Quality Payments – Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) self-assessment

Quality Payments – Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) self-assessment

Community pharmacy contractors passing the gateway criteria will receive a Quality Payment if they meet one or more of the quality criteria. One of the quality criteria is:

‘On the day of the review, the pharmacy is a Healthy Living Pharmacy level 1 (self-assessment).’


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NHS England guidance

NHS England will be publishing new guidance ahead of the June 2018 review point of the Quality Payments Scheme. Details will be made available as soon as possible.

The June 2018 guidance should be read in conjunction with NHS England’s gateway criteria guidance and the quality criteria guidance:

  • NHS England – Pharmacy Quality Payments Gateway Criteria Guidance (published 23rd December 2016); and
  • NHS England – Pharmacy Quality Payments Quality Criteria Guidance (published 27th February 2017).

These documents are available on the NHS England website.

PSNC strongly encourages all contractors to read the new NHS England guidance, as well as the previous guidance, to ensure they are fully briefed on the requirements of the Quality Payments Scheme ahead of the June 2018 review point.

Quality criterion points and value

The value of this quality criterion is as follows:

Total points for the June 2018 review point 20
Value of total points £640-1280*

*The funding will be divided between qualifying pharmacies based on the number of points they have achieved. Each point will have a minimum value worth £32 and a maximum of £64.

Aim/rationale for this quality criterion

The aim of this quality criterion is to maximise the role of the pharmacy in prevention of ill health, reduction of disease burden, reduction of health inequalities and in support of health and wellbeing. The Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) concept is designed to develop (in respect of health and wellbeing services):

  • the community pharmacy workforce;
  • community pharmacy engagement with the general public (including ‘Making Every Contact Count’);
  • community pharmacy engagement with local stakeholders such as local authorities, voluntary organisations and other health and social care professionals; and
  • the environment in which health and wellbeing services are delivered.

How to achieve this quality criterion

Further information on how to achieve HLP Level 1 can be found on the HLP page of the PSNC website.

In order to meet this quality criterion, the pharmacy must on the day of the review be meeting the requirements of a Level 1 HLP as defined by (Public Health England (PHE) or have been accredited as an HLP locally between 30th June 2016 and 29th June 2018.

This may be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • an entry in the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) online register as a profession-led self-assessed HLP Level 1; or
  • a copy of the signed and dated documentation that demonstrates that between 30th June 2016 and 29th June 2018 the pharmacy was accredited as an HLP Level 1 locally. Pharmacies that have been accredited between 30th June 2016 and 29th June 2018, do not need to go through the profession-led self-assessment process led by PHE to qualify for the quality criterion; or
  • a copy of the signed and dated documentation that demonstrates that the pharmacy was accredited as an HLP Level 1 prior to 30th June 2016 and that the contractor has completed the profession led self-assessment and is meeting the requirements of a HLP Level 1 as defined by PHE on the day of the review, without the pharmacy being listed on the RSPH registry.

 

Pharmacies becoming Healthy Living Pharmacies for the first time

Pharmacies becoming HLPs for the first time will need to register on the RSPH online register by completing the assessment of compliance once they have met the requirements of a HLP Level 1 as defined by PHE. The RSPH online register has been commissioned by PHE until the end of March 2019 and will continue to carry out a proportionate quality assurance process.

The declaration process

Contractors will be required to confirm through the NHS BSA online declaration page (this webpage is not live yet) that they meet this quality criterion.

FAQs

FAQs can be found on the Quality Payments – FAQs page.

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