Monday, 29 December 2014

Promoting Healthy Living Pharmacies in Hyndburn

Earlier this month I visited Baxenden Pharmacy and saw the work they do as a Healthy Living Pharmacy. They are part of an initiative to roll out HLP across East Lancashire. (see Table below for Hyndburn). It is important given the pressures on GP's and ultimately on A and E that Pharmacies play a role in delivering front line care but also have the skills to identify some early symptoms in patients and guide them towards a GP.

It was fascinating to hear about the early intervention work that the Pharmacy offers as part of Lancashire's public health delivery. Smoking and confidential pregnancy advice in particular.

I was there to launch an awareness campaign around Sepsis, previously known as septicaemia or gangrene. Staff awareness and willingness to advise and part of the transformation of pharmacy's from retail and dispensing drugs, to an increasing role in primary care and clinical intervention.

Following my visit I received further details of the Health Living Pharmacy initiative in Hyndburn. One of the issues that came up clearly was the commissioning of services and I know my colleague Azhar Ali is doing everything he can to unravel the complex process and historic contracts he inherited from the previous administration. I will be writing to Lancashire County Council to see what can be done to promote Healthy Living Pharmacies across the County.

Hello Graham,

It was very nice to meet you on Friday at Baxenden Pharmacy for the Sepsis campaign and to discuss local issues.

Here’s the information that you requested.

Healthy Living Pharmacies in Hyndburn 
 

Cohens
53-55 High Street
Rishton
Working towards
Accrington Late Night Pharmacy
188 Blackburn Road
Accrington
Working towards
Lloyds
13-17 Peel Street
Accrington
Working towards
Huncoat Pharmacy
20 Station Road
Huncoat
Working towards
Accrington Pharmacy
257 Whalley Rd
Accrington
HLP accredited
Astons
351, Blackburn Rd
Accrington
HLP accredited
Baxenden Pharmacy
516 Manchester Rd
Accrington
HLP accredited
Boots
2 Cornhill
Accrington
HLP accredited
Cohens
67/69 Union Rd
Oswaldtwistle
HLP accredited
Cohens
240, Union Rd
Oswaldtwistle
HLP accredited

What is different about Healthy Living Pharmacies?

The HLP programme is a quality framework which the pharmacy that signs up must comply with.

It provides reassurance to commissioners that quality services can be delivered in these pharmacies and that a greater number of interventions will take place


It provides a mechanism to engage and develop staff that generates renewed enthusiasm and motivation.


It’s great for patients to be able to access services locally, and health and wellbeing advice readily.

This was evidenced in the national HLP pathfinder of which East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen were a pathfinder site. http://psnc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/HLP-evaluation.pdf

HLP covers

Workforce development for all staff (leadership for pharmacists; Royal Society of Public Health Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement for Health Champions; and Brief advice training for all staff)

Engagement – joined up working within the pharmacy and with other health and social care partners

Environment – a professional premises with a proactive health focussed ethos

Information - health and wellbeing advice and services are readily available and are current and relevant

There are also local aspects included in the HLP Programme that vary by area across the country.

The Lancashire version is attached. This includes Lancashire CC area, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool.

HLPs across Lancashire were invited to take part in the Sepsis campaign – the 2 pharmacies noted above were included.

I worked with Julie and the Sepsis Trust to develop the pharmacy Crib sheet which I have also scanned in and attached for your information.

Part of the Health Champion role is to create eye catching displays (like the sepsis campaign) and change them regularly, open conversations with patients and customers about health related topics (such as the latest campaign topic) and to develop and keep an up to date signposting file for all the pharmacy staff to use.

Please feel free to contact me if you do have any queries.

Kind regards, Lesley
Healthy Living Pharmacy Strategic Lead