Provider Resources

If you are a GP practice or pharmacy provider of services to improve and protect health, you can find helpful resources on this page. We also post information here about services that are due to go out for tender.


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GP and pharmacy provider locations

If you need to signpost clients to local services, use the drop down boxes in the map below to display the service details, contact information and locations:

Resources for providers

Service Delivery setting Specifications and quarterly reporting templates Patient Group Directions (PGDs) and PGD training Forms Further information
Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) Pharmacy EHC – service specification

Ulipristal Acetate (EllaOne) PGD

Levonorgestrel PGD

EHC PGD training

Referrals to the Contraceptive and Sexual Health (CASH) service (Appendix 1)

Fraser Guidelines for pharmacies providing EHC

EHC Frequently Asked Questions “FAQs”
Implants and Coils (LARC) GP practice

Sub-dermal implants – service specification

Intra-Uterine contraceptive devices (IUD/IUS) – service specification

LARC_IUD Template quarterly reporting template 1718

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Not applicable
Needle Exchange Pharmacy Needle exchange – service specification Not applicable
NHS Health Checks and NHS Health Checks Invitations

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NHS Health Checks – service specification

NHS Health Checks quarterly reporting template 1718

NHS Health Check Invites quarterly reporting template 1718

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Not applicable

NHS Health Checks FAQs (June 2016)

Health Checks Invitation SLA

The Invitation process (Appendix 1)

SLA Invite letter template (Appendix 2)

National NHS Health Checks website

Smoking Cessation

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Smoking cessation – service specification

Smoking cessation – service description and pathways (Appendix 1)

Smoking cessation quarterly reporting template 1718

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Varenicline (Champix) PGD

Smoking cessation PGD training

Varenicline workbook questions

Smoking Cessation One-to-One Session form

12 week Smoking Status form

Notification of supply – fax form to GP

ASH – Action on Health and Smoking

Smoking Cessation Frequently Asked Questions “FAQs”
Supervised Consumption Pharmacy Supervised consumption – service specification Not applicable Supervised consumption FAQs
Flu Vaccinations for Local Authority staff

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Flu vaccinations for local authority staff – service specification Flu Vaccinations for Local Authority staff PGD Flu vaccinations for local authority staff 2017 essential information

Useful contacts

Public Health Dorset queries

Contact: Community Providers team
Phone: 01305 224400

External organisation queries

Local Medical Committee (LMC), incorporating Wessex LEaD covering Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of White, Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Wiltshire and the Channel Islands.
Twitter @Wessex LMC

DBS checks for pharmacy staff

It is a requirement within some Public Health Dorset pharmacy specifications for staff to have an Enhanced Level DBS check in place, together with the appropriate Barred List checks.

Public Health Dorset enhanced DBS checks policy

Dorset County Council DBS Checks:

Pharmacies have the option of using the Dorset County Council DBS check if they choose.

For further information please click on the link below:

Provision of disclosure check service to external agencies HR10 form

The following forms should be completed if processing your DBS check through Dorset County Council:

Employee identity check form – employees and volunteers of contractors and external

DBS application consent form

For help to fill in these forms, or for further information please email:

Public Health Dorset procurement information and guidance

If you are an organisation interested in providing health improvement services for the population of Dorset, the following information will guide you through the process of registering as a potential provider:

Download the Community Health Improvement Services Commissioning Intentions 2015-19 prospectus or watch the Public Health Dorset community health improvement services webinar (15 December 2015):

LiveWell Dorset

Supporting people to make changes to their lifestyle, LiveWell Dorset is available to adults aged 18 and over living in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. It is staffed by specially trained wellness advisors and wellness coaches, who provide information, guidance and support in helping your patients to stop smoking, lose weight, move more and drink less.

LiveWell Dorset advisors and coaches work with your patients to understand what level of support they need by looking at their current behaviour and understanding what they might wish to change. They may deliver a brief intervention – providing your patient with information and simple advice, helping them to set some goals and supporting them to monitor and achieve these over the longer-term.

Links with other health improvement services:

In addition to offering behaviour change support, LiveWell Dorset supports access to a range of Public Health Dorset commissioned pathways and community activities

  • Weight management – provides access to one fully-funded weight loss programme (Healthy Choices) for people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30+. LiveWell Dorset is the only access point for Healthy Choices. Weight management coaching and ongoing support through brief interventions is available for people not meeting the Healthy Choices criteria, and to supplement Healthy Choices provision.
  • Smoking – refers into the smoking cessation service delivered in pharmacies which offers Nicotine Replacement Therapies while also providing a range of free additional information, guidance and support
  • Physical activity – identifies and signposts individuals to community activities alongside offering behavioural support for people to become more active. If you are worried about a patient’s ability to exercise safely, they should be in a supported environment with a fully trained exercise instructor
  • Alcohol – deliver brief interventions to help reduce alcohol consumption levels, and can provide eligible people access to appropriate local services if they have more serious problems with alcohol

Referring patients to LiveWell Dorset:

You can refer patients by encouraging them to call LiveWell Dorset on 01305 233105.

LiveWell Dorset business cards to provide to your patients can be ordered by contacting LiveWell Dorset directly.

Service plan:

The draft 2018/19 LiveWell Dorset service plan is available here.

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is a statutory requirement in accordance with the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.

It is a statement of the needs of the population of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole in relation to pharmaceutical services. The PNA is a key tool for identifying commissioning intentions for pharmaceutical services and supporting regulatory functions in relation to the provision of high-quality pharmaceutical services for the population.

The PNA:

  • Describes the current services available across the county;
  • Looks at the need for pharmaceutical services in the area; and
  • Makes recommendations for the future provision of pharmaceutical services.

The Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board and the Bournemouth and Poole Health and Wellbeing Board hold the statutory responsibility for the PNA. In accordance with statutory requirements set out in the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 the two boards are currently collaborating to produce the new PNA.

We would like your feedback on the draft PNA which has been produced for the period 2018-2021. To respond to the consultation please read the Draft PNA 2018 document and share your feedback via the survey. Hard copies are available on request please contact or call 01305 225991.

Formal consultation on the draft PNA for 2018-2021 ran from 20th November 2017 to 29th January 2018. The results of this consultation will be considered when producing the final needs assessment document. A report on the consultation findings will be published with the final PNA document, by the end of March 2018.

The consultation draft associated documents are available below:

Dorset Bournemouth Poole
Appendix I Christchurch profile Appendix F Bournemouth Central profile Appendix N Poole Bay profile
Appendix J Dorset West profile Appendix G Bournemouth East profile Appendix O Poole Central profile
Appendix K East Dorset profile Appendix H Bournemouth North Profile Appendix P Poole North profile
Appendix L Mid Dorset profile
Appendix M North Dorset profile
Appendix Q Purbeck profile
Appendix R Weymouth & Portland profile

The current PNA for the whole of Dorset, published in April 2015 and agreed by Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board and the Bournemouth and Poole Health and Wellbeing Boards is available below:

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) – April 2015

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) – locality profiles

Public Health Dorset PNA profiles (Appendices D-P) for each locality across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

Dorset Bournemouth Poole
Christchurch PNA profile Bournemouth Central PNA profile Poole Bay PNA profile
Dorset West PNA profile Bournemouth East PNA profile Poole Central PNA profile
East Dorset PNA profile Bournemouth North PNA profile Poole North PNA profile
Mid Dorset PNA profile
North Dorset PNA profile
Purbeck PNA profile
Weymouth and Portland PNA profile

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