The Stoma Contract sets out the service standards to be met by all Dispensing Appliance Suppliers and Community Pharmacy contractors for the purposes of being placed on a list of approved suppliers authorised to dispense and supply stoma appliances and associated services to patients in the community.
It also sets out the ongoing standards to be met by Dispensing Appliance Suppliers and Community Pharmacists for the purposes of remaining on that approved supplier list.
The Scottish Government circular PCA2016(P)01 highlights the outcomes from the Stoma Care Cost and Quality Review report and that NSS National Procurement will be taking forward renewal of contracts for the supply of stoma appliances in the community in summer 2016.
In response to this, NES Pharmacy (in collaboration with NICPLD) has developed an e-learning module on stoma care provision (see below for access). This resource covers the key learning required to provide stoma care in general and in line with expected standards in NHS Scotland.
Two other key recommendations for your attention are:
All appliance contractors should supply sufficient quantities of bags and wipes with each prescription (these can be ordered from wholesalers). Remember sufficient will depend on individual patient needs. “I don’t get enough bags and wipes from the pharmacy”, is one of the most frequents comments received by stoma care nurses at NHS FV from patients.
NHS Boards will provide contact details for appropriate healthcare professionals
NHS Forth Valley Stoma Care Team are in the process of developing web based information but until then, for specialist information and advice regarding stoma care for NHS FV patients please contact:
Stoma Care Nurse, NHS Forth Valley Stoma Care Team, 01324 566299
NB* there is an answer machine and calls should be returned within 24 working hours.
Stoma Care Hours of work are:
08.30- 16.30 on Friday
You can register for and complete Lower GI: Stoma Management module via the NES portal: https://portal.scot.nhs.uk/
Community Pharmacies that are providing the Stoma Care Service are reminded they need to sign a copy of the updated service specification and return to National Procurement.
Further information and the specification can be found on the Community Pharmacy Scotland website.
Contractors are paid a standard dispensing fee as stated within the current drug tariff, regardless of the stoma product supplied and is payable against a prescription. Payment is made on submission of a monthly claim form to Moira Hanley, PSD for three components – number of stoma items dispensed, number of customisation fees and number of delivery fees.