Commissioning & Services


There are three tiers of services in the NHS Pharmacy Contract: 
1. Essential Services – services that must normally be provided by all pharmacy contractors – such as dispensing medicines and appliances, repeat dispensing, disposal of unwanted medicines, promotion of healthy lifestyles, signposting, support for self-care and the Discharge Medicines Service (DMS)
2. Advanced Services –  services that require accreditation of the pharmacist providing the service and/or specific requirements to be met in regard to premises – such as Stop Smoking (SCS), CPCS (Pharmacy First from 31st January 2024), NMS, the NHS Flu Vaccination Service, Pharmacy Contraception Service, Lateral Flow Device Service and the Hypertension Case Finding Service.
3. Locally Commissioned Services – services commissioned locally by a number of different routes including Local Authorities, ICBs and local NHS England team.  By definition, these vary according to locality, for details select your area below:

For further details, see NHS Community Pharmacy Promotional Materials – (issued July 2023):

Services Slidedeck (July 2023)