This is a summary of what is required to become an HLP and the training requirements.

  • There is a list of the quality criteria that HLPs need to meet in order to be accredited available here
  • The pharmacy must offer at least two local enhanced services e.g.: EHC, Chlamydia, Minor Ailments, Smoking Cessation, but they can choose which two to offer and we find that many pharmacies are delivering these already.  (Please note that palliative care boxes doesn’t count for HLP purposes).
  • The pharmacy must have at least one health care assistant (although preferably two) trained and certified as a healthy living champion (HLC). Certification for HLC is the Level 2 award in Understanding Health Improvement and is a nationally recognised award accredited by The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).  Training to prepare candidates for this exam is provided by various providers including Buttercups and the NPA. The cost of HLC training and exam entry fee is to be met by the pharmacy. Buttercups Info on Healthy Living Champion Training and Qualification Information on the NPA course can be found by following this link to their website.
  • In an HLP, the HLC will deliver lots of quick healthy lifestyle conversations while they carry out their normal job – the pharmacist can’t and isn’t expected to do every interaction!
  • The pharmacist has to complete some leadership training , available at no extra cost to the pharmacy through CPPE.
  • You need a clearly defined health promotion zone in your pharmacy.
  • You will need to run six HLP Health Promotion campaigns a year, these are the same public health campaigns which NHS England Area Team require all pharmacies to run, as an HLP you are simply required to run a more in-depth campaign.  So rather that simply putting up a poster and displaying leaflets we ask you to be more proactive. Hints and tips about how to do this appear regularly in the HLP newsletter.
  • Once you are providing local services, you have at least one HLC and you have self-assessed against the HLP criteria and once you are happy you have met all or if not met them all, have met most and working towards the rest, you may decide you are ready to be accredited as an HLP.
  • Please contact the HLP project manager and they will arrange to come and visit the pharmacy and carry out the accreditation visit to decide if you can be an HLP or if they need to do more to get ready.
  • On accreditation you receive an HLP window sticker and certificate of accreditation.