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September video update from PSNC's CEO

The latest PSNC CEO video update is now available to watch. Following the announcement on arrangements for the payment of contractors’ COVID-19 costs earlier this week, PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes reflects on how the original offer from the Government has now been proven as inadequate. Simon is pleased to report that the vast majority of claims will...

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October 2021 Category M Prices Announced

The Drug Tariff Category M pricelist for July 2021 has been published on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website. The October Category M prices reflect a net reduction in margin levels of approximately £26.8m per quarter. The underlying effect of market price movements in the reference period Apr – Jun 2021 will also be reflected...

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PhAS 2022 webinar now on-demand

PSNC’s webinar on the updated 2022 Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS) is now available on-demand. Nearly 90% of attendees said they would recommend the webinar to others, with over half (56%) saying that they found it very useful. One contractor commented that, thanks to this webinar, “I am now much clearer about the differences in the...

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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 not currently commissioned in West Yorkshire.

 

 

Last Updated: 27th January 2020