The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010

From 2005, the funding of the NHS Pharmaceutical Services has included an element to recognise the additional cost of complying with disability legislation.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published guidance on the better use of multi-compartment compliance aids and this should be considered by pharmacists.

PSNC is sometimes asked about the impact of the Equality Act on the period of treatment, and whether adjustments must be made in the period of treatment specified on a prescription, where the patient may require a multi-compartment compliance aid.  The following is a guide seeks to answer those queries: The Equality Act 2010 & 28 Day Prescribing

Further guidance

PSNC Briefing 060/17 Equality Act 2010 a quick reference guide (updated September 2017)
This PSNC Briefing aims to confirm and clarify key aspects of our main guidance below.

PSNC Briefing 001/16 Equality Act 2010 (January 2016)
This PSNC Briefing updates “PSNC Briefing 084/13: Equality Act 2010″on the Equality Act 2010 (incorporating its predecessor legislation the Disability Discrimination Act 1995).

The Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) in collaboration with the pharmacy team at Moorfields Eye hospital and the Royal National Institute for Blind people have developed two factsheets. The first provides guidance for pharmacy staff about what a person with sight loss might need from the pharmacy team. The second provides support for blind and partially sighted people in getting the most from their pharmacy service.

SPS have published a Summary of Guidance and Evidence for use of Multi-Compartment Compliance Aids (MCCAs)

Public Health England Pharmacy and people with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments to services (June 2017)

RPS guidance

The Equality Act & 28 Day Prescribing

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