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:
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
As you will be aware Plymouth was named as one of just 20 Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Pathfinder sites in the country. We have been delighted by the interest and enthusiasm shown by pharmacy teams in this project.
Over 90 people attended was a World Cafe event where we asked questions on what pharmacy teams would like to see in the Plymouth Healthy Living project.
The LPC issued the first newsletter in December 2011.
The LPC and NHS Plymouth would like to invite pharmacies to consider becoming a Healthy Living Pharmacy. The proposed launch of the HLP concept in Plymouth is the 1st April 2012, and there are a number of training activities that will need to be completed before the pharmacy can achieve HLP core status. Firstly, there will be leadership training over two evenings for the pharmacy manager (pharmacist/non-pharmacist), and secondly there will be a training day for the nominated Health Promotion Champions using the Royal Society of Public Health's Level 2 Award in "Understanding Health Improvement". As soon as the dates have been arranged details will be posted here and sent to all pharmacies.
The steps you will need to take to apply to become an HLP are:
We are intending to develop the HLP prospectus as the pharmacies in Plymouth start to work towards becoming accredited. In the meantime, have a look at the Portsmouth prospectus which will provide an insight into the expectations of the HLPs. This is the link ..... http://www.portsmouth.nhs.uk/Downloads/General%20Documents/Healthy%20Living%20Pharmacy%20Prospectus%20Dec%202009%20Lowres.pdf
If you have any questions about the process please contact either Mark Stone - Project Lead on 01392 834022 email@example.com or James Glanville HLP PCT Champion on 01752 434941 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the links below to download the forms required to apply to become a Healthy Living Pharmacy: