Homecare medicines services: an opportunity lost Contents

Appendix 3: Glossary


The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry is a trade body for drug manufacturers.


British Association of Dermatologists


British Society for Rheumatology


The Care Quality Commission, a public body, is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. It monitors, inspects and regulates services performing regulated activities under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.


The Commercial Medicines Unit is an NHS England team which works on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS to support those who buy pharmaceuticals for hospitals across the NHS in England.211


Department of Health and Social Care


General Pharmaceutical Council


The General Pharmaceutical Council is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in the United Kingdom.


Clinical Reference Group


Marketing Authorisation Holders are individuals or companies who hold legal authorisation to sell pharmaceuticals in the EU. In homecare services, they are generally drug manufacturers who contract with homecare providers to provide a service.


The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components in the United Kingdom.


The National Clinical Homecare Association is the trade body for homecare providers.


The National Homecare Medicines Committee acts as “the national focus for developing and improving administration and governance processes for medicine homecare services”.212 It includes representation from NHS England, homecare providers, pharmaceutical manufacturing associations and the Care Quality Commission.


NHS England


Regional Procurement Hubs are NHS centres of procurement expertise which can assist hospital trusts to establish or manage homecare contracts.


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is the professional membership body for pharmacists and pharmacy students.

211 Department of Health and Social Care, Commercial Medicines Unit (4 March 2011): https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/commercial-medicines-unit-cmu [accessed 22 September 2023]

212 Specialist Pharmacy Service, ‘National Homecare Medicines Committee Terms of Reference’ (April 2018): https://www.sps.nhs.uk/articles/national-homecare-medicines-committee-nhmc-terms-of-reference/ [accessed 11 October 2023]

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