Criteria

Points

Health Inequalities

On the day of declaration, all registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy have satisfactorily completed the CPPE health inequalities e-learning and passed the e-assessment.

 

On the day of declaration, contractors have completed an action plan to actively promote COVID-19 vaccinations, particularly in Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and low uptake communities, incorporating myth busting methods as part of their efforts to tackle lower levels of COVID-19 vaccination uptake and to support these patients.

Band 1 = 0.75

Band 2 = 10

Band 3 = 12.50

Band 4 = 15

Band 5 = 17.50

Band 6 = 20

The points allocation for meeting the Addressing Unwanted Variation in Care Domain ranges from 0.75 to 20 and will be dependent on your total prescription volume for 2020/2021.  Each point will be worth between £67.75 and £135.50 and so a contractor can earn between £50.81 and £2710

The aim of this criterion is to encourage pharmacies to address health inequalities when delivering services to the general population. More specifically for this PQS, contractors are required to promote COVID-19 vaccination uptake in all patients but particularly in population groups identified as having poorer uptake and where health inequalities may have a greater impact.

Health inequalities have been documented between population groups across at least four dimensions, specifically:

  • Socioeconomic groups and deprivation, e.g. unemployed, low income and deprived areas;
  • Inclusive health and vulnerable groups, e.g. homeless people, Gypsy, Roma and Travellers, vulnerable migrants; 
  • Geography, e.g. urban, rural; and
  • Protected characteristics in Equality Duty, e.g. age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability.

CPPE has produced a Health inequalities e-learning and e-assessment to support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to work with their teams to develop the appropriate knowledge and skills required to take action to tackle health inequalities on both a local, community level and with the individuals that they serve. All registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy must satisfactorily complete the CPPE Health Inequalities e-learning and pass the e-assessment.

Numark Training Log can be used to capture details of staff that have completed the required training

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An action plan needs to be completed to actively promote COVID-19 vaccinations, particularly in Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and low uptake communities, incorporating myth busting methods as part of their efforts to tackle lower levels of COVID-19 vaccination uptake and to support these patients.

Health Inequalities Action Plan template

When making a declaration for this criterion, the following information must be reported on the MYS application:

  • the total number of registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy who have satisfactorily completed the CPPE health inequalities e-learning and passed the e-assessment; and
  • a declaration that the contractor has available, at premises level, an action plan as to how the pharmacy team will promote COVID-19 vaccinations, particularly in BAME and low uptake communities, incorporating myth busting methods as part of efforts to tackle lower levels of COVID-19 vaccination uptake and to support these patients.