About the study
The Anticipatory Care Community Pharmacy (ACCP) programme aimed to support the delivery of Keep Well, Scotland's flagship anticipatory care programme, by offering people health checks in pharmacies. These checks are intended to identify people at risk of developing a cardiovascular condition, and to refer them to appropriate treatment and/or give advice about lifestyle change. The checks include both clinical tests (e.g. cholesterol and blood glucose) and a broader assessment of lifestyle factors (e.g. alcohol, smoking, physical activity and diet) and related needs. ScotCen were commissioned to evaluate the programme across the 7 Health Board areas in which it was initially funded, to help inform and develop anticipatory care health check service delivery.
Potential policy impact
The evaluation provided policy makers with information about the potential contribution pharmacies might make to reaching their high level targets around health check delivery in Scotland. It also explored issues around the programme's transferrability to other Health Board areas.
This was a mixed method evaluation, combining quantitative analysis of monitoring and cost data with qualitative interviews with service users and staff in three case study Health Boards (NHS Borders, Grampian and Lanarkshire). Local ACCP leads in all seven participating Boards were also interviewed at the beginning and the end of fieldwork.