An update on Community Pharmacy QPS -review date Feb 15th 2019
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Further NHS Funding means we are looking for more pharmacies to deliver Extended Care Service in Staffordshire and Shropshire

Following the success of the Pharmacy First Extended Care Service in 25 pharmacies in Staffordshire and Shropshire we are delighted to announce that NHSE Shropshire and Staffordshire have decided to fund further pharmacies to offer the service this year. 

We have already informed the original pharmacies that the funding is in place to continue the service from their pharmacies. In addition to the original pharmacies the three LPCs in Staffordshire and Shropshire have been awarded funding to recruit a further 20 pharmacies to deliver the service (with more to follow later in the Autumn).

This Service is focused on Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) and Eye conditions but we also now have funding to include some skin conditions, namely infected insect bites and infected eczema.

The aim of the service is that we achieve better integration of community pharmacy into care pathways in Urgent and Emergency Care. We will up-skill community pharmacists to better manage conditions often responsible for attendance at out-of-hours and A&E centres, and to support an effective referral process where treatment cannot be provided in the pharmacy.

We now have our experience of the pilot project to draw on and can say that where the service has worked best is where the community pharmacy has good engagement with local GP practices

We are looking for pharmacies which are able to provide the service during all / most of their opening hours.

The project will provide:
Fully funded training (full day) run by CPPE, on advanced clinical examination and history-taking, along with relevant conditions and treatments, self-care support and referral criteria - for at least TWO PHARMACISTS per contractor premises.
(If your pharmacy runs with one pharmacist covering all days please indicate this on the form below)
There is a choice of dates and pharmacists will need to state which they prefer to attend. We will award places at your first choice of venue wherever possible. The summer training dates for the next 20 pharmacies are Friday 14th June at North Staffs Medical Institute and Monday 24th June at Stafford Beacon Centre
Dates will be arranged for a further tranche of pharmacies to join in Autumn but the training dates have not yet been finalised.

Pharmacists attending the training are required to complete upto six hours of pre-workshop tasks; 
It may be possible to train a third pharmacist for some pharmacies to ensure good cover over opening hours but this will depend on demand - we will advise nearer the time if this is possible. NB if we are only able to train two pharmacists from a pharmacy in June there will be an opportunity for other pharmacists to train in Sept/Oct/Nov time.

A one-off bursary to help cover the training time and GP engagement

An otoscope and ear thermometer along with relevant consumables

Consultation fees are paid upon completion of the 5-day follow-up calls which have been recorded via PharmOutcomes

To be considered for inclusion in this project, please complete the expression of interest form on PharmOutcomes; please note however the requirements for inclusion in the service will include:

·  At least TWO pharmacists MUST be available to attend one training day (unless you run your pharmacy with the same pharmacist every day you open). Pharmacists can attend either Friday 14th June at North Staffs Medical Institute or Monday 24th June at Stafford Beacon Centre - there will NOT be any other alternative dates until September so if you wish to be considered for providing the service from June you must attend the June training.

If you are interested in joining the service in the Autumn please complete this form and indicate that you wish to attend Autumn training in the relevant box. 

Pharmacists from the same pharmacy do not have to attend the same training day.

·  Contractors MUST have undertaken an initial engagement with local GP practices, to ensure local support for the service;

·  Further engagement MUST be undertaken following training to ensure effective referrals are available from the pharmacy

·  Pharmacists MUST have a recent DBS check or be registered with the DBS Update Service

·  The pharmacy MUST have a consultation room with hand-wash facilities, or have in place an appropriate alternative, and have space to seat pharmacist, patient and (if necessary) carer/parent

·  Pharmacy contractor must have indemnity insurance which covers extended care practice

·  In addition to the training provided, pharmacists must have completed CPPE training and have passed e-assessments on Consultation Skills and Safeguarding prior to commencing service provision

Because of the nature of the project, the LPCs need to ensure that the funds awarded to us are used effectively and for the benefit of all stakeholders in urgent and emergency care, so in addition to basic questions on opening hours etc, please ensure that you provide as full answers as you can to all of the questions - we will be choosing TWENTY community pharmacies across Shropshire and Staffordshire to take part in the project for the June entry wave and there will also be a further opportunity to join the service in September/October.

Please complete the EOI as soon as you can, we would like to consider applications by the end of April and you will be contacted about your application in the third week of May when will confirm which pharmacies have been selected.

Many thanks in anticipation

Gill Hall 
 on behalf of:
South Staffs LPC, North Staffs & Stoke LPC, Shropshire LPC.

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