‘Tackling High Blood Pressure through Community Pharmacy’, is a new report on how the community pharmacy sector can expand and enhance its contribution to the national agenda around preventing, detecting and managing hypertension. Produced with the support of Public Health England (PHE), the report was released at the Pharmacy Voice Forum on 27 February 2017.
The report highlights existing best practice in tackling high blood pressure through community pharmacy that readers could adopt within their organisations or communities to improve the health and wellbeing of the population. It makes twelve recommendations for maximising the community pharmacy contribution to preventing, detecting and managing hypertension, recommending:
“Tackling high blood pressure is a national public health priority in England, and community pharmacy is ideally placed to help address the problem. This report outlines some important ways the sector can work with public health teams, other primary care providers and their community partners to help people maintain healthy lifestyles and better control their blood pressure. It highlights the opportunities for making best use of the sector’s unique place within their neighbourhoods, and demonstrates to policy makers and commissioners that the benefits of integrating community pharmacy in local cardiovascular disease prevention and management programmes are significant and worth the investment. The twelve recommendations included in the report are ambitious but practical proposals for how we could maximise the community pharmacy offering in tackling high blood pressure. We hope that they will promote both debate and, more importantly, action within the sector and from national and local partners as we work together to meet this challenge.