Free online resources to support Numark members with the proposed self-accreditation scheme for the first tier of the Healthy Living Pharmacy framework that is expected to be introduced by Public Health England in April, has been launched by the group.

Self-accreditation for Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1 would mean that implementing the first stage of the framework, with a focus on health promotion campaigns and actively offering health advice to the community, would no longer reply on the involvement of commissioners.

Tips on how to evidence each section of the quality criteria, ideas for health campaigns and templates for recording them, along with links to websites to access promotional material are included in the Numark resources.

“We anticipate that future pharmacy services are more likely to be commissioned through HLPs and we’ve seen signs of this happening already in some areas,” said Laura Reed, Numark’s service development manager.

“For instance, HLP accreditation has been mentioned as a standard to achieve in some service contracts, some services are being commissioned exclusively to HLPs or to HLPs as a priority and HLP accreditation has been used as an advantage over other providers during the tendering process.”

One of the key training requirements for becoming a HLP is to have at least one member of staff who has undertaken the Royal Society of Public Health - Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement, and members will be offered access to the course at a discounted rate, says Numark.

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