Dispensing practices could receive £2,686 each to support dispensing staff training and new dispensing quality initiatives in an early proposal by the short life working group on dispensing, which met for the first time on Tuesday 13 November.
Formed to support phase two of the new Scottish contract, the aim of the £272,500 funding bid is to bring standards in GP dispensing in line with those in pharmacies, and to send a signal that rural dispensing GPs are valued by their communities, health boards and the Scottish Government, said Fiona Duff, SLWG chair and Scottish Government senior advisor.
In the funding proposal, practices will be able to train all staff to NVQ Level 2, with some staff then qualifying to accuracy checker level.
Quality initiatives could include the roll-out in dispensing practice of a dispensary intervention for patients on Non-steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), which has been piloted in dispensing practices in NHS Highland and was seen to improve the consistency of NSAID patient information.
At the meeting, members including DDA Scotland rep Hal Maxwell, discussed pressures on dispensing practice including the Falsified Medicines Directive, not being able to sell OTC products, risk from pharmacy applications and the lack of having a historical right to dispense/continue to dispense and IT concerns. The meeting also heard of pharmacist recruitment problems affecting proposals to introduce pharmaceutical advice into dispensing practice.
The dispensing SLWG is expected to meet every three months, with the next meeting in early 2019.
Further information on the rural SLWG, which runs in parallel to the dispensing SLWG, is available online. The purpose of the dispensing SLWG is to consider the implications of the implementation of Phase One of the 2018 GMS contract on dispensing practices including the role of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and to identify opportunities to develop and support dispensing practices in the future to continue to provide a high quality, safe and sustainable service.
Responses to the Rural Patient Group petition on the new GP contract (including from RGPAS) have been published online.
The petition calls on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to:
- Ensure strong rural and remote G.P. representation on the remote and rural short life working group, recently established as part of the new GP contract for Scotland.
- Adjust the Workload Allocation Formula (WAF) urgently in light of the new contract proposals to guarantee that both primary and ancillary services are, at least, as good as they are now in ALL areas so patients do not experience a rural and remote post code lottery in relation to the provision of health care.
- Address remote practice and patient concerns raised in relation to the new GP contract.