Discharge Medicines Service (DMS)

Background and Overview

The Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) became a new Essential service From February 2021.

Further information can be found via: Discharge Medicines Service – Community Pharmacy England (cpe.org.uk)

Key Documents

The following key documents have now been published. All staff members involved in delivering this service should read these and complete the actions below before providing the service.

DMS Rollout Across Greater Manchester

Trust Current Status
Royal Bolton Live (since June 2020)
Salford Royal Live (since Feb 2019)
Tameside Live (since March 2020)
Stockport Live (since May 2020)
Wigan Live (since March 2021)
GMMH In progress
Pennine Care In progress
MFT (MRI/Wythenshawe/Trafford)

This includes; North Manchester general hospital, Manchester royal infirmary, Wythenshawe hospital, Royal Manchester children’s hospital, Manchester royal eye hospital, Saint Mary’s hospital, University dental hospital of Manchester, Withington community hospital, Trafford general hospital, Altrincham hospital

Live (since April 2022)
Pennine Acute

This includes; Fairfield general hospital, Rochdale infirmary, Birch hill hospital, North Manchester general hospital, Fairfield general hospital

Christie TBC

We are currently working to ensure that trusts not yet live are mobilised soon. We will keep you updated on the status of these via this page.

Please note: Referrals can be received from any locality in GM. As an example, a referral could be sent from Royal Oldham Hospital to a contractor in Wigan.


DMS in GM: Rollout update – March 2023

The GM NHS Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) team comprises of  Alex and Yasmin who have been  recently appointed to support implementation and increased  uptake of the DMS service across all trusts and community pharmacies in Greater Manchester.

Alex and Yasmin are excited about this new opportunity and said  “We will be working in collaboration with Community Pharmacy Greater Manchester, to ensure that all community pharmacies are kept abreast of developments, relevant timescales and any shared learning. We aim  to foster integrated working between trust pharmacists and community pharmacy teams to support patients, prevent harm and improve patient outcomes. We look forward to working on the project and we will be in touch via CPGM in due course.”


setup fee of £400 has been agreed to cover the costs of preparing to provide the service, principally training staff and putting in place a standard operating procedure for the service. Any pharmacy on the pharmaceutical list on 1st February 2021 will automatically receive this payment on 1st April 2021, and it will be itemised in the Schedule of Payments.

Contractors providing the full service will be paid a fee of £35.

Where only part of the service can be provided, in certain circumstances defined in the Drug Tariff, contractors will be paid a partial payment. 

More information about the fees can be found in this table

Webinars and Resources

PharmOutcomes Resources

Virtual Outcomes 

All contractors in Greater Manchester have free access to a range of training modules to help to deliver pharmacy services. Courses for DMS have recently been updated

To access this Virtual Outcomes training:

  1. Visit https://www.virtualoutcomes.co.uk/pharmacy-training/
  2. Enter your pharmacy F Code
  3. Click on the training menu for the course you wish to view. You may need to use the search bar at the top if the course doesn’t appear in the list
  4. Click “Start Course”
  5. Complete the registration form