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Health & Care Review

Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and...

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Corticosteroids: rare risk of central serous chorioretinopathy with systemic and local administration

The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued advice on the risk of central serous chorioretinopathy. This has been associated with systemic use of corticosteroids but recently it has also been reported after local administration of corticosteroids via inhaled, intranasal, epidural, intra-articular, topical dermal and periocular routes. The MHRA is advising healthcare professionals...

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CPPE launches New Medicine Service e-course

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched an e-course which will enable learners to gain the key knowledge, skills and behaviours to support delivery of the New Medicine Service (NMS) and to ensure they are delivering a patient-centred, high-quality service. The course will give pharmacy professionals the opportunity to learn in live online...

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Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP)

HLP Training Events

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire will be holding a number of HLP training events for both champions and leadership.  Details of these events can be found on the Training & Development section.  Please note that places are limited so early booking is advisable.

 

Quality Payments

The latest information regarding HLP requirements to meet the quality criterion can be found on the PSNC website:

http://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-services/quality-payments-healthy-living-pharmacy-hlp-self-assessment/

 

 

What is a Healthy Living Pharmacy?

The Healthy Living Pharmacy concept was developed by the Department of Health to build on the quality and effectiveness of community pharmacy services.  The concept was piloted in Portsmouth in 2009 and rolled-out nationally in 2011.

The public health white paper "Healthy Lives, Healthy People" published in 2010 recognised the contribution that Healthy Living Pharmacies can make regarding public health services. 

"Community pharmacies are a valuable and trusted public health resource. With millions of contacts with the public each day, there is real potential to use community pharmacy teams more effectively to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities"

The concept of a Healthy Living Pharmacy is a pharmacy that:

  • Delivers a broad range of services to a high quality and consistently, whatever the day of the week or month of the year
  • Has a team that are pro-active in supporting health and wellbeing, with the community's health at the centre of what it does
  • Promotes healthy living and wellbeing as a core activity
  • Supports people with long-term conditions
  • Is accessible and  approachable
  • Is valued and trusted
  • Maintains premises to a high professional standard with private consultation facilities and IT linked to local practices when available
  • Works closely with other healthcare providers, reactively and proactively; and will be identifiable to the public and other healthcare professionals

To achieve the Healthy Living Pharmacy status pharmacies need to demonstrate three key areas of development:

Developing workforce - includes having Health Living Champions (HLC) and developing leadership skills.

Environment - includes having suitable premises, consultation room(s), health promotion area and IT capability.

Multidisciplinary engagement - working with GPs, Commissioners and other provider service.

The West Yorkshire Healthy Living Programme has now grown to be one of the biggest in England covering 130 of the 550 community pharmacies in West Yorkshire.

 

 

Last updated 1st February 2017.