This indicator is one of the more complicated indicators and is likely to take more time to achieve. The LPC has considered this QP Indicator and working with our partners in the Council have clarified the criteria for pharmacies in our area. You may recall that our area was a pathfinder for Healthy Living Pharmacy and as such several pharmacies have been operating as Health Living Pharmacies already. The Guidance for QP covers 3 types of pharmacy.
1. Those who will be accrediting for the first time,
2. Those who were accredited between 2014 and 2017.
3. Those who were accredited prior to 2014.
Many of the pharmacies in Gateshead and South Tyneside would fall in to the third category. Below is a reproduction of NHS Guidance document to help you understand what you need to do.
The LPC are putting on an engagement event to discuss the Healthy Living Pharmacy concept and how to achieve Level 1 status including the training required. The event will be held at the Quality Hotel on Tues 13th June 2017. You can book on to the event by clicking here. We expect this to be a popular meeting so we are limiting numbers to 2 staff from each pharmacy.
The NHS England guidance for QP is below.
Health Living Pharmacy - Level 1 - QP Criteria
This may be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
- an entry in the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) online register 18 as a profession-led self-assessed HLP level 1 that has not been previously accredited; or
- a copy of the signed and dated documentation that demonstrates that between 1 December 2014 and 28 April 2017 the pharmacy was accredited as a HLP level 1 locally. Pharmacies that have been accredited between 1 December 2014 and 28 April 2017, do not need to go through the profession- led self-assessment process led by PHE to qualify for the quality payment and therefore do not need to register with the RSPH registry; or
- a copy of the signed and dated documentation that demonstrates that the pharmacy was accredited as a HLP level 1 prior to 1 December 2014 and that the contractor has completed the profession led self-assessment and are meeting the requirements of a level 1 HLP as defined by PHE17 on the day of the review, without the pharmacy being listed on the RSPH registry.
Many pharmacies in our area fall into this category as pathfinders were accredited around 2012 therefore you will only need to complete the compliance checklist and then self accredit. You will need to keep this paperwork with your original certificate in your pharmacy in case you are inspected. You do not need to submit this as you are self declaring once you are confident you are still meeting the criteria. Louise our Secretary has a list of those pharmacies originally accredited as part of the pathfinder project. If you are want to find out if you were a part of that project contact her.