The role of community pharmacy in the maintenance and improvement of health is well recognised, and the goal of the Health + Pharmacy initiative is to build on this experience. It aims to support people to live longer, healthier and independent lives with the help of community pharmacies that are focused on improving public health through promoting health and disease prevention, early intervention, self-care and reducing health inequalities.
Health + Pharmacies will provide a community pharmacy environment which the public will instantly recognise as a place where they can access a consistently high quality of advice and services. Staff will be empowered through training and support to become active heath promoters within their own pharmacy and engage actively with local communities. Health + Pharmacies will both provide, and sign-post people to services for health promotion, prevention and protection. They will be recognised by commissioners as exemplar settings for public health initiatives and services within communities.
Following completion of the training programme, a period of preparation time will be provided to allow each pharmacy to work towards final accreditation as a Health + Pharmacy. During this time, pharmacies will be expected to cascade training to other healthcare staff, develop a health promotion area within the pharmacy and demonstrate how they have applied their public health learning and skills both within the community pharmacy setting and through wider community engagement.