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National Clinical Homecare Association Carol Withenshaw Chair – NCHA Ltd January 15 th 2009.

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1 National Clinical Homecare Association Carol Withenshaw Chair – NCHA Ltd January 15 th 2009

2 Agenda What is ‘homecare’? Objectives and membership of the NCHA Qualifications for membership Progress to date Further information

3 What is ‘Homecare’ The provision of medical supplies and/or clinical services to patients in the community.

4 Objectives of the Association To establish a trade group with a credible reputation To provide a forum for lobbying on issues that affect homecare To set and debate policy decisions with the National Homecare Medicine Supply Committee and other relevant government bodies To provide a forum where a trade position can be provided on Government papers and policy review

5 Committee Chairman:Carol Withenshaw Secretary:Dr Nick Payne Treasurer:Jon Cohen

6 Members 2009 Baxter Healthcare Bupa Home Healthcare Calea UK Limited Careology Limited Central Homecare Limited Evolution Homecare Healthcare at Home Qualified Cancer Care Unichem Limited Willow Healthcare Services

7 NCHA Member Company Common Attributes

8 Membership Capabilities Pharmacy Dedicated Co- coordinators Nursing Compounding Warehousing National Distribution Technology Quality Assurance Responsive and Reliable Caring Approach Dedicated and experienced personnel

9 Qualifications for Membership

10 Qualification for Membership Objective is to ensure all members are qualified to offer their particular range of services

11 Membership Criteria Compliance with all relevant statutory requirements required for the services that the organisation provides.  MHRA wholesaler dealer’s licence, where wholesaling is carried out;  MHRA specials manufacturing licence, where aseptic compounding is carried out;  Registration as a Nurses’ Agency with CSCI, if nursing services are provided;  Registration as a Pharmacy with the RPSGB, if medication is dispensed.

12 Membership Criteria - Obligatory In addition, all members must have the following: -  Data protection registration  Public liability insurance  A comprehensive internal quality management system

13 Progress to Date

14 To establish a trade group with a credible reputation in homecare supply by providing clear standards of membership and setting minimum industry standards.  NCHA established July 2006  Membership criteria established  Objectives agreed  Website implemented  Legally Constituted  Logo/Letterhead  Article published in the BJHH

15 Progress to Date - Forum Working closely with the NHMC  CW Independent Member E-Trading National tender specifications Electronic prescribing Areas of common concern Transfer of patients Data provision Improving quality

16 Progress to Date Working with DoH  Data Collection Shortage of Market Data NHS collecting data in various formats Very complex/sensitive subject Ongoing!!

17 NCHA Website

18 Improving Quality and Care


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