Specification for the Specialist Pharmacy Service

Dr Justine Scanlan, Head, Specialist Pharmacy ServicePublished

The specification sets out the expectations for the SPS service delivery plan over the next 3 years

About the service specification

This document outlines the strategic intent for the NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI) commissioned Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS). It specifies the key areas for delivery by the service. The functional groups of SPS are:

  • medicines information
  • medicines use and safety
  • quality assurance
  • procurement
  • digital

These functional groups will work collaboratively to achieve the deliverables.

This document forms the national specification for the SPS in England and aims to provide clarity to both the service users and SPS providers on access, levels of service and performance. It provides hosts with the detailed specification for the elements of the service which have been awarded.

Work plans will be aligned to this service specification across the SPS functions.