Care Homes: Workforce

In addition to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians currently supporting care homes, local pharmacy teams in other areas may be required to mobilise to support care homes in their area in response to COVID-19 pressures.

The following resources support those who may not be familiar with the care home setting:

Dept of Health and Social Care (DHSC): Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Care home support package

Last updated 22nd May 2020

Our summary

This document summarises the steps that the DHSC recommends must be taken to keep people in care homes safe. It links to key national resources and also signposts to local resources that should be accessed to ensure residents and staff working in care homes are supported properly. Areas covered include –

  • Infection prevention and control
  • Stepping up NHS clinical support
  • Comprehensive testing
  • Oversight and compliance


PCPA, PAG, PCCP and SPS consensus document: Primary Care Pharmacy during the COVID pandemic (see attachment below)

Our summary

  • This document details potential roles and responsibilities for pharmacy professionals during the COVID pandemic.
  • The roles are divided into lists aimed at those in GP, PCN, care home, CCG  and community health services roles, there are overlaps in the tasks as practitioners commonly work in two or more of these roles
  • Specific advice for care home pharmacy teams is available on p7

PCPA – Remote Consultations in Care Homes by Dr Graham Stretch

Our summary

  • A short webinar by Dr Graham Stretch to demonstrate how to perform a remote consultation and how to use SystmOne and EMIS during this process

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If we’ve missed any advice or guidance which you think would be helpful to care home pharmacy teams, please get in touch.