Use contracts not legislation-Quality Accounts

2009 Health Bill included a requirement for primary care to produce Quality Accounts. These have to be produced by community pharmacy by June 2011.

Instead of using legislation to impose quality, we should use contracts.

Why is this idea important?

2009 Health Bill included a requirement for primary care to produce Quality Accounts. These have to be produced by community pharmacy by June 2011.

Instead of using legislation to impose quality, we should use contracts.

Complaint Regulations for Pharmacy

The Clinical Governance Framework requires all pharmacy contractors to have in place arrangements which comply with the requirements of the Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service Complaints (England) Regulations 2009, for the handling and consideration of any complaints made on or after 1st April 2009.  The regulations introduced a number of changes to the way that Health and Social Care services are handled, in order to provide complaints procedures that are consistent across all providers and NHS bodies, and deal with complaints efficiently and effectively.There are some differences between these requirements and those that existed in pharmacy before they came into force.

 

The new regulations introduce several major changes one of which is that, an ‘annual report’ about complaints must be published, made available to anyone who requests it, and be sent to the PCT.

Why is this idea important?

The Clinical Governance Framework requires all pharmacy contractors to have in place arrangements which comply with the requirements of the Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service Complaints (England) Regulations 2009, for the handling and consideration of any complaints made on or after 1st April 2009.  The regulations introduced a number of changes to the way that Health and Social Care services are handled, in order to provide complaints procedures that are consistent across all providers and NHS bodies, and deal with complaints efficiently and effectively.There are some differences between these requirements and those that existed in pharmacy before they came into force.

 

The new regulations introduce several major changes one of which is that, an ‘annual report’ about complaints must be published, made available to anyone who requests it, and be sent to the PCT.

Waste regulations for community pharmacy are over-burdensome

The regulations controlling medicines waste should be simplified and the process of doing this needs to involve the pharmacy sector so that sensible and workable solutions are developed.

Why is this idea important?

The regulations controlling medicines waste should be simplified and the process of doing this needs to involve the pharmacy sector so that sensible and workable solutions are developed.

Harmonisation of Enhanced Services by Pharmacists

  • The NHS should provide a menu of Enhamced Services which should be the same for all parts of teh country.
  • The specification and payments should be the same in all parts of the country
  • Pharmacists should accredit to preform these services nationally

Why is this idea important?

  • The NHS should provide a menu of Enhamced Services which should be the same for all parts of teh country.
  • The specification and payments should be the same in all parts of the country
  • Pharmacists should accredit to preform these services nationally

Pharmacists, Technicians and the Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service, Department of Health and Pharamcy bodies must work together to remove the threat of criminal conviction if an inadvertent dispensing error is made.

Why is this idea important?

The Crown Prosecution Service, Department of Health and Pharamcy bodies must work together to remove the threat of criminal conviction if an inadvertent dispensing error is made.

General Pharmaceutical Council – fee payment

The General Pharmaceutical Council will be set-up in September as the regulator for Pharmacy. Renewals will become valid 12 months after entering the register.

The GPhC needs to be given the power to

  • set part-year payments in order to avoid a rolling register and
  • needs the power to move the renewal date away form 1st January which is always a public holiday or other non-trading day.

Why is this idea important?

The General Pharmaceutical Council will be set-up in September as the regulator for Pharmacy. Renewals will become valid 12 months after entering the register.

The GPhC needs to be given the power to

  • set part-year payments in order to avoid a rolling register and
  • needs the power to move the renewal date away form 1st January which is always a public holiday or other non-trading day.

Sale of ibruprofen and other pain killing drugs.

At the moment you are only permitted to buy two packets of ibruprofen and other such drugs in a single purchase for fear that you might use them to commit suicide. You can go to every supermarket and chemist shop in the town and buy two more in each and you can do this every day of the week so why should it be thought that restricking you to two packets in any one purchase is going to prevent someone from committing suicide? It is just an unnecessary restriction imposed by a Nanny State.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment you are only permitted to buy two packets of ibruprofen and other such drugs in a single purchase for fear that you might use them to commit suicide. You can go to every supermarket and chemist shop in the town and buy two more in each and you can do this every day of the week so why should it be thought that restricking you to two packets in any one purchase is going to prevent someone from committing suicide? It is just an unnecessary restriction imposed by a Nanny State.

PHARMACY PNAS, CONTROL OF ENTRY RULES and GP COMMISSIONING

I work in Birmingham and feel as many others do in the pharmacy industry that:

 

1. PNAs – Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a good idea but this assessment should allow for central governement funding as PCTS always say we have NO MONEY. Thus pharmacy cannot offer. What a waste of tax payers money on such a useless exercise.

 

2. COntrol of Entry rules should be tightened as they were prior to 100 hour exemptions etc immediately and the desirable and necessary test implemented within the PNAs. Also Appeals to the NHS litigation should remain as New proposed measures will not allow this and Judicial review from the applicant will be required to the Courts. Ludicrous but wont this cost the NHS more money than having a NHS litigation board as exists.

 

3. GP Commissioning – wow. Well what about Pharmacy Commissioning. Let an Pharmacy do the same as what GPs are being given power to do.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

I work in Birmingham and feel as many others do in the pharmacy industry that:

 

1. PNAs – Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a good idea but this assessment should allow for central governement funding as PCTS always say we have NO MONEY. Thus pharmacy cannot offer. What a waste of tax payers money on such a useless exercise.

 

2. COntrol of Entry rules should be tightened as they were prior to 100 hour exemptions etc immediately and the desirable and necessary test implemented within the PNAs. Also Appeals to the NHS litigation should remain as New proposed measures will not allow this and Judicial review from the applicant will be required to the Courts. Ludicrous but wont this cost the NHS more money than having a NHS litigation board as exists.

 

3. GP Commissioning – wow. Well what about Pharmacy Commissioning. Let an Pharmacy do the same as what GPs are being given power to do.

 

 

Prescriptions

Currently, prescriptions issued in a hospital can only be dispensed in the pharmacy of that hospital….not in any local pharmacy. This causes endless duplication of work by GP practices and hassle for patients. 

Why is this idea important?

Currently, prescriptions issued in a hospital can only be dispensed in the pharmacy of that hospital….not in any local pharmacy. This causes endless duplication of work by GP practices and hassle for patients.