Review of NHS Pharmacy Aseptic Services: Summary of Key Findings

This review was commissioned by NHS Improvement in response to Lord Carter’s review of Operational Productivity and Performance in English NHS acute hospitals where initial work in the East & West Midlands, the Manchester Organisations and other parts of the country, and the reduction in commercial provider capacity issues,  highlighted the challenges of delivering a safe, resilient and efficient aseptic service across England.  The project started in late October 2017 and was completed in early March 2018.  The aim of the review was to provide

  1. A summary of the current state of pharmacy aseptic services including geographic coverage.
  2. A data set that can then be used to benchmark, support future developments and understanding of capacity across organisations.
  3. Materials to support development and maintenance of resilient, high quality and safe services with a consistent and collaborative approach.
  4. A best practice library to support trusts understand and apply best practice in this area.


Deloitte, consulting partners for this project have created a final report, and NHS Improvement has released a slide set to keep NHS stakeholders updated on progress, findings and recommendations of the review,  with associated speaking notes (in the notes section of the presentation) for your perusal.

The detailed report will now be sent to the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Keith Ridge where a strategic group will be assembled to help develop and implement the recommendations.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact  CPhO Clinical Fellow, Hospital Pharmacy & Medicines Optimisation Team, Operational Productivity Directorate, NHS Improvement

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