National Homecare Medicines Services Management

National Homecare Medicines Committee

The East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (EoECPH) is represented on the National Homecare Medicines Committee (NHMC) in turn providing exposure to both the National Clinical Homecare Association (NCHA) and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)[link to website]. We also work closely with national homecare leads from the Commercial Medicines Unit (CMU) in relation to performance management and national contracting where appropriate.

The EoECPH supports the NHMC with development of both guidance and documentation and supports member trusts to adopt these outputs locally for the benefit of patients, NHS and the industry as a whole.

There are currently two key national documents relating specifically to management of homecare services, both published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. 

  • Professional Standards for Homecare Services in England – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – September 2013 [Related files]
  • Handbook for Homecare Services in England – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – May 2014 [Related files]

Other relevant national documents include: 

  • Standards for Registered Pharmacies – General Pharmaceutical Council - September 2012 [Related files]
  • Homecare Medicines – Towards a vision for the Future – Mark Hackett (Sponsored by Department of Health) – November 2011 [Related files]
  • Guidance for registered pharmacies providing pharmacy services at a distance, including on the internet - General Pharmaceutical Council - April 2015 [Related files]


Cross-Regional Collaboration

The East of England and neighbouring regions with similar regional homecare management structures are working together to drive toward national standardisation in key areas such as mandatory service documentation (registration form and prescription), Pharma-Funded service contracts and patient communication.

We remain integrated with NHMC workstreams and actively support and promote national collaboration.

Representation is currently provided by Regional Homecare Leads from:

  • East of England
  • Thames Valley and Wessex
  • East Midlands
  • West Midlands
  • South West England


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