Medicines administration legal framework

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Dear South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

I am looking for information with regards to the legal frameworks relied upon in your service to carry, dispense and administer POMs.
In a CQC report "British Red Cross Society, British Red Cross, Birmingham" Date of inspection visit: 26 March and 5 June 2019, Date of publication: 25/10/2019 the CQC stated that. --" non-healthcare professionals carried prescription only medication, including salbutamol inhalers, salbutamol nebulisers and glycerol trinitrate (GTN) spray” and “The Human Medicines Regulations 2012 state that prescription only medication (POM) can be administered by any person providing that medication has been specifically prescribed for the individual."

1. Do your non-prescriber staff routinely carry, dispense and administer POMs.

2. For each administration of a POM by your non-prescriber staff has that medication has been specifically prescribed for the individual.

3. Has the CQC previously raised the issue of POM medication being administered having not been “specifically prescribed for the individual” to you in any previous inspection?

a. Can you provide any details of this, time frame, report title, response etc.

4. Do you have non-healthcare professionals whom respond on behalf of your service whom carry, dispense and administer POMs?

a. Can you clarify what medication these non-healthcare professionals carry?
b. Can you confirm the legal framework replied upon for these medicines to be administered (by medication name, class, GSL, P, POM and form parenteral / non- parenteral)?

Yours faithfully,

Norma Barrow

Freedom of Information, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Norma,

 

Thank you for your FOI request.

 

In order for us to answer this, could you please clarify the below.

 

I am looking for information with regards to the legal frameworks relied
upon in your service to carry, dispense and administer POMs.

 

As an ambulance trust we do not dispense any medications.

 

In a CQC report "British Red Cross Society, British Red Cross, Birmingham"
Date of inspection visit: 26 March and 5 June 2019, Date of publication:
25/10/2019 the CQC stated that. --" non-healthcare professionals carried
prescription only medication, including salbutamol inhalers, salbutamol
nebulisers and glycerol trinitrate (GTN) spray” and “The Human Medicines
Regulations 2012 state that prescription only medication (POM) can be
administered by any person providing that medication has been specifically
prescribed for the individual."

 

1.           Do your non-prescriber staff routinely carry, dispense and
administer POMs.

 

Does ‘non-prescriber staff’ mean employees and/or volunteers?

 

2.           For each administration of a POM by your non-prescriber staff
has that medication has been specifically prescribed for the individual.

 

See question above to define ‘non-prescriber staff’.

 

3.           Has the CQC previously raised the issue of POM medication
being administered having not been “specifically prescribed for the
individual” to you in any previous inspection?

 

No.

 

a.           Can you provide any details of this, time frame, report
title, response etc.

 

N/A

 

4.           Do you have non-healthcare professionals whom respond on
behalf of your service whom carry, dispense and administer POMs?

 

What is the definition of ‘non-healthcare professionals’? Is this
volunteers, non-registered clinicians etc?

 

a.           Can you clarify what medication these non-healthcare
professionals carry?

 

b.           Can you confirm the legal framework replied upon for these
medicines to be administered (by medication name, class, GSL, P, POM and
form parenteral / non- parenteral)?

 

 

Once we receive this information , we will look to answer this request.

 

 

Many Thanks,

 

Shams Iftikhar

Freedom of Information CoOrdinator

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Nexus House, Gatwick Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9BG

Switchboard: 0300 123 0999, mobile: 07464 538216

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

non-prescriber staff - please see this as any person whom may respond on your behalf whom do not hold prescriber entitlements along with them professional registration, an example of non prescriber staff may include paramedics, CFRs, Associate Ambulance Practitioners... prescribers may included Paramedics with IP endorsements with the HCPC, Nurses with IP/SP recordable qualification or a Doctor registered with the GMC.

non-healthcare professionals - please see this as any person whom may respond on your behalf whom do not hold a professional registration with the HCPC, NMC or GMC

I hope that clarifies.

Yours sincerely,

Norma Barrow

Freedom of Information, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Norma,

 

Following your recent FOI request, please find attached a full and final
response.

 

If we can be of any further assistance then please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

 

Many Thanks,

 

Shams Iftikhar

Freedom of Information CoOrdinator

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Nexus House, Gatwick Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9BG

Switchboard: 0300 123 0999, mobile: 07464 538216

 

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