Tackling high blood pressure through community pharmacy report published by PV

Tackling high blood pressure through community pharmacy report published by PV

February 28, 2017

Pharmacy Voice, with the support of Public Health England (PHE), has published a new report,  Tackling high blood pressure through community pharmacy, which focusses on the important contributions of community pharmacy teams in the prevention, detection and management of high blood pressure.

The report provides examples of campaigns, locally commissioned services and work place-based initiatives that other pharmacy teams, commissioners and primary care colleagues could take inspiration from.

A series of recommendations are made in the report to enable the community pharmacy network to make its full contribution to tackling high blood pressure, which include that:

  • a framework is developed and supported by national leadership bodies, to help embed and sustain commissioned public health services that tackle high blood pressure across the community pharmacy network;
  • all STP leads, local commissioners and primary care providers integrate community pharmacy based blood pressure testing and diagnosis into their disease prevention and management strategies;
  • commissioning of NHS Health Checks from community pharmacy is more actively promoted and supported; and
  • partnerships between employers and community pharmacy teams to deliver workplace health initiatives are encouraged and supported.

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