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Drug Tariff Entry for Collaborative Working 2018/19

  1.     The intention of the collaborative working scheme is to encourage community pharmacy contractors in Wales to engage with primary care clusters and develop and improve collaborative working relationships with GPs and other healthcare professionals.
  1.     Funding is being provided to support this through back-filling of pharmacist and where appropriate pharmacy technician time to attend cluster meetings or be involved in collaborative working with local healthcare professionals.
  1.     Up to four payments each of £250 (£1,000 in total) and one payment of £500 will be payable to all contractors on the pharmaceutical list at 1 April 2018, who undertake collaborative working in one of more of the areas set out in meet the criteria set out in paragraph 5 and satisfy the conditions set out in paragraph 6.
  1.     Contractors included in the pharmaceutical list after 1 April 2018 will not be eligible to claim full payment other than where a contractor is included as a result of a change of ownership, in which case the contractor will be entitled to up to five payments less any made to the previous contractor.
Focus of collaborative working
  1.     Payment of £250 may be claimed for collaborative working in the following priority areas:
  1. Promotion and establishment of repeat dispensing/batch prescribing;
  1. Improving the operation of repeat prescribing systems (other than – repeat dispensing/batch prescribing) with a particular focus on reducing waste;
  1. Ensuring the benefits of NHS community pharmacy services including the but not limited to, the common ailment service and smoking cessation service  to patients and the NHS are maximised;
  1. Developing arrangements for maximising the uptake of influenza vaccination within the community;
  1. Making arrangements for undertaking discharge medicines reviews particularly for patients discharged from hospital to a care home to which the pharmacy provides dispensing services and the GP provides the General Medical Services care homes directed enhanced service;
  1. Discussing improving the use of medicines by residents in care homes;
  1. Developing a plan to improving prescribing safety linked to the prevalence of high risk medicines use indicators; or
  1. Engaging in small group problem based learning activities coordinated by the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education; and
A single payment of £500 may be claimed for collaborative working which involves:
  1. Understanding and engaging in primary care cluster priorities through attendance at primary care cluster meetings.
Conditions of payment
  1.     In order to claim payment a pharmacy contractor must ensure:
  1. At least two claims undertaken for collaborative work relates to work undertaken by a pharmacist.
  1. In the case of 5.1 to 5.5 the collaborative work is undertaken either by a pharmacist or pharmacy technician who regularly works at the pharmacy (i.e. on two or more days each week for at least four week preceding and after the work is undertaken)
  1. In the case of 5.6 to 5.9 the collaborative work is undertaken by a pharmacist who regularly works at the pharmacy (i.e. on two or more days each week for at least four weeks preceding and after the work is undertaken);
  1. A detailed report of each piece of collaborative working, which may be in an electronic format and must include: the date and time of meeting; the names and affiliations of the attendees: a summary of the main points of discussion; any actions agreed; and the current status of those actions is maintained at the pharmacy for inspection by the local health board; and
  1. A summary report is made to generate each claim using the national electronic claim and audit form (NECAF) system.”