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April 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – 2nd update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Aripiprazole 10mg tablets 28 £3.05 Bicalutamide 150mg tablets 28 £16.94 Co-codamol 30mg/500mg capsules 100 £4.50 Glimepiride 1mg tablets 30 £2.22 Irbesartan 150mg tablets 28 £5.12 Irbesartan 75mg tablets 28 £2.40 Mirtazapine 15mg orodispersible tablets...

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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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Valproate licence change: important information for pharmacy teams

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has changed the licence for valproate medicines (Epilim, Depakote and generic brands) so it must no longer be prescribed to women or girls of childbearing potential unless they are on the Pregnancy Prevention Programme (PPP). This is because valproate is associated with a significant risk of birth...

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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.