This money is to be spent on initiatives and items that will support staff wellbeing. The CCG have acknowledged that the pharmacy teams have continued working to provide the highest standards of care to the community of South Tyneside, in the face of huge challenges and they hope that this allocation will in a small way support staff to maintain access and capacity in primary care.
The fund can be used on practical steps, schemes or items to focus on staff safety, welfare and psychological wellbeing. It can also be used to create additional capacity in the pharmacy to ease pressure / create space for learning & development and wellbeing.
Additional capacity can be used to free up staff to have their time off or help temporarily with workload etc. The intention of this fund is that it is spent on areas that benefit all members of the community pharmacy. A detailed email will be sent direct to each pharmacy in South Tyneside via their NHS Mail address. This will detail the process required to access the funding. Gateshead & South Tyneside LPC will help facilitate the process. Please keep an eye out for this email.
This is welcome news for the pharmacies of South Tyneside and shows a collaborative and integrated approach from the CCG.
Commenting on the funding,
Jo Farey, Associate Director at the CCG said "Community Pharmacy teams in South Tyneside are really forward thinking, inventive and always offering more and more support for our residents. They always go the extra mile and are simply a brilliant and invaluable part of our health & social infrastructure"
Louise Lydon, LPC Secretary said "We have always had a good working relationship with the CCG in South Tyneside, they acknowledged many years ago the contribution that community pharmacy makes and have invested over the years resulting in innovative services such as Think Pharmacy First, GP2Pharmacy and Pharmacy Led Hosuebound Covid Service. These services were trailblazing and over the years have been adopted by other parts of the region as well infroming national service development. By including community pharmacy in primary care funding they are again showing their commitment to community pharmacy and the impact on patient care of the local community"