Community service provision
Varenicline (Champix) PGD
Training webinar – March 2016
This webinar is aimed at our community-based Smoking Cessation providers, seeking to commence with the new contract from 1 April, 2016.
The webinar aims to do two things:
- We provide you with an overview of the local service. In particular we pick up on the new approaches to engagement i.e. cutting down to quit and short-term abstinence. This section is particularly relevant to the front-line staff who will be delivering the service directly
- We talk about the planning and mobilisation of the service, including monitoring arrangements etc.
Varenicline Patient Group Direction (PGD) training
Supply and administration of Varenicline for smoking cessation in combination with motivational support – registered community pharmacist training and competency.
|Stage||Requirements or registered community pharmacists working under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)|
|Qualifications and professional registration||Registered pharmacist|
|Ongoing training and competency||
|Lines of accountability||A registered pharmacist is accountable for his or her actions in accordance with the General Pharmaceutical Council. All registered pharmacists are personally accountable for their practice and in the exercise of professional accountability there is a requirement to maintain and improve their professional knowledge and competence. The PGD may only be used within the confines of the service specification by pharmacists and pharmacies contracted by Public Health Dorset.|
|Characteristics of pharmacists making repeat supplies of varenicline||Ideally the pharmacist who is trained in smoking cessation and makes the initial decision to supply varenicline will be involved in supporting the patient and making repeat supplies. However if that pharmacist is absent from the pharmacy on the day that the patient requires a repeat supply, the supply may be made by the pharmacist on duty. This is based on the principle that the PGD allows for 12 weeks supply and the initiating pharmacist has authorised that quantity to be supplied in 2 week quantities|
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DBS Checks for Smoking cessation
Enhanced DBS Checks for relevant Pharmacy Staff delivering Public Health Dorset services
It is a requirement within the Public Health Dorset pharmacy specifications for Smoking Cessation 2015/16 for staff to have an Enhanced Level DBS check in place, together with the appropriate Barred List checks.
Smoking Cessation – provided by trained pharmacy staff
Dorset County Council Disclosure and Barring Service (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:
The following forms should be completed if processing your DBS check through Dorset County Council:
Further support and advice for completing these forms
For help to fill in these forms, or for further information email HRDBSteam@dorsetcc.gov.uk