QCPP in Practice

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  • Flexibility, innovation, growth: The enhanced QCPP

    Mar 08, 2017

    QCPP is excited to be launching an improved QCPP from July this year. These changes have been developed in response to your feedback on how QCPP can be a more supportive and relevant program to your pharmacy business.

    Key program changes include:

    • Revised QCPP Requirements: Providing greater flexibility for your pharmacy business to innovate and grow.
    • Further enhancing QCPP Assessment: Building on existing improvements with our assessment partner EY to provide more valuable, relevant and customised feedback for your business.
    • Simpler fees: A single, flat annual fee, inclusive of one QCPP Assessment every two years
    • Saving time: We are developing easier and more efficient ways for you to interact with us; including a central online portal unique to your pharmacy.

    While QCPP will look different, preparing for assessment shouldn’t require much change; accredited pharmacies won’t need to make significant changes to their policies and procedures (Operations Manual). 

    Changes will be gradually implemented to ensure you have adequate time to understand program enhancements before your next QCPP Assessment.

    Over the coming weeks we will be sharing the key QCPP enhancements via QCPP Quality in Practice email updates. You can also find out more about the enhanced QCPP;



  • QCPP improvements coming soon

    Jan 31, 2017

    The Quality Care Pharmacy Program is excited to be launching an improved QCPP from 1 July this year.
     
    The enhanced QCPP Requirements assess ‘AS85000 Quality Care Pharmacy Standard’ in a way which provides greater flexibility for your pharmacy business to innovate and grow. While QCPP Requirements will look different, getting ready for assessment will be business as usual; meaning accredited pharmacies won’t need to make significant changes to their Operations Manual (policies and procedures).
     
    The key changes to QCPP Requirements include:

    • 18 elements become five domains
    • ‘Red’ checklists/templates and ‘green’ procedures/policies removed from QCPP Requirements, but can continue to be used in your Operations Manual. Assessment will focus on quality outcomes and alignment with professional standards, guidelines and regulations.
    • ‘Evidence required at assessment’ replaced with ‘evidence examples’
    • Intent added to clearly define each QCPP Requirement
    • ‘Remedial actions’ replaced with ‘major non-conformances, minor-non-conformances and observations’.

     
    The enhanced QCPP Requirements will be less complex, more robust and provide greater continuity. The revision promotes flexibility, innovation and growth in your pharmacy business.
     
    Discover the QCPP improvements from early March at www.qcpp.com and at APP2017 – the QCPP team will be introducing the enhancements at Stand 75.



  • Draft revision of Quality Care standard now open for consultation

    Oct 06, 2016

    The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is seeking feedback on the proposed revised draft of the Australian Standard for Quality Care Pharmacy.

    The proposed draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard seeks to promote flexibility and innovation within the industry, and aims to ensure relevance for at least five years. The draft standard also seeks to align with key strategic focuses of the Australian Government and relevant health agencies.

    The draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard seeks to outline the business framework required to operate a community pharmacy in Australia. The revised draft standard also seeks to recognise the diverse business models within community pharmacy, whilst promoting community safety and quality use of medicines.

    The draft standard is considered relevant for all community pharmacies within Australia, and is designed to be adaptable to all business models also promoting innovation within community pharmacy.

    The draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard does not seek to override or replace existing regulations or industry specific guidelines and as such should be read in conjunction with these documents. The draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard does however form the framework to support accreditation systems for Australian Community Pharmacies.

    The Guild is inviting feedback to support the increasing occurrence of complex compounding within community pharmacy. Therefore two draft standards have been proposed.

    Option A – complex compounding is integrated into the draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard in recognition that pharmacies that undertake complex compounding need to consider this service in all aspects of their business model.

    Option B – complex compounding forms a select section of the draft AS 85000:2016 Quality Care Community Pharmacy Standard in recognition of the specialist skills and service models required to provide complex compounding.

     

     

    Individuals or organisations wishing to provide feedback are requested to complete the online survey. The consultation period for feedback on both options will remain open until Monday 5 December, with all submissions considered on completion of the review.



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