England-based Community pharmacies will offer oral contraceptive management as part of a 12-month pilot, beginning on 30 September 2021.
Those invited to participate in the first stage of the pilot are pharmacies within seven primary care networks (PCNs), enabling those currently using oral hormonal contraceptives to present at a community pharmacy for a repeated amount.
“Community pharmacies will offer oral contraceptive management as part of a 12-month pilot.“
A one-off payment of six-hundred and eighty-five pounds per pharmacy will be provided to cover the costs of incorporating the service, and contractors will be able to claim eighteen pounds and fifty pence per consultation, as well as a payment of three pounds fifty pence per supply of ongoing contraception.
Patients can be referred to a community pharmacy with consent from their sexual health clinic or GP and self-refer.
Furthermore, the pilot will explore the sharing of data between the GP-held patient record and the pharmacy.
The service could include community pharmacists initiating oral contraception and managing and eventually initiating long-acting reversible contraceptives.
Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board, Thorrun Govind, stated: “People seeking this support for contraception can be assured that pharmacists are trained to deliver contraceptive services, as seen recently with the move to offer a progestogen-only pill over the counter at pharmacies. The public will be able to visit a pharmacy without an appointment and receive support and advice from a trained professional, whilst also reducing pressure on general practice and the NHS.”See all the latest jobs in Consumer