Healthy Living Optical Practices

Following the success of the Healthy Living Pharmacy initiative and the Healthy Living Optical Practice project in Dudley, the Local Professional Network for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have obtained funds from NHS England to launch Healthy Living Optical Practice (HLOP) in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The HLOP initiative will encourage optical practices to be seen as part of the wider public health system alongside other healthcare professionals. We believe that improving the signposting and referral processes we have to other healthcare professionals and agencies will lead to increased reciprocal referrals to optical practices.

This will bring a number of benefits: increased professional satisfaction, increased acknowledgement by the public that optical practices are part of the primary healthcare team and increased footfall into optical practices. There is also the opportunity to positively engage with CCGs, STPs and public health departments locally and also engage with health promotion services as an income stream in the future.