Declaration of Competence
The Declaration of Competence (DoC) system has been developed to support pharmacists in assuring commissioners that they are service-ready, and have the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver high quality, consistent services.
In the past community pharmacists had to attend certain CPPE training events (chosen by individual commissioners) to be able to become accredited to provide commissioned services. Paper copies of the attendance certificates had then to the sent to the ‘PCT’.
Now, DoC enables pharmacists to complete any related healthcare/service training (and not just that supplied by CPPE) which they feel will equip them with the relevant skills, behaviours and knowledge to provide an excellent service to patient and the public. Details of these training events will need to be added to the pharmacists personal DoC providing evidence of their competence for a particular service which they deliver.
The DoC system is hosted by CPPE and all workshop events, e-assessments and CPPE training is directed linked to their own personal training record, which pharmacists can add to their personal DoC evidence. As mentioned above, other training providers will need to have their details added manually.
At the moment, Lincolnshire has agreed to using DoC for the following commissioned services:
- Provision of Emergency Contraception, and
- Provision of treatment for Chlamydia (however this service is being wound down)
In addition, the regional NHSE&I team have commissioned the Extended Care Tier Services (Simple UTI and Acute Bacterial Conjunctivitis) which require completion of the DoC for minor ailments.
Declaration of Competence is also used for NHS Flu Vaccination advanced service and the Dischare Medicines Essential service.
Commissioners will be able to view pharmacists’ DoC online, if permission is granted by the pharmacist- thus eradicating the need to send paper copies.
Enabling DoC viewing by PharmOutcomes
Services which use the PharmOutcomes platform to record service information may require access to your DoC record on the CPPE website to enable you to enrol and deliver the service. To do this:
- Log into the CPPE website at www.cppe.ac.uk using your usual login details
- Click or tap on your name on the top blue menu bar
- In the menu which appears, choose ‘My CPPE’
- Scroll down to the PharmOutcomes section and tick the box to enable your data to be shared with PharmOutcomes, and click or tap ‘Save changes’
Demonstrating that you are developing your consultation skills and working towards the Practice standards for pharmacy consultations is a core competence within DoC.
For further information about the Declaration of Competence, please click on the link for the factsheet from CPPE.
Further information can be found on the DoC, by clicking here.