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Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee

Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee (GMLPC) is the statutory body that represents community pharmacies in Oldham, as well as Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. Our vision is to enable community pharmacy to improve health, now and in the future. We represent pharmacies in discussions about health services with the NHS, local authorities and partners so that patients and local people can benefit from great care by community pharmacies. We also provide information, guidance and support to community pharmacies in our area and arrange education, training and networking events for them.

Updated:
18 May 2019
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Health, Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
Manchester Dementia Action Alliance , Salford Dementia Action Alliance , Bury Dementia Action Alliance, Trafford Dementia Action Alliance, Oldham Dementia Action Alliance , Wigan Dementia Action Alliance, Tameside and Glossop Dementia Action Alliance, Stockport Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We can help by ensuring all our staff are dementia-aware and that we are more dementia-friendly in our policies and practices.  As the body that represents community pharmacies, we can also lead the way in promoting and encouraging pharmacies to become more dementia-friendly, including joining their local DAA and working to achieve the objectives in the Greater Manchester Dementia-Friendly Pharmacy Framework.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We represent pharmacies rather than owning or running them. We can influence and encourage them to become more dementia-friendly but we have no powers over them.

Pharmacies face competing demands for their time and resources so we need to help them understand that becoming more dementia-friendly is not particularly onerous or burdensome, but can make a huge difference to their patients and customers.

Some pharmacies may face obstacles in implementing changes to their physical environment to meet the Greater Manchester Dementia-Friendly Pharmacy Framework. 

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of dementia

    ·        We will ensure that all GMLPC staff have completed Dementia Friends awareness training, and keep this up to date for new starters.

    ·        We will have at least one Dementia Champion in GMLPC.

    We will support all pharmacies in Greater Manchester in ensuring at least 80% of their patient-facing staff have completed Dementia Friends awareness training, as measured by the NHS England Quality Payments scheme. This will include signposting them to existing training and resources and featuring dementia awareness in our own training sessions and events.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Promote Greater Manchester Dementia-Friendly Pharmacy Framework

    ·        We will promote the GM Dementia-Friendly Pharmacy Framework and support pharmacies to achieve the standards involved. 

    ·        We will ensure our business support team understands how best to advise and guide pharmacies through the process of achieving the GM Dementia-Friendly Pharmacy Framework.

    ·        We will help pharmacies understand that becoming more dementia-friendly is not particularly onerous or burdensome but can make a massive difference in meeting patients’/customers’ needs so they feel safe, confident and well cared for by the pharmacy. 

    ·        We will signpost pharmacies to dementia-awareness resources and guidance, and to local networks and support groups etc in their area that may be of interest to them and their patients/customers. We will also explain how this fits with the Healthy Living Pharmacy.

    ·        We will identify any blocks or obstacles they’re facing in meeting the GM Dementia-Friendly Pharmacy Framework and take appropriate action to try and minimise them.

    We aim to facilitate 25% of pharmacies meeting the framework in year 1, 50% in year 2, and 75% in year 3. This is dependent on the availability of enabling funding streams to encourage and manage the transformation in pharmacy.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Encourage pharmacies to join their local DAA

    We will encourage pharmacies to join their local Dementia Action Alliance by explaining to them what DAAs are, how to join, and the benefits for them and their patients/customers.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Work with health, social care and third-sector partners

    We will work with partners and other agencies, as appropriate, to create more dementia-friendly health and care services. This will include making best use of community pharmacy in referral pathways and models of care.

    We will also work with partners and other agencies, as appropriate, to create more dementia-friendly communities.

    Status:
    Investigating