New HLP Resources and RSPH registration

New HLP Resources and RSPH registration process now open

PSNC has produced new resources to support community pharmacy contractors that wish to work towards achieving the Quality Payment criterion:
‘On the day of the review, the pharmacy is a Healthy Living Pharmacy level 1 (self-assessment)’.

PSNC Briefing 003/17: Quality Payments – How to become a Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1 – This PSNC Briefing provides an overview of how to achieve the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) criterion of the Quality Payments Scheme.

HLP Level 1 Evidence Portfolio Workbook – Pharmacy teams can use the Workbook to guide them through the HLP quality criteria and assist them with recording their evidence to show they have reached HLP Level 1.

HLP Level 1 checklist – A checklist detailing the 27 quality criteria that need to be met before contractors can register as a HLP Level 1.

HLP Level 1 flow chart – A flow chart detailing the process that contractors should follow to become a HLP Level 1.

The HLP page of the PSNC website has also been updated.


RSPH registration process

Contractors that meet the 27 quality criteria for HLP Level 1 are now able to register their pharmacy as a HLP Level 1 through the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) website.
In order to register, an assessment of compliance needs to be completed and submitted on the RSPH portal.
The RSPH has been commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) to run the pilot scheme, which includes registration and quality assurance of the profession-led self-assessment process to test its effectiveness until the end of March 2017.
PHE will consider next steps once the pilot has been completed and the outcomes demonstrated. In any case, the registration obtained through this pilot is valid for two years


Pharmacies already accredited as HLP Level 1

Currently, only pharmacies that have not previously been accredited as HLPs locally, for example, through their local authority, are able to register as a HLP Level 1.
PSNC has asked NHS England to consider a ‘grandparenting’ approach for pharmacies that have achieved HLP Level 1 status within the last two years, in order that their prior accreditation would enable them to automatically meet the requirements of the Quality Payment criterion. This is still being considered by NHS England; further information on this matter will be published as soon as it become available.