Addaction training events will be held regularly (at least annually) and the content will be available to all of the pharmacy team, even if they are not currently involved in provision of the Service. Training for pharmacy staff will include appropriate related topics including basic drugs awareness, referral, health promotion, the harm minimisation approach to treatment, feedback on learning from incidents, developments, and national guidance.
Attendance at the first session on initiation of accreditation and service provision and then at least one session per year is compulsory for the Accountable Pharmacist(s) and/or Pharmacy Technician(s) accredited to oversee the Service in each participating pharmacy.
It is also a requirement for the accredited Pharmacist(s) and/or Pharmacy Technician(s) at each pharmacy to have completed in the last two years or go on to complete the latest CPPE Distance Learning Package on “Substance Use and Misuse” within 6 months of commencing service provision. Pharmacists must incorporate this to complete a CPPE Declaration of Competence (DoC) for Supervised Consumption of Prescribed medicines and ensure it is reviewed regularly.
It is the responsibility of the accredited Pharmacist(s) and/or Pharmacy Technician(s) of the participating pharmacy to ensure their staff have been provided with appropriate training, this will include health and safety, an overall understanding of the Service, relevant SOPs and the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
In the event of changes to the accountable, accredited pharmacist or technician then Addaction will be informed within 6 weeks of the situation. A new accountable pharmacist/technician will be allowed 3 months to complete the required CPPE training/DoC to take over as the replacement pharmacist. The accredited/lead pharmacist must work at least three days a week in the pharmacy. Where locums or part time pharmacists predominantly operate a pharmacy, the area manager pharmacist or equivalent must nominate a lead technician/manager to act as a contact in this store. This must be communicated to Addaction promptly.
The Responsible Pharmacist on duty at any time will retain professional responsibility and liability for the Service. In line with this, the pharmacy employing locums must ensure the locums employed are suitably trained as described to operate a supervised consumption service. Locums must be encouraged to attend the training events put on by Addaction. The lead pharmacist/registered technician must ensure all their staff are fully trained on the supervised consumption scheme and relevant SOPs, health and safety and other associated aspects.
Where PharmOutcomes or similar is used it is imperative that communication section is regularly checked on there and actions requested implemented. This is because it may be employed to send critical alerts and updates. Failure to do this could jeopardise payment.