NHS commissioning structure.
The one-page NMS feedback form was produced in consultation with LMCs and LPCs and can be used by the pharmacist to alert the GP practice if they have identified a problem which requires the prescriber to review a prescription.
Felicity Cox, lead negotiator for NHS Employers and Chair of the Professional Relationships Working Group said "It’s most important that the professions talk to each other to ensure that patients get the greatest benefit out of pharmacy services. LMCs and LPCs should play a key role in facilitating these discussions. We hope that discussions about the services will lead to even stronger working relationships between GPs and pharmacists across England."