The idea behind the HLP scheme further develops the traditional role of a pharmacy from the basic services of dispensing medication and the sale of 'over the counter' products.
The HLP concept is built on the principle that pharmacies, with local knowledge of their communities combined with staff expertise and easy access, can provide opportunities to deliver health advice and additional services to the populations that they serve.
This is certainly not to say that non HLP pharmacies don’t already provide additional services and health advice. Some current schemes include; stop smoking services, free supplies of emergency hormonal contraception (e.g. 'the morning after pill'), early pregnancy testing, weight management services, to name but a few.
However, the difference between a 'Healthy Living Pharmacy' and a normal pharmacy is that an HLP has been awarded the HLP quality kite mark
. The HLP mark will be promoted to the general public as a sign of consistent and high quality service provision. Further information on HLPs can be obtained from the Healthy Living Pharmacy Prospectus