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Quality Payments: New declaration process

Following the publication of NHS England's guidance for the Quality Payments Scheme February 2019 review point, NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) will today distribute via email* further information on how contractors can claim for a quality payment when the declaration window opens on Monday 4th February 2019. Contractors will be able to claim for...

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Quality Payments: Gateway criteria report now available on the NHS BSA website

Community pharmacy contractors are now able to view the first weekly gateway criteria report on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website, which details contractors who have been assessed, using national datasets, as meeting four of the five gateway criteria (Advanced Services, NHS website, Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) and NHSmail). This weekly report,...

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Brexit: Health Secretary letter to healthcare professionals

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has today (December 7th) written a series of letters, including one to healthcare professionals, to give an update on the Government's planning for a no-deal Brexit. In his letter to frontline healthcare providers Mr Hancock once again stressed that healthcare providers should not stockpile medicines. He said they should advise their...

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Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP)

HLP Training Events

Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire do not have any more HLP training events available.  Please see below information on training for HLP Leaders and Champions.

The pharmacy must have at least one Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Health Champion.  Any member of the pharmacy team that has a patient- facing role can become a champion but must have completed the training and assessment of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement.  

The pharmacist or pharmacy manager must have undertaken a leadership development programme which meets the requirements of the quality payments criteria.  

Details of training providers and other useful information about HLP can be found on the PSNC at: http://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/locally-commissioned-services/healthy-living-pharmacies/.

 

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.