Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) is a tiered commissioning framework which encourages pharmacies to play a key role in improving the health and wellbeing outcomes in their communities and helping to reduce health inequalities. HLPs have a proven track record of commissioned service delivery in optimising the use of medicines and areas such as health checks, smoking, obesity, sexual health, alcohol and harm reduction.
Healthy Living Pharmacies complement the care and support planning work that takes place in General Practices. GP practice staff can support awareness raising of HLP offers and can potentially build Community Pharmacy support into patients’ care and support plans as places to seek advice, where appropriate.
There are three levels of service delivery within the HLP framework:
Essential requirement by 1st April 2020
Community pharmacy contractors will be required to become an HLP Level 1 by 1 April 2020 as agreed in the five-year deal between PSNC, NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care; this reflects the priority attached to public health and prevention work.
HLPs can engage with populations who do not regularly access other care services. Staff members of a HLP are proactive in supporting members of the community to live healthier lives, by raising customer awareness of local support including smoking cessation, diabetes prevention and mental health services.
In a Healthy Living Pharmacy, the Health Champion and other staff may proactively approach customers about their health and wellbeing issues and will be able to provide information and signposting to local services. There will be a health promotion zone and a health promotion campaign linked into local priorities and health needs.
Evaluations of HLPs have demonstrated an increase in successful:
There are no inclusion criteria for HLPs.
However, for patient convenience
Walk in to a local pharmacy