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Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) webinar now on-demand

Community pharmacy contractors can now access an online recording of PSNC a recent Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) webinar. Over 600 people registered for yesterday's webinar presented by Gordon Hockey (PSNC Director of Operations and Support) and Suraj Shah (PSNC Drug Tariff and Reimbursement Manager). During the webinar, Gordon explained what an SSP is, clarified situations...

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July 2019 Price Concessions – 2nd update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Alverine 60mg capsules 100 £9.80 Bumetanide 1mg tablets 28 £1.65 Cefalexin 250mg/5ml oral suspension 100ml £1.95 Celecoxib 200mg capsules 30 £9.43 Diamorphine 10mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.56 Diamorphine 30mg powder...

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Supply Issue Notice: Sanofi Experience Distribution Disruptions

Sanofi are currently experiencing difficulties ensuring sufficient product availability for normal supply to pharmacies. Sanofi say ‘The problem was caused by a change in our UK logistics provider and an unexpected technical issue with one of their IT systems.’ Sanofi expect product availability will be back to normal within two weeks and ask that pharmacy teams...

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Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice Service

This service aims to raise awareness around the risks of alcohol.  It heps people better understand alcohol units and how alcohol might be affecting their health by providing brief advice and support to those whose drinking is assessed as being at increasing or higher risk of drinking.

Pharmacies use an opportunistic approach to assess drinking in people aged 16 years and over using an alcohol assessment tool, the AUDIT-C.

 

The alcohol IBA pathway is divided into:

 

1. Patient Engagement

A member of the pharmacy team initiates a conversation about alcohol use with patients/customers, explains the alcohol IBA service and offers the initial screen. The pharmacy will determine how to engage and promote the alcohol IBA service with patients/customers.

 

2. The Initial Screen (AUDIT-C tool)

A member of the pharmacy team provides the patient/customer with the AUDIT-C (using the scratch card [provided by the commissioner] or paper-based) offering assistance with completion of the questions. If the result is 4 or below, no action is taken. If the result is 5 or more, a full identification screen is offered.



3. The Full Identification Screen (or full AUDIT)

The IBA accredited member of staff undertakes a full identification screen using the full AUDIT tool to identify between lower risk, increasing risk, higher risk and possibly dependency.

 

4. Brief Advice

The accredited IBA pharmacist or Health Champion uses information drawn from the full identification screen to determine the action to be taken regarding brief advice.

 

This service is currently commissioned in Wakefield. 

  

 

Wakefield Alcohol IBA Service

The Wakefield Alcohol IBA Service has been commissioned by Wakefield City Council in 10 pharmacies across Wakefield.  For further information, please refer to the  service specification below:

Wakefield Alcohol Service Specification

 

The presentations from the Alcohol training event can be accessed below:

Alcohol Event Presentation - Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire

Alcohol Event Presentation - Dr Linda Harris

  

 Resources

Wakefield Alcohol Service Guide

Step by Step Guide

Alcohol Consultation Form

Audit C Postcard

Alcohol Audit

Alcohol Advice Leaflet - Don't Let Drink Sneak Up on You

Alcohol Poster

How Many Units? - Poster

Units and Calorie Poster

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Last Updated: 28th March 2019