PQS: HLP update – extension to reassessment of competency period

PQS: HLP update – extension to reassessment of competency period

October 1, 2019

The Pharmacy and Public Health Forum (PPHF) has issued a statement (see below) recommending that the time period for a community pharmacy contractor to reassess their pharmacy against the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Level 1 quality criteria should be extended from every two years to every three years. The PPHF has also recommended that those who have been accredited locally, should also have their accreditation extended to three years.

This means that if contractors wish to claim for the HLP quality criterion of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS), there are now three ways that contractors can demonstrate meeting the HLP quality criterion:

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Contractors whose pharmacies have not been previously accredited as an HLP

Contractors will need to meet the requirements of an HLP Level 1 as defined by PHE.

Contractors will need to retain a portfolio of evidence together with the completed assessment of compliance signed by a pharmacist to demonstrate that they meet the HLP Level 1 quality criteria and retain this in the pharmacy.

Contractors whose pharmacies became HLPs in the last three years* (accredited locally or via the profession-led self-assessment process)

Contractors will need to retain a copy of the signed and dated documentation that demonstrates that the pharmacy has been accredited as an HLP Level 1 in the last three years.

Contractors do not need to complete/re-complete the profession-led self-assessment process to meet the quality criterion at this stage.

Contractors whose pharmacies became HLPs more than three years* ago (accredited locally or via the profession-led self-assessment process)

Contractors will need to meet the requirements of an HLP Level 1 as defined by PHE (if accredited locally) or ensure they still meet the requirements if accredited via the profession-led self-assessment route.

Contractors will need to retain a portfolio of evidence together with the completed assessment of compliance signed by a pharmacist to demonstrate that they meet the HLP Level 1 quality criteria and retain this in the pharmacy.

*Contractors need to ensure they were accredited locally or via the profession-led self -assessment process within three years of the day of their PQS declaration in order to be able to meet the HLP quality criterion of the PQS, i.e. if a contractor decides to make their declaration on the 15th February 2020 (contractors can make their PQS declaration between 9am on 3rd February 2020 and 11.59pm on 28th February 2020), they need to ensure they were either accredited locally or via the profession-led self-assessment process in the three years prior to 15th February 2020 to meet the HLP quality criterion.

PSNC Briefing 033/19: How to become a Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1 and the HLP hub on the PSNC website have been updated to reflect the above extension of the reassessment of competencey period.

Pharmacy and Public Health Forum statement

“The current HLP quality criteria for the profession-led self-assessment state ‘The pharmacy owner and Responsible Pharmacist in each HLP pharmacy are responsible for reassessing their pharmacy against the HLP Quality Criteria every two years by re-completing the assessment process/Declaration of Compliance’.

HLPs are going to be embedded within the essential services component of the CPCF as of April 2020. The Pharmacy and Public Health Forum has recommended that the re-assessment requirement by pharmacy owners and responsible pharmacists should be automatically extended from two to three years to enable easier transition to the new CPCF arrangements

The Pharmacy and Public Health Forum also strongly recommends that HLPs that have been accredited locally, also have their accreditation extended to three years and at this time, HLPs progress to the self-assessment process.”



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