The Scottish Government has published a claim form for Scottish dispensing practices to claim funding for quality improvement including implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive.
The Scottish Government has made available £2,000 per practice (note not per site) to fund implementation of the FMD including buying hard/software. Practices can choose their FMD software supplier, however, practices may wish to bear in mind that a new framework contract to supply IT software to General Practitioners (GPs) across NHSScotland was awarded on 1 February 2019 to EMIS Health (Egton Medical Information Systems), Microtest and Vision (InPractice Systems).
In 2019/20 it is expected that provision to branch surgery sites will be supported from the rural GP fund and the claim form provided includes a section for practices to confirm the number of branch surgeries they operate. This will help to inform future funding of the FMD.
The form also details eligibility to claim funding for NVQ2 and accuracy checking training for dispensary staff. In 2018/19, up to three members of staff will be funded to take the Level 2 NVQ2 certificate in pharmacy skills for dispensing assistants and up to two members the accuracy checking course. Currently employed staff including those who are currently enrolled on these courses, or who have completed these courses since 1 April 2013 are eligible for funding.
The form also details the provisions for practices who sign up to use the NSAID toolkit.
Funding must be claimed by April 1, 2019.