Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1


NHS England has now published its full guidance for the Quality Payments review date of Friday 15th February 2019. This section of the website is currently being updated to reflect the new guidance. 


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Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1

Points available: 15 points (£480-£960) available.

Key changes since last time:

  • 80% of all pharmacy staff who provide health advice to the public must have completed the CPPE children’s oral health training assessment. (This includes non-registered & registered staff.)
  • If you achieved HLP Level 1 before 16th February 2017, you need to re-accredit your pharmacy by completing the profession-led self-assessment. HLP Level 1 accreditation only lasts two years.

Requirements:

  • Your pharmacy must be a Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1 (self-assessment) on Friday 15th February 2019, AND
  • 80% of staff working at the pharmacy (including pharmacy professionals) who provide health advice to the public must have successfully completed the CPPE children’s oral health training assessment

Evidence required:

This varies depending on how and when your pharmacy achieves/achieved HLP Level 1.

Pharmacies that achieved HLP before 16th February 2017:

  • You need to re-accredit your pharmacy as this only lasts two years –
  • You ALSO need signed & dated documentation showing you were HLP Level 1 accredited before 16th February 2017
  • You should keep printed copies of your staff members’ CPPE certificates from having successfully completed the CPPE children’s oral health assessment. Make sure you have them for 80% of all staff who provide health advice to the public – the 80% is based on headcount, not whole-time equivalents
  • You DO NOT need to register your pharmacy on the Royal Society for Public Health website

Pharmacies that achieved HLP via local schemes between 16th Feb 2017 & 15th Feb 2019:

  • You need a copy of the signed & dated documentation showing you were HLP Level 1 accredited between these dates.
  • You should keep printed copies of your staff members’ CPPE certificates from having successfully completed the CPPE children’s oral health assessment. Make sure you have them for 80% of all staff who provide health advice to the public – the 80% is based on headcount, not whole-time equivalents
  • You DO NOT need to register on the Royal Society for Public Health website

Pharmacies that achieved HLP via the national scheme between 16th Feb 2017 & 15th Feb 2019:

  • If you achieved HLP via the national profession-led self-assessment scheme since Quality Payments were introduced, your pharmacy should appear on the Royal Society for Public Health’s register of Healthy Living Pharmacies. You can by clicking the ‘North West’ section. This is evidence of your HLP Level 1 status
  • You should keep printed copies of your staff members’ CPPE certificates from having successfully completed the CPPE children’s oral health assessment. Make sure you have them for 80% of all staff who provide health advice to the public – the 80% is based on headcount, not whole-time equivalents

Pharmacies that have NOT YET achieved HLP Level 1:

  • You need to meet the requirements set out by Public Health England
  • Your pharmacy must appear on the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) register of Healthy Living Pharmacies on 15th February 2019
  • You should keep printed copies of your staff members’ CPPE certificates from having successfully completed the CPPE children’s oral health assessment. Make sure you have them for 80% of all staff who provide health advice to the public – the 80% is based on headcount, not whole-time equivalents

To get onto the RSPH register (for pharmacies that are not yet HLP Level 1)

  • Make sure that at least one pharmacist has completed HLP Leadership training and at least one whole-time equivalent member of pharmacy staff has completed the two-day Health Champions training accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. We will be arranging Health Champions training. You can use the PSNC resources – including a checklist and an evidence portfolio – to work through the process of achieving HLP Level 1
  • Once you meet the requirements, you need to complete the online profession-led self-assessment on the RSPH websitemake sure you do this at least 10 working days before 15th February 2019 so the RSPH has had time to process your registration and add you to the register
  • Print a copy of your submission and keep it for your records
  • You will receive a certificate and HLP window sticker for your pharmacy – you should display these in your pharmacy

Checklists & tools

There are also lots of tools to help you record progress towards achieving HLP Level 1 status. The PSNC website has checklists, flowcharts, evidence portfolios and more (under ‘How to qualify’). PharmOutcomes also has a HLP module.

Full guidance from NHS England

This tip-sheet is just a summary.  Further guidance specific to February 2019’s Quality Payments will be published by NHS England in due course.  In the meantime, you should also read the two documents featuring current NHS England guidance (Gateway Criteria Guidance & Quality Criteria Guidance).