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Patient questionnaire requirement of the Flu Vaccination Service

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded that a requirement of the Flu Vaccination Service is to ask all patients who have a flu vaccination to complete the patient questionnaire. An IT platform is available to enable patient questionnaires from the Flu Vaccination Service to be completed electronically either by the patient themselves or with help from the pharmacy...

8 hours ago

PGD addendum published for the Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19

Public Health England (PHE) has published an addendum to the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19 Patient Group Direction (PGD). This addendum provides the legal basis for two activities to take place: For pharmacists to administer the recommended vaccine to patients who have inadvertently received the non-recommended vaccine for their age group during the 2018/19...

1 day ago

Epipen Junior Shortage – Patient Letter

Following the ongoing supply issues with Epipen Junior 150mcg which are expected to last for several months, NHS England has today issued a letter (shared through GPs) to all patients and users of Epipen Junior with further advice. To view the letter click here. The letter can be used by pharmacies to support patients and...

1 day ago

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.