Discharge Medicines Service (DMS)


NEW: DMS referrals from NSFT webinar recording (19/10/22):


The Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) is now an essential service under the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF).

The service seeks to ensure better communication of changes made to a patient’s medicines in hospital and its aims are to:

  • Optimise the use of medicines, whilst facilitating shared decision making;
  • Reduce harm from medicines at transfers of care;
  • Improve patients’ understanding of their medicines and how to take them following discharge from hospital;
  • Reduce hospital readmissions; and
  • Support the development of effective team-working across hospital, community and primary care networks pharmacy teams and general practice teams and provide clarity about respective roles.

Further Information

Discharge Medicines Service : PSNC Main site

Pharmoutcomes DMS training video 

NHSE DMS Toolkit


Useful Resources (other resources can be found in the links above)

DMS Pharmacy Staff Briefing Sheet (PSNC)

DMS Contractor Checklist (PSNC)

DMS Factsheet Community Pharmacies (Feb 21)

PMR Recording (pop-up) Notes *

DMS Implementation Tips 


*Some resources have been provided with thanks from Avon LPC.

Updated 20th October 2022.