1 19.9 0.0 Overall, 70.6% of contractors and employers agreed with the statement that ‘becoming an HLP has been worthwhile from a business RXDX-106 price perspective’, and 91.5% felt it was ‘worthwhile in terms of staff development’. The results demonstrate that commissioners value the HLP concept as this could provide a mechanism to increase volume, quality and reliability of community pharmacy services to meet local health needs. For reasons of commercial confidentiality
no ‘hard’ data was available on the effect of HLP on income. However, HLP uptake in additional pharmacies may be evidence in itself of the benefits to the business. Public health teams understood the potential of the HLP concept in helping to improve the health of the local population. The results of the contractor/employer survey showed that the overall effect
of HLP implementation was positive for all types of community pharmacy; whilst the benefits experienced varied between different types, there was something in HLP for everyone. Rebecca Venables1, Hannah Batchelor1, Heather Stirling1,2, John Marriott1 1University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, 2University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, UK The age at which a child transitions from liquids to tablets is influenced by nurses, pharmacists, doctors and paediatric patients The mean age at which paediatric consultants and pharmacists considered prescribing or dispensing tablets for children was lower than for GPs Greater awareness regarding the use of tablets in younger STI571 cost children in
specialist paediatric centres needs to be communicated into primary care however which could result in benefits for patients in terms of convenience and for GPs in reducing costs. The choice to use a solid or liquid preparation may be influenced by healthcare professionals or children/parents/carers. There has been very limited work done outside of HIV populations to determine the factors that influence child preference to take solid dosage forms. Similarly, little is known about the factors (including child age) that may influence decisions to prescribe, supply and administer solid dosage forms to paediatric patients. Literature to date has not reported healthcare professionals’ views of tablet use versus child age. A mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) questionnaire was distributed to paediatric: consultants, pharmacists, nurses and also GPs during routine CPD training sessions at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. This questionnaire had approval from NRES as well as the University of Birmingham ethics committee (FormPIC Project). Statistical analysis used ANOVA followed by Tukey’s HSD post-hoc test (conducted using IBM SPSS 20). The age at which tablets were considered to be appropriate for use in children was lower amongst the specialist healthcare professionals compared to GPs as shown in figure 1.