All staff must be conversant with Universal Precautions, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2000, Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1992 and the local policy for the management of body fluid exposures to staff.
Pharmacies must ensure that all staff involved in HIV testing have attended the free HIV POCT training provided by the Public Health Department (no payments for backfill can be made). Training will cover information about HIV, the use of point of care tests, communication (including dealing with stigma) data collection to access available funding and requirements regarding quality assurance. All appropriate staff in the pharmacy, including reception staff, should be aware of the project. A full outline of the training can be found in Appendix 2 of the HIV protocol.