Services Database Head Lice Management Service (Calderdale Area)

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The pharmacy will provide advice and support to people registered with a Calderdale GP on the management of head lice, including where necessary, the supply of combs to detect head lice and medicines for the treatment of head lice.

The pharmacy will operate a referral system to other health and social care professionals, where appropriate. For example when head lice are not the suspected cause of symptoms or resistance to treatment is suspected.

Location of service

West Yorkshire LPC


NHS England

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

NHS England

Service type

Head lice

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The process for accreditation has been changed from the service specification. Pharmacists providing the service must complete a Declaration of Competence for providing the Head Lice service, replacing the head lice assessment and Multiple Choice Questionnaire. The Declaration of Competence model moves away from ‘accreditation’ towards a model whereby pharmacy professionals take responsibility for their own personal competence to deliver a service. This is in-line with the GPhC / professional obligation to ensure pharmacists and pharmacy technicians keep up- to- date and reflects the processes used by GPs and some other healthcare professionals commissioned to provide local services. Every pharmacist providing the Head Lice service must be able to demonstrate they are competent, and this is demonstrated by a completed and signed CPPE Personal Head lice Declaration. Further details and the Declaration of Competence framework for Head Lice are available on the CPPE website.


This service is available in the Calderdale area only.