Locally Commissioned Services Herefordshire

SEXUAL HEALTH

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Documents & Links

PGDs and SLAs are being finalised

Sexual Health Services

Solutions4Health

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Welcome Letter

Poster

Clinic Timetable

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board

admin.hscb@herefordshire.gov.uk

01432 260100

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Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board

admin.hscb@herefordshire.gov.uk

01432 260100

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This service is available to all females aged 13 years or over in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The service allows the free supply of emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) as levonorgestrel under Patient Group Direction (PGD). Pharmacists will also provide support and advice to service users, ensuring that discussions about sexually transmitted infections takes place giving special considerations to signposting to chlamydia screening services.

All services are conducted face to face in the pharmacy and allow an opportunity for the pharmacist to advise the patient in a confidential, non-judgmental and easily accessible environment.

Please note this service is currently in the process of changeover as of April 2019. Contact details will be updated as soon as the changeover has been finalised. 

The current EHC service will cease on 31st March – so make sure that you have made all your claims by then. You will not be able to continue to supply EHC under that PGD after this date (nor be remunerated).

FUTURE ARRANGEMENTS:

Solutions4Health https://www.solutions4health.co.uk/  have recently been awarded the Sexual Health Service by Herefordshire Council. Unfortunately there will be a delay in sorting the new contract for pharmacies but it will be open to all pharmacies, with pharmacists who have completed CPPE DoC and will use Pharmoutcomes as now. The new PGD will include Ulipristal acetate 30mg Tablet (UPA) and Levonorgestrel 1.5mg Tablet (LNG) which will allow you to follow the latest guidance around choice of drug. https://www.fsrh.org/standards-and-guidance/documents/ceu-clinical-guidance-emergency-contraception-march-2017/

Solutions4health will have a clinic in Hereford. During the interim period you will need to direct patients for free NHS Service – EHC to the clinic or GPs.

It is likely that the new PGD will start on or by 1st June 2019. It may be that f you are able to sign up straight away you will be able to start earlier than the 1st of June. In the meantime make sure that you are up to date with DoC for EHC through CPPE.

As soon as the SLA, PGD and payments details are available we and Soultions4health will share them.


Additional support and commonly asked questions.

  • How do I become accredited to provide EHC services in Herefordshire?
  • Now that I am accredited, can I deliver the service in all pharmacies in Herefordshire?
  • If I am accredited to provide the scheme in Herefordshire can I provide it for other Local Authorities?
  • I am already accredited to provide the scheme in another Local Authority can I provide it in Herefordshire?
  • How does the Pharmacy get paid for providing the ehc/Chlamydia testing service?
  • I have a safeguarding concern, what should I do?
How do I become accredited to provide EHC services in Herefordshire?

To provide these services in Herefordshire, you must complete a declaration of competence on PharmOctcomes as per the SLA. You will need to complete the following learning:

1. Emergency contraception (CPPE 2012; e-learning) 2. Contraception (CPPE 2009; Open Learning) 3. Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults (CPPE 2012; e-learning) 4. Ensuring all accredited Pharmacists have enhanced level DBS status.

Optional training includes: Emergency hormonal contraception – public health (CPPE 2011; Workshop) Dealing with difficult discussions (CPPE 2006; Open Learning) Adolescent health (CPPE 2008; Open Learning)

To maintain competence it is recommended that you keep a record of your profession development and renew your assessments every 3 years.

Where the learning programme provides pharmacists with an assessment or record of completion this must be kept by the pharmacist and a copy sent to the Service Manager – tracy.furlow@nhs.net

You will be required to sign up to the DPS Portal –

Multiples will need to contact their Head Office for this process.

You should read and sign the PGDs (downloadable from the DPS portal – sign and upload back to the portal.

There are versions downloadable from the LPC website in the download and documents section.

Now that I am accredited, can I deliver the service in all pharmacies in Herefordshire?

No. You can only deliver the service in pharmacies who have signed the SLA.  If you are in a pharmacy which has not signed the SLA you should signpost the young person to the nearest pharmacy providing the service.

If I am accredited to provide the scheme in Herefordshire can I provide it for other Local Authorities?

No. You will need to check the requirements of the local scheme with the local authority in which you would like to offer the scheme. You should look at the relevant LPC website and contact the Local Authority. You will need to make yourself familiar with the local scheme, SLA and PGDs.

I am already accredited to provide the scheme in another Local Authority can I provide it in Herefordshire?

No, your pharmacy must be registered on the DPS portal.

Multiples will need to contact their Head Office for this process.

You must read and sign the Herefordshire PGDs and have completed all the CPPE learning for the relevant services you wish to provide.

How does the Pharmacy get paid for providing the ehc/Chlamydia testing service?

Claims for payment should be made via PharmOuctomes and payment will be made via Herefordshire County Council using the BACS payment system.

I have a safeguarding concern, what should I do?

If you have a safe guarding concern you must contact the safeguarding team. Information is supplied on the LPC website. You must not assume that someone else will report the incident. Safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility. Anyone under 13 cannot consent to sexual intercourse and safeguarding must be informed.



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