Locally Commissioned Services Worcestershire

SUBSTANCE MISUSE WORCESTERSHIRE

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Contact for Pharmacies

Swanswell Charitable Trust
worcsadmin@swanswell.org

http://www.swanswell.org/contact-us


Supervised Consumption


Swanswell SLA Letter

Supervised Consumption SLA

Needle Exchange


Awaiting Document

Number of adults in contact with drug and alcohol treatment services in England is almost 290,000.¹

The pharmacist is required to supervise the consumption of a medicine prescribed to the patient, for the purposes of dependence and/or addiction to ensure the entire dose is taken as directed. Common medicines which may have to be supervised include methadone and buprenorphine.

Pharmacies can also provide harm reduction items such as clean needles, sharps bins, swabs and citric acid as well as sexual health advice. Any used equipment can be returned for destruction in a safe sharps disposal bin.

The aim of these services is to reduce the harms associated with drug taking to the service user and on the wider society. The service user will be given help, support and signposting to additional services in a non-judgemental and confidential service.


Additional support and commonly asked questions.

  • How do I become accredited to provide the supervised consumption service in Worcestershire?
  • How does the Pharmacy get paid for providing supervised consumption?
  • Do I need a Hepatitis B vaccination to provide these services?
  • I have a concern about a service user, what should I do?
How do I become accredited to provide the supervised consumption service in Worcestershire?

The Service Provider shall ensure that all pharmacists and staff involved in the provision of the Service have relevant knowledge and have completed the training (including the maintenance of any accreditation as appropriate to the Service).

The Service Provider will ensure that all members of staff involved in the delivery of the Service are able to demonstrate their participation in training, and that the education and training needs of staff providing the Service are supported.

The Service Provider will ensure that all pharmacists who provide or supervise the Service have completed the most recent version of the Substance Use and Misuse open learning programme delivered by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE). Any relevant information should then be disseminated to all staff involved in the provision of the Service.

All staff involved in the delivery of the Service must attend any additional training as directed by the Commissioner.

The Service Provider shall provide evidence of the completion of the above training upon request by the Commissioner.

How does the Pharmacy get paid for providing supervised consumption?

Payment per supervision of methadone – £2
Payment per supervision of Espranor (buprenorphine oral lyophilisate) – £2
Payment per supervision of buprenorphine sublingual tablets – £3.50

Pharmoutcomes will automatically generate an invoice which will be sent to Swanswell for payment on the third day of the month. Payments will be made within the month.

Do I need a Hepatitis B vaccination to provide these services?

It is not a requirement but it is recommended.

I have a concern about a service user, what should I do?

Reference
(1) National Treatment Agency, www.nta.nhs.uk/facts

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