Part of the Quality payments scheme, one of the eight quality criteria is ensuring that “80% of registered pharmacy professionals have to have achieved level 2 safeguarding status for children and vulnerable adults within the last 2 years”.
This applies to pharmacists and technicians, including locums
This can be claimed at both review points and is worth 5 points at each review (10 points in total) – potentially equating to a payment of £640.
The two safeguarding resources available to members are:
- Community pharmacy funding cuts 2016/17: final package (Safeguarding) – A quick guide on how to meet this criterion for the April review point
- Safeguarding vulnerable adults and children: practical guidance— this practical guidance covers the CG requirements and GPhC standards for pharmacies on awareness and reporting of safeguarding issues that may be present in a community setting
- Safeguarding vulnerable adults and children: SOP— a standard operating procedure, including a quick reference guide (which can be adapted to suit the needs of the individual pharmacy), this SOP is designed to ensure that pharmacies have effective, efficient and systematic protocols in place for detecting and reporting safeguarding issues concerning vulnerable adults and children
- Safeguarding: training log – to keep track of who has been trained
- List of all the CCG Local Safeguarding Leads
Become level 2 trained
- NHS England refers pharmacy professionals to their local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for support in gaining suitable safeguarding training – the NPA has produced a list of all the CCG Local Safeguarding Leads
- The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) provide a level 2 safeguarding course and assessment
- Health Education England has e-learning resources suitable to gain a level 2 safeguarding status