Scottish dispensing practices are to receive just over £500,000 to fund “mutually beneficial improvements”.
As part of a 2018-19 rural general practice funding package, practices will receive £501,889 (via health board allocations) to support three distinct projects:
- Dispensing staff training: to undertake the Level 2 SNVQ certificate in pharmacy service skills for dispensing assistants
- Falsified Medicines Directive: £2,000 per practice to fund FMD compliance, ahead of the February 9, 2019 implementation date
- Quality Improvement: £1,500 per practice which introduces and implements the Health Improvement Scotland non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) toolkit (now adapted for dispensing practice).
DDA chief executive Matthew Isom has written to practices to offer information, advice and reassurance regarding compliance with the FMD. Practices are asked to read the letter.