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10 May 2022

Describing the Specialist Pharmacy Service

NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service Hall: N11 - N15 Stand: C2
Describing the Specialist Pharmacy Service
The hidden depths to SPS
Who we are

Our teams

SPS consists of the following five main functions.


The SPS Digital function maintains and develops the digital product offer. It works both across each SPS function and with external suppliers and stakeholders. It seeks to deliver value to end-users from SPS’s digital offer. It does this be applying the NHS Digital Service manual as well as other national and international best practice usability, design and development standards.

Medicines Information

The SPS MI function provides specialist information and advice about medicines use for health care professionals. There are 3 core service elements to the MI function: clinical enquiry answering, provision of information and resources, and support to the Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee network.

Medicines use and safety

The SPS Medicines Use and Safety function supports the safe use of medicines across the NHS by providing resources and outputs that prevent duplication, and by developing and facilitating professional networks.


The pharmacy procurement function aims to ensure that hospital pharmacy procurement teams can always access the medicines they need. This may range from resolving requests relating to a single patient, to helping coordinate national approaches to distribution and supply, and everything in between. If the problem relates to medicines supply, we will try to fix it.

Quality assurance

The SPS QA Function supports the continuous quality improvement in the governance arrangements for the safe handling, preparation and purchasing of medicines across the NHS through the provision of advice, best practice guidance and implementation resources.

Our contracts and providers

SPS is commissioned by NHS England to provide services across the NHS England regions.

The supra-organisational arrangement of the service enables access to expertise and knowledge at a cost which is very significantly less than would be the case if the functions were replicated locally.

Our users

We serve professionals across the NHS who are involved in all aspects of buying, making and using medicines.

We are looking forward to chatting to you further at C2.



Lead Education Partner

  • CPPE
  • Morph


Education Partner

  • BOPA
  • BPNG
  • CMHP
  • Health Education England


Education Partner

  • NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • NHS Digital
  • NHSx
  • PTOC
  • GPHC


Education Partner

  • NPPG
  • PCPA
  • PDA
  • Pharmacist Support
  • RPUK
  • SPS


Education Partner

  • Soar Beyond
  • NHCA
  • PrescQIPP
  • Pharmacy Declares
  • GHP and RPS


Media Partner

  • C&D
  • PDA
  • PrescQIPP
  • Scottish Healthcare Review
  • Welsh Healthcare Review
  • NI Healthcare Review
  • Prescriber


Nominated Charity

  • Pharmacist Support


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